Race Report July 25th, 2010
When we looked
at the NBL National schedule in February there were
a few races that were in direct conflict with our
program but maybe the most significant one was the
Trumbull National this weekend. We tried to compensate
by pushing our starting time back one hour thinking
that it may give riders who are interested in racing
both Trumbull and Torrington, a chance to make the
1 hour trip and arrive on time. When the registration
cutoff time arrived at 1:30 the parking lot was pretty
empty. With a registered rider count of only 115,
it signified that this would be one of the smallest
races in the last 5 years at Foothills.
Before we started Alexus Doty was presented with a
trophy for being named the Rider Of The Week for her
efforts last week at the triple pointer where she
kept her undefeated season intact here at Foothills.
She named Bryan Basile as her favorite rider.
As the scheduled gate drop time approached there were
still 9 riders who had registered but had not yet
arrived? A quick check of local Doppler radar showed
approaching storms so now we were faced with a no-win
situation. Holding the gate for tardy riders with
an impending weather front simply wasn’t fair
to the riders who were there. It was either drop the
gate or wait so long the rain wiped out the whole
race. At 2:40 we decided to get going after announcing
it would be a two moto system.
falling pretty much throughout the afternoon the motos
were run pretty quickly. In reviewing the finish report
at the end of the day, deciding not to wait any longer
proved to be a good decision as 4 registered riders
never made it at all. Two riders missed just the first
round of motos.
In 26 & over
Experts (26-34 / 35-40) Don Hottes, who was the second
rider to arrive in the morning at about 8:30, made
his long wait to race well worth it with a perfect
score. A tired Mike Greco was second with Scott Merenda
The 17-18 Expert
class was combined with the 19-25 expert class. With
four riders competing, the two younger riders: Andrew
Cox and Justin Markie would hold off Kyle Strong and
Pauley Maher. It was the same finishing order in both
Because one rider
was a “no-show” in the 15 Expert class
only two riders were on the track. Austin Cyr topped
Tim Osborne in both rounds. The 'no-show" was
Roberto Elizondo and he arrived just as his moto was
crossing the finish line in the second round. What
a bummer but we appreciate the effort to get here.
It was the same
situation in the 14 Expert / 15 Novice class with
a “no-show” causing a two rider moto.
Chris Pfeffer (Georges Music Center sponsored expert)
aced a perfect by beating novice rider William Chaput.
Chaput, primarily an ABA racer where he has enjoyed
a couple of wins as an intermediate, joined the NBL
at this race and we hope to see him on a regular basis.
13 X – 14N
featured another “no-show” but this time
there were still three rider racing. Chris Pannullo
(Fusco’s Used Auto Parts), Dan Delisle and Dylan
Vadney was the finishing order.
12 yr old expert
Josh Blankquart, another ABA rider giving us a chance
looked impressive as he handled 13 novice riders Wes
Reel and Matt Bovat well enough for a perfect score.
Dave Moody was
the only expert in the 5 rider 11x – 12n class
and he showed the difference between expert and novice
rankings can span ages. The “D-Man” was
perfect with Neil Bachman second and Erik Dugan third.
Dugan, the first rider at the track in the morning,
arrived at the track at 8:00 am and must have been
tired of the six and a half hour wait. Bachman is
yet another ABA rider to give Foothills version of
the NBL a try.
10 and 11 Novice
ages were combined and the five riders in the group
mixed it up pretty good. Bryan Basile won the first
round but the ty breaking second round went to RJ
Miville. Finishing third overall would be “The
Marshall” Matt Dillon.
action saw the order as Jason Kellogg, Jon Daversa
(Dave’s Auto Detailing) and Jim Ferris finish
1-2-3. Alex Hubbard finished fourth as he was obviously
hurting from a morning practice crash. Definitely
no fun practicing crashing but it appears he has the
technique figured out after the last couple of weeks.
In 9 Novice action,
Colin Riggs was the overall winner with Craig Lumbra
second and Garrett Fosbrook third. Garrett was right
in the mix in his first race as a Novice after earning
his move up at Bethel last Wednesday.
7-8 Novice racing
was interesting as the only 7 yr old beat the three
8 yr olds. Finny Milton won both rounds with Zach
Ferris (Tactical Arms) second and Seth Shaw third.
The fourth spot deserves honorable mention as the
rider was from Birmingham Alabama. It was great to
see William Seitz in the house. Had the pleasure of
talking with his parents for about an hour and it
was a nice conversation with some nice people.
there were only five Cruiser riders here. “Leapin
Lenny” Ferris Edged out Alex Rivera in 30-34
/ 50 & over Cruiser. Rivera must have stopped
for lunch half way around.
R.J. Miville topped
Pete Franolich and Evan Merenda in 11-12 / 8 &
In the Girls classes
Nicole Milton beat Michaela Lourenco and Jasmine Mandelas
in the combined class of 17 & 0ver woman / 15
beat a smiling Jessica Maher in the 13-14 Girls class
with Ashlee Hodge finishing third.
Alexus Doty, undefeated
for the season, kept it that way by getting the best
of Samantha Lumbra in 12 Girls.
The 10 yr old
Girls class featured a full gate of six riders registered
but the finishing order would be the same in both
rounds. Kyly Milton, Chloe Arnold and Chloe Bourgoin
were the top three. Always a favorite to be running
towards the front, Helen Elizondo arrived a little
too late to make the race. Thanks so much for trying
and Lanie Stroh (K & R Services) finished 1-2
in the 9 yr old Girls class.
(X-Treme Marine) was perfect in the 5-7 Girls class
with Azra Milton and Chloe Lee (Mirror Polishing and
Plating) finishing second and third.
In the 5 &
under Rookie class Robbie (Spider-Mite) Webb had a
great day with a perfect score. Kraig Geissler was
second and the third spot overall went to Anthony
Austen Reid (S
& R Carpentry and Woodworking) put his number
361 bike in the winners circle as he managed to keep
Ian Hayes and Cody (Half-Track) Leaman behind him.
Just as it was
a Webb spinning a win in the 5 & under class,
it was a Webb winning the 7 yr old Rookie class. This
time it was Matt Webb doing the deed. Carter Stroh
(A & S Construction) had his cheering section
back and he powered his way to a second place finish
while Ian Fosbrook was third.
With 7 riders
in the 9 Rookie Class a Main event was required to
crown a winner. Jason Lee (Mirror Polishing and Plating)
and Wes Keating both won their motos so it was showdown
time in the main. Keating would not be denied as he
prevailed but Nick Piper would finish just ahead of
Lee for the third spot.
It was also 7
riders in the 8 Rookie class and another showdown
as both Jon Todd and Evan Merenda were perfect through
the motos. Todd would remain perfect as he won the
main. Second went Dustin Souza with Cole Keating finishing
third. Merenda would settle for a fifth.
In 10 Rookie action
William Guido (Big Johnson’s Guitars) showed
the other two riders in the 10 Rookie class how its
done by winning both rounds of motos. Dale Doty (Connecticut
Wells) would edge Homer “Bubba” Hodge
for the second spot.
Nick Bates came
back from his big wreck last week to win this week
in the 11 Rookie class. Tyler Bourgoin was a solid
second with Alex Gouthier third.
got another win closer to turning Novice as he put
another one in his impressive win column by winning
the 12 Rookie class again this week. Mike Wasilonsky
was second in the main event with Mason Harris third.
Tom McIlveen and Jeff Knox finished 1-2 in 13 Rookie
action, Darren Zimmerman (David J. Mahoney Painting)
and Nick Lafrancois 1-2 in 14 Rookie racing and it
was Trevor Simmons and Brenden Aleia 1-2 in 15-16
The 17 & over
gang saw Matt Bennett get the job done by winning
both rounds. The second spot was definitely up for
grabs and the finish report needed to be studied to
determine that it was Garrett Gracie would edge out
Matt Delisle for that spot.
For complete finish report
Please understand that the actual motos that were
run on the report were the first and third round.
The best of the two are aded as the finish in the
second round (Two moto system).