Race Report June 20th, 2010
Well here it
is father’s day and an NBL Regional event in
New York State. Surely this would affect the rider
count as it did last year when Kingston Point also
held a Regional and we ended up with 126 riders. Not
helping was the weather report calling for a line
of thunderstorms in the northwest corner between 1:00
and 2:00 p.m.
The phone just kept ringing and the final count was
184 riders split into 50 motos. It was a very pleasant
Brandon Galeski was presented with a nice trophy for
being named the Rider Of The Week for his efforts
at the Double Pointer on June 13th. He named Tim Osborne
as his favorite rider.
The 16 & over open class featured 7 riders. They
were split into two groups with shuffled motos in
all three rounds and the top 5 finishers would transfer
onto the main event. The lineup was Matt Markie in
gate #8. Allen Currier would start from gate #5. Dan
Bycenski would begin from gate #3. Shaun O’Connor
in gate two and Pete Lorenzo was on the pole. At the
bottom of the starting hill it was Currier and O’Connor
with a half a bike edge on the field. Out of turn
one it was O’Connor, Currier, Lorenzo, Bycenski
and Markie. When they hit the double on the second
straight, Lorenzo was caught between Markie on the
outside and Bycenski on the inside. He would back
off a bit and it cost him. Out of turn two it was
Shaun, Allen, Dan, Matt and Pete as they headed for
turn 3. O’Connor and Currier broke away from
the pack just as Markie dove to the inside of Bycenski
in turn 3. When they hit the step-down Currier was
alongside O’Connor but on the outside. In turn
four Allen had to try the power move on the outside
but O’Connor was ready for it and shut the door.
As they headed into the rhythm section it was over.
Shaun O’Connor would go home happy and Currier
and Markie settled for second and third place money.
As usual our Rookie classes were the biggest classes
and there were 70 vying for the first place trophies
in their respective classes. Six of the classes required
main events to settle the score and it was iffy if
we would get them in before rain fell on the race.
With sprinkles in the air the first of six main events
got underway. The first one run was actually not a
rookie class but the 9-10 Girls combined group. Kyly
Milton and Chloe Bourgoin were perfect in their motos
so it would be show-down time in the main event. Kyly
had it all her way and Chloe was second but it wasn’t
Chloe Bourgoin, it was Chloe Arnold. The third spot
went to Helen Elizondo while Chloe Bourgoin had to
settle for a fourth.
The 12 Rookie class was main number 102 yet another
show-down was imminent as Mark Tully and Connor Arnold
had aced wins in all their motos. The main went to
Connor with Mark second. A solid third place finish
was enjoyed by Chris Stewart.
Main #103 was next and that was the 10 yr old Rookie
class and this group featured four riders who had
at least one moto win as Brandon Ortiz, Brandon Galeski,
Dale Doty and Dustin Petosa all experienced the thrill
of victory. When the main event was over the big winner
was Brandon Galeski (Gold Seal Roofing). Second place
went to William Guido (Big Johnson’s Guitars)
and third was Dustin Petosa.
Main #104 was the 9 Rookie bunch and this class was
even more up for grabs. Winning motos were Garrett
Fosbrook, Ethan Russell-Ward, Anthony Tortarella,
Wes Keating and Jason Lee (Mirror Polishing and Plating).
Fosbrook hung on to win the main event while settling
into the second spot was Ethan Russell-Ward and third
was earned by Anthony Tortarella.
In 7 Rookie action (Main # 105) it was a clean sweep
by James Cox as he won everything. Matt Webb, after
winning all his motos, had to be happy with a second
in the main while third went to Ian Fosbrook.
The last main of the day was the popular 5 & under
rookie main. Riding under the sponsorship of Bertera
Chrysler-Jeep, Sam DeGrange was like the Landlord
as he owned the class. Aman Egan, after his dad won
the father’s day race, settled into the second
spot and third went to Robbie Webb.
In other Rookie action Danny DesMarais (Bikers Edge)
won the 6 rookie grouping keeping Brady Valliere and
Ian Hayes behind him.
In 8 Rookie racing Dustin Petosa won the first two
rounds of motos but a crash in the third round would
ruin his chances for an overall win. Evan Merenda
would be the overall winner with Seth Norton second
and Petosa third.
Matt Dillion had his hands full of heavy comp from
Mason Harris in the 11 Rookie class. When the score
sheets were added up, Dillon just edged him for the
win with third going to Ty Bourgoin.
Jake Marconi easily won the 13 Rookie class with second
and third going to Cameron Johnston and Jeff Knox.
The 14 Rookie class Saw Dylan Vadney hold off good
efforts from Darren Zimmerman (David J. Mahoney Painting)
and Kyle Brock.
Even with a wreck in the third round, Mike Castle
still manage an overall win in the 15 Rookie class.
John Orlando was second with Liam Stone third.
17 & over Rookie action saw Matt Bennett, Garrett
Gracie and Matt Delisle finish 1-2-3.
Pure Novice action is usually fairly rare and this
day was no exception. In 14 Novice racing Kevin Ravlin,
who I just realized I’ve been mispronouncing
his name all season, was the winner with William Sunderman
second and an injured George Norton third.
Wes Reel got it done in 13 novice action by beating
Nate MacDonald two of three with Russ Cambell third.
Russ hurt his arm after racing was over and was last
seen heading for the hospital to get checked out.
Hopefully he is okay.
The 11 Novice class went again to Harwinton’s
Bryan Basile who was perfect. R.J. Miville was second
and Pete Franolich third.
7 Nov – 8 Nov combined class went to Jagur Layman
with Finny Milton second and Zach Ferris (Tactical
Colin Riggs dominated the 9 Novice class with John
Cox second and Lucas Petosa third. The rest of the
Novices were combined with experts as there was not
the minimum of three riders in their group required
by NBL rule to make a class. The good news is that
they earn “expert-points” when this occurs.
In 16 Nov / 17-18 Nov / 17-18 Expert action Kyle Strong
was first across the stripe. Second was 16 Nov Jason
Kellogg and third was Jim Ferris (17-18 Nov).
In 14 Ex / 15 Nov action Shawn McAuley was first,
Novice rider Alex Hubbard was second with third going
to Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music Center).
11 Ex / 12 Nov saw Novice Trevor Fox (The Wide Side
Tattoo and Body Piercing) hold off expert Dave Moody
for the win. Third went to Austin Lillis.
In 10 Nov / 9 Ex action Sky Domain was the dominator
as he was perfect. Jon Moura was second and Steven
Hull was third.
Expert action was hot and heavy. In 26-34 / 35-40
Ben Atchison was the winner but Don Hottes gave him
all he could handle but settled for second. Third
was Scott Merenda.
The biggest surprise of the day saw the return of
Andrew Cox after an absence of 6 seasons. Andrew was
simply awesome as he won the class. Matt Markie was
second and Billy Ripley was third.
The “Wild Bunch” (15 Expert) saw Austin
Cyr with another perfect day. With every other rider
experiencing some sort of trouble the second spot
was up for grabs. When the dust settled, and it settled
on a lot of riders uniforms, Roberto Elizondo would
be second with Jason Palma third.
Chris Pannullo (Fusco’s Used Auto Parts) won
the 13 Expert class with Ian Dickinson second and
third was Dan Delisle.
Chance Terpening Beat Robbie Desmarais for the win
in 12 Expert as Evan Greco was a no-show.
Justin Boissonneault Beat Nick Cote’ and Jake
Desmaiais (Bikers Edge) in 10 Expert action.
In Cruiser Racing a full gate of riders in the 50
& over class and I cannot remember the last time
that has happened. Butch Feitel would pop his chain
in the first round and that would ruin his chances
for a win. He would settle for a second place overall
finish. Dave Beckwith would be today’s winner
with Joey Watley third.
The 30-34 / 40-44 / 45-49 combined class was wild,
wholly and a little bloody. In the third round Greg
Sloan would be ridden up high in turn one and he would
bail sliding down the steep turn on his back. Although
bruised and a little bloody (no big deal) he was okay.
The overall winner was Bob DesMarais with Ken Pascoe
second and Greg Sloan would salvage a third.
Gina Layman easily won the combined class of 35-39
/ 40-44 / 45 & over Woman’s Cruiser. Marge
Boissonneault was second and Threse Campbell third.
Dan Delisle Kept his National #10 bike first across
the stripe all three rounds of 13-14 Cruiser action.
Chris Pannullo (National Mail Service) was second
and third was Chris Pfeffer.
R.J Mivillle held off Pete Franolich in 11-12 action
while Hope Maher beat Lissete Otriz (Ortiz Crew) in
12 & Under Girls Cruiser action.
8 & under / 9-10 Cruisers saw Nick Cote’
the winner with Sky Domain a close second and Evan
An impressive number of girls (25) were on hand and
they are always exciting to watch. In 5-7 action Hope
Maher was unbeatable as she simply won every moto
in this six rider class. Rileigh Valliere was a consistent
second with third going to Chloe Lee (Mirror Polishing
and Plating) third.
In 8 Girls Gianna Spina not only won her first moto
but she aced her first perfect and first overall as
she stayed in front of Ashley Lamont all three rounds.
Alexus Doty beat Isabella Sanchez in 11 Girls action.
Katie Moody did the same to Autumn Classey in 14 Girls
and Nicole Milton did the same to Kaily MacDonald
in 16 Girls / 17 & over Womans action.
I’d like to say it was great seeing the MacDonald
family here all the way from Maine.
That’s to the ten fathers who got out on the
track and entertained use with an unlimited supply
of crashes. Bet there is some sore guys today.
that next Sunday is our annual Bob Warnicke Scholarship
race as well as a make up race with both employing
the NBL’s two moto transfer system.
See ya then.
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