Race Report August 13th

Week number 15

Race number 15 was held under perfect weather conditions Sunday with and pretty nice rider count. 185 riders were on hand and were split into 48 motos. One new rider joined the world of BMX racing and we all welcome 8 yr old Jenny Fish to the family.

One family who was surprisingly absent was the Krouse Guys. Later it was learned that Dan jr. had suffered a crash at the National in Trumbull and spent some quality hours in the Bridgeport hospital. Dan, whose 16th birthday was Sunday, is okay but what a story. Click HERE for details. Happy birthday Dan and glad your okay.

In pre-race opening ceremonies Owen Giese and Lane Maher were honored as last weeks riders of the week.

Lets start with the 16 – 29 Open Wheels class this week. 16 riders were on hand to race in the dash for cash. The motos were uneventful but, as usual, that was not the case in the main. The line up in the main was impressive in itself. Oldham, Wernicki, Adamaitis, Ripley, Currier, Lorenzo, Markie and Sundstrom. As the gate dropped they were flying into turn # 1 when the carnage happened. Sundstrom, Markie and Ripley all bailed with Sundstrom again holding onto his fragile wrist. As the action continued around the course Oldham was in control right to the finish line. Pete Lorenzo finished 2nd and Brian Adamaitis finished an impressive 3rd. Marc Sundstrom was feeling much better by the time we all left the facility.

In expert racing The Dupras Liquor Mart sponsored Kevin Clark would be the winner with Mike Jasensky a solid second. In 18-21 action Matt Markie came out on top. Hector (Speedy) Gonzalez won the 17ex, 18-21noc combined class and, yes, he is a novice who earned some serious expert points this day. In 16 ex comp it would be Merli Automotives Darrin Merli continuing his dominance in the Mod-Squad. 15 ex racing was a hot class and it took the third round to serve as a tie breaker to determine that Executive Glass sponsored Ryan Andrews was the winner with OFR’s Jonathan Barna 2nd. Peak Performance’s Colby Brouillard won 14 ex. D.J. Scott was again “Top-Gun” in 12 ex. Kyle Block continued his quest marching through the 11 ex class with a perfect. The defending State champ in 10 ex, Shawn Mcauley, continues to look like he will have that number 1 plate again next year as he put another win in the record book. Dan Delisle had it all his was as no other 9 ex was there. Dan easily won the class after being combined with two 10 yr old novices. Peak’s Todd Maniscalchi powered his way through the 8-9 ex and nov combined class with a perfect in the motos and a win in the main.

In girls racing Danielle Jolicoeur would beat Christy Kestler 2 out of 3 on her home track in 16 & over. New York’s Bethany Beckwith topped Amy Block in 14-15 action. In 12-13 Rite Bike’s Ali Thimmish was the fastest but Heather Brouillard sure made her work for it. Gary’s Hill Top Auto Repair sponsored Joceline Levesque would stay in fron tof Amanda Wedge in 10-11 action. Jessica Maher, riding for the Videoworld Superstore was unbeatable in 8-9 girls racing.

In the Cruiser Class that features good looking riders Sally Mcinnis put the JRA Cycles colors in the winners circle in 30-40 ladies..

In the Cruiser Classes that feature not so pretty mugs it would be Butch Feitel winning 45-49 with Dave Beckwith giving him all the comp he could handle. Brian Mcinnis was the champ today in 40-44 with Jason Zeiner winning 30-34,35-39 combined. Danny Delisle proved way too much for Justin Hellwinkle in 9 & Under, 16-17 combined.

As usual there was a lot of combining in the novice ranks but there still was some impressive racing. Ryan Towle won 6-7 combined with Justin Boissonault finishing a solid 2nd. Mike Gurin was the fastest 8 yr old and Brett Wojtkowski the quickest 11 yr old. In 12 yr old novice racing Ryan Shores was the best of those four riders. D.J. Ha;;s Mike Borla won 13 nov. Marty Tartaglino won the 15 novice group. The “Z-Man, Rob Zuffelato won 16 nov.

Rookies were out in force and they may have been the stars of the show. 7 riders in the 5 & under gang resulted in Lane Maher and Jacob Konig finishing 1 and 2. Jacob Shpur made his first win a huge one as he won the 6 rookie main event. Nick Bates won 7 rookie. Kobe Covington was the star of the 8 rookie class. In 9-10 combined it was Mike Valentine the winner.

The 11 rookie win went to David Norris, sponsored by Woodbury Supply. 12-13 rookie combined went to Miles Putnam who came back big from a first round crash. Keith Brown, ERA II sponsored rider won 14 rookie. Finally, for the last time, Kevin Mottai won the 15 rookie class and earned a trip to the novice ranks. Pat Burbank edged out Chris Thomas for the win in 16 rookie and finally, Carl Norris was the top dog in 17 & over.

Thanks to all the riders and the volunteers for making this race a nice quiet but smoothly running event.