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East Coast SnoCross coming to the Crete

PLATTSBURGH - East Coast Snocross is bringing some serious snowmobile action to town.

The new sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the Northeast will bring some of the top snocross racers from the eastern United States and Canada to the Crete Memorial Civic Center next Saturday, Jan. 8, and Sunday, Jan. 9. It will be the first time the event - which will be round two of the nine-race 2010-11 East Coast Snocross Series - comes to Plattsburgh.

ECS promoter Phil Whipple said spectators will get an up-close look at the world of snowmobile racing and freestyle exhibition that will leave them wanting more.

"We've got a heck of a show planned," said Whipple. "The sleds will be in the air more than they're on the snow. What these athletes can do with these sleds is phenomenal ... It's like NASCAR on snow."

The two-day event will feature qualifying and final round races for pro, semi-pro, sport, women and junior classes. The program slated for Saturday will culminate with the pro stock and semi-pro qualifiers while Sunday will lead up to the pro open and semi-pro stock finals.

The "gravity-defying" Outer Limits Snowmobile Freestyle Tour, presented by Rave-X and Mission Trailers, will round out the weekend, launching sleds off steel ramps and pulling off some high-flying stunts, added Whipple.

"It's going to be a pretty big weekend," he said.

Already, ticket sales at Della Motorsports and Aaron's Sales and Leasing have been "brisk," said Whipple.

"That gets us pretty revved up," said Whipple. "Hopefully, with the snow in Northern New England and Upstate New York in recent days, we'll get everybody in that mode, too, and draw a nice crowd."

And, if that happens, the ECS appearance won't be the last, said Whipple.

"If we get the response from the fans and the numbers I think we're going to get, I'd say we'll come back for a number of years to come," he said.

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