Race Report May
There was much anticipation every
day in the final week before Opening Day. The web Site
had a countdown on how many days were left. When we
hit “OPENING DAY IN 1 DAY”
it was finally almost here. But that Saturday it was
raining for the second consecutive day with a very gloomy
forecast for Opening Day. When Sunday dawned the rain
had stopped but it sure was gloomy. I sat down at my
computer to update the web site only to discover that
the computer had crashed and the mother board was shot.
This is not good!
Arriving at the track at 7:30 am, it was soft but looked
like with a few hours or manpower, it could be restored
to a ridable condition provided we received no additional
rain. We put a message on the answering machine that
the RACE WAS ON.
Sloppy mud was scrapped off the racing surface and stone
dust put down after ruts were filled. At 11:00 the track
was ready and practice had begun.
Wait, could that recently rare brightness actually be
the sun trying to break through? It sure was and it
would be more prevalent as the day wore on.
Opening day registration is a challenge as not only
the race day entries need to be processed, but all the
new rider information and the membership renewals need
the same attention. With a total of 40 new riders and
nearly an equal amount of renewals to process, it would
delay our starting time by 40 minutes but no one seemed
When the motos were posted there would be a total of
48 motos (including the Open Wheels Dash For Cash) and
the Elite Open relating to 195 entries.
With Extreme Marine’s Mike Jasensky being the
only rider here today in the 35-40 Novice class, he
was combined with the four riders in the 35-40 Expert
class. New York’s Mike Gage won every moto for
the overall win with Garrick Yanosky finishing second
and Mike Sigrist grabbing third. GHP’s Tom Kuehn
and Kike Jasenky rounded out the finishing order.
In 19-25 Novice and Expert combined, Dan Buckner aced
a “perfect” with three wins and Mystic’s
Will Nadwairski settled for second while JJ Wernicki
The “Chain-Gang”; 17 Exepert action featured
Buck Brothers, Kory and Cody finishing first and second
as they made their long ride from Vermont worth while
keeping J.P. Maquire & Associates Ty Johnson back
in the third slot.
Martin Brown held off Dan Krouse, soon to be college
bound, and Josh Sanford for the win in 16 Ex / 17-18
In the 17& over Rookie class Brandon Miville and
Tim Walsh traded wins with Brandon gaining the overall
Kevin Mottai retured after taking the 2007 season off
and easily cruised to a win in the 16 Novice gang. CMR’s
Colby Lake and Keith Brown were second and third.
The 16 Rookie class featured the first three riders
being CJR guys as Matt Nichols, Mike Clark and Rob Magi
swept the action.
In the “Wild Bunch”; 15 Experts, A slimmed
and focused Paul Maher, riding out of the T & M
Builders camp, won all three rounds for the overall
title while Kyle Strong and Josh Wedge settled for second
and third. Long time friend William Barna, looking like
he has been laying off the Oreo Cookies this winter,
Factory Felt’s National # 15 Dylan Perez aced
a perfect in the 14Ex / 15 Nov combined class while
D.J. Scott was second and Schweiger Tile & Flooring
sponsored Anthony Reilly was third.
Jim Ferris was dominate in the 15 Rookie class. He won
all of his motos and capped off his great day by winning
the main event as well. CJR’s Jeremiah Royer and
Justin Hernandez were second and third.
Sean Perkins, Mason Johnson riding for Esquire Cleaners
and Ryan Shores was the finishing order in 14 Nov.
Austin Cyr, as awesome as ever, really turned it up
in 12 Ex / 12 Nov combined and beat two Experts for
the win. Chris Pfeffer was second and Shawn McAuley
A full gate in the 12 Rookie class had Gabe Cruz the
winner, Harwinton’s Nick Hull second and Dylan
Defending Track Champion Amanda Wedge held off Jayna
Roy for the win in 12 Girls.
With a new Sponsor, a new bike and the same old great
attitude, Waterbury Tire and Auto sponsored James Oslander
won the 14 Rookie class holding off Dan German and Trav
Raymond in the Main after winning all of his motos.
In 14 Girls action Angela Therriault was the champ.
Jason Chamis held off Stephen Kallas in the 13 Expert
mix and Brett Wojkowski did the same with Justin Thompson
and Dave Norris in 13 Novice action.
In the 13 Rookie gang, Salvatore Ardizone, riding out
of Carmel New York held off Torrington’s Kyle
Sanford and East Hampton’s James Jerjies.
Former national Champion Zak O’Neil had his hands
full with National 21 Dan Delisle but won two of three
rounds for the overall win.
New York’s Casey Tanner was perfect in the 10ex
/ 11 nov combined class with Chris Therriault second
and Fusco’s Auto Salvage sponsored Chris Pannullo
third in a hotly contested main event.
The “Real Deal” Wesley Reel won the 11 Rookie
class with Ken Grenier right behind him.
T & M Builder’s Jessica Maher was the top
girl in the 11 Girls class while Katherine Moody and
Chealsee Kalivas were second and third.
Troy Atchison won the 10 Nov / 9 Ex combined class with
Dave Moody in hot pursuit.
Anthony Ardizne kept his family in the winners circle
with a perfect in 10 Rookie while Zeller Tire’s
Mike Wasilonsky was second.
Justin Boissonneault won the combined 8 Ex / 8 Nov /
9 Nov class as Jake Desmarais and Pin Shp Hobbies Larry
Coderre were second and third.
R.J. Miville may have enjoyed his last win as a Rookie
as its possible his win in the 9 Rookie class may have
been his 15th which would move him to the Novice class.
Pete Franolich finished second.
Julionna Olson and Emily Daigle were the order of finish
in 9 Girls action.
With 11 riders registered in the 8 Rookie class it would
take an 8 rider main event to determine that Bell Electri’s
Owen Giese was the fastest this day. Jacob Sphur was
second and Sean Graveline, who cant wait for the State
#10 plate, was third. I have the plate Sean.
The little ladies were out in force and “Mac Attack”
Makenzie Atchison dominated in 5-7/ 8 Girls combined
while The Ronnie Caruso memorial Award winning Alysha
Olson was second. Kyly Milton and Dixie Damelio were
next across the stripe.
The Biggest SNAFU of the day happened in the 7 Rookie
class as our computer program, for some reason, spit
out a bad main event line up. Unfortunately, it was
not realized in time that Sam Zolla should have transferred
into it but did not. Our appoligies go out to Sam and
his family for this mistake. Collin Penn was the eventual
winner with Collin Riggs second and Kyle Hutzlander
6 yr old Dustin Souza won his main event as Jason Lee,
riding faster then his dad ever did was second and Torrington
Fire Fighter’s Randy Donoghy was third.
In the always popular 5 & under Rookie gang, which
featured 6 riders the order of finish was Riley Tweedie
first, Arefin Milton second, Hope Maher third, Kyle
Kuhn Fourth, Derek Fantano fifth and Shawn Galeski sixth.
In the Cruiser classes Tommy Johnsonn made his local
debut on the big wheels with a win in 40-44 Action (Is
Tom really 40 years old?) .
Tim Buck won 45-49 action while Biker’s Edge owner
Bobby Desmarais won the 35-39 class.
Marge Boissonneault held off Kerry Kuehn in the Womans
Cruiser class and Zak O’Neil won the 11-12 class.
Finally in the 16 & over Open Wheels dash For Cash
it would Be Allen Currier the guy making the most money
Sorry for the delay in getting this report done. I am
still struggling until my PC gets repaired next week.
See you next Sunday and yes, we will be having a Mother’s