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The East Coast Snocross Series hosted its first event at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday.

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Despite rainy conditions, the East Coast Snocross Series hosted its first event at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday.

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There were an estimated 800 spectators at the event on Saturday.


Snocross returns to the speedway in Fonda

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Updated: 10:16 PM


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FONDA -- On Saturday, the East Coast Snocross Series hosted its first event at the Fonda Speedway, despite a less than ideal forecast.

The first of the two-day snowmobiling series was the first promotion by DeLorenzo Speedway Management, which was awarded a lease by the Montgomery County Agricultural Society in late October.

Owner of the new management company, Matt DeLorenzo, said he hoped for more cooperative weather, but overall the first day went well and he looked forward to Sunday's affair.

"Hopefully tomorrow will be better," DeLorenzo said Saturday. "It's going to be colder so that is going to help and it's suppose to snow so that would be nice."

Spectators huddled under covered grandstands and observed the snowmobile races -- the first of their kind at the speedway in more than 40 years.

DeLorenzo said the speedway's shelter was convenient during Saturday's temperamental weather.

Members of the crowd agreed.

"It's not ice, you know," said Bill August of Scotia. "It's the first time, you know, you got to expect something -- especially with the weather -- you really can't predict it."

August arrived at the speedway with his friend Tim Billington of Glen. They were among the estimated 800 people watching Saturday's competition.

August and Billington, who race all-terrain vehicles, had a few friends taking part in the East Coast Snocross competition.

"I enjoyed it today, minus the rain," said August.

DeLorenzo believed the track was difficult to maneuver across because of the rain; however, the professionals handled it well.

"These guys, they do it all the time. They are pros. I am sure they are used to it," he said.

According to the East Coast Snocross website, the event lineup included pro, pro-lite, sport, women and junior class races, including the new novice rider development class featuring Phantom Snowmobiles.

Racing his third season with the East Coast Snocross was Tucker Ward of Ticonderoga. The 18-year-old pro qualified for the finals, although he admitted the track was a challenge to navigate.

"Hopefully, a little snow tonight and a little sunshine to brighten up everyone's day," said Ward.

Erica Brandt of Ravena said it was her first time racing in a snocross competition. She qualified for the finals and was thrilled about her performance.

"For my first time it was good. I don't go crazy and hit all the jumps like everyone else, I take my time," she said. "It was good; I didn't come in last."

DeLorenzo said to his knowledge, no major accidents occurred and no complaints were brought to his attention.

"It was a little hectic, you know? I put in a lot of hours this week to get ready for it. I was here early this morning and I am still here now picking up the garbage and doing all the odds and ends," he said. "You know, I had fun, I think everyone enjoyed it."


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