Week number 6
Its 7:00 a.m. and one look out the window and I quickly
realized that the weatherman had blown yet another weather
report. I quickly summoned the entire staff. We met
at the track at 8:00 a.m. and decided to run, in a group,
around the track as fast as we could to create a vortex.
The Foothills Vortex normally occurs when the bikes
are on the track spinning the air around so that the
rainstorms are forced to drift to the east or the west.
At 9:00 a.m. we were all exhausted but the mission was
accomplished as the rain subsided, never to return for
the rest of the day. Hey, it coulda happened!
With the threat of rain coupled with actual rain in
the Northwest corner of the state, the rider count was
a bit down with 148 riders racing in class but another
15 riding in the Open Wheels classic.
Combined classes would be the norm this day. In the
30-34 ex / 35 & over ex / 35 & over nov combined
class had 8 riders in the mix. Fred Roy, JRA Cycles
Brian McInnis Shawn Tufts and Chris Deamelio plus Rich
Mikelic all enjoyed moto wins. Chris Deamelio would
be the winner of the main event in his first appearance
at Foothills this year.
The 25-29 Novice class only had 3 riders and it was
CMR’s Kevin Clark with a perfect. Rumor has it
that he has a brand new “perfect” daughter
as well. Congrats to Kevin.
Rob Sullivan handled Northeast Excavating’s Daniel
Sears but I heard Dan wasn’t really “digging
In the prettiest class of the day, Danielle Jolicoeur,
the Moore & Morrison Windows & Siding sponsored
rider won the 17 & over girls class with Cassy Scott
2nd and Michelle Main 3rd. The crowd didn’t seem
to mind who won as all the guys simply enjoyed the view.
15X / 16X / 16N combination class saw Anthony Del Vento
and Dylan Hickey give way to Dan Krouse.
The South End Two Guys Pizza backed Brandon Milville
made it two out of three in the 16 rookie class. Joshua
Sanford, who just seems to be riding his way towards
an expert ranking, won the 15 novice class but Logan
Mitchell sure didn’t make it easy for him. Colby
Lake made his debut as a novice in the class and looked
like he sure belongs here.
Ray Watts beat CJR’s Armando Perez for the 15
14X / 14N action was hot as Video World’s Paul
Maher had his streak of moto wins snapped when he popped
his chain in the first round. Even though he came back
to win the next two rounds, Kyle Strong was consistent
enough with a third and two seconds to edge out the
overall win by one point.
Bryan Szabo was perfect in 14 rookie action. The combining
continued with the 13X and 13N gang mixed together.
Zack Pirulli would be the winner. Frankie Spignolo and
James Oslander had to take it to the third round to
determine the winner of the 13 rookie class. Oslander
won the tie-breaking third round.
In 11X / 12X / 12N combined Aggro Bikes Zack Andringa
would ace a perfect. Jason Chamis was also solid with
2nd place finishes.
In 12 rookie action Harwinton’s Austin Cyr continued
to impress us with yet another win. Tim Osborne made
him work for it. The 11 novice gang saw George’s
Music Center’s Chris Pfeffer win two of three
motos and go home with the gold. Devone Thomas and Mike
Valentine each won motos in 11 rookie but Devone’s
win in the third round earned him a first place finish
for the day.
A1 Self Storage sponsored Amanda Wedge won the 11 girls
class. In 10X / 10N racing Dan Delisle continued to
show why he’s ranked in the top 25 in the country
as he was dominant keeping the likes of Nick Killmer
and Jake Pirulli behind him all day long. Christian
Berti held off the little hot-rod Matt Bovat two of
three times for the overall win in 10 rookie. Jess Maher
did the same as she held off Chealsee Kalivas in 10
Combining 8N and 9N resulted in Dave Moody scoring a
perfect with Eagle Electric’s Try Atchison second.
In 9 rookie action Robbie DesMarais won everything as
the other four riders battled hard for their finishes.
The Olson sisters would be paired together and older
sis Julionna (9 yrs old) would beat Alysha (5-7 yrs
old) for the trophy.
A main event was required in 8 rookie action to determine
a winner. R .J. Milvlle just blew away the comp. Justin
Boissonneaault won the 6 and 7 nov combined motos.
Another Main event was needed in the 7 rookie class.
Jake DesMarais would recover from a first round crash
to win the next two mots plus the Main. Jacob Sphur
had a solid second with Owen Giese third.
40-44 / 45-49 Cruiser action saw JRS’s Brian McInnis
ace a win. Greg Fantano was second with Rob Giese edging
out Dan Krouse for third. Bob DesMarais would be the
winner in 35-39 Cruiser action. Zack Pirulli won the
13-16 combined group. Lane Maher made a very bold move
to pass Jacob Koenig and keep his perfect in tact in
the 6 rookie class. The 5 & under moto-mites were
out in force and yet another main event was needed to
determine the day’s winner. Tactical Arm’s
Zachary Ferris won all his motos plus the main. Dixie
Damelio won a couple of motos and finished 4th in the
main behind Hunter Zeiner and Seth Norton. Zack Andringa
won the 11-12 cruiser race and Dan Delisle did the same
in 9-10 cruiser action.
15 riders were on hand for the Open Wheels Classic and
it sure was just that. The final 8 riders were Lorenzo,
Ripley, Oldham, Balotti, Harley Kelley, Currier, Ty
Johnson and Justin Hellwinkel. Down the front stretch
they sped and just short of the second jump Hellwinkel
and Lorenzo came together and both went down. Allen
Currier had the lead and would not give it up all the
way around. At the stripe it was Currier, Ripley and
Johnson the top three.
On a good note, Anthony Strong, who fell hard on the
starting hill, stopped at the emergency room on the
way home as a precautionary measure due to acute nausea.
He would be discharged and categorized as A-OK.
Get ready to rumble dads. Fathers day race next week.
Peddle-Peddle-Peddle. Payback is sweet! See you all