Race Report July
Finally, no rain forecast for
today. (Sunday). Over the last couple of days there
was much to do to get the track ready for the race.
Friday night the grass was mowed. On Saturday about
8 man hours were spent on the track surface itself thanks
to the guys from Massachusetts; A.J Roy, Nick Roy, Mike
Vallone and one other guy whose name I have forgotten.
These guys came down to ride and ended up helping me
for a couple of hours. On Sunday morning more volunteers
(Tom Pannullo and Greg Fantano) helped get the track
surface manicured as the weeks rains really did some
damage. Now, with it being the 4th of July Holiday weekend
could we enjoy a decent rider count? Our food vendor,
Nick Macri had called and said his trailer broke down
coming back from New York the night before and he wouldn’t
be there. The Sno-Cone lady called and said she wouldn’t
make it either. By 11:30 the place was a ghost town.
What else could go wrong? Well, Pat Maher called and
let us know that he was hung up and wouldn’t be
there to announce the second round so now pictures were
in jeopardy also. As practice progressed the crowd built
slowly but steadily. When registration closed we had
157 riders and 45 motos. Not as good as last year but
a decent turnout anyway.
Colin Stiles, in the state for the Stileman Clinic/camp
in Trumbull stopped in to hang out and he volunteered
to announce the second round so I could take the photos.
He did a great job.
Anyway, in pre-race ceremonies William Guido was named
the Rider-Of-The-Week for his efforts last week. He
named Steve Hull his favorite rider. Now another problem.
We have an unwritten rule that we usually don’t
award this honor to the same rider more then once. We
realized after the fact that William had gotten it last
year as well. That does not take anything away from
the great week he had last week and we are proud to
have named him the ROTW. However, we feel the right
thing to do is to name a “Co-Rider Of The Week
for the June 28th race. Watch for that rider to be named
with these weeks ROTW at our next race.
In our 16-29 Open Wheels money open seven riders were
vying for a spot in the 5 rider main event. With the
new scrambled moto rules in effect the motos were shear
excitement. In the first round, Elliott McGrath , part
of the Stileman organization won a mot as did Pete Lorenzo.
Round 2 winners were Enzo Perez and McGrath. Lorenzo
crashed on the back stretch and it was feared that he
had broken his hand. He would withdraw from further
competition. In the third round Shawn O’Connor
and Enzo Perez were the winners. The moto money would
go to Enzo first and McGrath second. The main event
lineup was McGrath 1st, O’Connor 2nd, Perez 3rd.
In the regular racing action there seemed to be more
passing going on then recent memory can recall.
Jorge Requena would be the winner in the 19-25 Expert
group With novice rider Devin Kelly second.
Enzo Perez won the 17-18 Expert class as he and Elliott
McGrath were really going at it. McGrath was saving
himself for the “Open” and Colby Lake drew
tough duty racing these two hot-rods. He finished third.
With 16 X Paul Maher just touching the gate, it allowed
two novices Halton McCready and Sean Perkins to really
get it on in their motos. The other half of the group
featured Colby Benoit acing a perfect. In the Main Event
Aggro’s Shaun O’Connor held off Perkins
and McCready for the win.
Kyle Block, after winning the first round, riding the
rear wheel in the second round, then bouncing back to
win the third round for the overall win in 14X. Jason
Chamis was second and Steve Kallas was third.
Shawn McAuley was again perfect in 13 X, Josh Thimmish
was second and Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music Center)
was third. In 11 Expert racing a determined Spencer
Martin (New York) would win two of three with Chris
Therriault finishing second and Troy Atchison was third.
Angela Therriault raked up another win in her mixed
class as the only 15 yr old girl in the moto. 17 yr
old Christine Gryzbek was second and 16 yr old Amy Block
Ali Thimmish had it all her way in the 14 girls class
as she used all her experience to dominate new rider
Ashley Royer who made me promise not to tell her brother
her brakes fell apart in practice. I never did tell
Katie Moody and Aggro’s Nicole O’Connor
really battled hard in the 13 girls class trading moto
wins in the first two rounds. The ty breaking third
round went to Nicole. Ashlee Hodge, Here on vacation
was third behind the two more experienced girls. In
12 yr old girls racing Jess Maher won all three rounds
of racing. Jen Cote’ was second but new comer
Machaela Groves, in her first race ever, shown some
bike handling skills that will make her a force to contend
with in short order. She would finish third in front
of Kendra Covington.
Alexus Doty (Connecticut Wells) and Jen Rossi traded
wins in the 10-11 girls class. Alexus won the ty breaking
In 8-9 girls action Kyly Milton seems to be in a class
by herself at times as she stretched out 3 impressive
easy wins. Katrina Campbell and Keely Michaud battled
for the second spot which eventually went to Campbell.
In 5-7 Girls things got pretty hairy in the second round.
Beth Passeck, who wrecked in the rhythm section in the
first round, was really ripping it up in the second
round as she had the lead coming up the second straight.
She would lose it and crash hard right in front of Hope
Maher (Mark T Kelley Construction) who rode right over
the top of her. Hope would not recover control after
riding over Beth and she fell hard further down the
track. (See photo section). Ashley Jasensky coasted
in for the second round moto win. Both girls were okay
and Hope bounced back to be the overall winner with
Its rare to have the need to combine Rookies with Novices
of the same age but that’s what happened today.
14 yr old Alex Hubbard (Absolute Masonry & Home
Improvement) was the only 14 Rookie here so the computer
combined him with the 14 Novice class. Alex would finish
behind Tim Osborne, Sawyer Martin and Roberto Elizondo.
12X and 13N are considered the same class in the NBL
so its not a “combined” class. Dan Delisle
was today’s winner with Chris Pannullo (Fusco’s
Auto Salvage) second and Travis Perkins third.
Drew Scheinost won the five rider 12 novice class with
Wes Reel second and Matt Bovat (Uncle Pat’s Memory)
In 10X-11N action the “D-Man” Dave Moody
was unbeatable with Johnny Anton second and Trevor Fox
Nick Cote’ was the same dominator in 10n-9X racing
as he won every moto. Pesky Justin Boissonneault was
second and Josh Walsh was third.
In 8X-9N racing Lane Maher (Hartford County Tattoo)
and Sky Domain battled hard with Lane winning tow of
three. Doman was second and Mac Atchison was third.
The 8 yr old Novice win went to Collin Penn, Jagur Layman
was second and the third spot went to Lucas Petosa.
Big combining in the next class with 5N-6X-6N-7N all
thrown together. Arefin Milton (6N) was first across
the stripe, Zach Ferris (Tactical Arms) was second,
and Hunter Zeiner was third. Derek Fantano (5N) crossed
the stripe fourth. Hunter Zeiner fell in the second
round and just kinda rode it out after that.
In the 50& over class, Butch Feitel would get the
best of Dave Beckwith (In more ways then one) in two
of three motos. In the first round Butch couldnt hear
the gate cadence and when it dropped he was stuck there
holding the bag. Dave saw that he didnt leave and stopped
then came back to the top of the hill. The moto was
rerun. Great sportsmanship!
“The Hare” aka Steve Rossi and Stu McCready
really went handlebar to handlebar in the 40-44 Cruiser
class. Rossi would prevail but McCready gave him all
he could handle.
Marianne Sklarsky beat Therese Campbell in 40 &
Angela Therriault (15 yrs old) and Gina Layman (30+)
had to race each other with Angela coming out on top.
Curtis Jackson and Greg Sloan went head to head in 30-34
/ 35-39 cruiser action with the action-man Curtis Jackson
The 25-29 Cruiser class was interesting in the first
rund. As Matt Theriault and AJ Roy headed for turn one
Matt had the lead. AJ (from my point of view) came into
the turn way too low and drifted up and into Matt. I
wish I had my camera ready as you could clearly see
AJ leaning hard to the inside trying to avoid contact
with Matt but to no avail. They traded paint and Matt
became the first person to hit the turn one fence. I’m
not sure if any and all hard feelings were abated but
it sure looked from the tower like AJ did everything
he could to avoid hitting Matt. He simply took the wrong
line into the turn. At the end of the day Matt was the
overall winner. In 13-14 / 17-24 Cruiser racing Chris
Pfeffer and Mike Vallone traded wins but Mike won the
In 11-12 Cruiser racing Dan Delisle and Chris Pannullo
(National Mail) had their usual weekly battle going
on but it would be Delisle winning two of three for
the overall win. Chris Therriault was third.
Nick Cote’ won the 9-10 cruiser class with Josh
Walsh second and Sky Domain (8 & under) third. RJ
Miville, making his cruiser debut was fourth.
51 Rookies were on hand for their special brand of racing.
In the 16 & over gang Nick Roy, riding under the
Bring-a-Buddy program won his first title in his first
day of racing. It looked obvious that this guy was a
free-styler making the cross-over as he has some mad
skills. Nick Landi finished second and the third place
award went to Dan Livingston.
The 12-13 Rookies class would feature Dave Lambs perfect.
Even suffering a hard wreck in the third round Dylan
Vadney had enough to salvage a second place finish.
Dr. Darren Zimmerman was third. With 8 riders in the
11 Rookie class a Main event was required to determine
the winner. Taylor Nelson would be the champ as he simply
won everything including the main event. Chris Stewart,
who won all of his motos had to settle for the second
place award. Third across the stripe was Awesome Austin
Eric Passeck aced yet another perfect in the 10 Rookies
class. Even after wrecking in turn one in round two,
Bryan Basile still had enough points to salvage a solid
second place finish. The third spot went to Nick Bates.
Steve Hull won all his motos plus the 9 yr old Rookie
main event. William Guido, also perfect in his motos
was second and Brandon Galeski (Gold Seal Roofing) was
third. No main in the 8 yr old rookie class this week.
Connor Calarco, looking like he’s starting to
like Foothills BMX, got the job done in this highly
competitive class. Colin Riggs settled for second fiddle
and the third spot went to Jason Lee.
The 7 Rookie class featured a full gate with six riders
strong vying for the overall win. When the dust settled,
Dustin Souza won it with Chris Guido second and third
was Jon Todd third.
Landon Richard won the 5 & under class as he kept
Lucas North at bay and also Aman Egan.
Well, it was a crazy day and after all that preparation,
the racing action was done in two hours. Hope everyone
had a great weekend.
Cya next week.
For a complete finish
As always, thanks for your support.
See you next week