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Plattsburgh revved for East Coast Snocross

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

Race fans from all over the Northeast are heading to Plattsburgh this weekend for the East Coast Snocross competition.

Preparations are underway for the event at Airborne Speedway. Bucketloaders and Sno-Cats are being used to push, pile and place the snow on the track.

This is the first time at Airborne after two years at the Crete Civic Center. Organizers say the larger race course with bigger jumps will allow for a more spectacular show.

"The track's going to be half again as big. The jumps are bigger. We've got plenty of snow. So as good as the races were in the last two years, they should be even better this year," said Sherm Hamel of Airborne.

"You'll see a great group of racers and you'll see fast, fast snowmobiles. I'm a motocrosser at heart and when I first came to snowmobiling, I'm thinking, these guys are kinda big, they're kinda slow -- whew! -- I mean zoom," said Paul Peterson of Airborne.

Airborne also has more seating, for as many as 5,000 fans.

The races will be held both Saturday and Sunday at the track just south of Plattsburgh. As many as 200 pro and amateur snowmobile racers from New York, New England and Canada will be competing.

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