Race Report May
Today’s event was a good
test of what our “normal” attendance might
be for the season as there was no holiday, no nearby
National event and the weather was cloudless, at least
in the morning. This would be the first time since our
opening day that this would be the case. When registration
was over, it would be a decent rider count with 180
riders in class and another 14 entered in the “Open
Wheels” money race.
In the pre race festivities 7 yr old Jacob Bacis was
honored as or “Rider-Of-The-Week” for his
efforts the previous week.
With 48 motos on tap, it was another on-time start as
the gate dropped at 1:29 pm. First up was the 35-40
Ex and nov class and it was great to see an old friend
Scott Merenda back at Foothills for the first time since
our opening year 15 seasons ago. Scotty won every moto
with Mike Jasensky (X-Treme Marine) second and the third
spot going to Matt Holderman.
In 26-34 Experts Mike Greco won the class by winning
two of the three motos. Ben Atchison was second and
the third port went to Tony Kumiega. (More on Tony later)
9 riders were entered in the 17-18 nov / 19-25 ex /
nov class and the motos would see Matt Racine and Devin
Kelly dominate in their motos. The main event would
be won by Aggro’s Dan Bycenski as Racine didn’t
show for the main. Cody Buck was second with Kelly finishing
In 15 nov/16 expert / nov it was Colby Benoit (Pauly
Maher’s shirt) and Josh Wedge perfect in their
motos. When the main event crossed the line it was Shaun
O’Connor winning it with Colby second and Josh
In 14ex / 14 nov action there was no main but Kyle Block
would probably have won it if there was as he dominated
every moto. Tim Osborne was second and the overall third
sport went to Aggro’s Tommy McClure. Tom probably
would have been the second place finisher had it not
been for his third turn crash when he tangled with Tim
Osborne in the third round.
In 13ex racing Austin Cyr and Shawn Mc Auley traded
closely contested moto wins in the first two rounds
but the tie breaking third round went to Cyr. Alec Norkowski
was third overall.
In 11ex / 11 nov racing Casey Tanner and Todd Maniscalchi
would take their perfect days into the main event. When
the shootout was over Todd was the winner with Casey
second and Chris Therriault third.
Only three 9 experts were in the house and the finishing
order was Justin Boissonneault first, Ryan Ellefson
second and Nick Cote’ third.
In 17& over womans action Nicole Milton would make
it two of three moto wins over Allycia Reel. Allycia
would fall after racing was over and was last seen in
the reg building putting a bandaid on a skinned elbow.
In 14-15 girls Angela Therriault was again the fastest
rider in that group this week with Crystal Lumbra and
Ashley Royer finishing second and third.
Katie Moody held off Ashleigh Johnson (Esquire Cleaners)
for the win in the 12-13 Girls class.
In 11 Girls Samantha Lumbra, Jen Cote’ and a much
improved Jillian Sayre were having great battles. Jillian
was really looking aggressive and much improved and
was right in the mix. She took an unfortunate fall in
turn one in the third round that cost her any chance
but she was really looking like she is going to be a
very good BMX’er. The win went to Samantha Lumbra
In 10 yr old girls racing I misreported last week that
Alexus Doty (Connecticut Wells) was the winner with
Emily Daigle second. Well I had it just backwards as
Emily was last weeks winner. This week she would be
a repeat winner as she held off Alexus in two of three
motos for the overall win.
Mackenzie Atchison easily won the 8 yr old Girls class
as she finished well ahead of second place finisher
Kyly Milton and third place new rider Madison Birch.
In 5-7 action for the Girls, it was Hope Maher (Mark
T. Kelley Construction LLC) winning it on her first
ride on her brothers old bike. Elizabeth Passeck was
second and third went to Ashley Jasensky. Ashley fell
in one round of motos but luckily was just fine.
Its always a classic battle in 12ex and 13 nov when
Dan Delisle and Chris Pannullo are paired up. That was
the case today with Dan winning first and third round
for the overall win. Chris was second and third was
12 nov rider Nate Perkins was perfect in his class with
Matt Bovat (Uncle Pats Memory) second and Wes Reel third.
In 10 nov racing, Justin Rivera beat a determined RJ
Miville two of the three motos for the win. RJ settled
into the second spot with third going to Pete Franolich.
(Villaris Martial Arts). Great racing action was the
feature of the 8 ex / 9 nov class. Jake DesMarais won
the first moto, Lane Maher (Hartford County tattoo)
the second and Jake came back to win the third. Sky
Domain, finishing third, was right in the mix every
In 7 nov / 8 nov Brandon Jasensky (Vectro Networks)
would make his debut as a novice as he won his class
the day before at Falcon and earned his move-up. Today
the class would belong to Collin Penn with Craig Lumbra
second and Jasensky third.
In 5-6 nov racing it was Hunter Zeiner (Gramma –
Mary Shorette) winning every moto and Finny Milton second
with Derek Fantano third.
In the 40-44 Cruiser class Tom Johnson got the best
of a closely contested battle with Len Ferris. It was
about as close as Connecticut is in proximity to the
state of California.
In 30-34 / 35-39 Cruiser action Garrick Yanosky was
the easy winner but the battles behind him were exciting.
Second place would go to Tom Kuehn and third to Erik
Gina Layman (KFC / Double Dip) topped Theresa Dengler
in 35-39 / 40-44 Cruiser racing for the females.
Dan Delisle won the mixed Cruiser class for the 9-10,
11-12 and 13-14 age group. Second across the line was
Chris Panullo (National Mail) and third was Chris Pfeffer
(George’s Music Center)
In 15 & over Rookie combined racing Benny Ayala
and Jeremy Royer would trade wins and trade crashes
as both won motos and both crashed. The overall winner
was Ayala, second was Steven Maynard with Royer third.
In 14 Rookie action Roberto Elizondo held off Trevor
A Main event was required to determine the winner in
13 roookie action. Darren Zimmerman won two motos, Brett
Bosek won a moto and Andrew Wright won three motos setting
up a classic main event shootout. This main would be
marked with the possible broken wrist of Darren Zimmerman
(David J Mahoney Painting) as he might have re-broken
an old injury. Andrew Wright won the main, Brett Bosek
second and the third place award went to Chad Daigle.
Ken Grenier was perfect in the 12 Rookie class with
Josh Macomber second and Tristan Lowry third.
Neal Backman won all his motos plus the main event in
the 11 Rookie class. He finished just ahead of Mike
Wasilonsky (Zeller Tire) and Jeff Vadney.
Erik Dugan showed the other 10 yr old Rookies how its
done as he won everything in his class. The second spot
was claimed by Bryan Basile with third going to Tajeh
The 9 yr old Rookie class was sure interesting. In the
second round Steven Hull wrecked and Brandon Ortiz,
instead of gaining a position by default, stoped to
make sure Steven was okay. It was a great display of
In the main event Eric Passeck would lead start to finish.
Alex Wilcox second and third was William Guido.
In 8 Rookie action Jason Lee, after finishing second
in every moto, saved the best for last and won the Main
event. Connor Calarco, who won all of his motos had
to settle for second and Jack Schiavone was third.
The biggest class of the day was the 7 yr old Rookie
class as 13 riders were registered. It would take semis
just to determine who would be in the main event. When
the dust finally settled it was Jacob Bacis winning
the hard fought contest with Casey Navin second and
David Reyes third.
Riley Tweedie won the 6 rookie class as he managed to
say in front of Justin Falasco (2nd) and Tristan Coolbeth
The always popular 5 & under rookie class featured
9 riders. Moto winners were Dan DesMarais, Landon Richard
and Max Gustafson. The Main event was won by Landon
Richard with Max Gustafson second and third went to
In the Open Wheels class 14 riders were entered. They
were split into two groups of seven riders with three
being eliminated after three rounds of motos. The motos
featured fast, hard close racing that had the crowd
cheering. When it was main event time the crowds cheers
would turn to gasps. As they rushed down the front straight
it was Billy Ripley looking like he would challenge
for the lead heading into the first turn. Just short
of the turn he exploded and Tony Kumiega, having nowhere
to go slammed into him. Pete Lorenzo was the eventual
winner with Shaun O’Connor second and third place
money went to Ty Johnson. Ripley would be okay but Kumiega
was slow to get up and was seen limping gingerly as
he walked to the parking lot area. In speaking with
people afterward it seems he virtually ripped off his
big toe nail. OUCH! Tony, I hope your okay and back
Next week is two races. The first race with be followed
by a two-moto race representing the make up from the
opening day rainout. See you all there.
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