Race Report July 15th, 2012
Today, with weather
reports of a stormy afternoon, coupled with oppressive
heat and humidity, we were hoping that our earlier
12:00 pm starting time would allow us to get through
the race before the storms arrived. Posting motos
at 11:15 sure helped as there was plenty of time to
fix any corrections that might need to be made. There
were 73 riders split into 19 motos.
Before we dropped the gate exactly at 12:00 pm, Robbie
Solsbury was honored as our Rider-Of-The-Week after
this little 4 yr old topped the efforts of everyone
else in the 5 & under Novice class last week.
Upon receiving the trophy, he claimed his dad was
his favorite rider.
So again, dropping the gate on time, the first group
was the 5 & under Novices. With Cole Barker winning
the first moto in this Total Points race; it looked
like maybe Solsbury had his work cut out for him if
he wanted to be a repeat winner this week. Robbie
came back and won the next two rounds to claim the
top spot once again. Caleb Harris snuck into the second
spot in front of Cole for total points.
A good turnout in the second group with 6 riders registered
for some 7 yr old Novice action. With only 5 riders
making the main event it was sad to see Jana Wilkinson,
probably in her first race ever, not making the cut.
She looks like she will be a good racer if she stays
with it. Dylan Barker got to sit out the hot early
afternoon by winning the first round and punching
his ticket to the main. Joining him from round two
was Brooke Klemonski and Tristan Enquist, while Addy
Miller and Zander Hicks earned the last two positions
in the third round. Dylan would easily win the main
with Brooke second and Tristan third.
In 12 yr old Novice total points action, Devin Gulyas
got it done in all three rounds with Mike Wilkinson
and Jacob Stevens finishing second and third.
In the 11 yr old Cruiser class, there was actually
two 8 yr olds thrown in. Derek Fantano and Landon
Richard had to battle the older Dave “The Beast”
Albert which is certainly no easy task. Albert won
the first two rounds with Landon grabbing the win
in round three. Albert would be the overall champion.
It was good to see the rare appearance of Trumbull
regular Jake Pirulli at Foothills this week. Jake
had to race 13 yr old Josh Walsh and 14 yr old Chris
Therriault in the 15 Cruiser class. Jake had no problem
winning the total points in this “class”
while it was a good battle for the second spot. Therriault
would edge out Walsh for that spot.
In 41-45 Cruiser action “The Action Man”
himself was in the house for the first time this year.
Curtis Jackson, sporting some hot colors for some
hot racing against the likes of Fred Roy, Garrick
Yanosky, “Moose” Delamare and Greg Slone.
It was a disappointing day for Moose as he drove all
the way from Providence and didn’t make the
main event transfer but he must have been proud to
watch his daughter Brianna. More on her later. In
the main it was a classic battle between Curtis and
Garrick. Curtis has a killer front straight but Garrick
is more familiar with the track and he was able to
pass Curtis and capture the win. Curtis remained in
second with Fred Roy sliding into the third spot.
With Gina Layman just touching the gate in the 17-27
yr old Girls Cruiser class (She wishes she fell into
that age bracket) it was a free ride to the main event
for Nicole Milton, Angela Therriault, Jayna Roy and
Brianna Delamare. Last week in this group it became
a two rider shoot-out between Brianna and Angela with
Brianna leading in the main until the fourth turn
when contact happened and she fell pretty hard. With
some coaching from her dad this week during practice
in turn 4, Brianna was able to hold off the hard charging
Angela through the final two turns and enjoy a hard
fought win. Brianna waited at the top of the finish
line area for a high five but the opportunity never
developed. Hopefully, this situation will improve
as this is a fun group to watch as they put their
superb riding skills on display each week.
In 6 yr old Intermediate action it was great to see
the Colarco’s back for the first time since
last season. Danny had a tough time with an early
fall in the first round and never did recover enough
energy to make the main event. Hopefully, yesterdays
discouragement will fade quickly and he will be back
next week. Trevor Cooper won the main as he managed
to hold off Danica Bailey and Ethan Hubbard.
Speaking of Baileys, Danica’s brother Tyler
put on quite a show as he was jumping everything in
practice and, like he was shot out of a cannon, won
the first round with some heavy hitters vying for
that one open spot in the main. Garret Cooper would
have to wait till the second round before he earned
the transfer while Robbie Webb and Corbin Smith made
the cut from round three. Azra Milton was very discouraged
but, history has shown, she can be a force on any
given Sunday. The main win did go to Tyler (6 yr old
Expert) as he held off all the 7 yr old Intermediates.
Robbie Webb salvaged a nice second place finish while
Garret was third. With Tyle being the only Expert,
I believe they all earned “Expert Points”.
Dominic Nivolo won all three round of 11 yr old Intermediate
total points racing action with Noah Klemonski and
“The Freight Train” Kristopher Meneses
second and third.
In the 12 yr old Intermediate total points races both
Steven Hull and Kyly Milton won a moto. The third
round would be the deciding round and it went to Steven.
Kyly settled for second overall and Connor Colarco
was third. Again, seeing Connor back after nearly
a year off was great and hopefully he comes back to
further hone his skills very soon.
Anthony Ingala got the job done in total points action
for the 14 Intermediate group. 13 yr old Peter Franolich,
Sporting some HBR colors was second with Jake Layman
It would be a mixed proficiency level in the “8
Expert” class as there were two 8 yr old Experts,
one 7 yr old Expert and one 8 yr old Novice rider
in the mix. Derek Wood (8 Nov) would not make the
main but his mom did get some solace as she won the
50-50 raffle. Landon Richard, Derek Fantano and Sam
DeGrange would be the order of finish.
With Nick Delbone being the only 9 yr old Intermediate
here today, he would be grouped with 3 of the fastest
9 yr old experts at Foothills. Nick would not make
the transfer but sure looked good in a crazy hairdew!
Fin Milton would hold off Matt Webb and “Butter”
Hunter Zeiner for the main event win.
Total points was on the line for the 11 Expert class
and the win went to a guy we have not seen before
at Foothills. From Fairhaven Massachusetts, Nate Caron
was unbeatable! Dave Albert settled for a second place
overall finish while Jagur Layman was third.
In 14 Expert action it would be Josh Caron being eliminated
in the motos. We sure hope we get to see more of the
Caron family as these folks can sure ride. Casey Tanner,
Chris Therriault and Josh Walsh were the finishing
In 15 yr old Expert action the deck was stacked with
some real CT hot-rods. Wes Reel took a hard spill
in practice and the effects on his racing were obvious
for the rest of the day. Multiple time Nat’l
champ Zac O’Neil, Jake Pirulli, Ian Dickinson
and Chris Pannullo, made up this five rider show down.
With Jake appearing to be the fastest this day, he
would transfer out of round one. Chris Pannullo out
of round two and Wes and Zac from round three set
up the main event starting grid. When the gate dropped
it would be Jake with the snap with Chris on his right
and Wes on his left. Out of turn one it was still
Jake but Chris was powering his way past Wes and Zac
was following Chris as Wes was obviously hurting.
As they dove into the second turn Jake and Chris were
starting to pull away just a bit. Zac was just completing
his pass of Wes. So maybe the order was set for the
rest of the way? As they raced out of turn 3 Chris
dove to the inside but only managed to get his front
tire even with Jakes rear tire as they entered the
4th turn. Jake had enough power to edge back in front
leaving Chris on the outside through the rhythm section.
Into the final turn Chris dove to the inside and here
comes the drag race to the line. 20 feet from the
finish line there was a cloud of dust after both riders
touched and went down. Zac and Wes cruised across
the line for an inherited first and second place finish.
Both Jake and Chris would be okay, just a little dusty.
This was definitely the best racing action of the
In the 41 & over expert grouping, which was in
reality, 16 Intermediate to 41 & over Expert,
Darren Zimmerman (16 Intermediate) would not make
the cut. Garrick Yanosky, Pete Cooper and “Stone-Cold”
Steve Scibelli (17 Intermediate) were the order of
In the 26-30 Girls Cruiser class it was Angela Therriault,
Marcia Colon and Denise Classey going for total points
and finishing in just that order.
In only 69 minutes after the first gate, this day
was over. It was about 1 hour before the rains came.
Again, we hope everyone appreciates our continued
efforts to start on time and run an efficient but
safe race. Thanks for you support and see you next
week. Don’t forget, due to the Red-Line Cup
race in Bethel, we will be starting at 2:00 pm on
Sunday. Have a great week everyone.
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