August 19th, 2007
Week number 16
This race was one of those races
that you look back at and think “what a feel-good”
day it was. The entire staff pretty much felt that way.
Myself, well I arrived at the track at 6:30 a.m. and
began the set-up process. At 9:30 I was on my way to
Burlington to attend the baptism of my 4 month old Grandson
Joshua, then back at the track by noon.
When registration closed there were 228 riders registered
to race in class, another 8 entries in the Warrior Pro-Am
and then 5 more in the 16 & over open-wheels race.
241 riders including one new one, was not bad by 2007
standards. Then at 1:20 another new rider showed up
and we said what the heck. The girls did a great job
adjusting the motos and re-posting and still getting
us ready for another on time start. We now have taken
in 96 new riders for 2007. 98 new ones last year. One
wonders where would we be without that great rookie
In pre-race ceremonies Dixie D’Amelio was crowned
the rider of the week for her great efforts in the 6
rookie class the week before. When asked who her favorite
rider was, anticipating she would say her dad, she responded
without hesitation….”Hope Maher”.
Dad was seen sulking near the car shortly thereafter.
This was the last of the Nutmeg BMX State Series races
and a lot was at stake. Counting the open classes the
moto count was 58.
There were 13 Main events so lets start with those.
Main 101 was for the 35 & over gang riding 20”
class. JRA’s Brian McInnis and Joe Desandre would
trade moto wins and Garrick Yanosky was perfect though
his preliminary rounds. Brian won the main with Garrick
2nd and Fred Roy earning a 3rd for his sponsor; Home
Sweet Home Cleaning. The next main was the 16X / 17
– 24 novice crew. Josh Sanford easily won this
one but a great effort from 2nd place finisher Rob Zuffelato
and Anthony Strong.
Next up was the 12 Novice main and Justin Jolicoeur,
after only 3 weeks back from a three year absence, was
perfect right through the main event. A solid 2nd was
enjoyed by Steven Kallas and 3rd went to Kyle Gambino.
The 12 rookie main event saw Tim Osborne, after winning
all his motos, crash in the main and setting up the
first place finish for Austin Cyr. Danny Mikelic, also
perfect in his motos would finish behind Austin for
The next main to run was the 10 novice class. They were
actually combined with 9X ‘s Casey Tanner and
Chris Therriault. In the motos Novice Chris Pannullo
would get the best of Therriault all 3 rounds and Tanner
would win all 3 of his motos. The main win went to tanner
with Fusco’s Auto Salvage Pannullo 2nd and Eagle
Electric’s Troy Atchison 3rd. Chris Therriault
had to settle for forth.
Main 107 was the 10 rookie gang and this was a milestone
main event. 10 riders were vying for the 8 starting
spots and, when the dust settled, Uncle Pat sponsored
Matt Bovat would race his last race ever as a rookie
as he rode off into the sunset as the newest novice
after earning his 15th rookie win. Christian Berti was
2nd and Westly Reel was 3rd.
Main 108 was the 9 novice class and on rare occasion
we get to see Alex Coenraads. When we do he usually
dominates and he sure did today. Another perfect for
Alex with Foothills regular Kobe Covington 2nd and New
Yorks Spencer Martin 3rd.
In the 8 rookie main (#109) “The Marshall”
was taken prisoners and he had 7 of em in tow. Matt
Dillion cleaned up Dodge and won everything. Sam Beardsley
was 2nd and Eric Passeck was 3rd. In Main 110 the 7
yr old rookies were battling hard. Jacob Shpur has really
stepped it up in recent weeks and today’s win
put him one-step closer to the novice ranking. Owen
Giese was a close 2nd and Jacob Gleacher 3rd.
Main 111 featured the 35-39 Cruiser class and Garrick
Yanosky came out on top.
The 6 rookie main came next and Collin Penn would save
his best for last as he won the main. Jagur Layman was
2nd and Rob Marcantonio managed a nice 3rd. The last
main was the 5 & under moto-mites. Seth Norton would
make short (no pun intended) order of this one with
a win. Kaine-Dog Murphy was 2nd and Connecticut Flooring’s
Hunter Zeiner was 3rd.
In 17 & over girls it would be CMR’s Danielle
Jolicoeur winning the first 2 motos but in a rare appearance
at Foothills, 2 time former track champion Christy Kestler
would break Danielle’s unbeaten streak by winning
the 3rd round. Daniells still came in first overall.
Hector Gonzales won the 17-24X class.
16N John Kollanda had to be combined with two 15X’s
and they would prove too much as Kyle Strong and Anthony
Del Vento would win the class.
In 15 & over rookie t would be the South End Two
Guys Pizza sponsored Brandon Miville acing a “perfect”.
Jeff Croshier won the 14X – 15N class and Christine
Grysbek won 15 Girls. A good turn-out in 14N with a
full gate. Joan’s Candy Cupboard Anthony Reilly,
even after a 3rd place finish in round 3, would still
win the class overall.
In 14 rookie Cody Dunn, confusing the announcers with
a number plate different then the one shown on the moto
sheet, easily won the class. Two Experts were combined
with two novices in the 13 yr old bracket and Zack Pirulli
(expert) won it with Ryan Shores (novice) second.
The 13 rookie class saw Demetri Savvidis recover from
a foorst round crash to win the class overall.
In 13 girls action Katie Edgar for CMR, dominated. Good
effort from Angela Therriault with a 2nd.
Kyle Block held off Zack Andringa for the overall 12X
win. Brianna Clinton won 12 girls. In 11X Shawn McAuley
would again show that your gonna have to work to take
his number 1 palte away as he was again perfect.
In 11N Jash Rivera came out the winner with Mike Iurato
Xavier Dingle won the 11 rookie class. In 11 girls action
it was a heartbreaker for Amanda Wedge. Undefeated for
the entire season, the streak would end today. Rhode
Island’s Brianna Delamare won all three motos.
Amanda still has a commanding lead for the track female
championship. The 10X group saw the return of Zack O’Neil
and he aced a perfect keeping Dan Delisle behind him.
In 10 girls it appeared that Jessica Maher would have
another dominating day as she easily won the first round.
In the second round she lost control in turn 2 and wrecked
almost taking down Mel Cianciolo with her. (See photo
in photo section). Jess was okay but Mel was the overall
winner this day.
In 9 rookie racing Jacob Comeau was the top gun and
R.J. Miville right behind him. Julionna Olson won the
9 girls class. In 7 – 8N racing the “D-Man”
prevailed as Dave Moody won the class. Ehtan Lazenby
Olshevski was 2nd. Devin Murphy easily handled the 8
girls group as did Alysha Olson in the 5-7 girls class.
“Super-Fly” Lane Maher appeared to take
his racing up a notch as he won the 5-6N class,
Pieter Coenraads won the 45-49 Cruiser class and remembered
to take his sun glasses home with him this year. In
40 – 44 Cruiser Brian McInnis ruled the roost.
11-12 Cruiser win went to Zachary Andringa. Zack O’Neil
won the 9-10 Cruiser class and Jagur Layman won 8 &
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Well, this was a long day but certainly one with great
memories. Thanks for coming out and see you at the season
finale next Sunday.