Local racers score well at Plattekill Mountain
Local winners in last weekend‚Äôs 11th annual snowmobile drag races at Plattekill Mountain included Erick Hinkley of Roxbury, who won the four-wheeler class on a Honda 330; Brandon Johnson of Arkville, who won the 1000 Improved Class in his Artic Cat Crossfire 1000; Zachariah Clark of Margaretville, who won the Kids 120 Class; Vinny Wojciechowski , who pulled the antique out of the barn and pushed his Ski Doo Blizzard 340 to win in the Antique 340 and Red Needham of Roxbury, who won the Antique 500 Class on his Artic Cat 500.
The weekend weather was perfect for the races and the crowds came out in record numbers. Race fans were treated some great music provided by the band on Saturday during the awards ceremony and some delicious Brooks‚Äô chicken. Dave Mason cranked out some tunes for Sunday‚Äôs awards. Temperatures were hovering in the low 40s on Sunday and everyone who came out to watch went home with a Florida tan from the neck up.
Plattekill Mountain snow groomers provided track maintenance and the winter race crew provided accurate professional timing for the races.
The big winner of the weekend was Jim Wagner racing his modified 800 Ski Doo for his team Jim Swoyer Racing and North American Warhorse from Cresco, Penn., winning every modified class in the large sizes and taking home bragging rights for the 2008 Plattekill Mountain ‚ÄúKing of the Hill.‚Äù
The title sponsor of the event was Wadler Bros. Home Center in Fleischmanns. Snowmobile shop sponsors included Klingers Powersports of Walton, Artic Adventures of Rosendale, Ryder Sled Shop of Roscoe and Rusty Palmer of Honesdale, Penn.
Jere Baker of Jere‚Äôs Sales and Service in Maplecrest inspected sleds right down to the cylinder bore diameter and stroke to make sure the racing was fair and honest.