July 1st 2007
Week number 9
This week is pretty much the half way point of the
2007 season. It’s the forth of July weekend and
the same weekend as the Stars and Stripes National event
in Pittsburgh. With all the hoopla going on we still
managed to draw 170 riders split into 43 motos so all
is well at Foothills.
A nice turnout for the 16 & over open wheels class
as 11 riders were in the house to vie for the top three
positions. In the main event Allen Currier would grab
the lead in turn one with Oldham in hot pursuit. This
announcer figured that Currier would be nearly impossible
to pass once in the lead but Oldham was able to make
a power move in turn two. As they sped towards the tower,
Currier got nearly alongside Steve and they went in
and out of turn 3 side by side. Allen would take the
lead for good in turn 4 and Oldam made him work all
the way to the stripe. Alex Rivera finish third. Armando
Curbelo would bale hard on the second straight but was
fine once the holes in his body were all patched up.
JRA’s Chris DeAmelio was 4th and Dan Buckner 5th.
Enzio Vinci crossed 6th and Hector Gonzalez never did
reach the finish line as he stopped to check on Armando.
Five classes had main events and the 17-24 expert class
was one of them. Armando Curbelo, who had just baled
in the “Open”, jumped back on the horse
and nearly won the main but Dan Buckner was just too
fast. Shawn Kennedy had a solid third.
The 8 yr old rookie class also had a main and Jake Des
Marais and R.J. Miville would enter it both perfect
in their motos. The “Snake” had the lead
into turn 1 but RJ wasted little time in finding a way
around him then stayed in front for the win.
Another main for the 7 yr old rookie class and also
another showdown as two riders were perfect going in.
Owen Giese and Jacob Shpur were the hot-rods who had
won everything so far. When the gate dropped Bubba Hodge,
racing in his last race at Foothills before his family
moves to North Carolina really put on a show. He was
named rider of the week in today’s pre-race ceremonies
and really was stoked. Out of turn 1 the group flew
and here was Bubba in the lead. All the way up the second
straight and into turn 2 and Bubba was still the leader.
Jacob Shpur seemed to be sizing him up down the third
straight and when the time was right, he passed Bubba
for the lead. Jacob would win the class this day but
it was Bubba Hodge who won our hearts. A solid second
and a tremendous improvement is what he will leave us
with. We wish him and his family good fortune in the
South and hope he sends an occasional email to our web
site letting us know how he’s doing. Owen Giese
settled for third.
6 yr old rookies were the next group running a main
event and yet another showdown between two riders undefeated
for the day. Lane Maher, riding with a brand new sponsor
(Hartford County tattoo) and Luke Mc Adams. When the
gate dropped Mc Adams had the lead but again, without
wasting a lot of time, Lane powered his way past him
and eventually won the shoot-out.
The last group to have a main was the rug-rat brigade.
(5 & Under rookies). Ryan Sheppard would be the
winner of every moto plus this main. Connecticut Flooring’s
Hunter Zeiner was second and Conor Guilford was third.
The 16 and 17 & over rookies were combined and Caleb
Dubourg would be the fastest in this group. Joshua Sanford
put another win in the record books in 15 nov action
while Ray Watts did the same in 15 rookie.
Amy Block kept creeping closer to the front in 14 –
15 girls racing but Jennifer Martinsen was still the
In 14X-14N combined, New York’s Fast Freddy Long
won it with Jeff Croshier close behind. Zach Puglisi
won the very competitive 14 rookie class and in 13X-13N
racing D.J. Scott came out on top even with a wreck
in the third round. Only two 13 yr old rookies were
in the house and Daryl Schad would get the best of Travis
Raymond all day long. Kyle Block and Jay Patterson battled
with Nate Martinsen and it would be two of three for
Kyle and a first place trophy.
The Weight Room’s Austin Vaillencourt was the
champion in the 12 novice class. Austin Cyr battled
hard for the win in 12 rookie action and the perfect
of Shawn McAuley would earn him another win in 11X racing.
Dan Delisle had some heavy comp from new expert Nick
Killmer had to give up everything to stay in the lead
for the 10X win. George’s Music center’s
Chris Pfeffer was also right in the mix.
Nick Hull won the wild and wholly 11 rookie class.
Amanda Wedge kept her perfect season in tact with a
win in 11 girls and Danielle Jollicoeur did the exact
same thing in the 17 & over girls class.
The fastest 10N-9X today was Uncle Pat sponsored Matt
Bovat. Shay Brown edged out Chealsee Brown for the 10
yr old girls win. The 8 and 9 novices were combined
and Eagle Electric’s Troy Atchison was the top
gun. Robbie Des Marais earned the win in 9 rookie racing
with the Pin Shop Hobbies Larry Coderre a close second.
Jena Sagendorf was perfect in the 8-9 girls group.
Justin Boissonneault was “Justin-time” to
win the 6-7 novice bracket. Alysha Olson beat Emily
Batista for the 5-7 girls win. In Cruiser action Butch
Feitel won the 40 & over combined group. Not one
of the other three riders finished in the same position
all three time. It simply was great racing to watch.
In 35-39 action Randy Greco, in his 2007 Foothills debut
easily handled the competition. Finally, it was Dan
Delisle topping Jonathan Zeiner in 9-10 Cruiser.
Next week there is a Nationel Event in Trumbull so we
will start 1 hour later then normal. Registration is
from 10 to 1:30 with a 2:30 gate drop scheduled. See
you all then. Happy Forth of July and stay safe.