August 12th, 2007
Week number 15
Week number 15 and yet another National event to contend
with. This time it was an NBL Regional in Bennington
and an ABA National in Delaware. The Bennington race
may have actually helped us a bit as some riders stopped
in on their way back to New Jersey. We have heard many
times over the last few years that our success with
high rider counts is simply because we race on Sundays.
That thought process and comment can really get the
dander up on a Foothills staff member as we all know
that our strength is in our rookie program. This was
really evident in the fact that 7 new riders joined
this week bringing our 2007 total of new riders to a
whopping 94. Add this to the 98 new riders last year
and its easy to see where we would be without this campaign.
Today there were 144 riders racing in class plus another
7 in the “Open” making this a 151 rider
race with 39 motos and 4 main events. Not bad by 2007
In opening ceremonies Danielle Jolicoeur and Tyler Johnson
were presented with their Johnson Number Plates for
being named the Northeast BMX Riders of the Month of
July. This is a prestigious award given through a solicitation
of Track Operators, riders, parents etc for both sanctioning
bodies in the Northeast so it really is a big deal.
7 yr old rookie Jacob Shpur was named the “Foothills
Riders of the Week for his efforts last week and named
Owen Giese as his favorite rider.
In the 16 & Over open class there were 7 riders
so we put them all in one group and dropped two after
three rounds of motos transferring five riders to the
Main Event. Justin Hellwinkel, Ty Johnson, Steve Oldham,
Marc Sundstrom and Rob Nichols were the riders. When
the gate dropped Oldham got out first with Ty right
on him and Justin Hellwinkel along side Ty. When they
hit the first jumped Ty exploded in a cloud of dust
and was quickly out of it. Justing dropped into the
second slot with Marc Sundstrom in hot pursuit. Nothing
changed all the way to the last turn when Sundstrom
finally found a way around Justin for the second spot.
There was no catching Steve as he won it, marc second,
Justin third and Rob Nichols and Tyler finished forth
and fifth. This was Justin’s last race with us
this year as he is off to College in Colorado on Thursday.
He is hoping to major in biology and maybe onto med
school at some point. We all wish him well and look
forward to seeing him again next season.
The 10 Rookie main event looked to be a classic as Matt
Bovat, sponsored by “Uncle Pat” and Taylor
Yurgalevicz, sponsored by Rich Carlson Heating and Cooling,
were both perfect through their motos. In the main Bovat
would continue his dominance with his 14th rookie win,
Nick Painchaud was second with Yurgalevicz third. One
more win for Bovat and he will earned a well deserved
date with the novice class. The 8 yr old rookie class
also needed a main event to determine the winner and
Eric Passack would save his best effort for last. Not
winning any motos, Eric won the main event. Mike Heffernan
had a solid second place finish and the “Marshall”
matt Dillon was third. In the 7 rookie main event it
would be a show-down between the teo rider who were
perfect in their motos. These were Jacob Sphur and Owen
Giese. How ironic as Jake was named last weeks rider
of the week and named Owen as his favorite rider. I
guess he made a great choice as Owen won the main with
Jake second and Jacob Gleacher managed a nice third.
In other rookie action Dan McMahan, who hadn’t
raced in about 10 years won the 17 & over gang.
Brandon Miville, riding under the sponsorship of South
End Two Guys Pizza, finished ahead of Armando Perez
in 16 rookie action. Manchester Honda’s Ray Watts
won the 15 rookie class with Jose Garcia second. James
Oslander won the 13-14 rookie class keeping the Tactical
Arms sponsored Jim Ferris behind him. Austin Cyr won
the 12 rookie class with Tim Osborne second and Kyle
Sanford third. It was great to see Chad Daigle riding
the track as he suffered a season ending injury while
at camp a few weeks ago. Although not riding hard, it
was nice to see him out there. In 11 rookie action,
Xavier Dingle, Nick Hull and Rubin Soodak were the top
three in the mix. R.J. Miville won yet another 9 rookie
class but Kevin Raabe, a brand new racer only a few
weeks ago had an impressive effort even though he finished
third behind yesterday’s birthday boy, Pete Franolich.
Jacob Koenig, won the 6 rookie class with Dixie Damelio,
who was racing the boys for the first time, had a solid
second on her birthday and Cam Ala was third. Fishing
out the impressive 60 riders in the rookie classes was
the 5 & under gang where Seth Norton would claim
the win. Randy Donaghy, riding a little 16 inch wheeled
machine was second and Evan Desandre was third.
In the Girls classes Danielle Jolicoeur would win the
15 – 17 group as she stayed in front of Michelle
Main and Amy Block. Cheyanne Noud, riding out of Ridge
New York, won the 13 girls class with Victory Sunbury
second and Deanna Batista third. In 11 girls racing
Amanda Wedge stayed in front all day long, Katy Moody
was second and Mackenzie Atchison (Eagle Electric) was
In 5-7 Girls Kyly Milton would win her first moto ever
but Alysha Olson would win the war as she was first
The 35 & Over experts and novices were combined
and Garrick Yanosky beat JRA Cycle’s Brian McInnis
for the win, Home-Sweet-Home’s Fred Roy was the
first novice and Dan Krouse right behind him. Kevin
Clark topped Bruce taber and Brian Dupras for the 25
– 29 novice win. A real mixed bag in 16X –
16N – 17-24N combined and Winchester Modular Housing’s
Jeramey Bakunis won it with Cliff Richards second and
Dan Krouse third. A hard crash by Zack Ritchie would
keep him out of contention. In 14 novice racing William
Barna (The Oreo Man) won the class with Joan’s
Candy Cupboard’s Anthony Reilly second and Battiston’s
Garmet Restoration’s Mason Johnson third. The
four 11 novices in the house got combined with the two
10X riders and 10X Dan Delisle would win the class.
The other expert was Nick Killmer and he was second.
Finishing third but the first novice across the stripe
was Ryan McCoy. Troy Atchison (Eagle Electric) won the
10 novice class with Jessica Maher second. Five riders
in the 9 nov class and Doug Cable worked hard for the
win. Kobe Covington was second and Robbie Desmarais
was third. Congrats to the Pin Shop Hobbies Larry Coderre
in his first novice race. Hang in there Larry, it will
get better for you quickly.
The 6 and 8 yr old novices were combined and Dave Moody
was today’s champion. Jake Desmarais was second
and Justin Rivera third.
In the 17-24 expert chain gang it would be Marc Sundstrom
coming out on top with Hector (I forgot my shirt) Gonzales
second and Shawn Kennedy third.
Anthony Del Vento, who seems to be able to win whenever
he wants to, apparently wanted to today as he did just
that in 15X action. Mike Campbell was second and Paul
Maher (Video World) third. Jeff Croshier won the 14
expert class with Josh Wedge and Colby Benoit second
and third. Zack McLaughlin, riding out of Mount Holly
New Jersey, won the 13X class with Jay Patterson a close
second. Kyle Block won 12X – 13N combined with
Ryan Shores second. Dan Batista won the 11X-12N combined
group keeping Dave Norris in second and Chris Pfeffer
(George’s Music Center) third.
In Cruiser racing the 45-49 50 – 54 pair would
have Joey Watley finishing in front of Dan Krouse. Brian
McInnis (JRA Cycles) beat Rob Giese in 40-44 racing.
The 35-30 win went to Erik Maher as he stayed in front
of Mike Darrell. Nick Jones, in his first time ever
at Foothills, won the 13-14 / 17-24 class. Nick is from
New Jersey and was heard asking his parents how long
it would take to get here from New Jersey each week.
Dan Delisle won the weekly battle between he and Chris
Pfeffer in 11-12 / 9 – 10 cruiser.
That’s it for this week. Thanks to every one who
helped make this another fun day. Don’t forget
it’s the last double pointer in the state next
Sunday. Be there or be square.