Airborne Park Speedway hosts Triple Crown Series event
CHESHIRE, Conn. — One of the most anticipated and competitive races of the entire season is about to set fire to the Champlain Valley.
When the top snocross athletes from New York, New England and Quebec converge on historic Airborne Park Speedway, on-track action will be red hot all weekend.
Snocross riders of all ages and ability levels are preparing for a cold-weather assault on Airborne, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) gets set for Round 3 of its 10-race 2013-14 schedule on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, at the famed half-mile paved oval.
Spectator gates open at 10:30 a.m. each day with amateur qualifying rounds already in progress. Pro racing will begin at 11:45 a.m. both days. Admission is $12 per day for adults, $5 for children ages 8-12, kids age 7 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.
The weekend will feature a full card of championship points racing in five divisions (Pro, Pro Lite, Sport, Junior and Women), along with first-round qualifying for the $7,500 Triple Crown Series. This three-race series for Pro, Pro Lite and Sport riders from ECS and the Quebec-based SCM circuit returns for 2014 after a successful debut last winter. The series adds more excitement for fans – and the international rivalry starts at Airborne.
Leading the charge into Plattsburgh are Pro riders Lincoln Lemieux (Ski-doo, runner-up in points last season), three-time champion Danny Poirier (Ski-doo), fresh off a win in the season opener in New Hampshire, former series champion Mathieu Morin (Ski-doo), who also won a final in N.H., series newcomer Mike Bauer (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat), of Medford, Wis., and New York native Brett Bender (Team Southside/Polaris), a veteran of national competition with an impressive resume.
Last year’s Pro Lite champion Mike Pilotte has advanced to the Pro class, along with New Hampshire-based veteran Jake daSilva. Both riders have added even more depth to an already talent-filled field. And with Pilotte out of the picture in Pro Lite, the door swings open for a new star to take control.
Leading that charge into Plattsburgh in Pro Lite will be point leader Jesse James Bonaduce, of Somerville, N.J. Bonaduce came out of the gate on fire in Rumney, claiming a win and a podium finish on his No. 322 Miksen Racing Ski-doo. Other challengers to watch in Pro Lite include Montana Jess, Vermonters Leo and Hunter Patenaude, Wade Acker, Chris Coleman, Connor Roscoe, Tyler Brancifort, Mike Billow and longtime veteran Jason Boron.
For more information, please go to www.eastcoastsnocross.com.
Algonquin Chapter of ADK to meet Jan. 15 and Jan. 18
PLATTSBURGH — On Jan. 15, those interested are encouraged to join the Algonquin Chapter of the ADK for its Wednesday Walk About Town.
Meet at 3 p.m. on the steps of City Hall for a walk around a Plattsburgh neighborhood. The leader Lynn Valenti.
On Jan. 18, the Algonquin Chapter of the ADK will host a ski or snowshoe outing, depending on snow depth. There is moderate climbing at an easy pace.
Those interested are encouraged to bring lunch and warm drink.
For more information, call Nancy Olsen at 561-0189.
TGIF Senior League seeks bowlers
PLATTSBURGH — The TGIF Senior League is in search of bowlers ages 50 and above for Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Those interested should call Morna at 643-8283.
28th Annual Mud Pond Rabbit Hunt Jan. 18
SARANAC — The 28th Annual Mud Pond Rabbit Hunt and Spaghetti Dinner will be held Jan. 18 and 19 at the Saranac American Legion on the Wilson road in Redford.
Entry tickets are $12, which includes two spaghetti dinners. Additional meals can be purchased for $6 and takeout available. Meals are served between noon and 6 p.m. both days.
Tickets are available at the 1619 legion in West Plattsburgh and 1618 in Redford.
For more information or tickets, those interested can call 293-7267 or 293-7980.
Watts rolls 300 in Pepsi Classic at North Bowl
PLATTSBURGH — Mike Watts, bowling for Malted Balls in the Monday Night Pepsi Classic at North Bowl Lanes, tossed a 300 game on Jan. 6 and finished the evening with a 227-300-175-702 series. Watts carries a 239 league average.
Gregory tosses 300 in North Bowl seniors’ league
PLATTSBURGH — Dave Gregory, bowling for Bazzano’s Pizza in the Guys & Gals Senior League at North Bowl Lanes, rolled a 300 game on Jan. 8 and ended up with a 218-216-300-734 series.