Race Report May 22nd, 2011
Bob Warnicke Scholarship Race
Well it was a
complete washout last week. Matter of fact the entire
week was a washout. When Sunday morning dawned it
was cool damp and foggy but maybe we had a chance
to get the race in. One look at the track conditions
and it was obvious that to pull off a race this day,
we needed to gather up as many volunteers as possible
and hit the rakes and shovels hard. That is exactly
what happened and our Bob Warnicke Scholarship race
Denise Classey was named the rider-Of_The-Week for
her efforts at our last race. She name her daughter
Autumn as her favorite rider.
With 44 motos and 160 riders it was a very nice turn
out on a questionable weather day.
The first group was the 26-34 Ch & Ex / 35-40
Ex mix. Pete Lorenzo, our 1996 Foothills track champion
easily won all the motos but let the other guys battle
for the top spot in the Main Event. Garrick Yanosky
won the Main with Steve Scibelli second and Scotty
17-18 ex / 19-25 Ex was next and Dylan Perez won the
first round but wrecked in the second and didn’t
make the gate in the third round or the main. That
left it up to the two survivors Colby Lake and Jim
Ferris. Lake would win the Main.
Rare appearances by Chance Terpening and Jake Pirulli
were the featured riders in the 13 Expert class which
had seven riders in the mix. Split into two groups
chance and Jake were both “perfect” in
their motos. The showdown in the Main event saw Jake
capture the checkered flag with Chance second and
Casey Tanner third.
In the 11 expert class there were 8 riders registered
with one of them being from North Carolina. Jacob
Oliver showed the kids up north how the race in the
south by winning every moto. Nick Cote’ did
the same in his moto. The Main event saw Cote’
prevail with Justin Boissonneault second and the third
spot going to Jon Moura. Oliver finished in 5th but
sure looked good in his only showing at Foothills
Zach Ferris and Alex Kuehn traded wins in the motos
but the 9 Expert Main Event saw Ferris earning the
top spot on the podium.
Michaela Groves handled both Carly Curtin and Victoria
Sunbury in the 14 CH / 16 Ch-16 Ex class with a perfect.
Isabelle Sanchez continued her dominance with a perfect
of her own in the 12 – 13 Ch / Ex Girls class.
Jen Cote’ and Michele Gamelin settled for second
and third in that order.
11 Ex-Ch girls again was won by Kyly Milton with Chloe
Arnold and Chloe Bourgoin finishing second and third
again this week.
Lanie Stroh topped Ashley Jasensky in the 10 Ch –
11 Ex class.
Azra Milton out rode Chloe Lee (Mirror Polishing and
Plating) in the 5-7 Ch Girls class but Chloe is getting
closer each week.
16 Ex / 17-18 CH class saw Roberto Elizondo pretty
much rule the roost in the motos but saving the best
for last was Stephen Kallas who eked out the Main
Event win. Roberto could only manage a second but
stayed ahead of third place finisher Jon Daversa.
Another perfect for Shawn McAuley in the 15 Ex / 16
CH class. Alex Hubbard was second while Chris Pfeffer
(George’s Music Center) was third.
A full gate of riders in the 14Ex – 15 CH grouping
saw Chris Pannullo win three of four including the
Main Event. Tom Goclowski was second and Dave Lamb
managed a third. Chris was the only 14Ex in the house.
The “Real Deal” Wes Reel aced his perfect
in the 14 Challenger class by staying ahead of Drew
Scheinost and Jamie Lamb.
It was kind of a crazy inconsistent day for Connor
Arnold in the 12 Ex / 13 Ch gang. Connor was third
in two of three motos but he managed to win the second
round. Dave Moody won two of three motos but at the
end of the day, it would be Arnold winning the Main
Event. Moody was second with Trevor Fox third.
The 12 Challenger class saw Erik Dugan win every moto
but wreck in the Main Event. That left the unchallenged
win to Tajeh Cozzaglio with Scotty Thomson second
and Jake Layman third.
10 Ex / 11 Ch action had Sky Domain in his Domain
as he won everything. Second place in the main went
to Steven Hull while Brandon Galeski (Home Town Pizza)
The 10 yr old Challenger class saw moto wins from
Colin Riggs, Ethan Russell Ward, Craig Lumbra and
Nick Piper. The Main Event would go to Lumbra with
second going to Garrett Fosbrook and Riggs salvaged
Arefin Milton dominated the 8 Ex / 9 Ch class with
a solid win over second place finisher Hunter Zeiner
and third place finisher Jason Lee (Mirror Polishing
Next up was the 7 Ex / 8 CH class and it was Mat Webb
weaving his way to a perfect Sunday afternoon with
a big win. Landon Richard was second with Brad “Beemers”
Wohlers finishing third.
Kyle Kuehn held off a determined Robbie Webb in the
6-7 Challenger class. Dan Desmarais (Bikers Edge)
Jay Francis beat up on 60 yr old Len Ferris in the
50-54 / 60 & over cruiser class.
The 40-44 cruiser class featured five riders in that
age bracket plus 35-39 yr old Greg Slone. Dave McKnight,
whom I haven’t seen in about 15 years, was in
the house and had a solid second in the Main event
behind winner Tom Kuehn. Greg Slone could manage only
a third this day.
13-14 Cruiser action saw Jake Pirulli score the “perfect”
with Caey Tanner and Chris Therriault second and third.
11 yr old Cruisers saw Nick Cote’ stay in front
of Ryan Ellefson and Jon Moura all day long for yet
Sky Domain did the same to Brandon Jasensky in 10
yr old Cruiser action.
Alex Kuehn, Kyle Kuehn and Evan Merenda would be the
order of finish in the combined group of 8 & under
Cruisers and 9 yr old Cruiser.
William Scheinost and Joe Schlesinger were the only
30 & over Rookies in the house. Scheinost had
it all his way when Schlesinger didn’t show
for the races after the first round where he finished
A good battle in the 16 Rookie class with Liam Stone
and Mike Rouseau trading leads and wins all day long.
At the end of the day it would be Stone the champion
with Mike second and Cody Marchildon third.
14-15 Rookie racing was dominated by Steven Doyle.
He simply got the job done in every race. Andrew Liontonia
and Chris Haas would settle into the second and third
Five riders entered the 13 Rookie class and it saw
Austin Andrews and Tanner Harshberger sharing moto
wins. The Main Event went to Austin with Tanner and
Nate Godden rounding out the top three.
Julien Roberge just loves that new yellow Team Edge
shirt as he seems like a much improved rider every
time he has it on. That sure was the case today as
he put a “perfect” in the recod books.
Matt Higgs enjoyed a second with third going to Zach
Sam Inderdohnen and Frankie were the only two 10-11
Rookies here and it was Inderhohden winning everything
faster than the announcer could pronounce his last
In 9 yr old Rookie action Colton Degroat, Alex McCarvill
and Ben Beaudoin crossed the finish line in the Main
event in just that order.
7-8 yr old Rookies saw former rider of the week Dominic
Nivolo win the motos he was in as Victor Alves did
the exact same in his motos. Alves was just a little
faster in the Main Event and went home with the win.
Nivolo was second while the third spot went to Jorn
Anthony Starr-Bennett won the 6 yr old Rookie class.
Aiden Biello ran really well all day and enjoyed a
solid second in the Main with the third sport earned
by Ian Hayes.
In a really mixed girls Cruiser class Isabella Sanchez
held off Denise Classey and Bridget Stone for the
Kraig Geisler won the 5 yr old Rookie class with Robert
Newell III second and Danny Calarco third. A four
yr old was in the mix and Shawn Biello managed a fourth
With 160 riders registered, Foothills BMX is proud
to donate $800 to the Bob Warnicke Scholarship Fund.
A fund that is used each year to support the NBL’s
awarding of $20,000 to 10 College bound BMX’ers
around the country. These scholarships are given annually
in memory of Bob Warnicke, who passed away in his
sleep in 1994. I first met Bob in 1992 when he was
VP of the National Bicycle League. Bob was from New
Jersey and was instrumental in getting the NBL’s
Road-To-Glory Series that ESPN carried for five years
in the early 90’s. When 48 yr old Bob Warnicke
passed away, the BMX world lost one of its brightest
and most dedicated volunteers. Bob was elected to
the NBL’s Hall of Fame just a few years ago.
As the sport of BMX enters into a new environment
of continued evolution, I can only hope that the scholarship,
given in memory of this wonderful person, remains
in place as we move forward.
For a complete listing of all
of todays finishes