Race Report August
Well, another weekend and another
prediction of afternoon rain and another National event
to contend with. Pottstown Pennsylvania was hosting
the last National of the year and enjoyed over 100 motos
this weekend with some of our regulars vying for some
valuable National points. So where does that leave us
for a rider count?
Surprisingly it wasn’t too bad by 2008 standards
with 151 riders racing in the amateur classes and another
5 in the 16 & over open. They would be split into
43 motos and provide some pretty good excitement under
hazing sunshine with increasing clouds all afternoon
long. Riders from Massachusetts, Florida, New York,
North Carolina, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island joined
our Connecticut riders.
10 yr old Jeff Vadney, from East Cannan was named Rider
Of The Week and named Pete Lorenzo as his favorite rider.
With an eye to the skies the first moto got underway
at 1:31 and the gloomy weather forecast (Rain by 1:00)
would soon be forgotten.
As has been the norm this year, Experts seem to be a
rare commodity so combined expert and novice classes
There were three 26-34 experts which is enough to create
their own class but only one 35-40 novice and one 26-34
novice. This created a five man moto. As expected the
three experts swept the top three finishing positions
with Tony Kumiega, Kevin Clark and Mike Greco the first
three. The first novice across the stripe was John Ross
with Brian Anderson in hot pursuit.
An impressive six riders were in the 19-25 expert class
which featured three different moto winners. Justin
Coelho won the first round; Zak McCready the second
and Hector Gonzalez the third. Zak would be the overall
winner with “Gonzo” second and Justin third.
17-18 ex and nov combined saw Jeremey Bakunis making
it two out of three moto wins for the overall while
Dan Krouse settled into the second spot.
Pauly Maher, the only 16 ex in the house got combined
with two 16 novs and it was “sound the bell cause
school in in session” as he dominated. Novices
Mike Secor and Colby Lake finished second and third.
Four riders in the 15 expert group and the 2008 resurgence
of Josh Wedge continued as he was perfect in all three
motos. The second spot went to Peak Performances Dave
Clark with William Barna finishing third.
Two experts and two novices were combined to make up
the 13ex / 13 nov combined class. Expert Kyle Block
won all three rounds with an impressive effort from
novice Tim Lambert, who hadn’t raced in four years,
finishing second. The third spot went to Dave Norris.
In 12 ex action Shawn McAuley would ace a “perfect”
keeping Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music Center)
and Ryan McCoy behind him.
11 ex and 12 novs were combined and Aaron Moccia (11
ex) would be the dominator. Nick Killmer (11 ex) was
second and the two novs were third and fourth. (George
Norton and Mike Buonocore).
The National Bicycle League considers it an “equal”
class when an expert class is combined with a nov class
of the next higher age group. An example was the last
class mentioned and also the next one. Remember, it
takes three riders to make a class. Its also important
to note that whenever novice riders get combined with
experts they receive “expert points”.
Two 10 exs were here and also two 11 novs. They would
be combined together and the results were experts Chris
Therriault and Jon Zeiner finishing first and second
and the two novices, Matt Bovat and Trevor Fox finishing
third and fourth.
In non-combined novice racing James Oslander (Waterbury
Tire and Auto) won the 15 nov class staying in front
of Mason Johnson (Esquire Cleaners) and Halton McCready.
The two 8 novs were combined with the three 10 novs
creating two classes in one. Kobe Covington won it with
R.J. Miville (Jack’s Auto Body) an impressive
second and Owen Giese (Bell Electric) third. Owen was
impressive as he was one of the 8 yr olds.
One group had three classes in one with 5,6 and 7 yr
old novice riders grouped together.
7 yr old Lane Maher (Hartford County Tattoo) would be
the winner, 6 yr old Hunter Zeiner (Oxycare) was second
and 5 yr old Arefin Milton was third.
66 rookies would save the day for the riders count.
In 5 & under action Derek Fantano would be the overall
winner even though Riley Tweedie won two motos. Riley
was late arriving and missed his first moto and had
to settle for second while Max Gustafson was third and
Ashley Jasensky, in her first race ever was fourth.
Casey Navin dominated the 4 rider 6 yr old rookie class
which included winning all his motos plus the main event.
The second spot went to Dustin (Dusty) Souza. Randy
Donaghy (Torrington Firefighters 1567) was third.
5 riders made up the 7 rookie class and Colin Riggs
was perfect but it sure wasn’t easy. Lucas Petosa
enjoyed a solid second while Tanner Storz was the third
With 9 riders in the house in the 8 rookie class a main
event would be required to determine todays winner.
William Guido and Brandon Jasensky (Vectro Custom Computers)
would each win all of their motos so it would be a classic
show-down in the main event. “Wild-William”
would prevail with Brandon settling into the second
spot. Third went to Steven Hull.
Eric Passeck easily won the 9 rookie class this day.
Bubba Hodge was second and Devon Schoenbarger was third.
Bubba left the track today and headed back to his home
in North Carolina. See ya next season Bubba.
Pete Franolich (The Pines) won two of three motos for
the 10 rookie overall win. Jeff Vadney manage a second
with Chris Stewart third.
Another main event needed in the 11 rookie class. It
appeared yet another classic showdown would occur as
both Ty Hesterberg and Wes Reel won all of their motos
going into the main. In the main Wes Reel made it look
easy but the second spot went to Taylor Yurgalevicz
(Rich Carlson heating and Cooling) and Kyle Stricker
snuck into the third spot. Hestereberg salvaged a fourth.
Main event time also for the 12 yr old rookies. It would
see Nick Hull in the winners circle, Dylan Vadney second
and Rami Mohamid third.
In 14 rookie action Dametri Savvidis won all three rounds.
Justin Hawes finished second all three rounds and the
third spot went to Zach Watkins even with his wreck
in the first round.
James Norris beat Jer Royer (A-Bone) in 15 rookie.
CJR’s Benny Ayala go the job done in the 5 rider
15 rookie class. Jasen Brewer was second while Mike
Clark (CJR) was third.
Brandon Miville edged out Sean Parzuchowski for the
17 & over win.
In female racing the 17 & over win went to Michelle
Main. Amber Kumiega was second and Nicole Milton was
third. It was great to see Amber again after a three
Angela Therriault beat Ashley Theriault in 14 girls
Katie Duncan had to work hard to stay in front of Gabby
Boxall for the 13 girls win.
Amanda Wedge got the win in 12 girls with Jayna Roy
Kendra Covington beat out Rachael Labonte for the 11
Kyly Milton was unbeatable in 8 girls with Catherine
Buroker second and 5 yr old Liz Passeck third.
There were some pretty good cruiser races and Angela
Therriault would finish in front of Therese Campbell
in 13-14 / 45 & over action.
Jasen Brewer won the 9-10 / 11-12 / 25 – 26 class.
Second went to Chris Therriault while Chris Pfeffer
Greg Sloan won the 30-34 class with Florida’s
Robbie Avery second.
In 35 -39 action it was “Animal House” with
Moose and the Squirrel in the house. (Where was the
hare when you need him?) Flyin Fred Roy won the class,
Todd Zeigher was second, Rob Delamare (Moose) was third
and Rob Johnson (Squirrel) was fourth.
In the 35 – 39 class Garrick Yanosky (Old Skull)
continued his impressive run with another win. Track
Director Erik Maher was second and the third spot went
to Jay Cerullo.
Tim Buck edge out Stu McCready for the 45 – 49
win while Joey Watley did the same to Len Ferris in
50 & over.
In the 16 & over open wheels class Justin Coelho
was the winner with Justin Hellwinkel second and Pete
Don’t forget the Double Pointer next week. This
is a great tune-up for the September 7 State Championship
Race. Have a great week.