Race Report June
There are people who believe that we do well because
we have Sunday as our race day. Well, today was a classic
example why that is not always the case. In nearby Kingston
New York there was an NBL Regional event, it was Father’s
Day coupled with threatening weather all day. After
the impact of a very heavy overnight rain on the track,
and most of our volunteers in New York, we really had
the option throwing in the towel and canceling the race.
We asked ourselves what was more important, maintaining
a high rider count or catering to our local rider base.
Without hesitation we decided to hold the race and support
the local riders who have supported us. We even enjoyed
some of the Connecticut regulars and some new folks
from Massachusetts as well.
With 126 riders registered, it could have been a lot
worse. The weather featured a heavy mist from time to
time but at least we got the race in.
In the pre-race ceremonies, 9 yr old Rookie Steven Hull
was named the Rider-Of-The-Week and he named Elite rider
“Pete Palotti” as his favorite rider.
At 1:20 we were ready to go but there were still three
riders who we thought were speeding down from the Regional
who had not yet checked in. We waited the 10 minutes
and decided to drop the gate on time at 1:30. As it
turned out they never did show up anyway. We hope that
anyone who registers will call in if plans have changed
so they can be removed from the race. Motos would have
been structured a little different had they called in.
Because of the lower then normal rider count a lot of
combining took place but the racing action was still
In 35-40 Ex and Nov Garrick Yanosky would hold off Matt
Holderman in all three rounds. Devin Kelly, (19-25 Nov)
would outrun Ty Johnson (JP Maguire) and Josh Sandford
(Midtown Auto Parts) for the win in 19-25 Ex and Nov
In 16 Ex and Nov Colby Benoit was the top dog with Josh
Wedge creeping up for second and William Barna settling
into third. Paul Maher was seen just touching the gate
and his wrist in a cast. Seems his fist had a date with
a wall somewhere and the wall won.
In moto 4 the combining was crazy as 14 Ex Kyle Block
did battle with 14 Nov Tim Osborne and 15 Ex Alex Moura.
When the dust settled it was three time track Champion
Kyle Block in the winners circle with Osborne second.
13 Ex and novs were next and Shawn McAuley was the winner
however, Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music Center”
was really looking energized and pushed Shawn all the
way. Shawn eventually won but had to work. Gabe Cruz
In 12 Ex there were three riders and all three would
win a moto. How’s that for evenly matched? In
the end Dan Delisle was first, Ryan McCoy second and
Chris Pannullo (Fuscos Auto Salvage) third.
In 8 Ex – 8 Nov racing Lane Maher (Hartford County
Tattoo) would ace a perfect with Sky Domain second and
third going to Collin Penn.
As usual there was only one 6 yr old expert in the house
so Hunter Zeiner was paired with two 6 Novs. Hunter
was the winner with the two novices in tow as Finny
Milton and Riley Tweedie were second and third but earning
“expert points” for the day.
In 15-16 Girls racing Angela Therriault topped Amy Block
for the win. 12-14 Girls action saw Katie Moody a little
faster then Ashley Royer. The 12 Girls class featured
the perfect of Jess Maher with Kendra Covington in the
second spot. Jen Cote’ beat a very competitive
Jill Sayre in 11 Girls racing. Alexus Doty (Connecticut
Wells) topped Emily Daigle in 10 Girls. In the 9 Girls
class there were 4 riders vying for the top spot which
eventually went to Kyly Milton. Abigail Mitchell was
second and third went to Madison Birch.
In 5-7 girls action Elizabeth Passeck was first with
Hope Maher (Mark T Kelley Construction LLC) second and
Rileigh Valliere third.
Chris Therriault and Jon Zeiner traded moto wins in
the 11 Ex-12Nov class but with his win in the tie-breaking
third round, Therriault was declared the winner. Jon
Zeiner (With wrist in a cast) was second and Matt Bovat
In 10 Ex-11 Nov racing the D-Man (Dave Moody) was the
dominator this day as he got the job done. Robbie DesMarais
was second and Trevor Fox, coming off double main Event
wins in New York settled for third.
Combining continued with the 10 Novs-9 Exs and 9 Novs
thrown together. Nick Cote’ was the winner in
this mongrel group with Jake DesMarais second and RJ
Miville hanging onto third.
Tom Johnson and Bob DesMarais really put on a show in
40 — 44 Cruiser racing but in the end it would
be Johnson enjoying the win. The best way to describe
this woman’s class would be “40 & a
little bit over”. Marianne Sklarsky would beat
Theresa Dengler and Therese Campbell for the overall
The most combined class of the day had to be the 13-14
/ 17-24 / 25-29 and 30-34 Cruiser class. Greg Sloan
was first across the stripe with Mike Vallone second
and third went to AJ Roy. Chris Pfeffer was fourth.
In 11-12 / 9-10 Cruiser racing Dan Delisle would continue
his dominance with the win. The second spot went to
Chris Pannullo (National Mail) and third went to Nick
In the Rookie classes 14 – 16 yr old were combined
together with Jer Royer, Alex Hubbard (Absolute Masonry
and Home Improvement) and Roberto Elizondo all enjoying
a moto win. When the scores were tallied it would be
Royer the winner, Elizondo second and Hubbard third.
In 13 Rookie action Dylan Vadney edged out Brett Bosek
for the overall win as Ryan Langon was third.
The 12 Rookie class win went to Josh Macomber with Kyle
Stricker second and Tristan Lowry third.
Five riders made up the field in 11 Rookies and Taylor
Nelson, with a sponsor imminent, won the class. Second
went to Chris Stewart and third went to Tim Dengler.
A main event would be required to determine a winner
in the 9 Rookie class which featured the return of Homer
(Bubba) Hodge, who is up from North Carolina for a few
weeks. Steven Hull would win the class with a perfect
right through the Main event. Dustin Petosa was second
and third went to William Guido. Hodge, after winning
three motos, managed a fourth in the main. The only
other Main event would be for the 8 Rookie class. With
Lucas Petosa and Colin Riggs each winning all three
of their motos, this would be a classic showdown in
the main event. As a certain section of the crowd was
going ballistic, Petosa would win the first place prize
with Riggs second. Third went to Garrett Fosbrook. Congratulations
to Lucas as he has now moved up to the Novice class.
It was a great way to do it with that big win.
In 7 Rookies Seth Shaw was the winner with Chris Guido
second and Spencer Leavitt third.
Justin Falasco won the 6 Rookie class by staying in
front of second place finisher Nate Pelletier and third
place finisher Ian Fosbrook.
In 5 & under Danny DesMarais was the overall champ
with Brady Valliere second and Azra Milton third.
In the Open Wheel class Pete Lorenzo would sweep the
motos for the cash with Ty Johnson second and Josh Sanford
The scariest part of the day was the infamous Father’s
Day Race. The line up was Steve Hull, Jay Lentz, Wes
Russell, Curt Villarouel, Gary Michonski and Tom Dengler.
Bam the gate dropped and down the hill they came. On
the first jump Villarouel lost it and fell on the back
side of the jump. Wes Russell saw it happening right
in front of him and looked like he tried to bail out.
He would go airborne and slam into the hard clay. He
was left gasping for air and in obvious pain. He was
later taken to the hospital where it was discovered
that he has a cracked rib. He was released after a couple
of hours and is home. We wish him all the best and a
speedy recovery. Steve Hull was the eventual winner.
For a complete finish report
As always, thanks for your support
on this crazy day. See you next week