Race Report July 8th, 2012
So here we are,
pretty much at the half-way point of the 2012 season.
Attendance numbers have been all over the place this
year but certainly down significantly when compared
to just two short years ago. So this weekend, with
it being the end of one of the most popular vacation
weeks of the year, coupled with the big National event
down in Pittsburgh, we figured pulling 15 or 16 motos
would be about the best we could hope for. Son-of-a-gun
if we didn’t have nearly 100 riders and 24 motos!
By the standards of 2012, we were overjoyed to have
that kind of support. The parking lot had plates from
Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and
of course Connecticut.
For the second week in a row, the staff focus was
on starting on time and running a smooth flowing,
efficient program. We feel we have improved tremendously
in achieving that goal. The first gate dropped exactly
at 12:05 p.m. and, when it slammed to the ground for
the last time, the clock said 1:39 p.m. We certainly
hope that everyone appreciates our efforts to get
you in and out quickly enough so that the race is
as safe as possible, but that you are not stuck there
all day long, unless you elect to do that and ride
the track after the racing has been completed.
In opening ceremonies, Genevieve Asselin was chosen
as our Rider-Of-The-Week for her efforts last week.
In a pre-trophy award interview Genevieve was soft
spoken but, after some coaxing agreed that her sister
Lauren would be a good choice as her favorite rider.
Must be a tough decision when there are now five Asselins
racing at Foothills on a regular basis.
As usual we started the racing off with our two regular
Strider Riders. 4 yr old Liliana Asselin and 3 yr
old Kayla Barker got the crowd going with their little
leg powered racing machines. It sure would be great
to see some more little people give it a try. Strider
bikes are for sale in the Registration building and
maybe even for rent-for-the-day.
With 6 riders in the 5 & under Novice class, it
would be Shawn Biello, Robbie Solsbury and Cole Barker
winning motos for the automatic qualifying spots in
the 5 rider main event. Both Mac Zdziarski and Caleb
Harris would join them, “Chargin” Charlie
Johnson gave it a great try but came up just a little
short this day. (No pun intended). So when the gate
dropped it would be all Robbie Solsbury as he led
start to finish. Shawn Biello and Caleb Harris would
be the closest two riders crossing the finish line
Even more riders in the 6 year old Novice group with
7 registered. Again, using the ABA transfer system,
one had to be eliminated in the motos. (A rule that
we just hate at the local level but must adhere to
per the official rules). Ian Asselin was the rider
who suffered this fate and we all offer him encouragement
to stay with it as he is really starting to look like
he will be a very good racer. Motos wins went to Johnny
Tomboly, Kraig Geissler and Tristan Enquist. Geissler
looked like he might win the main event until he went
down hard in the second turn area. Tristan would prevail
with the big win with Johnny second and Matt Evanuska
grabbing the third spot. Kraig would pick himself
up and ride off the track apparently unhurt.
In 8 Novice action another nice turnout with 6 rider
registered. Nick Mauro would not qualify for the main
but received a nice round of applause for his efforts
after the third round. In the main Ethan Hine, who
must be getting close to his eighth win, put this
one in his win column as he was un-catchable. Dylan
Barker gave it a good try and finished second with
the third spot earned by Derek Wood.
In 26-30 Cruiser action (In reality 14 – 40)
Greg Slone (36) could have won anytime he wanted but
chose to get some track time. He would wait till the
third round to qualify then, while hitting the last
turn in the main, obviously let 14 yr old Chris Therriault
go home feeling good with a win. Slone was second
and third went to Angela Therriault.
In 41 – 45 Cruiser action Garrick Yanosky played
it straight as he wasted no time in qualifying then
went out and won the Main event. Fred Roy was second
and he had some fun racing with an old friend Bob
“Moose” Delamare, who finished third.
It was great to see Bob and especially his daughter
Brianna back at Foothills. With five members of the
Hayes family now racing, Mom Linda would be the one
of the Hayes family that did not qualify for their
main. She said she was fine with that.
In 9 yr old Cruiser racing it would be Ian Hayes not
making the cut in this one. Ryan Hayes would make
up for it however as he won the main. Second went
to Robert Robichaud with Ryan Robichaud third.
In the 17 – 27 Girls main (In reality 16 –
41) it was very exciting with an unhappy ending. Brianna
Delamare, who had not raced in a few years, came down
to Foothills from Rhode Island and had smiles on her
face most of the day. She won the first round and
was joined by second round winner Angela Therriault
as qualified riders. Third round winner was Jayna
Roy with Nicole Milton grabbing he last transfer spot.
In the main it was a two rider shoot-out with Brianna
and Angela really going at it. In turn for Angela
powered her way up alongside of Brianna. As they entered
the rhythm section, there would be contact and Brianna
would fall pretty hard. Angela had the win and Jayna
would have the second spot. It was excellent hard
fought racing that ended unfortunately for Brianna.
From the announcer’s tower, I was surprised
that all competitors went in different directions
with no conversation after the finish line. Maybe
it was just my perception or maybe not. At any rate,
I hope all is okay and we will see these two very
good racers again very soon.
In 7 yr old Intermediate action, Robbie Webb, after
sitting out the second and third round, had no trouble
in winning the main event. Garret Cooper enjoyed a
solid second with third going to Aidan Biello. Aidan
just recently joined the Intermediate ranking and
looked like he is ready to compete.
The 10 yr old Intermediate class was large with 7
riders going for it. With Matt Webb, Dom Nivolo and
Robert Robichaud winning motos, it certainly looked
like one of them would win the main. Matt led from
the start all the way to the final sprint to the finish
line when Fin Milton just edged him out for the win.
Matt settled for second just in front of Dom Nivolo.
In 12 yr old Intermediate action Dale Doty, who seems
to run a heck of a lot faster in practice laps compared
to racing laps, would not make the field for the main.
Soren Frantz got the job done with the smallest guy,
Dave Albert, really putting on a show for a solid
second place finish and Jagur Layman earning the third
Connor Arnold got a nice win in the 14 yr old Intermediate
class by beating both Matt Dillon and Anthony Ingala.
Austin Andrews did not make the cut.
In 15 Expert action it was Chris Pannullo who was
the fastest today but, Wes Reel is really getting
faster having to race “Crispy” Chris each
week. He would finish second and Chris Therriault
was third. The only Intermediate ranked rider in the
mix was Chris Michaelides and he would not make the
transfer into the main.
Total Point Races:
In 41 & over expert is was Vermonts Cody Buck
easily winning all three rounds with Pete Cooper and
James Hayes second and third.
It was good racing in 10 yr old Novice racing with
Jorn Layman winning the first two and Colton Degroat
winning the last round. Overall it was Jorn, Colton
and Ryan Hayes.
Corey Heath had no problems winning all three round
of action in the 13 yr old Novice grouping. Devin
Gulyas and Mike Steinbacher were second and third.
Matt Higgs, who was putting on a jumping show during
practice, aced a “perfect” in 13 Cruiser
action. Dave Albert was second with Jake Layman third.
In 9 yr old Girls it was “The Comet” Haley
Denette the overall winner with Genevieve Asselin
second and Azra Milton third. Azra is 7, Genevieve
is 8 and Haley is 9.
In 12 yr old Girls it would be Kyle Milton having
no problem winning all three rounds. 10 yr old Ashley
Asselin edged out 12 yr old Chloe Arnold for the second
Alexus Doty, Lauren Asselin and Kate Mehl was the
overall finishing order in 14 yr old Girls.
The 6 yr old Intermediate action, it was Trevor Cooper
with the win. Collin Bourque and Ethan Hubbard traded
second place finishes but the second place ty-breaker
went to Collin.
In the 13 yr old Intermediate class “Double
D” Dylan Denette had to work hard to come out
on top. Matt Higgs forced the overall outcome to go
to the third round winner which was Dylan. Matt finished
second overall with Scotty Thomson third.
With Darren Zimmerman winning round one of 16 Intermediate
racing but finishing third in round two, this would
really be a good third round. Going in it was Darren
with 4 total finish points and Nick Ingala with 3
and Chris Haas with 5. Even if Darren won round 3,
all Nick had to do was finish second and he would
be the overall champ. Well, Nick finished third and
it would be Darren claiming the title.
Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music Center) had to
work to stay in front of, or pass, Alex Hubbard but
he managed to do just that. Alex would finish second
with the third spot going to “Stone-Cold”
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes