Holm sweeps Pro Mod finals in Plattsburgh for ECS Conx2share Series

Holm Sweeps Pro in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, New York (Feb. 27, 2017) — Norwegian racer Kristoffer Holm notched his first clean sweep of the Pro Mod finals over the weekend, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) completed Round 4 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

Kristoffer HolmKristoffer Holm (Team Southside/Polaris), of Storslet, Norway, dominated Friday's Pro Mod final (a first under the lights) after nailing a perfect start. Leo Patenaude (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) crossed the stripe in second, while Cody Paolella (Team Southside/Polaris) filled out the podium in third.

On Saturday, Holm grabbed the hole shot once again and held on to complete the sweep. Patenaude had to come from the back to earn his second runner-up finish of the weekend, while Paolella capped a successful points outing in third.

In the Pro class (formerly Pro Lite), Leo Patenaude got by early leader Scott VandeBorne with an amazing, in-the-air pass on the front stretch and cruised home for top honors Friday evening. VandeBorne (Team Southside/Polaris) settled for second, while up-and-comer Dylan Roes (D&D Racing/Arctic Cat), of Lowville, NY, padded his resume with another solid third-place run.

Patenaude blasted off the line on his XPS Ski-doo in Saturday's Pro final with Jared Gessner, Dalton Jacquier and VandeBorne in tow. Patenaude checked out to complete his sweep on the stock sled, while VandeBorne (second) and Gessner (third) both got by Jacquier in the closing laps.

Nykea Williams (Team Southside/Polaris) blasted to victory in Friday's Pro Women final. The Lyndonville, Vermont, native passed early leader Alissah Ashline as they came to the white flag and sailed home to the checkered. Ashline settled for second, while Sabrina Verville continued her strong 2017 campaign in third.

On Saturday, Ashley Baird grabbed the hole shot and went wire-to-wire for top honors. Ashline crossed the line in second, while Rumford, Maine's Kassie Thibodeau (Team Southside/Polaris) filled out the podium in third.

Tucker KiersteadIn the Southside Sales & Service Sport class at Plattsburgh, Tucker Kierstead was the man to beat. The young athlete from Alton Bay, NH, held off rising star Wyatt Hoffman and Emmett Scott to claim Friday night's Super Stock final. Another strong performance on Saturday completed his clean sweep of Super Stock, while Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (Team Southside/Polaris) and Chris Ingles (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) finished second and third, respectively.

Other final round winners over the weekend in Plattsburgh include Trevor Parent (Jr. 16-17 Stock 600 Friday); Tucker Olsen (Jr. 14-15 Friday); Nykea Williams (Plus 25/35 Friday); Bradley Tatro (Sport Stock 600 Weekend); and Chance Tietjen (Jr. 10-13 Saturday). Congratulations to all of our final round winners, we realize conditions were less than ideal – but at least we got to race.

East Coast Snocross would like to thank site host Taylor Rental and all of the great local sponsors in Plattsburgh for making Round 4 such a success. The unusually-warm temperatures made the event a challenge, yet all persevered and the races were completed. Our first-ever "under the lights" show on Friday night was truly spectacular, despite the fog.

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 grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the country while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed national Pro teams.

Race photos courtesy of Josh Sullivan/Papparazzi Imaging

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            I was really happy to get the win on Saturday,” Brunelle said. “I got the holeshot, and never looked back. I just kept a steady pace the whole race, and it paid off. On Sunday, I had a couple of issues and decided not to push it. I'm thrilled with our results for my team and our great sponsors.”


            Poirier, (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) of St. Theodore, Quebec, slotted into second behind Dahlgren at the start of Sunday's final, but quickly found his way around the Swede and led from lap 2 to the finish. Dahlgren settled for second, while George capped a consistent weekend with a third-place finish.


            Cody Paolella (Team Southside/Polaris) swept the Pro Lite class at Snow Ridge, nipping Wade Acker in a 10-lap tussle on Saturday while fellow Sport graduate Joe Bishop filled out the podium in third. On Sunday, local rider Andrew Bristol followed Paolella across the stripe for second while Acker powered his way to third.


            “I think the weather was perfect and snow conditions were good,” Paolella said. “It was a little different to race on a ski hill. The downhill part made it challenging by having to use the brake to get through the bumps. The track was pretty wide with some good jumps, but I'd still say it was important to get a good start because the snow dust was pretty bad. I'm super pleased to sweep both finals.”


            In Sport class action, Bristol held off a hard-charging Marco Travaglini and Dalton Jacquier  for top honors in Saturday's Super Stock final. On Sunday, Travaglini found redeption as he outgunned Jamie Vanderaa and Jeff Roylance for top honors. This class is where tomorrow's Pro Lite stars hone their skills, and the 2015 season is delivering some great racing from these young athletes.


            Other big winners over the weekend at Snow Ridge include Nykea Williams (Pro Women Sat. and Sun.); Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (Plus 25 Sat. and Sun.); Michael Newman (Jr. 16-17 Sat.); and Anthony Paige (Jr. 16-17 Sunday). Congratulations to all of our final round winners in Turin on a job well done.


            East Coast Snocross would like to thank Snow Ridge owner Brad Horn, Russ Horn and the entire staff for hosting Round 4. The warmth and hospitality extended to our racing fraternity was second to none, and this facility is ideal for snocross on the famed Tug Hill plateau. While trail riders have frequented the Tug Hill region for decades, racers are quickly becoming fond of it, as well.


            Teams will now prepare for a trip to western New York this coming weekend, Feb. 6-7, to join with ISOC at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca for the Eastern Nationals. This is ISOC's only race in the east, and ECS athletes will be looking to impress the big teams.


            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.

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