Race Report June 11th
It was another week of racing and another huge turnout
for this single point team race day. The day started
off with 40 mile per hour wind gusts and pop-up canopies
were flying everywhere. With partly cloudy skies and
a rapidly filling parking lot and the first weekend
of the new Weekend Warrior Pro-am open series, this
one promised to be a classic. It was an on-time start
with 261 riders split into 64 motos. The day started
with 11 year old Rookie Stephen Kallas and 8 year old
rookie Troy Achinson being named the Dozers place rookie
riders of the week for their efforts in the double header
held last week at the track.
In racing action there were a large number of experts
slicing-n-dicin for supremacy. In 9 year old action
Zack O’Neil enjoyed a perfect but it was Dan Delisle
who made him push it hard in all three rounds. The 10
ex threesome was pretty cool as all three riders each
enjoyed a moto win. The overall went to Jake Ritchie.
Kyle Block dominated the 11 ex class riding for Bikers
Edge. The two 12 ex’s in the house were combined
with the 13 year old novices but still managed to come
out on top with Zack Pirulli winning the class. A full
gate in 13 ex and the bay state’s Shaun O’Connor,
in his familiar Aggro Bikes colors had a perfect in
a very competitive class.
Anthony Del Vento had it all
his way in 14 ex / nov combined. In 15 expert comp Jason
Bush showed that he still has the skills to get the
job done as he won everything including the main event.
The 16 ex mod-squad saw Billy Ripley put another win
in the record books as he held off a hard charging Aaron
Testa, newly sponsored by The Quiet Zone. Dan Bycenski
was tops in 17 ex and Matt Markie won the 18-21 action.
Tom Johnson was the fastest in 35 & over expert.
Novice racing was full of its usual thrills. 6 year
old Matt Gurin, winning two of three motos, was the
winner in that class. Mitch Savoca showed us why he
is the reigning state champ in 7 nov. Josh Valardi kept
his family on top with the win in 8 nov. Nick Killmer
managed to come out on top in 9 novice racing which
was a class that featured 4 riders who didn’t
finish the same way in any of its motos. Shane Christopher,
Nate Martinsen and Chris Pfeffer all had wins in 10
year old novice motos. When the dust settled it was
Martinsen winning the main event. Ali Thimmish, riding
in the 11 yr old novice class, was the top rider with
a great effort from Justin Thompson. The South End two
Guys Pizza sponsored Alex Moura again won the 12 yr
old novice class. D.J. Halls Mike Borla was the first
13 yr old novice across the stripe. Dan Krouse put together
one of his most consistent efforts of the year as he
won two of three in 15 nov. The 16 novice class saw
the worst wreck of the day as the Z-Man, Rob Zuffelato
wrecked very hard in the rhythm section and had to be
transported to the local hospital. A hush came over
the facility as he was prepared for transport. Later
in the day we received news that he was released with
a bruised sternum but nothing worse. Hopefully we see
him back very soon. Anthony Strong was the eventual
winner. Kevin Mathews won 17 nov and Dan Krouse was
the first novice to cross the line in 35 & over
expert and novice combined.
103 Rookies were part of the show and always fun to
watch. Colby Hickey won the 6 yr old division, the first
rookie class this year to have so many riders in it
the had to use semis to determine who would transfer
to the main. Rob Miville and Dave Moody were both perfect
in their motos with Moody winning the 7 rookie main.
Austin Lillis worked very hard to win the 8 rookie main
with great racing from Jon Zeiner and Aaron Laskos.
Westly Reel won 9 rookie and Jonathan Mulhern won the
10 rookie title. A large group of riders were in the
11 rookie class and this day it was Stephen Kallas winning
everything he ran. Ryan Shores held down the fort in
12 rookie and Trevon Clay only had one winn all day
in 13 rookie but it was the big one as he won the main.
Three different in the 14 rookie motos but the main
went to Josh Sanford. Kevin Mottai held off a very competitive
Caleb Dubourg in the 15 rookie battle. Corey Longfelloe
stayed in front in 16 rookie action and finally, 17
& over rookie Nick Fedelli won after battling Tim
Bierce hard all day.
In Girls racing action Devin Murphy won the 6-7 class
but Mackenzie Atchinson is getting closer by the week.
Sponsored by Video world superstore, Jessy Maher won
8-9 girls and Shalynn Brown, sponsored by the Sandy
Shore Motel was right on her rear wheel. The 10-11 class
saw Gracen Hayes return to the track in winning fashion
with Brianna Delamare a close second. 12-13 girls racing
featured a perfect from CMR Racing’s Katie Rose
Edgar. Cassy Scott won the 14-15 / 16 & over combined
In cruiser racing action Zack O’Neil won the 9
& under group. D.J. Scott was top gun in 12-13.
16-17 cruiser racing went to Pete Balotti. Randy Bitinaitis
easily won 30-34, 35-39 combined but there was a moose
sighting along the way. Bob (moose) Delamare made the
long ride from Providence and enjoyed his first time
ever at Foothills without crashing on the R/C Hobbies
step-down. Each with a first and second place finish
after two round it was showdown time in the third round
for Ed Hayes and Steve Rossi. When Hayes hit the step
down he hit it all wrong and went right over the handlebars.
Really stretching it out in mid air to clear the track
and land on the softer grass, smack-daddy planted his
right shoulder into the turf but would be okay. 40 year
old Steve Rossi won the class.
Now, for the one we all waited for, the first weekend
of the newly formed weekend warrior pro-am open series.
Day 1 of this class was in Meriden yesterday. The top
three were Matt Markie, Walter Dunn and Alex Rivera.
Today, 17 riders were on hand for the wild racing that
this day would feature. One thing that was pretty cool
was long time racer Tom Johnson had the pleasure of
racing his son Ty, sponsored by J.P. Maguire & Associates,
the company his father works for. Ty’s efforts
would help to keep Tom out of the qualifying positions.
Unfortunately, Ty didn't make the qualifiers either
but this kid is gonna be something soon. The main event
was sick with $335 in the purse with $167 going to the
winner. When the gate dropped it was a tight pack down
the front chute but the move of the day would come from
Pete Lorenzo as he made an unbelievable cut to the inside
and virtually dove into the lead. With the crowd cheering
it was Lorenzo, Chris Keller and Steve Oldham winning
the cash. The first of 4 weekends of this series proved
to live up to all the hype. Round two will be on June
24th and 25th. The quest to be the Ultimate Warrior
continues. Ah yes, the Warrior series, a place where
legends are born.