Race Report May
Okay week # 3 and it’s
a holiday weekend coupled with a major NBL National
event within four hours of Foothills plus a less then
desirable weather forecast, this would be a struggle
to enjoy a decent rider count for sure. When it was
time to start it actually wasn’t too bad with
136 riders in class and another 9 in the Open Wheels
division resulted in 146 riders with 38 motos.
Before we started Colin Riggs (8 yr old Rookie) was
named rider of the week and said that Zachary Ferris
was his favorite rider.
The Elite Open class was interesting as it would have
been an on the minute on time start had some of those
guys been in the gate when they should have been. Of
course waiting for Pete Balotti to put his shirt and
helmet on might be getting a little old but hey, these
are Elite Riders and they deserve special consideration
right? NOT! Anyway, the gate did finally drop although
1.5 minutes late and as usual, because of the Open Wheels
Dash for Cash, these guys just used the chance for gate
practice. All three were given credit for a moto win
so obviously it didn’t matter to them who was
the overall winner. With a couple of riders in the 19-25
expert / novice class also racing in the Open Wheels
class it would be a three rider shootout even though
there were 5 in the class. Justin Coelho won all three
rounds but he had to hold off a determined Devin Kelly
each time. Third went to Vermont’s Kory Buck.
Paul Maher took care of business in the 16 expert class
on his home track. His old OFR colors were on the back
of second place finisher Colby Benoit while Anthony
Reilly (Aunt Leighann’s Day Care) was third.
Three time track champion Kyle Block was perfect in
the 14 Expert class as he was able to keep Aggro’s
Tommy McClure and Stephen Kallas behind him.
Lane Maher (Hartford County Tattoo) was the only 8 yr
old expert there so he was mixed in with 8 yr old novice
rider Colin Penn and 6 yr old novice rider Arefin (Finny)
Milton. They would finish in just that order.
A rare appearance by Ali Thimmish would result in her
winning the 13 girls / 14 girls / 17 & over woman’s
class. Aggro’s Nicole O’Connor was second
with Nicole Milton third. In 11-12 Girls competition
it was Katie Moody with all three wins with Jess Maher
right behind her and Kendra Covington finished third.
The ten yr old girls class win went to Emily Daigle
with Alexus Doty (Connecticut Wells) in tow. Kyly Milton
(9 Girls) finished ahead of Ashley Jasensky (5-7 girls)
in their mixed class.
Ben Atchison regained some lost skills as he looked
good winning his 26-34 expert and 35-40 nov and expert
combined class. Matt Holdermann Sr. was second with
the third place award going to Garrick Yanosky.
13 ex 14 novice racing saw Tim Osborne edge out Jason
Kellogg and Josh Thimmish after Kellogg bailed in turn
#1 in the second round. As he tumbled Osborne had to
whack some weeds allowing Thimmish to win the second
round (See photo section).
In the 12 ex – 13 nov class Dan Delisle was the
eventual winner with Mike Rossi second but the really
story here was George Norton V crashing hard in the
rhythm section and breaking his collar bone. We are
all devastated at the news of this long time Foothills
racers injury and wish him a speedy recovery.
In 11Ex – 12 nov racing Doug Cable Jr. was perfect
with Troy Atchison and Matt Bovat second and third.
In 10Ex – 11 nov action a rejuvenated Trevor Fox
won tow of the three motos and grabbed the overall win.
Kobe Covington settled for the second place award.
Mike Machonski (9 Novice) finished ahead of two 10 novs
by topping RJ Miville and Owen Giese. Pete Franolich
(Vallaris Martial Arts) fell in practice and was obviously
feeling the effects as he would finish fourth.
Tim Buck would hold off leapin Len Ferris in the 45-49
/ 50+ class. Len finishes close behind Tim if you use
time zones as a means of measurement.
Randy Greco made his 2009 debut at Foothills a good
one as he won the 40-44 cruiser class with a perfect
score. The Hare (Steve Rossi) was second with Rob Giese
third. Theresa Dengler was fourth.
Greg Sloan and Erik Maher traded wins in the 30-34 /
35-39 Cruiser class but the tie breaking third round
went to Erik Maher.
Dan Delisle won his mixed cruiser class with Matt Theriault.
Matt bailed in the first round but was okay and raced
hard the rest of the day.
In 16-17 Rookies action, Benny Ayala held off Brandon
Miville for the overall win. Third place went to Jeremiah
Nick Landi and Demetri Savvidis battled hard in 15 Rookie
action and Landai won the third round to break the tie
and win the class.
Alex Hubbard (Absolute Masonry & Home Improvement)
stayed in front of Kevin Wynne for the 14 Rookie title.
A full gate of 13 Rookies made up the field in that
class and Devone Thomas won two motos with Brett Bosek
winning the other resulting in a one-two finish in the
final standings. Third place went to Dylan Vadney.
Taylor Yurgalevicz made short order of the 12 Rookie
Class as he easily got the win. The second spot was
up for grabs and wouldn’t be decided until the
third round when Tristan Lowry edge out Kyle Stricker
for the brides-maid position.
Mike Wasilonsky (Zeller Tire), Chris Stewart and Neal
Bachmann all had moto wins in the 9 rider 11 Rookie
Class. In the Main event Bachmann would keep his winning
streak in tact with Wasilonsky second and Taylor Nelson
7 riders would make up the main event in the 10 Rookie
class and Nick Bates would save the best for last by
winning it. Scott Thomson was second and third went
to Tajeh Cozzaglio.
10 riders in the 9 Rookie class were in the house and
the Specialized bike with the old-school Skyway mags
on board ridden by Alex Wilcox won everything. Steven
Hull, also perfect through his motos, had to settled
for the second place trophy while William Guido went
home with the third.
Another big turnout in the 8 Rookie class with the reigning
Rider-Of-The-Week Colin Riggs proving he was a good
choice as he won all his motos plus the main event.
Lucas Petosa was second and Vectro Network’s Brandon
Jasensky was third.
Jacob Bacis enjoyed his second consecutive perfect in
the 7 Rookie class by winning all his motos and the
main event. Zack Ferris (Tactical Arms) was a close
second and the third spot went to Casey Navin.
Riley Tweedie flew to a win in the 6 Rookie division
with Torin Ellis second and Justin Falasco third. The
popular 5 & under Rookie class win went to Max Gustafson
with Landon Richard second and Bradleigh Wohlers third.
In the Open Wheels Dash-4-Cash
there were 9 riders entered. It was decided that after
eliminating three through the motos it would be a six
rider main event. It seems that after the motos there
was confusion regarding who actually transfered, specifically
out of the group of five riders where only 3 transfered.
Allen Currier obviously felt he had enough points to
make the cut so he coasted around in the third round
for a fifth place finish. However, per the score sheets
from all the scorers, he would have a 3-2-5 for finishes
where Tyler Johnson had a 4-4-2 for finishes. This means
they both had 10 points and the third round being the
tie breaker, Ty would transfer with his second place
finish. Well Ty didnt think he made the cut so he went
home before the main. This made it a 5 rider main with
Shaun O'Connor, Pete Lorenzo, Pete Balotti, Colby Benoit
and Cody Buck making the cut. When the gate dropped
it looked like Lorenzo would have an easy victory. Into
turn one he had a slight lead but Balotti seems to have
the secret of the new turn and came out on top, Can
you believe it was Balotti and Lorenzo in that order
all the way around. Out of turn 5 they flew and the
announcer called it Balotti, Lorenzo, Buck, Benoit and
O'Connor. However, the scorers have the best view of
the finish line and oficially it would be Lorenzo, Balotti
and Buck 1-2-3. When asked after the race what happened?
Balotti just said he had nothing left in his legs. However,
giving him the respect that I wish he would return by
being ready in the gate, this was, by far, his most
impressive Main event ever at Foothills. It was simply
a great race.
Happy Holiday everyone and see
you next week.
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