Race Report June 10th, 2012
So this was going
to be a special race with it being a Double Points
race coupled with a Nutmeg BMX State Team race. Add
to that a couple of money opens and this would be
a pretty good race with 143 riders in 35 motos plus
another 17 riders in the Showcase Open and 8 in the
Junior Open, this was a 40 moto race.
The “Showcase Open” is something new for
CT BMX and is an attempt to implement something that
will provide a venue to bring out the more experienced
riders 18 yrs old and up. 17 riders showing up was
impressive as was the racing action they provided.
With scrambled motos every time out the racing was
very exciting with only the top eight riders making
the main and the main event was well worth the wait.
At the gate drop there was a $25 hole shot award for
whoever got to the second jump the quickest. Danny
Smith, out of gate #1 won the hole shot by a bike
length over Dave Maltesos after Andrew Cox came unclipped
on the first jump and immediately fell out of contention.
Out of turn one Smith lead the charge up the second
straight with Maltesos and Colby Benoit in tow. Out
of turn two the battle was for the second spot as
Benoit got on the inside of Maltesos. Ben Atchison
was running fourth. The inside line in turn two means
you may be stuck on the outside going into three and
that’s exactly what happened to Colby. While
Smith was pulling away, Colby was hanging it out on
the back stretch trying to get on the inside of Maltesos
and set him up for a pass in turn four. Dave was holding
him off while Atchison was closing in on both of them.
Around turn four and through the rhythm section nothing
changed. At the stripe it was Smith, Maltesos, Benoit,
Atchison, Deprete, O’Connor, Cox and Dasilva.
Danny Smith left Connecticut with $285 added to his
already fat wallet. Andrew Cox won the low moto points
award of $25.00.
In the Junior Open Main Event Evan Eisenhard got the
snap out of the gate but by the time they hit the
first jump Johnson got him on the inside as these
two hot-rods dove into turn number one. Josh Santiago
was in the third spot until Chris Pannullo dove to
the inside and got along side Santiago up the second
straight as they were chasing the leaders. Pannullo
completed the pass going into turn 2 and had his sights
set on the two leaders in front of him. Up the third
straight and out of turn three the two leaders were
pulling away. Going into turn four Eisenhard was all
over Johnsons outside door. Johnson rode Evan up high
and shut the door on any thoughts that Evan had in
trying a swoop move. Eisenhard was much faster through
the rhythm section and got on the inside of Johnson
going into the final turn. Evan returned the favor
of riding him up towards the lip of the final turn
and Johnson lost all momentum. Having to put his foot
down to maintain balance, Chris Pannullo was close
enough to pass Johnson up the short-chute and hang
on for second place cash behind Eisenhard. Johnson
held off Santiago by a front wheel for third.
With a lot of classes going for 3 rider total points
racing, the first group with enough riders to invoke
the ABA transfer system was the 36-40 yr old Cruiser
class. With Denise Classey getting thrown in with
the boys, the big question was could she make the
4 rider main event? With Kuehn and Slone transferring
out in the first two rounds, Denise would have to
beat one of two riders to make the cut. On the first
straight, 14 yr old Chris Therriault came unclipped
and fell way behind. Josh Walsh was long gone so now
it came down to Denise holding of a re-clipped in
Therriault. At the big Step-down Chris caught her
and completed the pass sealing her fate for the day.
In the Main event Tom Kuehn kept Josh Walsh at bay
for the win.
With 5 riders in the 7 Yr Old Intermediate class,
Robbie Webb shortened his racing action for the day
by winning the first round. He would sit and watch
the Cooper boys Garret and Trevor, make the cut along
with Jaden Asklar. Robbie, well rested, easily won
the main with Garret and Trevor second and third.
In the 9 yr old Intermediate battle, Matt Webb, after
crashing in the first round, came back and won the
main. Victor Alves was second with “Radi-Cole”
In moto # 10 there were 6 13 yr old Intermediates
going for the eventual main event glory. With a good
effort but not quite good enough, Enfield’s
Ethan Begnoche would be odd-rider out. When the dust
settled after the main it was Jeremy Estrella in the
winner’s circle, with Scott Thomson and Matt
Higgs second and third.
In 15 yr old Intermediate action it was great to see
Anthony Ingala back after an extended absence. He
was a little rusty and did not make the transfer but
we hope to see him again soon. Steve Doyle won the
main with Connor Arnold not too far behind him just
ahead of third place finisher Jose Estrella.
Liam Stone was the first to transfer out in the 17-18
qualifying rounds but would settle for second in the
main as Alex Hubbard captured the checkered flag.
Third went to Dave Lamb.
People have been asking “what’s wrong
with Hunter Zeiner?” Well, I’d say “nothing,
just look at the leader board in today’s 10
Expert class. There he is on the top spot of the podium
joined by Fin Milton and Alex Kuehn.
In 12 Expert action Nick Cote’ held of our reigning
track champion Sky Domain for the win. First time
Foothills visitor Scotty Barnikow was third.
IN the always competitive 14 Expert class, Casey Tanner
and Chris Therriault battled hard with Tanner prevailing.
Third went to Jon Zeiner and Chance Terpening was
a no-show……yet again.
In 15 Expert racing its always exciting as the fastest
rider is clearly Chris Pannullo. Now, what makes it
so exciting is that it seems that Chris just can’t
get out of the gate as quick as the other guys and
is always playing catch-up, a game he plays very well.
Chris did prevail today and Jake Pirulli had to concede
this day and settle for second. Wes Reel, showing
tremendous improvement this year, was third.
In 17-18 Expert action, “The Jackel” Josh
Santiago, wrecked hard in the first round but recovered
and won the second round. Last to qualify was Jay
Johnson. The main win went to Evan Eisenhard with
Johnson second. All in all it was a tough day for
the George’s Music Center sponsored ride of
Chris Pfeffer. Chris was way too hard on himself as
these kinds of days do happen. Wait till next time!
In 19-27 yr old Expert racing Rhode Island rider Pat
Wightman introduced himself to our regulars by schooling
them all. Matt Lucas held on to the second spot in
front of third place finisher A. J. Spirito.
Ben Atchison easily won the 28-35 Expert grouping
with Don Hottes, the love-struck second place finisher
and Mike Greco, the third place riders in tow.
Garrick Yanosky held off the hard charge from Mike
Sigrist in 41 & over action while Scott Merenda
With the biggest class of the day being the 9 riders
in the 5 & under novice class, they were split
into two groups going for the 8 available spots in
the main event. When the dust settled it would be
a huge win for Shawn Biello. Alex Donegan was a solid
second and Caleb Harris enjoyed a hard earned third
In 6 yr old Novice action, former rider of the week
Tristan Enquist took care of business with another
win. Matt Evanuska held off Ethan Hubbard for the
7 riders made up the 7 yr old Novice class and our
reigning rider of the week, Ethan Hine, after having
to run the second round to qualify, won the hard fought
main event. Aidan Biello and Alex Bernard were second
Another good turnout was in the 8 yr old Novice class.
Apollo Dubuc was amazing and he would be today’s
class champion. Nick Strandberg was second while the
third spot would go to Dan Smulski.
The 8 yr old Girls class saw Genevieve Asselin claiming
fame with the main event win. Emma Stroh was second
with Azra Milton back in the third spot this week.
Welcome back Emma!
In 16 yr old Girls action how cool it was to see Autumn
Classey back on the track for only the second time
this year. Autumn, although a little rusty, was certainly
competitive and enjoyed a solid second in the main
event. Former track Champion Angela Therriault was
just too much however and she would dominate the field.
Third went to Jayna Roy.
With 14 of the 34 classes going for total points,
meaning there were 3 riders in each group, there were
a number of “perfects”. “perfects”
are three 1st place finishes. Riders who turned the
deed were: Derek Fantano in 8 & Under Cruiser;
Nick Cote’ in 12 Cruiser; Fred Roy in 46-50
Cruiser; Evan Merenda in 11 Intermediates; Steve Hull
in 12 Intermediates; Landon Richard in 8 Expert; Dante
Gonzalez in 11 Novice; Chris Haas in 16 Novice; Ashley
Asselin in 11 Girls and in 12 Girls it was Kyly Milton.
In other total points racing Alexus Doty would win
two of three; As did Danny Gruber in 13 Experts and
Nick Delbone in 10 Novice. Nicks was special as he
suffered a very scary crash in the second round but
came back to win the third.
We had a three rider Strider race and 5 yr old Chris
Strandberg was too much for 3 yr old Kayla Barker
and 2 yr old Dean Stewart.
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes