Race Report June 5th, 2011
Okay so here we are only 6 weeks
into the 2011 season and “The New NBL”
and their ground breaking-think–outside-the-box
new membership program has caused them to virtually
run out of money. In reality, despite the confusion,
anger and animosity that this situation has caused,
never mind the loss of new riders, it may actually
be the one thing that puts BMX Racing back onto a
path of growth for the first time in a few years.
Unfortunately that may not happen until the 2012 season.
USA BMX, if all goes according to the current plan,
will be the newly formed unified governing body of
BMX racing in the United States. No more sanction
wars between the NBL and the ABA. These two 30 year
old plus organizations would be operating under one
umbrella called USA BMX. This organization would be
managed by the current owners of the privately owned
American Bicycle League. Brian Anderson (B.A.) has
told me via a phone conversation that USA BMX will
have two divisions; the NBL Division and the ABA Division.
Only one license will be required two race both divisions.
The license fee will be in the more traditional $50
neighborhood and you simply pay as you go at each
track. In Connecticut, we have an option to race for
points and trophies or the “points only”
option. Currently all ABA tracks do not offer the
points only option.
We look forward to the future and anticipate many
ridings from the nearby track in Whip City (Westfield
MA.) infiltrating Foothills on Sundays and hope that
some of our riders visit nearby Whip City on Friday
nights once this transition happens.
So how is all this affecting Foothills and our rider
counts? It appears to some of us that, even though
the $133 local license all-you-can-race scenario is
a fairly easy sell to families who are familiar with
BMX here in the Nutmeg state but very difficult to
sell to the new families who are not yet committed
to racing every week at multiple tracks around the
state. When you look at last week’s race with
a 7 year low of 27 motos and only 29 motos this week,
its obvious that the rider counts are affected by
something. Granted, two weeks ago we went against
the Memorial Day weekend coupled with a large National
event in PA.
This week we pushed the starting time back to 2:30
in hopes that we could offset the effects of a National
Challenger Series event in Bennington by giving enough
time for our riders who were up there to drive the
two hours in time to participate in our program. It
would have worked had they not experienced mechanical
problems with the gate equipment in Bennington. None
of the riders made it back here in time.
With all of that said we did have 105 riders to be
split into 29 motos. Alex Hubbard (WYLA INC) started
the day off with a “perfect” in the first
moto. It looked like an ominous start as both Jon
Daversa (Daves Auto Detailing) and Garrett Gracie
crashed hard in the first turn on the very first moto.
Gracie would come back and score a third in the main
while Jon didn’t show for it. The second spot
went to Jim Ferris in the combined class of 15 ex-16CH-17-18
EX & CH-17-29 Rookie.
In a combined class best described as 12 & Over
girls challenger, the Asselin sisters were left to
battle each other as Gina Layman, still injured, would
just be touching the gate. Nicole and Lauren shared
moto wins but it was Nicole keeping Lauren behind
her at the main event finish line.
Kyly Milton was the only Expert Girls in the 10-11
Challenger – 11 Expert class. Kyly easily won
everything with Chloe Arnold and Helen Elizondo in
tow in every race. Faith Creighton (O & G Industries)
managed a fourth.
In 8-9 Challenger Girls action Ashley Asselin topped
the efforts of Ashley Jasensky who settled for a solid
second place finish. The third spot went to Gianna
In 5-7 Challenger Girls, we are beginning to wonder
just how many Asselins there are in this world? Genevieve
Asselin was the winner today with Azra Milton finishing
second. Its obvious to us that the Asselin vehicle
that headed back home to Massachusetts must have weighed
a lot more than it did driving down as they went home
with a lot of trophies.
Greg Slone, Don Hottes III and Mike Jasensky was the
predictable order of finish in the 26-34 Ex –
35-40 Ex – 41+ Challenger group.
Ian Dickinson made it 3 outta 4 including the Main
event in 14-14 Ex and Ch action keeping Dave Lamb
and Darren Zimmerman behind him.
In 12Ex-13014Ch racing consistent inconsistency was
the norm. For example: Connor Arnold finished 1-2-4
in the motos. Wes Reel had firsts and seconds. The
main would see Wes on top with Connor finally settling
down into a solid second while Dave Moody finished
In 11Ex-12Ch action there was actually enough riders
to cause two groups of motos. Even though all 8 would
transfer into the main events the moto action was
pretty fierce. Justin Boissonneault won all of his
motos while Erik Dugan won two of his. Isabella Sanchez
put the fear in both of them by winning one of her
motos. So, the main event was shaping up as an exciting
one and it definitely was just that. When the dust
settled it would be Erik Dugen just managing to stay
ahead of second place finisher Sanchez while Boissonneault
could only watch it happen in front of him from the
In the 10Ex-11Ch class Sky Domain won all of the motos
while Brandon Galeski (Home Town Pizza) was finishing
second and third. But the main event would be totally
different. Galeski won it with Domain second and the
third spot went to William Guido (Big Johnson Guitars).
The largest group of the day was the 10CH –
9 EX class with 9 riders entered. They battled hard
through the motos with Ethan Russell-Ward, Jagur Layman
and Zach Ferris all claiming moto wins. Ferris (Tactical
Arms) would earn the main event win. Layman was second
with Garrett Fosbrook finishing in the third spot.
Fin Milton nailed the perfect in the 8Ex-9Ch class.
Fin was the only expert so the Challenger riders were
battling hard for the second spot which eventually
went to Seth Norton with Dustin Souza grabbing the
After winning two motos Ian Fosbrook had to settle
for a second place main finish in the 7ex-8CH class.
Derek Fantano was the winner.
The 6 Yr old Challenger class winner was Sam DeGrange.
Garret Cooper finished in front of Aman Egan for the
Greg Fantano stayed ahead…actually…far
ahead of Len Ferris in the 45 & over Cruiser division.
At the finish line Ferris was so far back he was in
a different zip code.
Pasquale Gigliotti had it all his way in the two rider
35+ Cruiser class as Gina Layman was just touching
the gate due to injury.
In 12-14 Cruiser action Ian Dickinson earned a hard
fought win with Isabella Sanchez, one fast lady, finishing
second while Pete Franolich slid safely into third.
Sky Domain and Brandon Jasensky finish 1-2 in the
10 Cruiser class.
Jagur Layman and Derek Fantano was the finishing order
in the 8-9 Cruiser class.
Steve Doyle got it done in the 14-15 Rookie class
Chris Haas and Andrew Liontonia were second and third.
In 12-13 Rookie action a full gate of six riders was
the lineup. Julien Roberge aced a perfect by winning
everything in the class. Austin Andrews was second
with Travis Welsh finishing third. This was the order
in every moto plus the main.
Frankie Buckley beat Mike Steinbacher in 10-11 Rookie
Colto Degroat did the same to Alex McCarvill iin 9
Victor Alves layed claim to fame in the 5 rider 8
Rookie class. Dominic Nivolo enjoyed a nice second
place finish while Jasper Manka had a solid third.
Rylan Carlson, Kyle Lyman and Nick Mauro was the finishing
order in the 7 Rookie class.
Aiden Biello, after winning just one of three motos,
came back to capture the main event. Anthony Starr_Bennett
was second while Vinny Delorenzo was third. Vinny
had some fun in the motos as he won two of them.
In 4-5 Rookie racing the little Hot-Rod Trevor Cooper
aced all the wins. Ty Palmer was second with Danny
Calarco, who wishes his brother would come back and
race, finishing third.
Don’t forget gang, yet another national event
in the area next week so we will start at 2:30 pm.
On a side note,
we are sad to hear one of our long time and favorite
riders, Chris Pannullo, suffered a broken collar bone
at another track earlier this week and may be out
for the season. Chris worked very hard over the off
season and his riding skills have gotten so much better.
He will be back and better then ever ane the sooner
the better. Get well soon Chris!
For a complete
listing of all of todays finishes