Race Report June
Week # 7
It’s Father’s Day which definitely had an
effect on the crowd size today. 158 riders including
the Elite Open plus another 7 in the 16 & Over Open
was just under our season average of 177.
On Saturday an unbelievable thunderstorm went through
the track area dumping 4.5 inches of rain in about 2
hours. This resulted in huge washouts in certain areas
of the track. Some of us got to the facility at 7:30
and worked diligently for the next three hours to get
the track into somewhat good conditions although definitely
not as good as the norm.
The weather was not bad although it would threaten rain
most of the morning.
At the opening, Jordan Klein was named our Rider Of
The Week from the June 8th race. He declared Shawn McAuley
his favorite rider and T.R.A.C.K. his home track.
Seven Rad-Dads braved the Father’s day race and
all survived without a crash and a very close finish.
The “Official” order of finish was Steve
Hull, Matt Holderman, Mark Reel, Larry Pyer, Dan Petosa,
Bryan Aleia, Anthony Ross.
In the Rookie Classes Zack Ferris, riding under the
sponsorship of Tactical Arms, won all of his 6 yr old
motos but could not get by Dustin Souza in the final
turn as Dusty took advantage of Zack’s squirelliness
in the rhythm section to seal the deal.
The 7 rookie gang also had a Main event and it would
be show-down time between Colin Riggs and Collin Penn
who were perfect in their motos. At the line it would
be Penn the mightiest and Tanner Storz snuck in for
the second place trophy. Colin settled for third.
Jacob Shpur made it a clean sweep through the 8 rookie
class as he won everything including the Main event.
“Wild” William Guido was second and Dustin
Petosa was third.
Although not winning a moto, 9 yr old Pete Franolich,
sponsored by The Pines of Waterbury, was the overall
winner in the 9 rookie class.
In 10 rookie action Ty Hesterberg was the Top Gun by
winning two of three motos with Zeller Tires Mike Wasilonski
a very close second.
A hot rider wearing hot wheels clothing swept the 11
rookie class as Wes Reel was unbeatable. Rich Carlson
Heating and Cooling sponsored Taylor Yurgalevicz was
Last weeks Rider of The Week Gabe Cruz easily won the
12 rookie class holding off Nick Hull, Chad Daigle and
Dylan Vadney in that order.
In the 13 yr old division Jordan Klein would win two
motos but a sixth place finish in the first round sealed
his fate. Justin Hawes would be the most consistent
and claim the first prize.
The craziest class was the 14-15 rookie gang where brand
new rider Bienvenido Ayala would win two of three crash
filled motos and the main event. Second place went to
Alek Smith. Both Travis Moreno and Jeremiah Royer were
taken to the hospital. Reports tonight indicate that
they both have no broken bones.
Plenty of Novices were in the house. In the 5 &
Under novice class, poor 5 yr old Hunter Zeiner, being
the youngest novice in the state, never has anyone to
race so he gets combined with the 7 yr olds. So he wins
the 5 & under class for Oxycare, his sponsor. The
Hartford County Tattoo sponsored Lane Maher was the
first across the stripe. It was great to see Robbie
DesMarais winning the 8 novice class as he has certainly
paid his dues. Bell Electric’s Owen Giese sure
made him work for it with a solid second place effort.
In 10 novice action, Doug Cable, riding under the Gooseboro
Drive In sponsorship, was the dominate rider with a
great effort by Zeiner Tile & Flooring’s Jon
The four 11 yr old novices were combined with the two
10 experts who were here. Remember, it takes three riders
of the same proficiency to make a class and only two
in 10 expert means combining with the next higher novice
class. This is by NBL rule. Chris Therriault, 10 expert,
won the class with Troy Atchison, the other expert second.
This first novice across the line was “Flyin”
State Champ Brianna Clinton won the 12 novice grouping
as she held off the boys in the form of Don Olson and
Combining continued in the 13 Nov-12 Ex class. Austin
Cyr beat the two experts for the win. Shawn McAuley
was second. Austin definitely has home court advantage
here. It will be interesting to see how this battle
goes at the upcoming Double Pointer at Shawn’s
home track in Trumbull.
The 15 nov class, combined with 13 ex and 14 ex, went
to “The Candy Man” now sponsored by Schweiger
Tile and Flooring, Anthoney Reilly. Esquire Cleaners
mason Johnson was second as a birthday present to himself.
Happy B day Mason.
Keith Brown was the only 16 nov today so he was combined
with the two 16 experts and Josh Sanford would win that
Dan Krouse, after winning the first moto in 17-18 novice
action tried to make a very tight inside move in turn
one in the second round. Going in way too hot and not
able to make a turn, he slid out (See photo section).
He came back strong in the third round wth another win
and grabbed the overall. Jeramey Bakunis was second.
In the Expert Classes (very few of them this day) Dan
Delisle held off a much improved Chris Pannullo. Chris
moved into the expert class just a few weeks ago and
has the Fusco’s Used Auto Parts ride flying. Dan
has been up to the challenge.
T & M’s Paul Maher took care of business again
in the 15 expert class getting the best of recently
“Un-retired” Adam Hulse and Colby Benoit
and William Barna.
Zack McCready got the win in 17-18 ex and Justin Coelho
did the same in 19-25.
Mackenzie Atchison led the charge of the Girl brigade
by winning the 8 girls class. Kyly Milton, is definitely
gaining some ground by all the practice she gets at
the track almost every night.
Julionna Olson won the 9-10 girls class with Burlington’s
Emily Daigle second just in front of Jenn Cote.
Jess Maher, riding for T & M Builders, finished
in front of Chealsee Kalivas and Shay Brown in the 11
yr old girls division.
Amanda Wedge, seen earlier in the day with a knee brace
on, labored to win the 12 girls class as Katherine Moody
manage to stay in front of her one moto. Jayna Roy was
third and a weekly improving gabby Boxall was fourth.
Katie Duncan and Victoria Sunbury were fun to watch
representing the 13 girls class with Katie earning the
Angela Therriault (14 girl) was a little faster then
Nicole Milton ( 17 & over women) in that two rider
When the Cruisers put their big-wheeled machines on
the track Chris Therriault won his 9-10 class. Dan Delisle
and Chris Pannullo traded wins in the first two rounds
of 11-12 action with Dan winning the ty-breaking third
round. George’s Music Center’s Chris Pfeffer
The 17-24 gang featured the return of Russ Menz, who
we haven’t seen in three seasons back at the track
and in great shape. His dad was the voice of Bethel
Supercross and, later on, Trumbull for a few years.
Russ aced a perfect.
Again this week the most competitive and intense class
was the 35-39 group with Biker’s Edge Bobby DesMarais
and Don Olson showing no mercy to Erik Maher or even
each other. DesMarais won the ty breaking third round
with Olson second and Maher third. Awesome to watch
the testosterone kick in with these guys.
Tom Johnson toyed with Fred Roy in the 40-44 class with
Bob Delamare aka “Moose” third and “Barefoot”
Stu McCready fourth.
In the Open Wheels “Dash For cash”, seven
riders were in the house so three rounds of motos were
run with a six rider main event. Allen Currier was first,
Pete Lorenzo second and Ty Johnson (JP Maguire &
Single Point Team Race next week. See you all then.