Granite State residents have solid showing at vintage sled races in Erroll
By BOB HOOKWAY
Special to the Union Leader | February 04. 2013 5:53PM
Eric Pothier of New Boston finished in the top three in as many events, winning the 250cc competition and finishing second and third, respectively, in 295cc and 400cc on the vintage sleds.
Goffstown's Chris Morin finished first, second and third, respectively, at 295cc, 400cc and in the Outlaw division. New Boston's Brian Daigle won both the 400cc and Outlaw divisions.
From Pittsburg, Spencer Landry was first at 295cc, and finished second at both 340cc and 400cc.
Two other winners were also from that northern border town: Billy Rioux won at 340cc and finished third in modifieds; Matt Remick took the free-air stock race.
Nick Remick of Pittsburg was third after Brennan Landry - another Pittsburg teen - who finished second in the 14-to-17-year-old competition.
Other winners Saturday were Jake Radzik of Sutton, Mass., Rob McQueen of Pembroke, Scott Copeland of Strafford, Mathew Mason of Groveton, Cole Leroux of Fryeburg, Maine, Emma Brunet of South Hampton, Josh Connolly of Hampton Falls and Nathan Streeter of North Weare.
As the competition day neared, it wasn't certain whether there would be any competition at all.
Despite the best efforts of the Colebrook Ski-Bees snowmobile club to have the LaPerle's IGA-sponsored event take place in Colebrook, as scheduled, the site had to be switched at the last minute.
"Unfortunately, Mother Nature threw a monkey wrench into those plans with rain and warm temperatures during the week to eliminate the possibility of using this track," Organizers said in a news release.
But an Errol club stepped forward with a solution.
"The Umbagog Snowmobile Association in Errol said their track could be ready for racing Saturday morning. The grooming crew, led by Lorraine Turner, worked Thursday night until after midnight, and all day Friday preparing the track, parking and pit area," the organizers said.
Michael and Lori Hall provided the use of their property for the races.
As a result, 147 racers - including a 5-year-old - had an opportunity to compete, despite near-zero temperatures and a hard-packed track.