Race Report September 9th,
The final week
of the season was a true test of the resilience of
the Foothills track and the staff who maintains it.
With nearly 4 inches of rain falling in the last 48
hours, the track was in dire need of some significant
repair on Sunday morning. In anticipation of those
conditions, it was Broad-texted that we would start
at 1:00 pm giving us an extra hour to get the track
Using this race as a “Dress Rehearsal”
for the upcoming State Championship, the staff was
a little divided on whether to attempt the repair
or throw in the towel for the day. Most had never
experienced a major mid-season rain and what would
be required but all pulled together, rolled up sleeves,
manned shovels and rakes and got the job done in time
for an on-time start for both practice and racing.
By the time racing started the track had firmed up
very nicely and was in pretty good shape for some
We started by naming 6 yr old Novice Johnny Tomboly
as the Rider_Of-The_Week form the August 26th race.
He named Pierce Curtis as his favorite BMX’er.
The day featured 23 motos and started with a nice
group of eager 7 year old Novices. Unfortunately for
5 year old Mac Zdzairski, he would be combined with
these much older riders and would be the odd rider
out not making the Main event. Moto winners were Trevor
Nielson, Ryan Corrigan and Jana Wilkinson. The Main
win would go to a determined Trevor Nielson with Matt
Evanuska second while Tristan Enquist finished third.
The next moto with enough riders to avoid the three-rider
total point’s scenario was the 4 rider 6 year
old Intermediate class. Again it would be a younger
rider being combined with older riders who would suffer
the cut in the motos. This time it was 5 year old
Shawn Biello forced to sit out and watch the main.
Trevor Cooper, the first to qualify for the Main event
would be the rider to win it. Ethan Hubbard looked
good and finished second while the third spot went
to a great effort from Danny Calarco.
There were also 4 riders in the 8 year old Intermediate
class with 2 of them being 7 yr old Experts. With
the 2 Experts (Robbie Webb and Pat O’Brien)
qualifying in the first two rounds, Ian Hayes would
edge out Tommy Mitchell for the last spot. In the
Main it was a two rider breakaway as Robbie and Pat
were really going handlebar to handlebar. It couldn’t
have been closer as they entered turn three when,
right behind the announcer’s tower, both went
down in flames. Ian Hayes, upon seeing what happened
a good distance in front of him, got on the jammies
and rode his way through the wreckage. Pat was the
first to get up but Ian was too far ahead and notched
a nice win. Pat settled for second with Robbie coasting
in for third.
The 17-18 Intermediate class was mixed with a 16 yr
old Expert, two 16 year old Intermediates, to go with
the three “pure” riders in the 6 rider
class. “Spanky” Chris Pfeffer (16 Expert)
won the first moto with Josh Thans (17 Intermediate)
winning the second. Tyler Cortis was our third round
winner but, when the dust settled, it was Pfeffer
winning the main with Ty second and Thans third.
In 9 year old Expert action and with no other 9 year
old Intermediates in the house, Nick Delbone had it
tough as he was forced to race three pretty fast hot-rods.
Nick could not qualify but sure put in a great try.
The main win would go to Fin Milton with Matt Webb
in Derek Fantano in hot pursuit.
Combining continues in the 13 year old Expert class
with the only 13 Expert was the one that won it. Matt
(The Marshall) Dillon got the job done with his posse’
made up of second place finisher Matt Higgs (13 Inter)and
third place finisher Jon Moura (12X). 12 year old
Intermediate Connor Calarco gave it a good try but
did not qualify.
The last group with enough riders to have a Main was
the 41-45 Girls Cruiser class. With three ladies going
for the Main event glory it would be Denise Classey
crossing the stripe first. Second went to Gina Layman
while the third spot went to a very tired Bridget
Holland-Stone who, if there was a bucket nearby, may
have spewed her lunch into it.
In the three rider Total Points classes Mason Blackburn
aced a perfect in 8 year old Novice action and was
named Rider-Of-The-Week for his efforts. In the interview
he named AA Pro Mike Day as his favorite rider.
Also perfect for the day was 11 year old Novice rider
Devin Gulyas who, with this win, moves up to the Intermediate
class. When he does, he will be sporting the Overthrow
Gear colors as he was picked up for their team. Way
to go Dev.
Lewis Cianfarani, in only his second time ever at
Foothills, was perfect in 13 Novice action.
Matt Higgs was unbeatable in the 13 year old Cruiser
Greg Slone and Chris Therriault shared wins in the
26-30 Cruiser class. Chris is 14 years old. Two of
three for Slone gave him the overall win.
A big dude indeed is Jeff Badendyck but this guy can
ride. He had more than enough to defeat Fred Roy and
Art Corrigan in the 41-45 Cruiser class.
Jeff Badendyck was not the only one of that family
to ace a perfect score as his daughter Avery did the
deed in 9 year old Girls action.
Defending Track Champion Kyly Milton was also perfect
in 13 Girls racing as was Michaela Groves in the 16
Year old Girls class.
18 year old Angela Therriault got the job done in
28 & over Girls Total Points action.
“Perfects” continued today with Garret
Cooper earning one in the 7 year old Intermediate
In the three rider 11 year old Intermediate class
Dominic Nivolo took a pretty nasty tumble in the second
round after winning the first round. He would come
back and win round three and that was enough for the
In 11 year old Expert action Scotty Barnikow and Hunter
Zeiner each enjoyed a moto win but it was two of three
for Scotty, good enough for the overall win.
Chris Therriault had no problem in the 14 Expert class
and he won every round.
In 15 Expert action it was Chris Pannullo and Jake
Pirulli trading wins with Chris winning the decisive
Finally just as he was unbeatable on the Cruiser,
Jeff Badendyck was the same on a 20” as he aced
his second perfect of the day in 41 & over expert.
Our next race
is on September 23rd and is the State Championship.
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes