May 29, 2005 - Week 5
The May 29th Memorial Day race day dawned with sunny
skies but a forecast of showers off and on all day.
At mid morning the wind picked up and the sky darkened
but no rain. By the time 1:30 came around, the threat
of any immediate rain had vanished and, under sunny
skies, the gate dropped on the first of 49 motos made
up of 180 riders.
Even though it was the smallest rider count so far
this year, the crowd was enthusiastic and the racing
was fast on the hard packed track. Twenty six Cruiser
were on hand and split into ten different groups.Austin
Vincent, Nick Ferrigno, Pete Balotti, Greg Fantano,
Brian Mcinnis, Butch Feitel, Alissa Thimmish, Peak Performances
Megan Burke and Lori Markie were all perfect with Jason
Moriarty winning two of three in his motos.
Seventeen girls were rippin around the track and all
the winners were dominate in their classes. Colleen
Campbell, Jessica Maher, Alissa Thimmish, Christy Kestler
and Jessica Egdorf won every moto in the five different
classes. Colin Vincent was the top 6 yr old expert will
his brother Austin was the same in 8 ex. Twisted’s
Josh Thimmish and Peak Performances Devin Burke traded
wins in the first two motos but Burke won the third
round for the overall win in the 9 ex class.
The Current Foothills BMX Male Rider of the Year Kyle
Block again proved he is the racer to beat in 10ex as
he aced a perfect. Adam Hules won 12 ex again this week
while Anthony Delvento was the dominate rider in 13
ex and 14 nov combined. Justin Markie had to rely on
some passing to win the very competitive 14 ex class
that was stacked with riders like Max Egdorf, Mitch
Mahner, Jon Barna, Logan Brunton and Dylan Hickey.
The Casa Mia Restaurant sponsored Peter Balotti held
off Santoros Cleaner’s Ty Johnson and Merli Automotive’s
Darrin Merli for the win in 15 ex. Mike Scolaro made
it two of three in 16 ex.
Riders from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
made up the field in 18-21, 30-34, 35 & Over expert
combined class with Dan Buckner riding in the Road-Rash
colors winning that class. Lots of combining in the
Novice ranks but there still was some pretty good action
in various classes. The 11, 12 group had Kyle Strong,
Peak Performance’s David Clark and Jeff Croshier
all trading moto wins but in the main, Dave Clark held
them all off for the win. In 15 Novice action Anthony
Strong prevailed as did Onil Vasquez in 18-21 competition.
The usual large number of Rookies was here with fifty
eight in attendance. Tactical Arms sponsored Devon Ferris
won 6 ex while Trevor Fox captured 7 ex. A former rider
of the week Keith Morsey won 8 Rookie and the same with
another rider of the week Matt Mitchell in 9 Rookie.
In 10 Rookie it was NBBC’s Jose Robles top dog
and South Valley Auto’s Jared Marchell won 11
Rookie. With a brand new sponsor, the Candy-Man Anthony
Reilly won 12 Rookie for the gang at Schweiger Tile
and Flooring. Chris Mann managed a win in 13 Rookie
while ERA II’s Martin Brown did the same in the
14 yr old group. The “Z-Man” Rob Zuffelato
was perfect right through the main event in 15 Rookie.
Josh Broiwn held off Rob Edwards and yesterday’s
Birthboy Boy Tim Bierce in 16 Rookie and finally, J.J.
Wernicki won the 17 ex title for this day.Ten riders
went head to head in the 16-29 Open Wheels action and
it was how and heavy. Matt Markie, who has won every
week for three in a row had his work cut out for him
In the Main it was 20 year old Expert Steve Oldham
with the snap. Down the front shoot they raced heading
for the T/C Cycle hole-shot award line. Oldham won the
race to the orange stripe and was holding off Markie
around the second turn. ATR’s Jeremy Eickelberg
was running in third. Heading into the turn behind the
tower Markie dove to the inside and got alongside Oldham.
Side by side they headed over the big RC Hobbies Step-Down
with Markie now set up with the best line going into
turn four. As they exited the turn Matt had the lead
for the final 100 feet of track. At the finish line
it was Markie making it four in a row, Oldham second
and Eickelberg third.