Race Report May 7th
16,308 flyers to 33 different schools, two radio interviews
and one TV interview coupled with a staff of wonderful
volunteers and wa-la, a whopper-opening day at Foothills.
With sunny skies and a track that was looking pretty
nice after some serious spring clean-up work, the first
of 67 motos got under way 25 minutes behind schedule
but no one seemed to mind too much as the action was
fast and furious right from the start. Nearly 50 new
rookie riders were on hand to experience the fun of
a big opening day and we don’t feel anyone was
disappointed. 267 riders were racing, making this the
second biggest opening day in our history. (In 2003
271 riders were there).
It was standing room only for the big opening day crowd
Starting with the 58 experts who raced, 8 year old Casey
Tanner and Evan Greco traded wins but two of three for
Greco gave him the over-all for the day. 9 Ex Zack O’Neil
was perfect in his 6 rider class but Dan Delisle sure
made him work for it. 10 Ex Nick Perry, sponsored by
Prudential Financial, got one practice lap only but
that was all he really needed to come out on top even
though he only won one of three motos. Josh Thimmish
won two of them but a forth in the second round sealed
his fate and a second over all. The reigning two-time
boys track champion Kyle Block was perfect in 11 Ex.
Ryan Campbell, Jacob Fish and D.J. Scott made up the
12 Ex class and D.J. was top gun today. Wearing his
Aggro Bikes uniform very proudly was Shaun O’Connor
and a perfect was his accomplishment in 13 Ex. Showing
why he was selected the most improved boy rider last
year, Anthony Del Vento was perfect in 14 Ex. A true
battle in 15 Ex with 15 riders vying for the top spot.
Perfect in his motos, it was Peak Performances Andrew
Christopher winning the main. With 10 riders in 16 Ex
things were no easier. Two locals; Pete Balotti, riding
under the flag of “The Plant Outlet, and Darrin
Merli, the Merli Automotive sponsored rider were dominant
in their separate motos but in the main it was all Balotti
with Billy Ripley salvaging a second and Zak McCready
managing a third. In 17Ex , 18-21 Nov Jimmy St, Germain,
B.J. Nadwairski and Dan Bycenski all had a moto win
but when the points were tallied it was St. Germain
the top dog. 18-21 Experts belong to Matt Markie even
with a bum knee. 35 & over Novices and Experts were
combined together and “The Pistol” Pete
Lorenzo was putting it all together this day with the
over-all win. More on him later.
27 girls were rippin it up and in the 6-7 year old class
Julionna Olson held off Briana Flechsig and Devin Murphy
for the win. Gabrille Roberti was perfect in her 8-9
girls class as was Ali Thimmish in 10-11 Girls action.
Dianna Batista Dominated 12-13 girls as did Allie Couch
in 14-15 action. In 16 & over Danielle Jolicoeur
and Christy Kestler traded paint a few times with Kestler,
the three time and current girls track champion coming
out with the overall win.
In Cruiser action the winners were Austin Vincent in
( 9 & Under, D.J. Scott in 10-11, 12-13 combined
and Mike Vallone in 16-17, 18-21 combined racing, Mike
is riding under the sponsorship of Dupras Licquer Mart
this year. Joe Gaulin, the voice of Whip City, was haulin
and won 22-29 Cruiser. Don Olson, looking like he packed
on a little ballast over the winter, was still fast
enough to win 30-34 Cruiser. In 35-39 action Randy Greco
won the first round and looked like he would ace a perfect
but Garrick Yanosky quickly put a stop to those thoughts
as he won the next two rounds for the overall win. Greg
Fantano edged out Stuart McCready in 40-44 year old
competition and Butch Feitel got revenge over Jay Francis
in 45-49. Ladies Cruisers saw some close racing between
Christy Kestler and Allison Thomas with Christy squeaking
out a win in 14-17 action. Amber Kumiega, making an
appearance on the track for the first time in a couple
of years, Stayed in front of Sarah Shatkyvich for the
18-29 year old cruiser win. Gina Layman was the fastest
in 30-39 competition.
Novice winners were Nate Martinsen, Mitch Amen, Alex
Moura, Jeff Grantham, Marty Tartaglino, Jeff and Zack
Ritchie, Kevin Matthews and Kevin Clark.
The huge Rookie classes saw wins from Dalton Belmonte,
Colby Hicky, Tyler Bluestein, Troy Achinson, Alexis
Rosario, Chris Pfeffer, Dalton Jacquier,Ryan Shores,
Steven Clark, Hiram Martinez, Jeramey Bakunis, Tim Bierce
and Nick Fedelli.
|"Pistol" Pete Lorenzo leads "Tommy-Gun" Tom Johnson over the first jump.
Finally, in the always popular 16 – 29 Open Wheels
dash for cash Pete Lorenzo was the fastest of the 15
riders who were competing this day. Pete had the lead
coming out of turn one and never looked back. Matt Markie
was on him but there just was no stopping Pete this
day. Pete said after the race that all the hard training
over the winter may just be paying off this summer.
It sure appears so.
Thanks to all who made this opening day, one for the