Race Report July
Well, here we go again with competing
against another NBL National Event. When the NBL National
schedule came out and Trumbull was awarded a National
Event we had a couple of decisions to make. As a “Host
State” for one of these events, its customary
for all the tracks within that state to provide volunteers
to help. All the tracks certainly came through and the
Trumbull National was a well run, fun event. It does
however, have an effect on any local program running
at the same time. So our options were to not schedule
our race for that weekend or go ahead and run it recognizing
that our “National Riders” would probably
not run both. In recognizing our commitment to the grass
roots side of BMX, and our dedication to our “local
riders”, we unanimously voted to run a scheduled
race but start it one hour later to allow our volunteers
to make the trip up from Trumbull and also any riders
who might want to race both. We knew full well that
it would not be a big race, but felt at the time, and
still do, that it was the right thing to do. We certainly
have no regrets.
Compounding the situation was the fact that the National
Weather Service had issued flood warnings for Litchfield
County and predicted torrential rainfall including possible
hail around 3:00 p.m.
At 2:00 pm we were pretty much ready to go but because
we had scheduled the start of the race to be at 2:30
and all riders who were registered had not yet checked
in, we simply had to wait. At 2:20 pm the skies revealed
that rain was imminent. Only one rider had not yet checked
in so we decided to start the race in hopes that he
would arrive before we finished the first round. If
need be we would hold his moto until the end of the
Only 128 riders were on hand and were split into 35
motos. We started the race but in moto #15 the rain
came hard enough to stop the race. Doppler radar accessed
through cell phones revealed that the rain cell was
relatively small and we decided to give it 10 minutes.
On cue, it began to clear 10 minutes later. We asked
the crowd, by making noise, did they prefer a two or
three moto system. It was obvious that the majority
preferred a two moto transfer at this point and that’s
what we did.
For his efforts last week, 10 yr old Rookie Bryan Basile
was named our Rider-Of-The-Week and he named Trevor
Fox as his favorite rider.
Mixed classes were everywhere and right off the start
moto one and two were for 15 nov / 16 Ex / 26-34 nov
/ 35-40 nov. Wow, how do I even describe that? Anyway,
the lineup in the main event would be (4) 16 experts,
(1) 15 nov, (1) 30 nov and (1) 40 nov. Josh Wedge was
the first across the stripe with Colby Benoit second
and Kyle Strong third and all 16 ex’s. Mike Jasensky
(Xtreme Marine) (40 nov) finished 6th and Carl Carlson
(30 nov) was 7th. The only 15 nov, Jason Kellogg was
5th. Remember, all riders received “Expert Points”
for their efforts.
Three riders in the 14 Expert class and Austin Cyr would
finish with a perfect score. Second went to Stephen
Kallas with Alec Norkowski, feeling the effects of a
practice round wipe-out, finishing third.
Only two 14 yr old girls racing today and Michaela Lourenco
would finish in front of Ashley Royer.
Katherine Moody and Jayna Roy, who were both, racing
earlier in the day at Trumbull finished 1-2 in the 13
Girls class with Ashlee Hodge finishing third. Ashlee
is honing her skills each week and definitely getting
In the 11-12 Girls class Jess Maher would prevail (Seems
to happen every week) with Michaela Groves second and
Alexus Doty (Connecticut Wells) third.
Kyly Milton dominated the 8-9 Girls class yet again
this week as she seems to be setting a new standard
on how girls race BMX. Abi Mitchell was second and Beth
Passeck finished third.
In 5-7 Girls racing Hope Maher, another rider who raced
Trumbull in the morning, raced her way to a win over
Ashley Jasensky (Mom & Dad Racing).
As we move forward, remember that under the NBL rules,
any rider who races with an expert in his class will
receive expert points. A novice finishing third in a
pure novice class would normally receive 30 points.
A novice finishing third in a class that has experts
on board will receive 40 points (equivalent to a win
in a pure novice class).
In 13 Ex / 14 Nov action Multi-time State Champion,
Shawn MaCauley got the job done with Roberto Elizondo
second and Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music center)
12 Ex / 13 nov results featured a win by Dan Delisle,
Second place to Chris Pannullo (Fusco’s Auto Salvage)
and third to Matt Mitchell.
11 Ex / 12 Nov action saw Doug Cable dominate the class
with Jon Zeiner (Mary Shorette) second and Wes Reel
10 Ex / 11 nov racing saw the continued improvement
of Robbie DesMarais as he was perfect after winning
his main in Trumbull earlier in the day. Second went
to Dave Moody while third went to Kobe Covington.
In 9 ex / 10 nov racing Nick Cote’ won everything
in a nice six rider class. The second spot went to R.J.
Miville while Justin Boissonneault slid into the third
8 ex / 9 nov results were Lane Maher (Hartford County
Tattoo) the winner, Sky Domain second and Mike Michonski
7 and 8 yr old novices were combined and Collin Penn
and Lucas Petosa would finish first and second. 7 yr
old Novice Zach Ferris (Tactical Arms) was third across
6 yr old expert Hunter Zeiner (Mary Shorette), as the
only 6 ex beat the only 6 novice, Arefin Milton who
finished second and the only 5 novice Derek Fantano
who finished third.
A very limited number of Cruisers were in the house
and the 40-44 class saw Bobby DesMarais beating Rob
Giese for the win. Joey Watley was entered into the
event but decided not to race on the wet track.
Marianne Sklarsky and Jayna Roy were paired together
with Marianne showing no mercy to the younger Jayna
Greg Sloan, AJ Roy and Jake Bell would finish in that
order in the combined class of 25-29 / 30-34 cruisers.
Mike Vallone and Dave Cruz were paired up in a combined
class of 15-16 / 17-24 cruisers. Vallone would prevail.
Nick Cote’ won the 8 & under / 9-10 cruiser
class with Sky Domain second. RJ Miville was seen at
the picnic table when his moto left the gate in the
second round OOPS!
That fluorescent Flyer, Nick Roy, aced a perfect in
the 17 & over rookie class. Ray Clark and Giovanni
Acevedo finished second and third. 16 yr old rookie
Nick Landi got it done in his class as he managed to
keep second place finisher Jayson Lanzi and third place
finisher Jer Royer behind him.
Alex Hubbard (Absolute Masonry and Home Improvement)
easily won the 15 rookie class with Matt Henderson second
and Gian Gonzelez third.
14 yr old rookie racing only had three riders and it
was Dave Lamb the top dog this day. Brenden Aleia looked
good for a second place run and Jose Torrez was third.
In the 13 yr old rookie class Darren Zimmerman (David
J Mahoney Painting) was the rider to beat and no one
could this day. Rylan Vadney was second and Scott Colby
was third. Scott fell hard in practice and just touched
the gate to get the race in. Hope he is feeling better.
Six riders in the 12 rookie class and Josh Macomber
wasn’t impressed but sure rode impressively. He
aced a perfect with Kyle Stricker second and Jamie Lamb
managed a third.
We also enjoyed 6 riders in the 11 rookie class. Taylor
Nelson (CT Basement Systems) was todays winner. Erik
Dugan was a close second and third went to Chris Stewart.
Bryan Basile reminded us why he was the Rider Of The
Week last week as he repeated his winning ways today
in the 10 rookie class. Justin Fracasso was second and
Alex Gauthier was third. Steven Hull, with a pretty
nasty looking crash in practice, came back to win the
9 rookie main event. William Guido was second and Dustin
Petosa was third.
In the 8 yr old Rookie class there were two riders going
for the glory. There was much more at stake for one
of them. All the way around in the track in the main,
Ed Lentz was in front of Colin Riggs. As they came out
of turn four, Lentz was in the middle of the track riding
fast heading for the rhythm section. Riggs saw the open
door and snuck in on the inside. That set him up for
the inside line in turn five and once there, there was
no catching him. Lentz will have to wait for at least
one more race for his 15th rookie win and promotion
to the novice class. It was an excellent race. Third
went to Jason Lee.
6-7 yr old rookie class racing saw Dustin Souza win
the first place trophy. New rider Henry martin had an
impressive second place finish and the third spot went
to Aman Egan.
For a complete finish report
As always, thanks for your support.
DONT FORGET DOUBLE POINTS