June 5, 2005 - Week 6
The first of our two Prudential Cup Series / Nutmeg
BMX State Series Double Points races took place on June
5th under sunny skies with no forecast of rain. With
temps topping out in the upper eighties, the hot weather
promised some hot racing action. An incredible rider
count of 287 was on hand and split into 70 motos, 2
semis and 15 main events.
Starting with the 5 & under Rookie class, eight
riders caused the need for a main in this moto-mite
division. Matt Valardi was perfect in his motos but
could only muster a 3rd in the main as George Pasterok
was in the right place at the right place at the right
time for the win.
The 6 year olds also had a main and
Tyler Bluestein was absolutely dominate all day long
with wins every time on the track including the Main.
Josh Valardi won 7 Rookie. Another Main event was needed
in 8 Rookie and it was showdown time between Keith Morrisey
and the Fusco’s Used Auto Parts sponsored Chris
Pannullo. At the stripe it was Morrisey prevailing.
Another Main event in 9 Rookie with Matt Mitchell and
Don Olson finishing 1-2. In 10 Rookie yet another main
and Dylan Jacquemin was the top dog in that one.
three 11 year old Rookies were on hand and Jared Marchell
put his South Valley Auto sponsored ride in the winners
12 year old Anthony Reilly (The Candy-Man) won
12 Rookie for his sponsor Schweigers’s Tile &
Flooring and Roberto Alicea won two of three motos for
the overall win in 13 Rookie.
The 14 Rookie class had
a Main and Martin Brown, riding for ERA II won every
moto plus the main.
The biggest class of the day was
the 15 Rookie class with 13 riders entered causing,
not only the need for a Main, but semis were needed
to get to the final 8 riders. When the dust settled
it was Rob Zuffellato, riding under the tye-dye colors
of team Real-Deal, capturing the win.
Josh Brown won
16 Rookie and the Legion-of-doom group (17 Rookie) was
won by Matt Lucas.
Novice action was equally exciting starting with Casey
Tanner’s win in 6-7 Novice combined.
was perfect in 8 Nov while Chris Tallberg won the 9
Dustin Belmonte with a brand new sponsor
(Amano’s Pizza) won 10 Nov.
won the 11 Novice gang and D.J. Hall’s Mike Borla
stole the Main in 12 Novice after both Kyle Strong and
Jeff Croshier were perfect in the motos.
won the 13 Novice class riding for his new sponsor,
Only one 14 Novice was on hand (Dan Krouse)
so he was combined with the 14 Expert gang. Dan held
his own and got some experience that will undoubtedly
help him down the road but he could only shake the hand
of the eventual winner, Jason Bush, as he edged out
Justin Markie for the win.
“The Quiet Zone’s”
Aaron Testa was the top 15 Novice and Hector Gonzales
won 16 Novice action for the New Britain BMX Club. Pat
Churchell won 16 Novice and an Ill feeling Bryn Bowen
managed to capture the win in 17, 18-20 Expert / Novice
The Experts were as smooth as ever over the hard packed,
extremely fast surface with National Champion Zac O’Neil
winning 8 Ex.
9 year old expert Nick Perry was the winner
of his class. The 10 ex class were very evenly matched
as 3 of the 4 riders entered each won a moto. Kyle Block,
the defending rider of the year, edged out the competition.
Former National Champ Jake Enriquez won the 11 ex grouping
while the Thomas E. Arnold sponsored Paul Maher won
Team Graffiti’s Mike Cambbell won 13 ex
and Rolling Thunder, Allen Currier, held off the Casa
Mia Restaurant sponsored Pete Balotti for the win in
Matt Markie won the 18-21 group; Chris De
Amelio won 30-34 and Mike Savage won 35 & over.
46 Cruisers were registered and that action was also
hot on the 24 inch machines. Austin Vincent only won
one of his motos but his consistency was enough to eke
out a win in 9 & Under.
Dylan Perez won the 10-11
class and Make Campbell was the winner in 12-13 action.
Pete Balotti won 14-15; Rafael Jimenez won 18-21; Don
Olson captured 30-34 and former world champ, Mike Savage,
Brian Mcinnis put the smack down on Smack-Daddy
Ed Hayes in 40-44 and Butch Feitell topped Dan Krouse
and Gregg Ziebell in 45-49.
Gracen Hayes won 10 &
Under Girls Cruiser, Allie Couch did the same in 11-13,
14-17 girls cruiser. JRA Cycles Sally Mcinnis won 30-39
Photography by Jenna sponsored Amanda Wedge won the
8-9 Girls class, 10-11 action went to Katie-Rose Edgar,
Christy Kestler won 14-15 and Allison Thomas won 16
In the 30 & over open wheels main event Randy Greco
won the T/C Cycle hole shot award but could not hold
off Jason Moriarity who took the win at the line.
The last main of the day was the 16-29 Open wheels
class with 5 riders vying for the cash. Heading into
the first turn it was Walter Dunn and Matt Markie side
by side. Dunn was on the inside and as he started to
turn, he totally washed out and came down hard on his
shoulder shattering his collarbone. Markie cruised around
the track for his fifth win in as many weeks and also
won the T/C Cycle hole-shot award.