Muller, Anderson notch big wins in Salamanca for ECS Conx2share Series
SALAMANCA, NY (Feb. 5, 2017) — Midwest veterans Travis Muller and Camryn Anderson earned final round wins in their respective classes on Saturday, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) completed Round 2 of the seven-race 2017 schedule at the beautiful Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.
This round was run during ISOC's annual Eastern National, allowing for crossover between regional and national tours which enhanced the competition in both series.
Muller (Muller Motorsports/Arctic Cat), of Windom, MN, dominated the 12-lap Pro Open final. Kristoffer Holm (Team Southside/Polaris) finished a distant second, with his teammate and 2016 ECS Pro Lite champion Cody Paolella filling out the podium in third.
Camryn Anderson (Anderson Racing/Ski-doo), of Allenton, MI, was the top qualifier in ECS Pro Lite action before dominating the 10-lap final. Jared Gessner (Team Southside/Polaris) crossed the stripe in second, while Dylan Roes (D&D Racing/Arctic Cat) capped a strong day in third.
Vermont-based athlete Bradley Tatro (Green Mtn. Racing/Arctic Cat) continued his strong start to the season with a victory in Saturday's Sport class final. Tucker Kierstead, the athlete who will likely battle Tatro all season long for the title, settled for second, while Ryan Hoffman filled out the podium in third.
Maine native Kassie Thibodeau (Team Southside/Polaris) carried the momentum built during her sweep in Round 1 at Bangor into western New York. The senior at Rumford's Mountain Valley High School won Saturday's Pro Women final, getting past early leader Ashley Baird (who finished second) to secure top honors. Alissah Ashline crossed the stripe in third.
Tristan Huey blasted to victory in a hotly-contested final for the Plus 25/25 class. These racing veterans battle side-by-side like their younger colleagues, as runner-up Rick Bernard and third-place LeRoy Walker can attest. Huey had his work cut out for him in this one.
Action in the Junior classes was competitive in Salamanca, as well, with a few ISOC regulars strutting their skills. Logan Frattalone (Frattalone Racing/Arctic Cat), of Stillwater, MN, powered to a win in the Jr. 16-17 Stock 600 class, while ECS regular Trevor Parent settled for second. Adam Ashline, of Hartland, Vermont, claimed a popular victory in the Jr. Sport 12-15 class.
Other final round winners last Saturday in Salamanca include Peyton Hogan (Jr. 14-15 Stock 600); Drew Freeland (Jr. 10-13 Stock); and Cameron Cole (Transition 8-10). Congratulations to all of our final round winners, both local and "invaders," in Salamanca.
East Coast Snocross would like to extend a sincere thank you to John Daniels and Carl Schubitzke for graciously hosting us again during their eastern nationals in 2017. It is easily our showcase event, and we appreciate the opportunity to both learn and gain valuable exposure.
Next up for teams on the ECS Conx2share Series is a return to beautiful Willow Park in historic Bennington, Vermont, on Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19. This stop is a homecoming of sorts given the fact southern Vermont is the birthplace of sanctioned snocross in New England.
The East Coast Snocross Conx2share series, presented by Woody's Traction and FXR World Class Outerwear, is an ISR-affiliated sanctioning body for snowmobile snocross in the northeastern states. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of grassroots racing in this region while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed professional teams.
“I was really happy to get the win on Saturday,” Brunelle said. “I got the holeshot, and never looked back. I just kept a steady pace the whole race, and it paid off. On Sunday, I had a couple of issues and decided not to push it. I'm thrilled with our results for my team and our great sponsors.”
Poirier, (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) of St. Theodore, Quebec, slotted into second behind Dahlgren at the start of Sunday's final, but quickly found his way around the Swede and led from lap 2 to the finish. Dahlgren settled for second, while George capped a consistent weekend with a third-place finish.
Cody Paolella (Team Southside/Polaris) swept the Pro Lite class at Snow Ridge, nipping Wade Acker in a 10-lap tussle on Saturday while fellow Sport graduate Joe Bishop filled out the podium in third. On Sunday, local rider Andrew Bristol followed Paolella across the stripe for second while Acker powered his way to third.
“I think the weather was perfect and snow conditions were good,” Paolella said. “It was a little different to race on a ski hill. The downhill part made it challenging by having to use the brake to get through the bumps. The track was pretty wide with some good jumps, but I'd still say it was important to get a good start because the snow dust was pretty bad. I'm super pleased to sweep both finals.”
In Sport class action, Bristol held off a hard-charging Marco Travaglini and Dalton Jacquier for top honors in Saturday's Super Stock final. On Sunday, Travaglini found redeption as he outgunned Jamie Vanderaa and Jeff Roylance for top honors. This class is where tomorrow's Pro Lite stars hone their skills, and the 2015 season is delivering some great racing from these young athletes.
Other big winners over the weekend at Snow Ridge include Nykea Williams (Pro Women Sat. and Sun.); Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (Plus 25 Sat. and Sun.); Michael Newman (Jr. 16-17 Sat.); and Anthony Paige (Jr. 16-17 Sunday). Congratulations to all of our final round winners in Turin on a job well done.
East Coast Snocross would like to thank Snow Ridge owner Brad Horn, Russ Horn and the entire staff for hosting Round 4. The warmth and hospitality extended to our racing fraternity was second to none, and this facility is ideal for snocross on the famed Tug Hill plateau. While trail riders have frequented the Tug Hill region for decades, racers are quickly becoming fond of it, as well.
Teams will now prepare for a trip to western New York this coming weekend, Feb. 6-7, to join with ISOC at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca for the Eastern Nationals. This is ISOC's only race in the east, and ECS athletes will be looking to impress the big teams.
East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody's Traction and FXR, is the eastern regional affiliate of ISOC. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of competition in grassroots snocross, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed national teams.