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March 22, 2013

Malone to host Snocross finale

CHESHIRE, Conn. — After months of intense competition, constant travel and hard work, the end is now in sight.

Snowmobile race teams from around the northeast are gearing up for a dramatic conclusion to the 2013 season, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) prepares for its season finale today and Saturday at the Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone.

This year’s season finale will feature a different format, with racing under the lights Friday night adding a new level of excitement. Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. Friday, with racing getting under way at 4 p.m. with amateur qualifying rounds. Pro and Pro Lite riders will hit the track by 6 p. m. and contest their finals during the evening.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday with amateur qualifying rounds set to begin at 10:30. The finals will begin shortly after lunch and conclude by 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per day for adults; $8 for students, children age 7 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes valid through the weekend will be available for an extra $5.

Leading the charge into Malone is Pro points leader Corin Todd. The young athlete from Otego, NY, maintains a slim 12-point lead over second-generation Vermont rider Lincoln Lemeiux with just two Pro Open finals remaining. Defending champion Danny Poirier sits 43 markers behind Todd in third after another solid season.

The 2013 Pro Lite title is already locked up for Mike Pilotte, while Montana Jess and Jesse James Bonaduce will battle down to the wire for second. Pilotte holds an insurmountable 104-point lead over Jess, yet Bonaduce sits just four points back in third and has plenty of momentum on his side. Despite Pilotte’s dominance (10 wins in 16 starts), this was a very exciting season in the Pro Lite class.

Vermont native Hunter Patenaude leads the charge in Sport class action at Malone. Patenaude is enjoying a career-best season and leads both Saturday and Sunday points in Super Stock. His advantage is just 21 points over veteran Bruce Gaspardi Jr. in Saturday’s tally, while he’ll breathe a little easier on Sunday with a comfortable 55-point cushion over Gaspardi. Connecticut native Connor Roscoe has also enjoyed a stellar season in Sport action, yet suffered a broken wrist in Salamanca. Roscoe was leading the point standings in all three Sport classes at the time of his injury.

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