Race Report July 24th, 2011
From this editors
venting department comes news that there are some
grumblings around the state about Foothills holding
double header makeup races for rainouts (last week).
These makeup’s are scheduled strictly as a business
decision to offset the disadvantage we suffer from
being a weekend track. With racing on Sundays only
in Torrington, we are subject to the weakened rider
counts due to conflicts with the “National and
Regional” scheduling. This year has been a real
test with the Nationals at Pottstown, New Paltz, South
Park and Bethel . This coupled with the Regionals
at Howell and Bennington results in six of the ten
races held so far this year at Foothills, having to
compete against these conflicting races. Add to that
the fact that there have been three rain outs and
the need to make such a business decision to make
up as many races as possible should be evident. Especially
important when recent reports indicate tracks will
not be paid what they are owed from the NBL. It’s
pretty disappointing to hear such complaints from
Anyway, here we are in the midst of a record-setting
heat wave, holding a race on a weekend where only
30 miles away is the Last-Chance Qualifier National
event and it’s raining quite hard only 45 minutes
before gate drop. Add to that the 2011 snafu which
is an acronym for the NBL and it equals possibly the
smallest race ever at Foothills with only 21 motos
with 68 riders.
As a result of the two races held last week, there
were two Riders-Of-The-Week named. For race #1 it
was 9 year old Rookie Andrew Thompson whose trophy
will be saved as he was not here this week. Race #2
went to 5 year old Danny Calarco, who named his older
brother Connor as his favorite rider.
Just as the racing was to begin, the edge of the rain
clouds passed over the facility and bathed us in pure
sunlight. With an hour and a half of rainfall soaking
the ground, trees and the track, the humidity level
was nearly unbearable.
Mixed classes were everywhere. We started with the
14 expert / 14 challenger gang in which Chris Pannullo
was ready to apply some heat after he received clearance
from the doctor to race again after his collar bone
had mended. Chris looked about 80% in the first round
as he applied pressure on Wes Reel but could not pass.
Each round there after it was all Wes as both Chris
and Troy Atchison let him go unchallenged. Chris would
say later that the heat and humidity was just too
much. He was not to only one to lodge that complaint.
13 challenger / 14 expert girls was next in line and
both Michaela Groves and Alexus Doty would trade moto
wins. The main event went to Michaela who has recorded
some impressive finishes around the east coast this
Im just gonna call this class 17 & over expert
/ challenger. Several years ago now, that was how
it was for the older guys. Just “17 & over”.
Anyway this was a good one as the hot-rod in the group
surely was thought to be 18 yr old Jim Ferris. Nobody
told 41 yr old Jason Gladstone. He finished second
behind Jim in two of the three motos but at main time…..forget-about-it!
It was all Gladstone with Ferris second and Steve
Scibelli finishing third.
A full gate of riders were in the 12 Expert / 13 challenger
grouping. Aggros Jack Pagano did win the main which
was much better than the third place finish he logged
during the second round. Ted Rocky sure gave Jack
all he could handle and finished a close second. Third
in the main went to Anthony Ingala.
Jon Moura and Nick Bates ran very close in the 11
expert / 12 challenger class. At the end of the day
it would be Moura – Bates and Pete Franolich
finishing in that order.
In 10 Expert / 11 Challenger action, Sky Domain dominated
the class. The Home Town Pizza sponsored ride of Brandon
Galeski put in an impressive effort and finished second
with Dale Doty grabbing position number 3.
With 7 riders registered in the 9-10 challenger class,
under the NBL rules they were split into two moto
groups even though all would transfer to the main
event. Tommy Gladstone would match his fathers efforts
and pull the main event win and even won all of his
motos. Also winning his motos ws John Cox but he would
finish second in the main with Garrett Fosbrook earning
the third spot.
It was really a mixed bag in the 6 challenger / 7
expert / 8 challenger group. They crossed the finish
line in this order in all three rounds plus the main:
James Cox (8 Ch)– Derek Fantano (7 Ex) and Ian
Fosbrook (8 Ch).
Jay Francis and Len Ferris raced in the 50-54 / 55+
cruiser class. Jay had it all his way. Leapin Len
was looking like a flat bed truck carrying a wide
load as he had a red flag hanging out of his back
pocket all the way around. It was quite a site for
anyone behind him….I know…he was last….but
the next moto was bearing down on him quickly.
Speaking of the next moto it was the 40-44 / 45-49
cruiser class. Greg Fantano easily won the first moto
but would back off every time after that due to the
excessive humidity. Kevin Marchildon was the benefactor
and he would go on to win the main. Neil Lefleur was
second while Denise Classey huffed and puffed her
way to a third.
16 cruiser and 8 & under cruisers were combined
and it was actually pretty neat as these two guys
are step-brothers. Derek Fantano and Jason Chamis
provided some fun as we all cheered on the underdog
(Derek) to his victory. Way to go Jason!
In 16 rookie action it looked like Rocky the flying
squirrel against a drunken sailor at times but other
times these guys looked awesome. The main event finish
was Joshua Thans and Cody Marchildon.
14-15 rookie action saw Steven Doyle very focused
and also very successful. He aced a perfect for the
day. Chris Haas and Mark Derouin would settle for
second and third this day.
13 yr old rookie Austin Andrews would beat 12 yr old
rookie Nick Frenette in their mixed class.
In 11 rookie action Ajay Francis and Cody Gagnon had
a great battle in round one which was won by Ajay.
In the second round Ajay wrecked in turn two and was
not the same after that. For the main Cody would the
the gift from the BMX gods as Ajay would only touch
the gate and call it a day.
In 9-10 rookie action Dom Nivolo would edge out Mike
Steinbacher for the win. Third went to Noah Klemonski.
Kyle Lyman got the job done in 7 rookie action. He
was challenged hard from Rylan Carlson and Ethan Hine
who would settle for second and third.
Aiden Biello topped Anthony Starr-Bennett in 6 rookie
racing action. James Macknight was third.
Finally a full gate full of ankle biters in the 5
yr old rookie class. Trevor Cooper would run up front
all day long and he would stay out of trouble and
win everything. Jacob Macknight was second while Marissa
Lyman finished third in the main after Ethan Hubbard
and Danny Calarco wrecked.
Don’t forget, State Qualifier next week. If
pre-reg is not received before the day of the race,
it will coast $5 more per Nutmeg BMX rules. See ya
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes