July 3, 2005 - Week 10
Should we race on the forth of July holiday weekend
or should we take it off as we did last year? That was
the question that our staff faced back in February when
the 2005 schedule was developed. Knowing that the Stars
and Stripes National at South Park, just outside of
Pittsburgh was going to be held over this same weekend
made the decision all the more difficult. After a vote
was taken and a mixed opinion as to whether we should
or should not, the majority of the voting members elected
to go ahead and cater to our local riders and let the
National riders go off to Pittsburgh. We felt that new
volunteers from the local supporting parents could replace
the missing staff members. As planned, a bunch of new
volunteers were spawned and a decent day of racing was
enjoyed. 143 riders showed up and were split into 41
motos with a lot of combined classes.
With only 23 Experts staying with the local program
it was time for these hot-rods to rack up some points
while a lot of their competitors were off to the National.
Austin Vincent, normally a National Rider easily won
the 8 expert class. The “Animal”; Zach Andringa
edged out Kyle Block for the win in 10 ex. Shaun O’Connor
won the 11/12 expert combined class and even Novice
Dave Clark had to race these guys. Dave did pretty well
with the more experienced competition for Astro Chemicals.
Jason Bush won the 14 ex group which grew by one rider
this week as John Palmer got his 20th Novice win at
the triple pointer in Trumbull last Tuesday night. Congratulations
to John. 15 ex Todd Snow, also sponsored by Astro Chemicals,
had to battle hard to win that class as the Merli Automotive
sponsored Darrin Merli, missed his first moto but came
back to win the next two. William Nadwairski was the
top 16 yr old expert and Dan Buckner claimed the top
spot in 18-21 expert. Pete Lorenzo easily won the 16-29,
35 & over combined class.
Even Greco won the 6,7 & 8 Novice combined class;
Shawn McAuley showed why his Connecticut number one
plate is going to be hard to take away as he chalked
up another win in the 9 novice group. Nate Martinsen
was the fastest 10 yr old novice this day. South Valley
Auto sponsored Jared Marchell enjoyed a win in 11 nov.
RC Hobbies Logan Mitchell put one in the record book
for 13 novice. ERA II’s Martin Brown did the same
in 14 novice. 16 yr old Kevin Matthews won the 16 novice
class for his sponsor; Escape Plumbing and Heating.
Plenty of Rookies were on hand and its always fun
to watch these kids hone their skills. 5 yr old Justin
Aloia held off a hard charging 3 yr old Seth Norton.
Last weeks Rider of the Week Tyler Bluestein again won
the 6 yr old rookie class. Trevor Fox continues his
march to the novice ranks by keeping his streak of wins
going in 7 rookie. Mike Buonocore was the top 8 yr old
rookie; Chris Pfeffer, the George’s Music Center
sponsored rider won 9 rookie; Dylan Jacquemin was the
10 yr old rookie winner; Ryan Shores enjoyed success
in 11 rookie; Schweiger Tile and flooring sponsored
Anthony Reilly was perfect right through the 12 yr old
rookie main event; Shayne Tullock won the 13/14 combined
rookie class. Rob Zuffelato powered his way to a win
in the competitive 15 rookie class while Scott Plourde
did the same in 16 rookie. 17 & over rookie win
went to J. J. Wernicki.
Only 13 girls raced on this holiday Sunday and it
was Alyssa Harris winning 6-7; Gary’s Auto’s
Joceline Levesque won 8-9 Girls; Deanna Batista won
10-11 Girls; Christy Kestler, wearing a blue SE shirt
in place of the familiar red shirt won 12-13/14-15 girls
combined. Cassy Scott won the 16 & Over class.
Cruiser winners were Austin Vincent, Todd Snow, Don
Olson, Randy Greco and Dan Krouse.
Rounding out the days racing was a limited edition
version of the 16-29 Open Wheels Class. It was Superclass
rider Steve Oldham making it 3 in a row, Brian Adamaitis
second and Randy Greco third. Welcome back to Ben Achinson
to the world of BMX Racing.