Winchester Speedpark set to host season opener for ECS Conx2share Series

Winchstr posterCLARKSBURG, Mass. (Jan. 12, 2018) — After months of preparation and training, snowmobile racers from around the northeast are ready to do battle once again as East Coast Snocross (ECS) hosts its 2018 season opener on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21, at Winchester Speedpark in Winchester, New Hampshire.

Spectator gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets are $12 per day for adults or $20 for a weekend pass. Children age 7 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes for those wanting an up-close look at the teams and athletes are available for an extra $10.

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Leading the charge into Winchester is Pro racer Mike Pilotte, of Fall River, Massachusetts. Pilotte returns to snocross in 2018 aboard the Team Southside/Mystic Lubricants Polaris. Always a fan favorite and competitive in the past, Pilotte brought big skills to snocross after years of racing quads.

Fans will have plenty of story lines to follow in 2018, led by the transition from modified sleds to stock machines in Pro competition. The key difference now between Pro and Pro Lite is rider skill, with rising stars in Pro Lite very capable of laying down some blistering-fast lap times.

Some of the riders to watch in the Pro Lite class include Leo Patenaude, Chris Ingles, Marco Travaglini, Bradley Tatro, Michael Newman, Dalton Jacquier, Dylan Roes, Tucker Kierstead, Wade Acker and Ryan Dupont. All of these athletes have paid their dues and are expected be fast all season.

Along with a full slate of action in Pro and Pro Lite, opening weekend in Winchester will also include some great action in the Sport, Women and Junior divisions. It takes support classes to fill out any card of racing, and the ECS Conx2share series is blessed with strong participation across the board.

The season opener in Winchester will also feature a Trail Stock class for those looking to give snocross a try for the first time. This is where aggressive trail riders with a "need for speed" can test their skills in a safe environment. The weekend will also include races for kids ages 6 to 10 on 120cc machines on a separate, smaller track. The stars of tomorrow's Pro class learn what racing is all about.

Winchester Speedpark is a dual-track facility for motocross and supercross in southwestern New Hampshire. Run by Fran and Deb McNamara, the tradition of quality powersports racing lives on after a successful 15-year run by previous owners David and Suzanne Boisvert. The facility offers ample room for a great track, spectator parking and features easy highway access from N.H. Route 10.

The East Coast Snocross Conx2share Series, presented by Woody's Traction and FXR, is an ISR-affiliated sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grassroots snocross racing healthy in this part of the country, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed national Pro teams.

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