Race Report June 3rd, 2012
With a wet week
prior to this race day and rain forecast for mid afternoon,
the day dawned with cloudless skies and pleasant temperatures.
With still smaller crowds than has been the norm in
recent years, the adjustment to the ABA way of doing
things is becoming more comfortable.
In pre-race ceremonies 6 yr old Novice rider Tristan
Enquist was named the rider of the week for his performance
on May 20th. Tristan was not lost for words in the
Rider Interview and named Dylan Barker as his favorite
With a scheduled gate drop of 12:00 pm and an actual
drop at 12:11 pm, things were running pretty smoothly
to beat the rain forecasted a little later on. (Although
the skies were still completely without clouds)
The moto count was only 26 but the action was pretty
fast and furious.
In the 7 rider 5 & under Novice division, the
transfer would be 2 riders from each of the three
motos. Of course once you finish in the top two in
this situation, you sit out until the Main event.
In the first round both Dave Thompson and Shawn Biello
made the cut. The second round saw Mac Zdziarski and
Brady Carlson qualify for the main. In the third round
it would be Alexander Donegan, after self destructing
in the 2nd round and Mac Zdzairski making up the two
qualifying positions, but wait, Mac had already made
the transfer after the second round. OOPS! So now,
after realizing it was partially our fault as he should
probably have been stopped in the staging area, the
honorable thing to do was to disqualify Mac from the
third round and take the 2nd and 3rd place finishers
which is what we did. This gave the last transfer
spot to Cole Barker. With all the confusion settled
out, the Main event would see Dave Thompson winning
with Shawn Biello second and Mac Zdzairski third.
Alex Donegan hopes for a better time next week as
he would wreck again in the main.
The pressure was on our reigning rider of the week
Tristan Enquist to show that his winning on May 20th
was no fluke. With Ethan Hubbard dominating the first
round of the 6 yr old Novice class, Tristan would
have to wait until the second round to qualify. Taking
two more riders from the third round, the four rider
main event saw Tristan pull off the win with Matt
Evanuska edging out Ethan for the second spot.
Seven riders in the 7 Novice class were vying hard
for the six available spots in the main event. New
rider Jana Wilkinson, tried very hard but would be
the rider not making the cut. Ethan Hine, local boy
from Torrington, won the main event; Addison Miller
earned a nice second place finish with the third spot
going to Aidan Biello.
Rylan Carlson would win the 8 Novice class today with
Dan Smulski in hot pursuit and a nice third place
finish for Tommy Mitchell.
In 10 Novice action maybe the best move of the day
occurred. Ethan Wilke was leading going into the last
turn when he left the inside door wide open for Andrew
Thomson to sneak in and steal the win. Ryan Hayes
In the 12 yr old Cruiser class Nick Cote’ was
the first to transfer out of his motos and, after
a sweet move in turn one, probably the favorite to
capture the main event win in most people’s
mind. Well, Jacob Oliver would quickly stop that train
of thought as he transferred out in the second round
and got the job done in the Main event. Nick had to
settle for the second spot by holding off the hard-charge
from third place finisher Dave Albert.
In 36-40 yr old Cruiser racing Scott Botelho would
put a sweet move on Greg Slone in round one to earn
the transfer to the main. Greg joined him after the
second round with Angela Therriault holding off James
Hayes for the last transfer spot. In the Main it was
Slone, Botelho and Therriault in that order.
The 41-45 Cruiser class was interesting with the return
of Robert “Moose” Delamare to Foothills
after a 4 year absence. After Freddy Roy transferred
out in round one, Moose made it in the second round
joined by Kevin “Deadeye” Marchildon after
round three. Delamare would lead the Main Event charge
down the first three straights but, in turn three,
Roy dove to the inside and kept that line down the
back stretch taking over the lead entering turn four.
The gas tank hit empty for Delamare and he coasted
to a second place finish with “Dead_Eye”
The 17-27 Girls Cruiser class featured Angela Therriault
holding off Jayna Roy for the win. Nicole Milton,
looking a trim as ever after giving birth this past
winter, finished third.
There were a good number of Intermediates in the house
and, starting with the 7 yr old class, “Spider-Mite”
Robbie Webb, after finishing second behind Luke Hammerquist
in the first round, held off this Weymouth Massachusetts
Hot-Rod in the Main event, Luke, had all he could
handle holding off third place rider Garret Cooper.
In 11 Intermediate action, Ethan Russell-Ward had
little difficulty in winning the Main event. It looked
like Noah Klemonski had it made; at least for the
second spot but he would crash hard in the final turn
giving the second spot to Ryan Sweet. Dustin Souza
inherited the third spot.
Next up were the 12 yr old Intermediates. Jeremy Estrella
clearly had fun all day long laying out some impressive
air time during practice. His fun continued with the
Main win. Steven Hull was a close second with Dallas
Tuttle enjoying a solid third.
The 13 yr old Intermediate grouping saw the closest
finish of the day. From the announcers tower, both
Matt Dillon and Grant Untiedt were absolutely tied.
The scorers at the finish line, with a better view
of the finish, determined it was Dillon by a whisker.
The third spot went to Scott Thomson. Peter Franolich,
with a new sponsor Torrington family Kempo, just missed
making the transfer.
7 riders made up the field for the 17-18 Intermediate
class. “The Jackel” Josh Santiago captured
the win. Georges Music Center sponsored Chris Pfeffer
was a close second with the third spot going to Alex
In the Expert Classes, Fin Milton and Hunter Zeiner
put on a good show with Milton coming out on top.
Hunter was second and “The Secret Agent”,
with a cool 007 number plate, Robert Moultry was third.
In 13 Expert action Jacob Oliver, “D-Man”
Dave Moody and Nick Cote’ would battle hard
and finish in that exact order.
15 yr old Experts saw the “Fluorescent Flyer”,
Casey Tanner ace the win. Chris Pannullo gave him
all he could handle but settled for second on this
day. Third went to a much improved Wes Reel. Austin
Andrews, a 14 yr old Intermediate, was thrown into
this mix and gave a great effort.
36-40 Experts saw Brian Santos, using this as a warm
up to an expected large Money Open race next weekend,
edge out Scott Merenda for the win. Jason Gladstone
There were a number of classes going for total points
with only three riders in them. All but one class
the winners were perfect in all three rounds. They
included Derek Fantano in 8 & Under Cruiser; Chris
Pfeffer in 16 Cruiser; Ashley Asselin in 10 yr old
Girls; Kyly Milton in 12 yr old Girls; Alexus Doty
in 14 yr old Girls; Matt Webb in 9 yr old Intermediates
and “Jumpin” Jeremiah Taylor in 10 Expert.
The 11 yr old Expert class saw Anthony Tortarella
and Tom Gladstone trade wins with the deciding third
round going to Tortarella.
One hour after
the last Main Event, the skies opened up and the prediicted
rain arrived. Weather permitting, there will be a
gate practice tonight (Monday)
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes