Race Report May
Memorial Day Weekend and the
weather is picture perfect. A great day to honor our
veterans and to hold a family oriented sporting event
such as BMX racing. This year our expectations were
all over the place regarding the size of the crowd.
One side of the equation was it being a holiday weekend
and people traveling to visit distant loved ones. On
the other side, with the rising out of control gas prices,
maybe more people would hang around locally and come
out and race. At least there was no nearby National
Event to contend with.
Our day started with the Memorial Day weekend tradition
here at Foothills to honor our hero men and women of
the armed forces who have made the supreme sacrifice
by playing Lee Greenwood’s “GOD BLESS THE
Next up Harwinton’s Nick Hull was honored as last
week’s rider of the week. His picture can be seen
in that section of this web site.
When the motos were posted the rider count was 179 riders
racing in ‘class”; 4 more in the “Elite
Open” class (Pro Class) and another 8 in the “Open
Wheels Competition. This equated to 49 motos which is
not bad considering.
The Elite Open Class is mandatory in Connecticut this
year if there are at least three pro riders at the race.
In years past the pros could just race in the “Money
Opens” if they so desired. With four riders in
the house that hold pro NBL licenses (Pete Balotti self
upgraded today), the grid was Balotti, Lorenzo, Currier
and Allison Thomas. Because 3 of the 4 were entered
into the Open Wheels money race, most just used this
set of motos for “in-race gate practice”.
None the less, Pete Lorenzo seemed to take it a little
more seriously then the rest and was the winner.
Cassy Scott made her return from college a good one
as she held off Nicole Milton in all three of her motos
for the 17 & Over woman’s win.
A big contingent in a mixed bag of classes in a class
best described as 19 & over expert and novice combined.
Bethleham’s Garrick Yanosky, classified as 35-40
expert, would be the winner with Kevin Clark, the only
other expert (36-34) in the mix finishing 2nd. Riding
out of Kensington Cliff Richards was the first Novice
to cross the stripe.
In 17 expert and novice racing Kevin Mottai, the only
novice in the class, would win two of three motos. Congrats
to Zack Ritchie for earning his expert ranking recently
and making a good showing.
Brandon Miville was perfect in the two rider 17 &
over rookis class as he managed to keep Dan Sears in
his rear view mirror all day long.
Logan Mitchell was the fastest 16 expert today as Josh
Sanford appeared to be saving his energy for the Open
Matt Nichols, riding for team CJR won the 16 rookie
division with Rob Magi a solid second.
Two 15 novices were combined with three 15 experts and
the results were predictable as the T & M Builders
sponsored Paul Maher, riding his Nat’l #22 mount,
easily handled the competition. Josh Wedge was second
and William Barna, was third completing the “expert
sweep”. Schweiger Tile and Flooring Anthony Reilly
was the first novice to cross the finish line.
James Norris aced a perfect in 15 rookie action as he
kept Matt Hyatt and Jeremiah Royer at bay.
Angela Therriault continued her sting of perfect days
with yet another win in the 14-15 girls class. Amy Black
In 14 ex / 14 nov combined it was D.J. Scott scoring
a win with nov rider Halton McCready a nice second.
The Waterbury Tire & Auto ride of James Oslander
Dan German won everything there was to win the 14 rookie
class with Newington’s James Dumont in the second
A full gate of 13 ex / 13 nov combined saw our three
time track champion Kyle Block remind everyone how dominate
he can be as he was perfect. Aggro’s Tommy McClure
was second. Austin Vailancourt was right in the middle
of things when he would wreck in the third round and
be carried off the track on a stretcher. Later it was
learned that he has some bruises but will be okay. Great
news about this “Weight Room” sponsored
rider from Thomaston.
Alex Hubbard dominated the 13 rookie gang in his motos,
as did Kevin Klein in his. But in the 13 rookie main
event it would be “Klein at the line” as
he edged out Justin Hawes at the stripe.
NBL Regional Champion Carly Curtin won the 13 girls
class and it was great to see her down here from Highland
12ex / 12 nov combined action saw 3 time state champion
Shawn McAuley win tow of three motos but the new kid
on the block and now a force to contend with was Austin
Cyr. Austin, continues to impress as he is still a novice
and giving experts all they can handle.
Bristol’s Gabe Cruz perfect again in 12 rookie
racing right through the main event. Nick Hull was second
and Devone Thomas was third in this hotly contested
Amanda Wedge held off Jayna Roy and Gabby Boxall in
the 12 girls class again this week but the other ladies
are getting closer.
Dan Delisle won the 11 expert class but new expert Chris
Pannullo, out of the Fusco’s Auto Salvage stables,
pushed him all the way. Nick Killmer was third.
Ryan McCoy, riding out of Wallingford CT. was the top
gun in 11 novice. Tom Curtin and Ian Dickinson battled
hard for the second place trophy which went to Ian.
Keny Grenier, local Torrington rider, worked hard for
the win in 11 rookie. Hot Wheels rider Wes Reel flipped
the gate in the second round ruining his chances for
a win. Rich Carlson heating and Cooling sponsored Taylor
Yurgalevicz was third.
T & M Builders sponsors two riders this year and
both were perfect this week. This time it was Jess Maher
winning it all with Prospect’s Katy Moody second
and Shay Brown third in the 10-11 girls class.
New York’s Casey Tanner won the 10 expert class
which featured Troy Atchison in his first expert race
ever. Troy finished third behind Chris Therriault.
Crazy combining required in the next group as 10 nov
– 9 nov and 9 ex would be grouped together. Zeiner
Tile and Flooring sponsored Jon Zeiner won the main
with the D-Man (Dave Moody) second across the stripe.
Doug Cable, perfect through his motos, was third in
the main event. R.J. Miville (Jack’s Auto Body)
was the only 9 nov here toady and he had a good showing.
Zeller Tire picked up Mike Wasilonsky to sponsor this
year and they are getting some airtime from this front
runner. Mike, however, would finish second this day
behind Ty Hesterberg who simply was “HOT”.
Nice class with a full gate of riders. In 10 rookie.
Another full gate in the 9 rookie class. This one would
see maybe the most improved Foothills rider this year,
Nick Bates, eke out a win. Mike Heffernan was second
and Pete Franolich (The Pines) was third.
Devin Murphy and Emily Daigle were the only 9 girls
in the house and Devin would be the eventual winner.
Justin Boissonneault would be the winner in the combined
class of 8 ex and nov while Ryan Towle was second. The
first nov to finish was Bell Electric’s Owen Giese.
Dutch Lawn and Garden Design’s Sean Graveline
aced his first perfect ever in the motos in 8 rookie
but in the main he went down in flames and was carried
off. His mom would tell us later that he was fine. Jacob
Shpur won the main, Brandon Galeski second and Jacob
Gleacher was third.
“Mac-Attack” Mackenzie Atchison won the
combined class of 5-7 / 8 girls with Kyly Milton second
and brand new rider Val Hart third.
“Superfly” Lane Maher, sponsored by Hartford
County Tattoo, won the 7 novice class with 5 yr old
Hunter Zeiner, (Oxycare) thrown into this class because
there simply are no other 5 yr old novices, finished
second in this 5 rider shoot-out.
In 7 rookie action Brandon Jasensky (Vectro Computer
Systems) and Collin Penn were bot perfect through their
motos. In the main event Penn was a little faster and
Brandon had to settle for second. The third place prize
went to Luke Petosa.
The 6 yr old rookie class was the biggest group here
today with 12 riders entered, vying for a spot in the
eight rider main event. When all was said and done,
Tactical Arms sponsored Zack Ferris would be the main
event winner with Kaine Dog Murphy second and Torrington
Firefighters 1567 sponsored randy Donaghy third.
In the 5 & under rookie main event, Arefin Milton
won it, Spence Burke second and Hope Maher was third.
Chris Therriault won the 8 & under / 9-10 cruiser
class. The 11-12 / 17-24 cruiser division went to and
also featured the return of Sarah Shatkyvich. Glad you
are back Sarah.
Greg Slone beat Matt Theriault in the combined class
of 25-29 / 30-34 cruiser.
Track Director Erik Maher was top dog in 35-39 cruiser,
(Did you hear that Bobby?) Jim Burke second. Max Garcia
unfortunately suffered a bad crash on the back stretch
and we learned later it was a collarbone. Max, we all
wish you well in your recovery.
Tom Johnson and Fred Roy finished 1-2 in 40-44 cruiser
racing. The oldest gang here was the 45-49 / 50 + cruisers.
Vermont’s Tim Buck came out on top, with Dave
Beckwith second. Butch Feitel, after testing the integrity
of the fence in turn two was third.
Rounding out the days action was the 16 & over Open
Wheels class where Thunder Allen Currier would again
go home with first place money. Pete Lorenzo was second
and Bill Ripley was third.
Thanks for spending part of the holiday with us. We
sure appreciate have you. See you next week.