Debut on The Flat Track at NHMS next stop for Eastern Snocross Tour
Region's top riders to descend on the famed Magic Mile in Loudon
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's rare when a group of finely-tuned winter athletes get to compete on one of summer's most high-profile stages. This coming weekend, the top snowmobile snocross racers in the northeast will converge on New England's premier motorsports facility.
Horsepower wars of a different type are about to begin, as the new Eastern Snocross Tour (ESXT) heads to The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, in Loudon, New Hampshire.
Saturday night's finals will be run 'Under the Lights,' with a standard daytime program to follow on Sunday.
Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a free autograph session with the Pro riders. Racing will get under way at 4:30 p.m., with the Pro final scheduled for 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, gates will open at 9 a.m. with racing getting under way at 11:45 a.m. for first round qualifying.
Admission is $15 per day for adults or $25 for a weekend pass. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes for those wanting a closer look at the teams as they work on their sleds are available for an extra $10.
Leading the charge into Loudon are Pro riders Leo Patenaude and Corin Todd. Patenaude (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of Hartland, VT, is hot off his third win of the season in Sandy Creek, New York. His sights are now set squarely on the 2020 Pro points championship.
Todd (Team Southside/Polaris), of Otego, New York, has also won this season and brings tons of National tour experience into Loudon. His skills on a sled will leave fans talking about it for weeks. Amazing athletes like he and Patenaude can do other-worldly things on a 400-pound snowmobile.
Other riders to watch in the Pro class include Jake daSilva, Dylan Roes and Wade Acker. Riders to watch in the talent-filled Pro Lite class include Gavin Fleury, Adam Ashline, Dalton Jacquier and Nick Edwards. The rising stars in Pro Lite often provide some of the best racing each weekend.
Another class fans will enjoy seeing compete on The Flat Track at NHMS is the Snow Bikes. Motorcycles of most popular brands utilize track conversion kits and really put on a show. One star of this class headed to Loudon is Jesse 'Showtime' Kirchmeyer, of Arcade, New York.
This talented, always-smiling athlete has lit up racing radar screens in a big way the past two seasons. Kirchmeyer is hot off a clean sweep at the ISOC Nationals in Iowa and a Bronze medal in the prestigious ESPN Winter X Games last month in Aspen, Colorado.
Along with the high-flying action of ESXT Pro, Pro Lite and Snow Bike classes, fans at The Flat Track will also enjoy some great racing in the Sport, Women and Junior divisions. There are classes for all ages and ability levels on the Eastern Snocross Tour.
This weekend's third stop on the 2020 ESXT schedule is presented in part by New England Racing Fuels, of Burlington, Connecticut. Saturday night's Sport and Pro Lite finals under the lights will offer the Sunoco Holeshot Award, providing a five-gallon can of Sunoco Race Gas to the first rider into Turn 1.
Owner John Holland has been a strong supporter of snocross racing here in the northeast for many years, and ESXT officials value what NERF does for our sport.
Two of New Hampshire's most high-profile powersports dealers are also supporting the ESXT debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The folks at HK Powersports have generously added $600 to the Pro Lite purse for this event, while series partner daSilva Motorsports is graciously adding $600 to the Pro class payout. Officials at ESXT thank these fine partners for enhancing payouts at NHMS.
About The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The Flat Track is the first track to be built in New England in the last 25 years. Crews turned roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track which first opened last June.
The Flat Track, located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, is the fourth racing surface on New Hampshire Motor Speedway's 1,200 acre property, which already includes the famed 1.058-mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile road course and a 0.25-mile mini-oval.
About Eastern Snocross Tour
The Eastern Snocross Tour was formed by a handful of industry veterans in the fall of 2019. Led by owner Bruce Gaspardi Sr., a respected powersports dealer from western Massachusetts and longtime snocross supporter, the new series is striving to keep this sport alive here in the northeast.