Week number 1
This year we sent out just over
15,000 flyers to 31 local schools, down from 16,000
to 33 schools last year. Then we had rain on 2 of our
3 Open House nights. None-the-less, 222 riders split
into 58 motos is not too bad considering the above.
The biggest frustration of the day, and there were many
for certain staff members, was the new NBL Race program.
After years of trying, the NBL has released a windows
based program replacing the old DOS program. With a
totally different interface, and a lot of “rules”
to follow, I’m afraid that we simply fell on our
face trying to get started. All I can offer is that
we will be meeting to try and streamline our learning
curve and get it behind us.
A good turnout of riders was there for the 16 &
over open wheels class. Split into two groups is was
really hot watch them vie for the 8 qualifying positions.
In the Main event Steve Oldham grabbed the lead and
held it through the first two turns. Allen Currier was
on a mission and as they flew by the announcers tower,
Thunder got on the inside of Steve and completed the
pass as they exited the third turn. Steve gave him enough
room to pass him cleanly and Pete Lorenzo was able to
follow Currier through the same hole. When they crossed
the stripe it was Currier, Lorenzo and Oldham grabbing
In the expert classes, only 24 were present but they
sure put on a thrill-show. The biggest class; 17 –
24 ex, was really rockin the house. 10 riders were vying
for the 8 positions available in the main event and
it was a thrill to watch. Dan Bycenski and Ty Johnson
each won their grouping in the first round. Todd Snow
and Darrin Merli won the second round and it was Merli
and Dan Buckner winning the third round. In the main
event it was the Merli Automotive sponsored Darrin Merli
winning the main, Dan Bycenski was 2nd, Dan Buckner
3rd and Shawn Kennedy was 4th.
Josh Fish would win two of three motos to win the 16
ex class, edging out Ryan Cebollero and Jon Barna. Peak
Performances Mike Eaton was perfect in 15 ex while Aggro
Bike’s Shaun O’Connor did the same in 14
ex. 13 ex and 13 novice combined was won by Peak Performances
David Clark. Aggro’s Zak Andringa was the fastest
in 12 ex. Josh Thimmish also put the team Aggro colors
in the winners circle in 11 ex. Former National Champion
Zac O’Neil won a closely contested 10 ex class
as he, Dan Delisle and Austin Vincent all won motos.
Peak Performance’s T. J. Maniscalchi won the 10
nov-9 ex combined class by beating the two older novices
in his grouping.
19 girls were on hand and are always amazing to watch
their riding skills. The in 15 – 17 group it was
the Moore & Morrison Windows and Siding sponsored
Danielle Jolicoeur beating the younger Jen Martinsen.
Angela Theriault, sporting the Aggro colors topped Amy
Block in 13-14 Girls action. Ali Thimmish grabbed the
win in 12 yr old girls racing for team Aggro. Amanda
Wedge edged out the Stich Painting & Power Wash
sponsored Jayna Roy in the 11 yr old girls class. Jessy
Maher was perfect in the six rider 10 yr old girls class
and Julionna Olson kept Jenny Fish behind her to win
the 8 yr old class. The more experienced Mackenzie Atchison
beat a very cute Alysha Olson to win 5-7 girls.
In novice racing comp it was Home-Sweet-Home Cleanings
Fred Roy winning the 25 & over combined class. In
17-24 action Carl Norris won two of three motos for
the overall win. Sponsored again this year by Winchester
Modular Housing, Jeremy Bakunis won the 16 novice division.
Josh Sandford rewarded his new sponsor, Midtown Auto
Parts with his first win of the year, at least at Foothills.
The Candy-man, Anthony Reilly, was dominant in 14 novice
racing. Even finishing 3rd in his 3rd moto, The Weight
Room’s Austin Vaillancourt had enough points to
win the 12 novice class. Chris Pfeffer, coming off a
lost 2006 season, was back and in charge in 11 nov action.
The 8 and 9 yr old novices were combined together and
it was hot action. Gabe Alfano would be the winner when
the dust cleared. Goshen New York’s Ryan Ellefson
was consistent enough to win the 6 – 7 novice
combined class. Dan Krouse won the 45 – 49 Cruiser
class, while Bob Mahner, looking like he was bouncing
off one side of the Tapanzee bridge to the other, apparently
scared everyone enough to stay behind him as he won
the 40 – 44 cruiser class. Tommy Keunn, sporting
his GHP jersey was top dog in 35-39 action. Don Olson
and Aggro’s Jay Fraga (CruiserJay) traded wins
in 30-34 racing with Olson taking 2 of 3. Ali Thimmish
topped Krystal Donner in 12 & under-17-24 action
and Zac McCready won 17-24.
83 rookies saved the day for rider count and winners
were as follows: Tim Walsh Jr in 17 & over; Anthony
Arena in 16 R; Colby Lake in 15 R; Bryan Szabo in 14
R; James Oslander in 13 R; Ross Motorcars Mike Castle
in 12 R; Gabe Cruz in 11 R; Christain Berti in 10 R;
Austin Lillis in 9 R and Larry Coderre in 8 R;
The highlite of the day may have been in the 17 &
over rookie class when, in the 2nd round, Josh Dellinger
crashed got up, jumped back on his bike then lost his
shoe. He kept going and ended up 2nd after passing three
Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope you enjoyed
yourself as much as we did having you spend your Sunday