Race Report July
This was a day of “Finallys”
as finally we would get a day without the threat of
rain and finally, we would be able to run that Untimate
Warrior main event that was postponed due to rain on
June 8th. So what did this equate to in rider-count?
Pretty impressive with 172 amateurs riding in their
classes, another 7 riders in the Elite Open Class and
finally 18 riders vying for the top three positions
in the Bikers Edge Ultimate Warrior Pro-Am Challenge
series race. Using a calculator this comes out to be
197 riders split into 49 motos. The day started out
with 12 yr old Eric Passeck being named the Rider Of
The Week for his efforts on July 6th. He told us that
his favorite rider is “Shades” Austin Vaillancourt.
We also extend our congratulations to 5 yr old Arefin
Milton who, by winning this week in Bethel, became only
the second 5 yr old in Connecticut to become a novice
at this time. Hunter Zeiner will now have someone to
So the day started off with a bang as the first race
run would be the June 8th main event for the 8 riders
who waited over a month to vie for the cash. With an
impressive lineup featuring Pete Lorenzo, Nick St. Lawrence,
Billy Ripley, Matt Markie, Max Egdorf, Allen Currier
and Mike Campbell, this was gonna be shear excitement.
Shawn DePrete was scheduled to be in the main but scratched
due to an injury suffered at South Park a few weeks
before. So the gate rose, locked the riders in and here
we go. Bam! It dropped and the crowd roared as these
hot rods flew down the front straight. Out of turn 1
Currier took the lead and just never looked back. Lorenzo
would bale in that turn and not be the same all day.
All the way around they flew but not a lot of passin
after the announcers tower. At the stripe it was Currier
first, Egdorf second and Nick St. Lawrence was third
all sharing a piece of the $360 pot. Rounding out the
finishing order was Matt Markie fourth, Billy Ripley
fifth, Mike Campbell was sixth, Pete Lorenzo was seventh
and Shawn DePrete was not here. As the action continued,
an impressive 18 riders were entered into stop number
4 of the pro-am challenge. With moto points available
this year it sure made for exciting racing long before
we got to the main. When the dust settled and the semis
were run, the main event lineup was as follows: Billy
Ripley, John Crossan, Ty Johnson, Nick St Lawrence,
Allen Currier, Max Egdorf, Dan Bycenki and Matt Markie.
Coming out of turn one with St. Lawrence on the point.
Currier wasted little time however as he powered by
Nick on the second straight. As they came out of turn
two, Markie and Ripley would get tangled up and wreck
big time. The rest of the field kept flying and by the
time the finish line came up it would be Currier again
the winner, St Lawrence got second with Egdorf winning
third place money. Fourth went to Dan Bycenski, 5th
to John Crossan, 6th was Ty Johnson while the 7th spot
was Matt Markie and Billy Ripley would eventually finish
8th. Both Matt and Billy were slow to get up but both
appeared to be okay.
A good number of females were in the house Sunday and
they certainly are fun to watch. Some real heart throbs
were in the 15 / 17 & over woman’s class with
Amy Block, Michelle Main, Nicole Milton and Brooke Patterson
going for the glory. Michele Main was perfect for the
day as she showed her boyfriend Justin Hellwinkel how
its done. Nicole Milton was second as she is learning
from her 4 yr old son Arefin. Third went to Amy Block
and Brooke Patterson, who’s dad is the track director
at New Paltz BMX took fourth. She also took her boyfriend
Katie Edgar made a rare appearance at Foothills and
aced a perfect in the 14 girls class. Angela Therriault
was second and the third spot went to Victoria Sunbury.
Gabby Boxall beat Nina Runtharamy two of three motos
for the overall win in 13 girls racing.
In the now very competive 12 yr old girls class, Amanda
Wedge had to push hard to stay in front of Katherine
Moody and Jayna Roy. Push she did and did win the class.
The 11 yr old girls winner was T & M Builder’s
jess maher with Kendra Covington second and a brand
new rider this day was Rachel Labonte finished third.
Rachel is the 88th new rider at Foothills this year
and we welcome her to our family of BMXers.
Julionna Olson continued her dominance in the 9-10 girls
class with another win keeping Emily Daigle behind her
The 5-7 / 8 girls class went to Kyly Milton with Alysha
Olson in the two spot and Liz Passeck third in her first
race ever. Alysha is starting to show that she can do
it as she had the lead in one of those motos yesterday.
In the 13-14/17-24 womans cruiser class, two riders
were entered but it sure was evenly matched. Angela
Therriault and Sarah Shatkyvich really battled hard
in all three rounds. Sarah won the first two but had
to pass Angela to do so. In the third round she had
one last shot to get around Angela and dove to the inside
coming out of turn 5. As they hit the last rollers side
by side there was slight incidental contact and Sarah
would fall pretty hard. She was seen limping to the
parking lot with an apparent sore ankle. We hope she
With 72 Rookies in the house the life blood of BMX featured
some hot and heavy excitement.
In the 17 & Over class, where week after week its
just Brandon Miville and Dan Sears doing battle, Brandon
looked like he would continue his unbeaten streak by
winning the first round. Something would change however
as Dan came back in dominating fashion to win the next
two for the title.
In the 16 Rookie class Benny Ayala got the best of his
two CJR team mates with the win. Mike Clark, after a
nasty crash in practice was second and the third spot
went to Angelo Uriotegui
Five riders in the 15 Rookie class and Tactical Arms
sponsored Jimmy Ferris would be the winner. A good battle
for the second spot as Randy Purinton, in his first
NBL race would battle CJR’s Matt Hyatt. Purinton
would grab the spot.
In 12 yr old Rookie action a main would be required
to determine a winner with all 7 riders transferring
Dylan Vadney and Nick Hull were perfect in their motos.
When they all crossed the stripe in the main, it was
Vadney winning it while Mike Smith snuck into second
and Luke Dengler finished third.
Former Rider of the Week Wes reel was rthe 11 Rookie
winner as he managed to keep Kenny Grenier and the Rich
Carlson heating and Cooling sponsored Taylor Yurgalevics
With eight riders present for the 10 Rookie class, they
had to be split into two groups of 4. (NBL rules that
no more the 6 riders in the motos). In the first group
of four riders there would be three different winners
as Jeff Vadney, Brandon Wojtkowski and Neal Bachmann
all felt the joy of victory. In the second group of
four, Mike Wasilonsky dominated all three rounds. In
the Main event it would be the Zeller Tire sponsored
A full gate of 9 yr old Rookies saw Eric Passeck show
us why we chose him as Rider of the Week last week.
He simply won all three rounds of motos. Pete Franolich
(The Pines) was second and “The Marshall”,
Matt Dillon was third.
The biggest Rookie class of the day was the 8 yr old
bracket were 12 riders were on hand. Jacob Shpur, Emory
Burke, Bubba Hodge and Brandon Galeski would all win
motos but the big main event went to Jacob Shpur. Lucas
Petosa won the 7 yr old Rookie class with Connor Calarco
second and Sunny Garcia third.
Riding for Tactical Arms, Zack Ferris won the 6 Rookie
class with Dusty Souza second and Seth Norton third.
Finally in the 5 & under class, Hope Maher made
it two of three over Spencer Burke.
In Novice action the usual combining with Experts occurred.
In the 14ex / 15 nov bracket, it was DJ Scott (14ex)
winning, Jon Daversa (15n) second and the third spot
went to Esquire Cleaners Mason Johnson.
In 12ex / 13N it was Austin Cyr (13N) your winners,
Brett Wojtkowski (13N) second and George’s Music
Center’s Chris Pfeffer (12X) third.
Brianna Clinton Humbled the boys in 12 Novice racing
by winning two of three motos. Only Gabe Cruz beat her
in one moto. The third spot went to Jash Rivera.
Aaron Moccia easily won the 11 Novice class by beating
both Mike Buonocore and Jen Cote.
Biker’s Edge Robbie
Desmarias Captured the 10 Novice win. The second slot
was occupied by Trevor Fox while Dougy Cable, looking
a little like he was just going through the motions,
Justin Rivera won the clash of 9 yr old Novices. Jake
DesMarias (Biker’s Edge) was second and RJ Miville
A nice turnout of 6 yr old Novices featured the dominating
efforts of Nick Cote. Second place went to Bell Electric’s
Owen Giese while Austin Clinton slid into third.
In 5 & under / 7 novice racing Superfly Lane Maher,
riding for Hartford County Tattoo, won all three round,
Second went to Collin Penn and Skyler Domain was third.
The two 5 yr old novices, Hunter Zeiner and Arefin Milton
finish in that order.
In Expert escapades he return of Anthony Kumeiga and
Mike Greco was fun to watch as neither had been around
a BMX track in years. Tony would prevail.
In 19-25 action, most were also entered in the Warrior
race so the efforts put forth were limited at best.
Officially JJ Wernicki was the winner, Dan Bycenski
second and Cliff Richards third.
Max Egdorf won the 17-18 class with Justin Hellwinkel
second and Zack McCready, even after crashing in the
third round, managed a third palce finish in this 5
rider group. Zack would leave the facility early to
get his sore shoulder checked out up in Westfield.
Logan Mitchell took care of business in the Mod Squad
Skirmish (16x) finishing ahead of Paul Maher, who was
focusing his efforts more on the Warrior Race then this
The 15 Experts had a full gate and the action was fast
and furious. Josh Wedge would finish in front of Peak
Performance’s Dave Clark and Adam Hulse, who settled
into the third slot.
Another class with 5 riders was the 13 ex group. Making
Zack. Again, we all hope his shoulder is okay.
Four riders were slicing and dicing in the 40-44 Cruiser
class with Tom Johnson winning it again and Flyin Freddy
Roy was second. The third spot saw Bullwinkle (Bob Delamare)
stay in front of Rob Giese for the third spot.
In 35-39 action Supercross’s Donny Olson got the
bset of second place finisher Erik Maher and third place
rider Jim Burke.
Greg Slone was the fastest in the combined class of
25-29 / 30-34 cruisers, Second quickest was Matt Theriault
(even after a hard fall in the first turn) while Alex
Rivera was third.
In 11-12 / 8 & under / 9-10 combined Cruiser racing,
Chris Pannullo was the dominator with a perfect. Chris
Therriault held on for the second spot while Dougy Cable