Race Report September 18,
So here it is
the final two races of the season. There are mixed
emotions this year as there are some who are sad to
see it end and others that want to put it behind us
and start over next year. With the demise of the NBL
and the related issues that caused this season to
be the most disappointing and unorganized in the history
of Connecticut BMX, it is hard to argue against letting
the curtain fall and reopen in May to a new era of
Connecticut BMX racing.
Anyway, two races were schedule today in a final attempt
to recover some of the races lost to the weather this
season. Both races were the two moto transfer system
meaning you race the first round and the third round
and whatever you get in the best of those two is the
finish used in the imaginary second round.
In race # 1 only 96 riders were present and were split
into 30 motos which had wide age groups and multiple
Starting in the first moto which was identified as
17-18 Ch / 17-18 Expert / 26-34 Expert. Ben Atchison
dominated the class as he and Don Hottes were the
two guys racing in the 26-34 bracket. They would finish
1-2 in the main event. Third went to 17-18 expert
racer Jim Ferris.
The next group was even more diverse as it was 16
ch / 16 ch girls and 16 expert. Nathan Basile easily
won it with Mike Castle and Autumn Classey in tow.
Speaking of “in tow”, who was the guy
that Autumn was towing around by the hand all day?
With only 1 15 expert in the house, Chris Pfeffer
(Georges Music Center” was paired up with 15
challengers Drew Scheinost and Darren Zimmerman. Pfeffer
had no problem in acing a perfect . It was a good
battle for the second spot with Drew grabbing that
spot in the moto finishes but Darren was second in
Wes Reel and Dan Delisle traded moto wins but the
14 ch / 14 expert main went to Wes. Dan was second
with Trevor Fox finishing third.
In 13 expert action Casey Tanner was unbeatable. Jon
Zeiner was second and Dave Moody (Who made his main
event at his first ever grands in Louisville two weeks
ago) was third.
Former track champion Katherine Moody, who we haven’t
seen in awhile won all her motos but 15 year old expert
Jayna Roy would win the main.
Jenn Cote’ (14 expert), had it all her way after
Michaela Groves broke her seat off in the first round
and packed it in for the day.
Another Cote’ this time Nick, also enjoyed a
perfect as he raced into the 11 expert winners circle
by beating Justin Boissonneault and Jon Moura.
Mac Atchison topped the efforts of Helen Elizondo
in 12 ch / 12 expert girls racing.
Matt Webb, known around these parts as “Spider-Mite”
was really applying his new found 2011 racing skills
as he topped Arefin Milton in the first round. Finny
came back to win the next round and the main event
showdown would go to Milton. Derek Fantano snuck into
the third spot in the main after Robbie Webb enjoyed
that same spot in the motos. Robbie is only 6 and
should be proud of his efforts staying in the mix
with 8 yr old challengers and experts.
In yet another mixed bag of ages and proficiencies,
Kyly Milton, Chloe Arnold and Lainie Stroh would make
up the finishing order in a class described as 11
Ch / 11 Expert / 8 Ch girls.
Azra Milton and Chloe Lee (Mirror Polishing and Plating)
finished 1-2 in 5-7 challenger girls.
35-40 / 41 & over ch and experts provided some
fun spectating as these guys were going at it. Greg
Slone, who finished 2nd and 4th in the motos managed
a win in the main event. Jeff Badendyck was a very
close second with Fred Roy third.
Jack Pagano, was his usual self as he grabbed the
top podium spot in 12-13 ch / 12 expert action. Finishing
behind the Aggro colors of Jack were Connor Arnold
and Erik Dugan.
Sky Domain continued his dominate season with another
win in the 10 ex / 11 ch class. Zach Ferris (Tactical
Arms) and Hoe Petrino Jr were second and third.
In 10 ch / 9 ch / 9 ex action Hunter Zeiner was finer
then the rest as he was perfect. Colin Riggs put in
a strong effort for a second place finish while Carter
Stroh had his Stampede colors in third.
In Cruiser racing action Bridget Holland-Stone got
the best of Therese Campbell in the 50 -54 womans
Garrick Yanosky scored the perfect in the 5 rider
mix of 40-44 / 45-49 riders including one very sore
Denise Classey. Denise had a severe crash in an open
class earlier when she collided with Jen Cote’
on the first jump on the second straight. Both went
down hard and Avery Badendyck had nowhere to go except
right into the carnage making this a major three rider
wreck. All would walk away but Denise was seen asking
anyone who was willing to message her sore spot.
John Ellertson beat James Hayes in the 35-39 Cruiser
Thre riders and three different ages made up the next
group. 11 yr old cruiser Jon Moura beat 9 yr old Ryan
Hayes and 15 yr old Drew Scheinost who just coasted
around the track.
A fair number of Rookies were racing today and the
15 & over class was the biggest. Liam Stone had
no problem justifying his State #1 ranking as he scored
a perfect. The good battles were behind him with Cody
Marchildon eventually earning a second place finish
just ahead of Josh Thans.
Nick Brown raced Samantha Laramee and was able to
Julien Roberge and Travis Welsh made up the 13 Rookie
class which Julien would win.
In 10-11 Rookie action Mike Steinbacher would win
only one race as Cody Gagnon won both of the motos.
Mikes win would be in the main event for the overall
Nick Petrino got the best of Ryan Hayes in 9 Rookie
Victor Alves dominated the 8 Rookie motos but Nick
Delbone would be the main event winner.
In 7 Rookie racing there were 5 riders going for the
glory. Emma Stroh won everything. Andrew Hurst was
second with Ian Hayes finishing third.
A strong turnout in the 6 Rookie class also with 5
rider competing. Tyler Ellertson and Aiden Biello
each won a moto but it would be Ellertson who would
go home as the main event winner. Aiden was second
ahead of Robert Newell III.
In 5 Rookie ‘ 4 & under Danny Calarco would
nail down another win. Ethan Hubbard was second with
Natalie Hayes third. The star of the day however,
was 3 yr old Dominic Maynard.
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes