Race Report July
Week number 13
Well another Sunday and another
forecast for rain in the early afternoon. Couple that
with an NBL National event in Bridgewater New York and
it equals yet another challenge for a decent rider count.
Under very dark skies we started our opening ceremonies
where 8 yr old Kyly Milton was named our Rider of the
week for her efforts last week. When asked who her favorite
rider was, with full expectations that her response
would be her father (Greg Sloan) she replied “my
favorite rider is me!”.
With an on time gate drop the first of 35 motos got
underway with an eye to the sky. 134 riders were here
and that related to some good racing in spite of the
lower than normal numbers.
The first group of the day was the 15 girls / 17 + woman’s
class where Michelle Main, (Who did not break her leg
in Trumbull last week) easily won. The second place
award went to Nicole Milton while Amy took the third.
The 19-25 expert class was won by Kensington’s
Cliff Richards with Justin Hellwinkel, just cruising
for the second spot.
17-18 ex / nov saw Josh Sanford and Billy Ripley (experts)
combined with novice rider Martin Brown. Officially
Josh would be the winner while Martin Brown was second
and Billy Ripley was third.
Only two riders were entered in the 17 & over Rookie
class and Dan Sears had it all his way. New rider Harold
Ibell finished behind him.
In 16 Ex and nov combined Colby Lake beat both Keith
Brown and Paul Maher. Pauly was just touching the gate.
In the 16 rookies class CJR’s Benny Ayala, after
crashing hard in practice, won after trading wins with
Jasen Brewer while Mike Clark was third.
In the 14 ex / 15 ex class disaster would strike even
before the race started as New Yorks Jeff Croshier,
a top rider for many seasons here at Foothills, would
crash hard in practice, take a trip to the hospital
with his dad and preliminary reports were a cracked
elbow. Good luck and a speedy recovery to one of our
favorite riders. The class was won by Josh Wedge, William
“Oreo Man” Barna was second and the third
spot went to Colby Benoit.
A full gate of 15 rookies saw Tactical Arms sponsored
Jim Ferris ace a perfect. The second spot went to James
Norris while the third went to Alek Smith.
In 13ex / 14 nov combined it was three time track champion
Kyle Block with a perfect. Big Dusty Wilson was second
and the Weight Room’s Austin Vaillancourt was
Demetri Savvidis grabbed the 14 rookie win keeping James
Dumont in second and Zack Watkins finished third.
GHP’s Angela Therriault won the 13-14 girls class
with the second spot going to Ashley Theriault while
Gabby Boxall was third.
The 12 ex gang got combined with 13 novices and that
resulted in a win for State Champion Shawn McAuley.
An impressive looking effort from Alec Norkowski and
a solid second place finish. Dave Norris was third.
Matt Clark and Brenden Aleia finished one-two in 13
In 11ex /12 nov Dan Delisle would finsh the day undefeated.
Ryan McCoy made him work for it with a second while
George Norton was third. A tough crash for Nick Killmer
kept him out of the top three.
Harwinton’s Nicholas Hull dominated the 12 rookie
class acing a perfect. Dylan Vadney finished second
and Grant Larson earned the third spot.
Good mix of 12 yr old girls with four riders in the
house. Katie Moody continued her improvement, this time
she earned a perfect in a very competitive class. Amanda
Wedge had to settle for two while Jayna Roy was third.
Russ Campbell got it done in honor of his mom’s
birthday by winning the 11 novice class. Trev Fox was
our second place finisher while Mike Buonocore simply
touched the gate for third.
In 11 rookie action Wes Reel dominated the class with
Taylor Yurgalevicz, riding for Rich Carlson heating
and Cooling, finished in the second slot. The third
spot went to Kyle Stricker.
T & M Builder’s Jessica Maher won everything
in 11 girls as she managed to stay in front of Jenn
Cote and Rachel Labonte.
State Champ Chris Therriault was top gun in 10 ex. Evan
Greco was a no show in the third round and handed the
second spot to Doug Cable.
Keller Tire Sponsored Mike Wasilonsky was the fastest
10 yr old rookie this day as he got the best of Jeff
Vadney, who was second and third place finisher Chris
Nick Cote’ got the 8-9 novice win with Jack Auto
Body’s R.J. Miville second and Mike Michonski
The 9 rookie class was won by Eric Passeck, Nick Bates
was right on him and finished second while Justin Fracasso
The only Main Event of the day would be in the 8 rookie
division. William Guido, Sean Graveline, Jacob Shpur,
Brandon Jasensky and Bubba Hodge all enjoyed moto wins
but in the Main event, Jacob Shpur would prevail. The
second place trophy went to Brandon Jasensky with William
Guido taking home the third place award.
Reining rider of the week Kyly Milton won the 8 girls
class with Brielle Hatstat second and Katrina Campbell
In 5 & Under / 7 nov action Lane (Superfly) Maher,
doing it for Hartford County Tattoo, got the deed done
with Colin Penn second and 5 yr old Arefin Milton crossing
the stripe third.
In 7 rookie racing Colin Riggs won two of three motos
for the overall win. “Leapin Luke” Petosa,
in spite of a wreck in the second round, salvaged a
second and Jason Lee was third.
Tactical Arms rider Zack Ferris won the 6 rookie class
with Torrington Firefighters Randy Donaghy second and
Casey Navin third.
Derek Fantano (4 yrs old) won the 5 & under rookie
class. Hope Maher was second and Max Gustafson was third.
The always fun to watch 40-44 Cruiser class saw the
debut of “Leapin Lenny” Ferris. He probably
lost little weight with his workout. The battle was
a good one between Moose (Bob Delamare) and Flyin Fred
Roy with Roy eking out the win. Delamare was flying
until the dreaded step-down where he stepped down. See
In 30-34 Cruiser action Garrick Yanosky got it done
while Erik Maher was second and Greg Sloan third.
13-14 girl / 45 & over woman Cruiser racing saw
Angela Therriault beat Therese Campbell on Campbell’s
39th birthday. She cant remember what happened on any
of her other 39th birthdays.
The 8-10 Cruiser class went to Chris Therriault with
Nick Cote’ second.
Pete Lorenzo won the 16 & over open wheels race.
Thanks to Karen Delisle for the “heads-Up”
phone call regarding the approaching thunderstorms.
It was much appreciated and quite valuable. 10 minutes
after the main event the skies opened up.
Remember , to participate in our year-end awards, you
must have raced a minimum of ten times at Foothills
BMX excluding the State Championship race. We are now
entering the last month of the season. See you on Sunday.