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ECS LogoClarksburg, Mass. (Dec. 1, 2014) — Sanctioned snowmobile racing in New England resumes this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) kicks off its fifth season with the debut of Hillcross competition at the beautiful Granite Gorge ski area on Rte. 9 in Roxbury Center, New Hampshire.

Hillcross racing offers spectators a chance to witness riders in Pro, Trail, Ditch Banger and Junior classes as they launch up the slope. When it was recently brought back into the prestigious ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Hillcross returned to the spotlight in winter power sports. It’s fast, it’s colorful, and it’s exhilarating. It’s also a true test of man and machine under nature’s finest backdrop.

All four popular brands of today’s technologically-advanced snowmobiles will be competing, including Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-doo and Yamaha. Snowmobile enthusiasts are known for their loyalty to a specific brand, and they’ll all have riders to support at Granite Gorge. With today’s suspension and engine technology, even avid trail riders will be amazed at how quickly these sleds get up the slope.

This weekend’s season opener at Granite Gorge marks the first sanctioned Hillcross event in New England since 2004. ECS officials are planning to host three events in this exciting format. The second and third event dates and locations have not been confirmed and are subject to change, so please check the ECS Web site often for updated news.

In the late 1950s, a committee featuring former Olympians was formed to find an ideal “gateway” mountain in southern New Hampshire. The committee selected Pinnacle Mountain for its location, protection from the wind, its north face and ability to hold snow. Locals know that on Pinnacle Mountain at Granite Gorge, “the powder stays put.”

Today, Granite Gorge offers downhill skiing, cross country skiing, tubing and a terrain park. Skiers and riders can enjoy 17 trails serviced by four lifts, including a 1,500-foot base-to-summit double chair. With the mountain located only five miles from Keene, a variety of dining and lodging options are available. To learn more, visit them online at

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.

Seven Sleds in FlightCLARKSBURG, Mass. (Nov. 12, 2014) – Officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce some exciting news regarding our season opener in the Great State of Maine.

On Jan. 10-11, 2015, teams from the Quebec-based SCMX series will compete against ECS riders in Round 1 of the Triple Crown Series. The Paul Bunyan International Sno-X will take on a truly international flair, as this rivalry delivers some of the best ski-to-ski racing ever seen in this region.

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Officials announce 2014-15 event schedule for East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR

FREMONT, New Hampshire (Oct. 11, 2014) – Officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) have announced a nine-race event schedule for the 2014-2015 season. The new schedule was announced today at the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association’s annual Grass Drags & Water Cross at Peterson’s Brookvale Farm.

The schedule will take the series and its teams from New England north to Quebec, and on to the western-most reaches of New York. Highlights include a companion event with International Series of Champions’ (ISOC) AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series; a long-awaited return to Maine; and a return to the prestigious Ski-doo Grand Prix de Valcourt, in Valcourt, Quebec.

ECS will also sanction between one and three Hillcross events this season, beginning with a debut at the Granite Gorge ski area, on Dec. 6-7, 2014, just outside the city of Keene, New Hampshire. A second Hillcross event is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 20-21, with a third possible on April 4-5, 2015.
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Pontus EngstromGLENVILLE, New York (Oct. 6, 2014) — With the national snocross opener now less than two
months away, another of the northeast’s premiere race teams is busy preparing for a five-rider assault
on tracks throughout the snowbelt.

All Seasons Arctic Cat Racing, based in Glenville, New York, has assembled a group of five
experienced and talented athletes to compete for class championships on the East Coast Snocross
(ECS) series. The team will also run in three national events on the International Series of Champions’
(ISOC) AMSOIL Championship Series.

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daSilva Racing Team TransporterHAMPSTEAD, N.H. (Sept. 25, 2014) – With the first frost already recorded across much of northern New England, one of the Granite State’s top snowmobile snocross teams is gearing up for a busy and competitive winter.

New Hampshire-based daSilva Racing competes on the East Coast Snocross (ECS) series, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s traction products. The team will enter the 2014-15 season with a trio of experienced riders; led by veteran Jake daSilva, who begins his second season in the Pro class.

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ECS LogoJohn Decato returns as Technical Director at East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction

CLARKSBURG, Mass. (July 24, 2014) – Veteran race official John Decato will rejoin New England’s premier snowmobile race sanctioning body for 2014-2015, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) is pleased to announce he has accepted the position of Technical Director.

Decato has been involved with snowmobile racing as an official for 15 years. He served as Tech Director for four seasons with the former Rock Maple Racing circuit, and for the first season ECS was in operation. Prior to his time in snocross, Decato put in a decade of service on the snowmobile grass drag circuit, serving as technical director for the popular Woody’s Northeast Grass Drag Series.
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ECS LogoMorin, Bonaduce notch big wins in Salamanca for East Coast Snocross, Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction Lemieux, Pilotte & Bauer qualify for ISOC Pro Final

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2014) – Former regional champion Mathieu Morin and New Jersey veteran Jesse James Bonaduce claimed impressive victories in their respective classes Saturday, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) completed Round 6 of its 10-race 2014 schedule at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel.

Morin (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of Val-d’Or, Quebec, jumped out to an early lead in the Pro Open final, with rookie Mike Pilotte (Team Southside/Mystic Lubricants Polaris) and Wisconsin native Mike Bauer (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) slotting into second and third. Bauer would eventually get by Pilotte for second, while points leader Danny Poirier (Ingles Performance/ski-doo) claimed third in a late-race charge. Pilotte just missed another podium in fourth, while Kevin Wallenstein (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) completed the top five.
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Morin, Sundvisson earn big wins in Rumney for East Coast Snocross series, Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction Poirier, Bonaduce also claim Final round wins

RUMNEY, N.H. (Dec. 16, 2013) – Former champion Mathieu Morin and Swedish sensation Emil Sundvisson earned impressive wins in their respective divisions Sunday, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) kicked off its 2013-14 season at the Riverbrook RV Resort in Rumney, New Hampshire.

Morin (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of Val D’Or, Quebec, put on a remarkable show in the Pro Open final as he outgunned Mike Bauer (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) and teammate Danny Poirier for top honors. Sundvission (Team Southside/Mystic Lubricants Polaris), of Ostansjo, Sweden, led all 12 laps of the Pro Lite final as Jesse James Bonaduce (Miksen Racing/Ski-doo) and Montana Jess (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) filled out the podium.
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Morin, Poirier earn impressive wins for Ingles Performance at ECS season opener
Chris Ingles notches a pair of podiums in Sport action

RUMNEY, N.H. (Dec. 16, 2013) – Two former regional snocross champions returned to top form over the weekend, as Quebec natives Mathieu Morin and Danny Poirier split a Sunday afternoon Pro Open doubleheader at the Riverbrook RV Resort.

The event kicked off the 2013-14 season for East Coast Snocross, and featured more hurdles than an Olympic-level track meet. Racers faced incredibly tough track conditions, thanks to brutal cold, a lack of snow on Saturday and a broken groomer on Sunday.

Morin, of Val D’Or, blasted his way to victory in the first final after a rough start and serious challenge from Wisconsin native Mike Bauer. The 2010 RMR champion dug deep, and proved beyond a shadow of doubt he is 100% healthy and ready to go after another championship.
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Inaugural race in Rumney, NH, kicks off exciting new season for East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Dec. 5, 2013) — Any time a new season of championship snocross racing gets under way, the energy and excitement can be felt, heard, and often, pretty difficult to resist.

When that season lid-lifter takes place at a fresh new venue, the anticipation for racers and fans grows day by day.

East Coast Snocross (ECS) is proud to launch its 2013-14 season at a first-of-its kind facility for northern New England, as Wicked Snocross, Inc., hosts Round 1 on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at the Riverbrook RV Resort in scenic Rumney, New Hampshire.
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ECS LogoHCP Designs returns for third season as associate sponsor at East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL & Woody’s Traction

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Dec. 5, 2013) – Inside the world of snowmobile racing, bright colors are everywhere. Sled manufacturers are usually identified by a specific color (Yellow for Ski-doo, Red for Polaris, Green for Cat), while sponsors all have their own easily identifiable logos with distinctive colors, as well.

Among the most colorful items widely used in snocross racing today are helmets, with high-end artwork making them very attractive. One of the nation’s finest sources for custom helmet designs is once again supporting the sport, as HCP Designs returns to East Coast Snocross (ECS) for the third straight season as an associate sponsor.
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CHESHIRE, Conn. (Nov. 4, 2013) – In the world of snowmobile dealers, there are a few that stand out among the rest. Thanks to a longstanding reputation for excellent service, great products and strong relationships with customers, they rise above the others and often make significant contributions to the sport of snocross.

Ingles Performance, located in Phoenix, New York, is a prime example of this type of dealer. As recipient of the prestigious Ski-doo Dealer of the Year award, Ingles Performance is known across the snowbelt as a very special place. As they’ve done for several years now, Ingles will once again be providing a pair of Ski-doo snowmobiles for ECS track officials to use on race weekends.
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ECS Snocross2013-2014 race schedule announced for East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Oct. 9, 2013) – As the leaves continue to fall and our thoughts turn to the coming winter, officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce their 2013-2014 event schedule. As the sanctioning body prepares for its fourth season, teams and fans alike can begin making their plans.

Technically, since ECS picked up where the former regional circuit (RMR) left off, this is the 23rd consecutive season for sanctioned snocross here in the northeast. RMR held its first races during the winter of 1991-92, and since that time – the sport has advanced by leaps and bounds.
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New partnership with Phantom Snowmobiles creates Novice 250 Rider Development class at East Coast Snocross, Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction.

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Oct. 7, 2013) – In snowmobile snocross racing, it’s the youth riders who represent the sport’s future. It is these young boys and often girls, as well, who will carry snocross and receational snowmobiling itself forward into the next decade and beyond.

With that fact in mind, officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce the addition of a new youth class for 2013-14. The new Novice 250 class will be contested on 250cc Phantom Snowmobiles, the ideal sled to fill the gap between 120cc machines and a full-size sled.
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