After a three-year absence due to mother natures lack of cooperation, the Boonville Snow Festival’s return to racing last weekend Feb. 2 and 3 can be considered nothing less than a huge success.
With a chilly start to the weekend Saturday morning, the spectators and racers converged on the infamous track to once again witness the race for the coveted Adirondack Cup. With over 140 entries spread out in several classifications, the racing was fast and close.
Racers from Michigan to Maine and Canada to Pennsylvania competed throughout the weekend putting on a spectacular show. The weather Sunday looked bleak as the day began and did nothing but get better as it went on.
The Vintage Adirondack Cup race became a race of attrition as the highly modified machines were reaching record speeds and the components were push past their limits from the speed and forces on the drivelines and suspensions.
Andrew Darraugh, from Whitney, Ontario started on the back row after a blown engine in qualifying and quickly put himself in position to be a threat to the early leader, current Vintage World Champion Brice Pretzel. Pretzel’s machine, prepared by Randy Hazzard from Kalamazoo, Mich., blew a belt on the backstretch just after the halfway point and he fell out of the race. Darraugh was able to take the lead after a late race red flag restart when the Anthony Pettinelli machine out of Rome, New York, broke a ski in the first turn sending him and the machine into the hay bales.
Mike Wood from Oxford, Mass. on a Yamaha finished second with one of the local favorites, Joey Bourgeois from Boonville, finishing third.
The modern era sleds took to the track for the second Adirondack Cup race with a full field of highly competitive, meticulously prepared machines. These snowmobiles were reaching speeds of over 100 mph entering the tight corners of the 1/2 mile iced oval track.
Mike Hakey from Walpol, Mass. took an early lead and never looked back. The racing behind him was some of the best of the weekend with the machine of Filepe-Roy Lalonde out of Drummondville, Quebec, after misinterpreting a red flag and slowing on the backstretch, put on a show of speed and driving ability second to none. Lalonde was able to thread his way back through the field closing the gap on Hakey and with a last lap turn four pass he was able to take the second position from the Canadian Sabrina Blanchette. Blanchette, also from Drummondville, is the only woman Pro Champ racer in the sport.
The large crowd of spectators that witnessed these two great races, as well as the rest of the support class races, were pleased to say the least. Many were already making plans for next years event which will be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2020.