July 10, 2005 - Week 11
It was another weekend and another National Event to
race against. Actually it was two National events as
the NBL National was in Woodbridge Virginia and an ABA
National was in New York. Most of our local riders who
race for Team CMR, Peak Performance, Bizzarro, Hurricane/Staats
and Team Graffiti were attending one or the other so
our rider count was again under the influence of the
BMX sanctioning organizations National Series. Understanding
that these local programs provide training grounds for
these National series, Foothills still did okay with
172 riders divided into 46 motos.
Under a beautiful July day, we actually started 7 minutes
ahead of our scheduled 1:30 starting time and completed
the race day activities by 3:20 in the afternoon. The
most impressive race of the day was the 16 – 29
Open Wheels Main event as it was really stacked with
talent. A couple of former Foothills Riders of the Year
were in it with Pistol Pete Lorenzo and Matt Markie.
The always-dangerous Brian Adamaitis was there riding
for Stampede Clothing. Superclass rider Steve Oldham
was shooting for four in a row. Randy Greco was also
in the main as was two racers making a comeback; Ben
Achinson and Nick Caporucio also riding for Stampede.
The marquee name however was Superclass Rider Brian
Streiby of BMXMANIA.com fame all the way from Indiana.
Brian was one of the instructors at this weeks BMX camp
and hung in the area long enough to see how he measured
up against the local talent.
When the gate dropped it was a mad dash for the T/C
Cycle hole shot award line just past turn number one.
Streiby was first across that stripe with Oldham and
Adamaitis right behind him. Up the second straight they
charged and Markie started his run towards the front
by passing Adamaitis coming off turn two. As they flew
over the camel into turn three, Markie dove to the inside
of Oldham and had the inside line down advertisers row,
setting himself up for a run at Streiby. Matt caught
Brian coming out of turn four but Brian was able to
hold off Matt to the finish line. Pete Lorenzo found
a way around Oldham for the third spot. The remaining
race fans extended a warm round of applause to all the
riders in that one.
Thirty one Experts were racing here this day and there
certainly was some hot action. Starting with the 8 Ex
trio they all were in front in at least one of the motos,
Dan Delisle won two of three with Zach Brown the other.
Dominic Hamm was right in the mix. The Diesel was the
overall winner. 9 Ex was combined with 10 Nov and it
was Twisted Racing’s Josh Thimmish the champion
with a perfect. The Animal, Zach Andringa won two of
the three 10 Ex motos to edge out Kyle Block for the
overall win. The one 11 Ex on hand was Trevor Reda all
the way from New Hampshire so he was combined with the
12 yr old Novices. Unfortunately, Trevor crashed in
Practice and was out for the day allowing 12 Nov Jeff
Grantham to grab some first place Expert points. 12
Ex Josh Wedge, sponsored by Skyline Fence won his class.
Paul Maher, sponsored by the Thomas E. Arnold Corp.
won the 13 Ex/14 Nov combined class. In 14 Ex it was
Tucker Shaefer top gun this day. The always exciting
15 Ex gang were there with Justin Markie topping out
the front of that group, even with a forth in the first
moto. Peak Performances Dan Bycenski won the 16 Ex mod
squad division while Matt Markie did the same in 18-21
Ex. Tom Johnson won the 35 & Over Expert class as
he continues his comeback from a leg injury.
In Novice action Evan Greco had little problems winning
the 7, 8 Nov class. Amanda Wedge, sponsored by Photography
By Jenna, jumped in with a couple of boys and humbled
them both by winning two of three. Ryan Sambells-Greco
easily won 11 Nov but Logan Mitchell, sponsored by RC
Hobbies, had to work hard to put his bike in the winners
circle in 13 Nov action. Anthony Strong, with a strong
effort, won the 15 year old class.
Fifty eight Rookies were ripen up the course with
some wild and wholly action starting with Dalton Belmonte,
at only 4 years old winning the overall title in 5 and
under. Tyler Bluestein, topped the field in the 6 yr
old class as did Brandon Wojtkowski in the 7 year old
group. Mike Buonocore, after four intense days of training
at the BMX camp enjoyed a perfect in the 8 rookie class
right through the main. Matt Mitchell, who seems like
he wins every time out lately, showed us why he is about
ready to join the novice ranks by again winning the
9 rookie class. Brett Wojtkowski won two of three motos
in 10 rookie but Ryan Shores was perfect in 11 rookie.
Schweiger Tile and Flooring sponsored Anthony Reilly
won the 12 rookie class. Tyler Foley, in his first race
in a number of years, won the 13 rookie class and Shayne
Tullock won the 14 rookie competition. Rob Zuffelato
was a repeat winner in 15 rookie; Zach Ritchie won the
16 year old action and J.J. Wernicki came out on top
in 17 & over racing.
Alyssa Harris won the 6-7 Girls class and Tommy’s
Bicycle sponsored Gracen Hayes did the same in 10-11
Girl action. 12-13 Girl racing was won by Jenn Martinsen
and Danielle Jolicoeur top the competition in 14-15,
16 & over action.
Josh Thimmish won 9 & under cruiser, Phil Hickey
won 10-11 and Tucker Schaefer won 14-15 action. In 22-29,
30-34 it was Don Olson hold off the Dupras Liquor Mart
/ Lee Storage sponsored Brian Dupras. Randy Greco won
35-39 and Smack Daddy Ed Hayes was top gun in the 40-44
gang. 46 year old Dan Krouse, combined in that class
made a good showing.
In Girls Cruiser action it was Twisted Racing’s
Alissa Thimmish winning 10 & Under and Merriann
Hammond winning 30 & Over. Congrats to Kelly Thimmish
for joined the racing ranks and actually making all
the way around the track without crashing. Seems like
we have Thimmishs everwhere and they are all twisted.
It was another fun day and we all look forward to
the Team Race next Sunday along with the regular action.
Thanks to everyone who raced today.