Race Report July 16th Triple Pointer
Well, the big one is now history and it sure was a
monster. The rider count shook out to be an impressive
334, more then last years Connecticut State Championship
Race. 78 motos and the hottest Sunday afternoon of the
season made this race certainly memorable.
race 14 year old Rookie rider Josh Sanford was named
the rider of the week for his efforts at the double
pointer the week before.
The gate dropped precisely at 1:30 p.m. as advertised
and the 4 hour marathon was on. With this being another
stop on the popular Weekend Warrior Pro-Am Series, 17
riders were in the house to take their shot at the dash
for cash. Through the motos and the semis they battled
and when the dust settled the final eight read as follows:
Starting in gate 8 was the winner in Meriden on Saturday
Chris Keller; In gate 7 it was Allen Currier; In gate
6 was Pete Lorenzo; gate 5 held Steve Oldham; Locked
in gate 4 was Matt Markie while in gate 3 was Dan Bycinski;
Rounding out the grid was Alex Rivera in gate 2 and
on the pole was Marc Sundstrom. Blam! the gate dropped
and Lorenzo got the worst start of the group. Sundstrom
and Markie where handlebar to handlebar down the front
chute with Matt grabbing the Stampede BMX hole shot
award by inches over Marc. Out of turn one they roared
with Matt stretching the lead by two lengths as Currier
got along side of Sundstrom. When they reached turn
2, Oldham dove to the inside of both Sundstrom and Currier
and had the second spot for a moment. Behind him Lorenzo
passed 3 riders as he dove into the turn. Up the third
straight they raced and Markie was clearly not going
to be caught. As they hit the third turn it was Markie,
Sundstrom and now Lorenzo took the inside line and got
into the third spot. In and out of four and the battle
was on for the second spot. Lorenzo was flying and really
had a head of steam built up for the last turn. With
the door slightly open to the inside, Pete tried to
edge his bike into the gap. It appeared that Marc sensed
he was coming and drifted over ever so slightly and
the inevitable contact occurred as Sundstrom went over
the handlebars. His bike flew into Lorenzo and Pete
virtually stopped and was forced to nearly dismount
while Currier and Oldham slammed into Marc as he lay
on the track. Keller, who was mired in the sixth spot
going into the turn, by-passed the carnage and found
himself in second place as he crossed the finish line.
Lorenzo stumbled around the outside of the wreck and
finished third. Oldham and Currier stopped to try and
help Marc and all three never crossed the finish line.
Later it was learned that Marc Sundstrom suffered a
broken wrist and is out for the remainder of the series.
In expert action the excitement was at the same high
level. In 8 ex action Todd Maniscalchi was the only
one here and was combined with five 9 yr old novices.
Didn’t matter too much as he was perfect and beat
them all. In 9 ex Zack O’Neil aced a perfect score
for Team Edge. Riding for Team CMR Shawn Mcauley won
the 10 ex class. 11 ex Zack Andringa won everything
he ran yesterday bringing home some important first
place points. In 12 ex Dylan Perez and Zack Pirulli
each won all their motos with Dylan winning the main
event. 13 ex action saw Aggro Bikes Shawn O’Connor
winning another big race as he was unbeatable. 14 ex
was wild and whooly as Anthony Del Vento wrecked in
the first round as did Mike Campbell in the third round.
When the score was tallied it was Mike winning the class
by one point. The 15 ex main went to Peak Performances
Andrew Christopher after he, Dylan Hickey, Jason Bush
and Jon Barna all tasted victory at least once in the
motos. Jason Bush would visit the hospital after his
wreck in the third round and learn he has a busted clavicle.
Good luck to Jason and his quest to the grands in Louisville.
The mod-squad, 16 ex, was also stacked and The Merli
Automotive sponsored Darren Merli was top gun. Dan Bycenski
won 17 ex and 18-21 went to Brian Adamaitis with some
great efforts by Matt Markie, Marc Sundstrom and Dan
Buckner. 35 & over was won by Tom Johnson.
Novice racing was spectacular and great action was observed
in all the classes. Ryan Christopher won the 6-7 yr
old division. The “Animal” Mike Gurin was
the 8 nov champion. Josh Valardi was the fastest 9 yr
old and Keith Morsey put one in the books for CMR in
10 nov. Dan Zachilli chilled the 11 nov class with his
win. Alex Moura was quickest in 12 nov. 13 novice racing
saw Mike Dombrowski make it two of three for the overall
win. Logan Mitchell, wearing a white shirt and a bow
tie, captured the win in 14 nov. Dan Krouse got another
step closer to expert status with a big win in 15 nov.
Even with a 6th place finish in the third round, Rob
Zuffelato had enough points to win 16 nov. In 17 yr
old action Zack Ritchie had fast time. Shane McPherson
won 22-29, 35 & over racing.
Rookie winners were Sky Elwood, Colby Hickey, RJ Milville,
Austin Lillis, Mike Buonocore, Mike Iurato, Brett Wojtkowski,
Ryan Shores, Trevon Clay, JoshSanford, Keven Mottai,
Jeramey Bakunis and Tim Bierce. Special Congratulations
to 10 yr old Mike Iurato for his 15th win and his promotion
to the Novice ranks. The 15 rookie class was marred
by the crash of Cody Sheridan. Cody was transported
to the hospital but is okay after a couple of stitches.
In girls racing action Devin Murphy edged Mackenzie
Achison for the 6-7 girl class win. 8-9 yr old and Jessica
Maher put the Video World Superstore sponsored ride
in the winner’s circle by winning the main event.
10-11 action saw Amanda Wedge come out on top. The 12-13
yr old division was won by CMR’s Katie Rose Edgar.
Allie Couch won the 14-15 girls class. Finally it was
Danielle Jolicoeur winning the 16 & over class.
Finishing up with cruisers Zack O’Neil won the
9 & under bracket. Dylan Perez won the combined
10-11, 12-13 group. Pete Balotti aced a win in 14-15,
16-17 combined. 22-29, 30-34 saw Don Olson edge out
the competition in this class. Randy Bitinatis edged
Mike Savage for the win in 35-39 while Jeff Meyer blew
away the comp in 40-44. 45-49 had four riders and the
fastest proved to be Butch Feitel. Christy Kestler won
14-17, 18-29 and Gina Layman won 30-39.
Whew, what a long day but another classic for sure.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this race
the biggest and one of the smoothest run races in the
state this year. Most of all, thanks to all of our customers
for your continued support. See you next week.