May 15, 2005 - Week 3
Watching the weather all week and, depending on what
weather station you watched or listened to, the reports
were basically all over the place. The weather men were
sure it was going to rain, but how much, when and where
seemed to be again elusive.
When Sunday morning broke, the radar looked pretty
good and it seemed that we had a shot at getting it
in before late day Thunderstorms arrived. At around
11:00 am. There was hardly anyone there and the phone
was only ringing sporadically with pre-registrations.
It looked like the crowd was going to be very small.
The last half hour of registration really picked up
and when the gate fell at 1:31 p.m. there were 191 riders
split into 52 motos with 8 main events.
Thunder was already starting to roll around the local
foothills and it quickly became obvious that rain was
eminent. We all hoped that we could get in at least
two rounds of motos but we were really racing the oncoming
black sky. The first round was completed in record time
as only 20 minutes had passed for the first 52 motos.
At moto 14 of the second round the sky opened up and
it was time to “hold”. 15 minutes of hard
rain and it was over, at least for a while. Volunteers
were everywhere with brooms and shovels. The puddles
were brushed away, stone dust was sprinkled in some
areas and in about ten minutes the track was race ready.
All the years that we had worked on the underground
drainage system really paid off again.
The rest of the motos were run with the scheduled 10
minute break between the second and third round cancelled.
When the final gate dropped, three rounds of 52 motos
and 8 main events were run in 2 hours and 5 minutes
including the rain delay.
Winners were Connor Houlihan in 9 & under Cruiser
even with a wreck in the second moto. Frank Olish was
perfect in 13 Cruiser. Pete Bolotti and Billy Ripley
traded moto wins in 14-15 cruiser with Billy winning
the tie breaking third moto. 16-17 Cruiser champ was
the ‘Road Warrior” Russ Menz making his
return to Foothills for the first time this year. Randy
Greco won 22=29 and 35-39 combined. John McDowell broke
the heart of Ed Hayes all three motos by pulling off
last turn passes for the wins in 40-44 Cruiser. Butch
(I’m the reason for the new turn) Feitel held
off Dan Krouse in 45-49 Cruiser.
Gracen Hayes showed why she is the reigning Foothills
female rider of the year by winning both 10 & under
girls cruiser and 10-11 girls classes. Allison Thomas
top girl in 14-17 girl cruiser while Lori Markie aced
a perfect in 10-39 woman’s cruiser. Amanda Wedge
perfect in 6-7, 8-9 Girls, the same form Christy Kestler
in 14-15 Girls.
Novice winners were Even Greco, Zack Brown, Dustin
Belmonte, Allie Couch, Josh Knowlton, and Kevin Mathews.
The experts coming out on top were Jake Ritchie, Kyle
Block, Dylan Perez, Adam Hulse. 13 experts were really
fun two watch as all three riders won a moto. In the
end it was Jo Jo Howard coming out on top. Other winners
were Jonathan Barna, Billy Ripley, Russ Menz, Bryn Bowen,
Matt Markie and Drew Gustafson. The top Rookies were
Matt Valardi, Jake Olish, Josh Valardi, Keith Morsey,
Chris Pfeffer, Dylan Jacquemin, Garrett McGurk, Geoff
Robbins, Chris Mann, Martin Brown, Thomas Shew, Josh
Brown and Cliff Richards.
The 16 & Over open was a hot one with Matt Markie
winning the T/C Cycle Hole Shot award and the main event.