Race Report July 22nd, 2012
In week #11 we
had scheduled a two hour late start in respect for
our riders who were at the 10:30 scheduled start for
Bethel’s Red Line Cup Race. In retrospect, it
should probably have been scheduled for 3:00 rather
than 2:00. As we neared race time there were a number
of family’s on their way so we decided to wait
for their arrival before we got going. What we didn’t
anticipate was that there would be a couple of instances
where a rider had earned a move up since their last
visit here and the parents had registered them in
the old class causing two last minute re-posts. None-the-less,
we dropped the gate at 2:40 and ran the 21 moto race
in one hour and 15 minutes. Mixed in with our regular
Connecticut riders where competitors from New York,
Massachusetts, Vermont and even Utah.
Before we got going, 7 year old Brooke Klemonski was
named last week’s Rider of the Week. She was
pretty lost for words but managed to whisper that
her brother Noah might be her favorite rider.
With two Striders in the house it was fun to watch
3 year old Kayla Barker to battle with two year old
Dean Stewart. Dean is a little hot-rod from Clifton
New York and he got the job done.
With 6 riders in the 6 Novice class this week is was
a good battle. It was good to see the “Moon”
family name on a moto sheet again at Foothills and
we welcome Dave and Grace back with their grandchild
Chris making his first race ever. With 5 riders transferring
from the qualifying rounds it was Shawn Biello from
round one, Zac Touhy and Marissa Lyman from round
two with Chris Moon and Natalie Hayes from round three
making up the main event starting grid. At the finish
line it would be Marissa winning the main with Zac
second and the third spot went to Shawn. A “Nice
Try” goes out to Cole Barker even though he
didn’t make the main event.
It was a full gate of 8 riders in the 7 Novice grouping
and the action was great. With Dylan Barker leading
in the first round of motos he looked like a shoe
in until, only feet from the finish line he would
go down in flames. He did qualify from the second
round and went on to capture the main event win. It
was a solid second place finish for Trevor Neilson
with Aiden Bernard finishing third. Jana Wilkinson
was looking much better this week and it won’t
be long before she is in a main event line-up.
The Novice numbers continued to be good with 6 riders
in the 9 Novice class. Jorn Layman, who did awesome
two weeks ago then took last week off, dusted off
the cob webs and came out with a solid first round
win then backed it up with a Main event win. Tommy
Mitchell and Joziah Gonzales were second and third.
John Kelleher would be the rider who didn’t
make the transfer into the main. We look forward to
his return soon.
The 13 Novice class was the first class that only
had three riders resulting in three rounds of total
points racing action. Corey Heath had it all his way
as he held off the efforts of Devin Gulyas and Mike
Wilkerson in all three rounds.
It was more total points action in the next 4 groups
with Derek Fantano doing battle with the Hayes brothers
in 9 Cruiser action. Derek would come out on top with
Ryan and Ian second and third.
The three rider class that the computer identified
as 17-20 Cruiser, was actually made up of one 17 yr
old (Jason Chamis) and a 10 yr old (Jacob Bacis) plus
on 11 yr old (Dave Albert). Of course Jason would
be the easy winner but it was a great effort from
both the younger riders. Second went to Bacis.
In 26-30 total points racing, Nick Rauch (BMXunderground.com)
made his first ever appearance at Foothills. He finished
second behind Tom Bacis. Greg Slone was third.
The always competitive 41-45 Cruiser class did not
disappoint this day as Jeff Badendyck and Alan Levin
really went at it and kept local rider Fred Roy mired
in the third spot. Badendyck held off Levin in the
main. Gina Layman was coasting the track in the motos
as she is still trying to come back from the injuries
that kept her on the bench all of last year.
Speaking of Jeff Badendyck, his daughter Avery, had
little problems in winning the total points race for
the 9 yr old Girls class. Azra Milton and Ashley Jasensky
were second and third.
In the 7 yr old Intermediate class it would be Kryptonite’s
Matt Bacis taking care of business. Aiden Badendyck
was “Stylin” for a solid second while
Hunter Moulton was third. Robbie Webb tried hard but
did not make the transfer.
In 8 yr old Intermediate action Mike Burke, from Rocky
Point New York, captured the main event win. Frankie
Carino, also from the Empire state was second with
Kyle Lyman finishing third. Ian Hayes put in a nice
effort but just missed making the transfer out of
Dom Nivolo, in the total point’s race in the
10 yr old Intermediate class aced a perfect with three
wins. Cole Stewart and Ryan Hayes settled for second
With Ryan Sweet enjoying wins in the first two rounds
of 11 yr old Intermediate action, all he needed in
the third round was a second to ensure an overall
win in this total point’s class. That’s
exactly what he did with Nick Spurr winning the third
round. Overall it would be Nivolo, Spurr and Noah
In 12 yr old Intermediate action the scariest crash
in recent memory happened. In the first round it would
be female track champion Kyly Milton leading the 5
rider pack into the first turn. On the outside was
Steve Hull trying to power his way around as they
flew into the bowl. Kyly’s line and speed caused
her momentum to carry her up to the rim and over the
white line. With Steve still on the outside, both
riders had nowhere to go except into the fence. (See
photo section for sequence). As the carnage bounced
off the fence and back to the track, Dale Doty had
the track blocked and he became part of the wreck.
Both Dale and Steve would be ok but Kyly was taken
away by her mom to a medical facility where she was
kept overnight. Nothing was broken and she is expected
to be released today (Monday). Steven Hull would eventually
qualify for the main and then win it with Dave “The
Beast” Albert (Zero Tolerance) second and Jagur
“Double D” Dylan Denette, loving to jump
anything and everything had it all his way in the
total points 13 yr old Intermediate class. Torrington’s
Family Kempo sponsored Peter Franolich and Jake Layman
had to settle into the second and third spots.
In 14 yr old Intermediate action Alexus Doty (14 yr
old Girl) had to race in this grouping and she did
very well against the boys. She won the first round
with 14 yr old Intermediate Austin Andrews winning
the second. In the show-down third round it was Austin
the winner in this total point’s class. Alexus
was second and 14 yr old Novice rider Nick Brown was
In 17-18 Intermediate action Justin Thompson was a
no-show in the third qualifying moto so the three
rider main event results were Jayna Roy (16G), Alex
Hubbard (17I) and Chris Pfeffer (16x). Chivalry still
lives as Jayna was given the main win with George’s
Music Center’s Chris Pfeffer second and Hubbard
The last three motos were all total points races.
Derek Fantano swept the 9 Expert class, Chris Pannullo
did the same in the 15 Expert. It was also a sweep
in the 36-40 yr old Expert class by GT Factory rider
Jason Halverson whose home is in Utah.
a complete listing of all of todays finishes