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January 22, 2014

Lemieux, Poirier split Pro finals at Airborne in East Coast Snocross

PLATTSBURGH — Vermont snocross veteran Lincoln Lemieux and three-time champion Danny Poirier each claimed a Pro Open final over the weekend as East Coast Snocross (ECS) completed Round 3 of its 10-race 2014 schedule at the famed Airborne Park Speedway.

Lemieux, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., powered his Ski-doo to victory in Saturday’s 12-lap battle with Poirier (second) and Quebec veteran Dave Allard (third) filling out the podium.

“I was just trying to maintain a steady pace throughout the race,” Lemieux said. “A lot of people were crashing in the final, so I had to be careful choosing my lines. I was fortunate to inherit the lead when Mathieu (Morin) crashed, and my sled ran great once I was out front. I’m happy with my effort and thrilled to get a win for this team.”

Sunday brought a second consecutive Pro Open sweep for the Ingles Performance squad, as Poirier led all 14 laps en route to his third win of the season. Michigan native Kevin Wallenstein (second) and former champion Mathieu Morin (third) capped a dream-like weekend for the powerhouse Ski-doo squadron from Phoenix.

“My team gives 100 percent all the time and works harder as each weekend unfolds,” Poirier said. “They adjust my sled for the changing track conditions so I can push hard all day. On Sunday, they got it just right so I was able to earn another win. I’m super happy with my Ingles Performance team and Ski-doo; we’re having a great season so far.”

In Pro Lite action at Airborne, Leo Patenaude (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) claimed top honors both Saturday and Sunday in two hotly-contested races. Montana Jess (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) blasted his way to a solid second place finish in Saturday’s final, while Vermont rookie Hunter Patenaude was third. Leo led every lap to prevail again on Sunday, while Hunter slotted into second at the start and stayed there. Jesse James Bonaduce was smooth and consistent once again and came home third.

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