Week number 5
What a day in spite of threatening skies all day long. A state series double
pointer, throw in a Warrior series race, have the Mayor
on site and a huge throng of people and you have the
biggest race in Connecticut so far this season. 244
riders racing in class plus another 16 in the Warrior
race equaled 260 total riders split into 65 motos, 8
semis and 15 Main events.
The festivities started with a visit from the Mayor
Ryan Bingham of Torrington who welcomed everyone to
the city and to the racing facility. This was his first
“official” visit and only the first of what
we hope will be many visits. I can tell you that he
was very very impressed.
There were 3 new riders joining the NBL today bringing
our grand total so far this year to 67. Click
here for a complete listing.
When the racing started it was obvious the usual intensity
that always accompanies a state series race was present.
With the gate dropping only 8 minutes late, that’s
not bad for a huge crowd.
Starting with the second stop on the 5 race Warrior
series and great turnout was on hand with 16 riders
split into three groups all battling to make the 8 rider
main event. As a reminder the main is the only event
in the series that awards points. You must make some
mains to even have a shot at winning the title of the
Ultimate Warrior. After the 3 rounds and the two semis
were completed the lineup for the main event was as
follows. 16 yr vet amateur Alex Rivera; 16 yr vet pro
Chris Keller; 15 yr vet pro and 2006 warrior champ Steve
Oldham; 12 yr vet pro and former track champion Pete
Lorenzo; 12 yr vet amateur Ty Johnson; 12 yr vet amateur
Max Egdorf; 10 yr vet pro Allen Currier and 4 yr vet
amateur Billy Ripley. When the gate slammed it was a
classic side by side sprint to turn number 1. Currier
would take the lead coming out of the big turn and led
the charge up the second straight. Egdorf, Keller and
Oldham were battling hard for the second spot. This
battle continued over the entire course but when they
reached the last turn Oldham dove hard to the inside
of Currier, a move the is becoming his signature move.
When they hit the finish line it would be Currier by
half a wheel, Steve second and Max Egdorf hung onto
third. The point totals after 2 races has it a four
way tie for the title with Ripley, Keller, Egdorf and
Currier all with 32 points. Next stop is on June 24th.
One of the many highlights of the race was the 5 &
under rookie class where there were so many registered,
it would take qualifying through semis to make it to
the main event. Through the motos Jagur Layman, Richard
Bray and Hunter Zeiner were the dominant riders. In
the main event Richard Bray was the winner with Jagur
Laymen and Kaine Murphy close behind.
Another class requiring a set of semis to qualify for
the main event was the 8 yr old rookie clan. Ethan Lazenby
Olshevski was perfect through everything with RJ Milville
second and a hard charging “Quick-Nick”
The 7 yr old rookie class was the last group that had
to battle through a set of semis to reach the main and
all 15 riders were great to watch. When the dust settled
it would be the Bikers Edge Jake Des marais claiming
the win, Jacob Shpur a solid second and Johnny Mackiewicz
finished in the third spot.
Other classes that would feature main events to determine
the winners were numerous. The 9 novice gang battled
until Mike Geurin was declared the winner with Chris
Therriault second and Alex Alfano third.
The 9 and 10 girls main was won by Chelsee Kalivas who
passed both Katy Moody and Shay Brown in the last turn.
Robbie Des Marais was perfect right through the main
in 9 yr old rookie racing as he kept Larry Coderre and
Saul Garcia behind him. The 10 yr old rookie main featured
Ryan McCoy as the winner, Uncle Pats Matt Bovat second
and Kenny Grenier third. Gunner Van Steenberger aced
a win in the 6 yr old rookie main while Lane Maher managed
a second and Collin Penn salvaged a third. The 11 rookie
main event saw Jeremy Buck, after finishing second to
Gabe Cruz in every moto, beating him for the win in
the main. In the main for the 10 yr old novice / 9 yr
old expert combined class, expert Evan Greco was the
winner with novices Nick Killmer and Fusco’s Auto
Salvage’s Chris Pannullo second and third. The
15 yr old rookie main saw Keith Brown and Armando Perez
battle hard with Keith earning the win. Shawn Mc Auley
dominated the 11 ex / 12 nov main event while The Weight
Room’s Austin Vaillencourt scored a second and
Nate Martinsen finished third. Austin was the only novice
in the top three. Speaking of Novices the 35 & Over
novice class was combined with 25 – 29 and 30
–34 novices. Home Sweet Home Cleaning sponsored
Fred Roy aced a perfect with Rich Mickelic third. The
main event for the 35 – 39 cruisers was won by
Randy Greco with Garrick Yanosky and Tommy Kuehn second
Even wrecking in the first round of motos, Pat Burbank
still managed to salvage an overall win in the 16 rookie
class as the South End Two Guys Pizza sponsored Brandon
Milville was second. Chris Nolan would score a “perfect”
in the 14 rookie class keeping Cody Dunn behind him
in all three rounds. Angel Santiago did the exact same
thing in the 13 rookie class as Travis Raymond had to
settle for a nice second place finish.
In 12 yr old rookie action, Harwinton’s Austin
Cyr scored wins in every moto as Rene Cotto was second.
Dave Norris beat out the other two 17 & over rookies
for one of the impressive 1st place trophies.
Chris Pfeffer continued his impressive comeback with
an overall win in 11 novice racing and CMR’s Mike
Iurato was second with Zack Mikelic third. The 17 –
24 novice bunch featured the perfect score of Corey
Longfellow with Anthony Strong second and Jeramey Bakunis
third. The 6 and 7 yr old novices were combined together
and Matt Guerin held off the younger Sky Elwood for
the win. Ryan Towle and Dave Moody traded moto wins
in the 8 novice group but Moody won the tie-breaking
third round for the win. Racing action in the 13 novice
motos saw Alex Harris, Ryan Shore and Mason Johnson
all win motos. When the dust settled Harris would be
the winner, Shores second and the Battiston’s
Garmet restoration sponsored Mason Johnson third. Mason
would take a trip to the hospital after the races to
get his wrist checked out. We hope all is well. The
“Candy-Man, Anthony reilly who is sponsored by
Joan’s Candy Cupboard, made it look easy in the
14 novice motos as he kept Trevon Clay and William Barna
behind him all day.
Zack O’neil handled Dan Delisle and Jake Pirulli
in 10 ex competition.
Only three 12 yr old expert were in the house and The
“Animal” Zack Andringa put the Aggro Bikes
colors out front all day. Jason Chamis and Kyle Block
were also right in the mix. 13 ex Zack Pirulli had it
all his way in his class as the #32 of Ryan Sambells-Greco
could only manage a second. D.J Scott just had one of
those days you’d like to forget. Jon Barna, even
racing in the Warrior Open competition, managed to easily
win the 16 ex class. Anthony Del Vento was the only
15 ex on hand and being combined with three 16 yr old
novices proved no problem as he was dominant. Phil Musmacker
was the fastest novice in the group.
Video World’s Paul Maher kept his unbeaten streak
alive as he cleaned house in 14 ex action. Jesse Edgar
had a solid second.
J. P. Maguire & Associates sponsored Ty Johnson
won the always competitive 17 – 24 expert class.
Mike Savage, after not racing Foothills since 2005,
easily ran up front all day in 35 & over expert
action. Mike has been racing BMX and mountain bikes
both here and abroad.
In Girls racing, 8 yr old Devin Murphy finished ahead
of Nicole Bitinaitis and Emily Daigle for her overall
win. 11 yr old Amanda Wedge kept her A1 Self Storage
sponsored machine in front of the Stich Painting and
Power wash sponsored Jayna Roy. Former track champion
12 yr old Victoria Sunbury beat Carly Curtin for the
win. Danielle Jolicoeur topped Cassy Scott in 17 &
over girls racing. Katie Edgar won the 13 girls class
and Jen Martinsen won the 14 / 15 girls combined class.
On a side note it was great to see Allie Couch back
in this group.
Finishing up with Cruiser racing it would be Zack Andringa
winning the 11 – 12 class. Zack O’Neil getting
the best of Dan Delisle in 9 –1 0 action, Zack
Pirulli was top dog in 13 – 14 comp., Mike Savage
got all he could handle from Todd Zeigher but still
managed to win the 40 – 44 class and finally,
John McDowell would be the fastest in 45 – 49.
Thanks to everyone who was there and we hope you all
had as much fun as we all did watching you.
See ya next week.