Race Report May
All week long rain was predicted
for Sunday. This would mean two of three races rained
out after zero rain-outs last year. I guess you pay
the price and it all averages out. The one thing that
we have going for ourselves is the great drainage that
the facility features. This always gives us a chance
to sneak in a race when most people think that there
is none. That may have been the case Sunday as the weather
actually did cooperate to some degree, but those degrees
were not too plentiful on the thermometer. After hard
overnight rains, under cloudy skies with wind gusts
in the 35 mph neighborhood, we decided to go ahead and
run the race. With a small crowd by Foothills standards
(138 riders with 5 more in the “Open”) this
would relate to just 38 motos. The highest the temperature
got all afternoon was 51 degrees but with the wind chill
it certainly felt well below that mark.
But, at least the second rain out was avoided and the
races got off again exactly on time.
Just before gate drop 5 yr old Dan DesMarais was named
our Rider Of The Week for his efforts last week. He
claimed Hope Maher as his favorite rider.
The 3 riders in the “Elite Open” class were
all entered in the “Money Open” so they
just used this opportunity for a little extra gate practice.
It did feature the return of Allen Currier who had not
been riding his bike too often over the off season.
It was good to see him back and officially he was the
winner of the Elite Open class with Pete Lorenzo second
and Pete Balotti third.
A lot of combining in the 15-16 yr old nov and expert
class resulted in 6 fast riders going for the glory.
When the dust settled Colby Benoit won two of the three
motos with Josh Wedge winning the other. The “Oreo-Man”
William Barna enjoyed a solid third.
Three time track champion Kyle Block and Jason Chamis
put on a great show as they traded wins in the 14 expert
class. Kyle would win the tie-braking third round for
the overall win, Chamis second and Aggro’s Tom
MCClure was third.
Casey Tanner aced a perfect in 11 Expert racing by beating
Doug Cable and Troy Atchison all three rounds. Justin
Boissonneault did the same in 9 ex – 9nov combined
as he was the only 9 ex here. Jake DesMarais was second
and Owen Giese a close third.
Two 8 yr old experts did battle with two 8 yr old novices
and the result was a win for Lane “Superfly”
Maher in his first race ever as an expert. The Hartford
County Tattoo sponsored Maher won on Saturday over at
Falcon BMX and earned his expert ranking. Today he battled
with Sky Domain and eked out the overall win with two
out of three moto wins. The third spot went to Collin
Christy Kestler won the 17 & over womans title by
staying in front of a hard charging Christine Gryzbek
with Nicole Milton and Amy Block in tow.
Katie Moody got the job done in the 11-12 Girls class
as she worked hard to stay in front of Jessica Maher.
Chealsee Kalivis was third and Jillian Sayre was forth
in her first race.
In 10 Girls action Alexus Doty and Emily Daigle traded
wins but the tie-breaking third round went to Doty and
she was declared today’s winner.
Mackenzie Atchison beat Kyly Milton for the 9 yr old
Hope Maher (Mark T. Kelley Construction LLC) won the
5-7 Girls division as she was able to keep Elizabeth
Passeck and Ashley Jasensky (Mom and Dad Racing) behind
19 & over expert and nov combined featured the return
of a couple of riders who haven’t raced in 5 years.
Ben Atchison and Matt Racine. Atchison won it with Matt
Holderman second and Racine was third.
Austin Cyr self destructed in the first round of 13
ex – 14 nov racing but came back to win the next
two rounds. That would be just enough to edge out Tim
Osborne for the overall win. The third place award went
to Jason Kellogg with George’s Music Center’s
Chris Pfeffer fourth.
Dan Delisle stayed just in front of Chris Pannullo (Fusco’s
Auto Salvage) for the 12 ex-13 nov win. Third and fourth
were Gabe Cruz and George Norton V.
Nate Perkins made his long ride from Tolland worth it
as he was perfect in 12 nov racing. Wes Reel second
and Matt Bovat (Memory of Uncle Pat) was third.
Dve Moody won every moto in 10 ex-10 nov – 11
nov combined racing. Robbie DesMarais a solid second
and Trevor fox third. Pete Franolich (Vallaris Martial
Arts) was fourth.
Three novice and three different ages in this three
rider moto with 6 yr old Hunter Zeiner beating 7 yr
olf Jagur Layman and 5 yr old Derek Fantano.
New Yorks Dave Beckwidth, sporting his All American
Bicycle Center colors, edged out Len Ferris in 50 &
over Cruiser action. Len was only a long distance phone
call behind him. Actually he was still in winter as
Dave had already raced into spring.
Gina Layman 35-39 Woman’s Cruiser had no other
females to race so she elected to jump in with the men
and she ended up pushing them all pretty hard. The top
three spots went to Curtis Jackson, Greg Sloan and Rick
Dan Delisle stayed in fornt of Chris Pfeffer in 11-12
/ 13-14 Cruiser action.
In the 17 & over Rookie class, T.J. Faulise did
the common BMX foot-stomp and hurt his ankle in the
first round resulting in Kevin Beichner having a free
ride to the winners circle. We hope TJ is okay.
Jim Ferris (Tactical Arms) was undefeated in the 15-16
Rookie class with Nick Landi second and Dave Foster
Roberto Elizondo enjoyed a nice come from behind win
in the 14 rookie class as he recovered from a third
place finish in the first round to win the next two.
Justin Hawes was second and Alex Hubbard (Absolute Masonry
and Home Improvement) was third.
The 13 Rookie class went to Dylan Vadney with Brett
Bosek second and Darren Zimmerman (David J. Mahoney
Kenny Grenier won the 12 Rookie class with Tristan Lowrey
and Josh Macomber having a great battle for the second
spot which eventually went to Lowrey.
In 11 Rookie racing it would take a Main Event to determine
a winner. Jeff Vadney would be perfect through the motos
and also win the main. Chris Stewart was second and
the third went to Taylor Nelson.
In 10 Rookie racing a Main event was also needed to
crown a champion. With Scott Thomson, Tajeh Cozzaglio
and Nick Bates all winning motos, surely one of them
would capture the Main. Nope; The Main event win and
first place trophy went to “Flyin” Bryan
Basile. Thomson was second and Bates settled for third.
The 9 Rookie Main event features a perfect day for Eric
Passeck as he won everything that he ran. Alex Wilcox
was second and Steven Hull was third.
Another Rookie class and another Main event was the
situation in 8 Rookie. Lucus Petosa was perfect in his
motos as was Colin Riggs. But, in the Main, Brandon
Jasensky (Vectro Networks) won the main with Riggs second
and Petosa third.
6-7 Rookie class featured a prefect right through the
Main event for Jacob Bacis. Dustin Souza was second
and third place went to Dave Reyes.
The 5 & under Rookie class is always fun to watch
and that certainly was the case today. In the 7 rider
Main event Max Gustafson would be crowned the winner
with Landon Richard second and Bradleigh Wohlers third.
Finally the "Money Open" went to Pete Lorenzo.
As there was a threat of showers or was that snow flurries,
we decided to run straight through with no second round
break. A double riders raffle will be held next week.
Hopefully the weather will be much more pleasant. Have
a great week.
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