August 26th, 2007
Week number 17
Well, here we are already at
the last week. Simply unbelievable! Would we get the
last race in? The last two seasons we lost the last
race to rain. Arriving at the track at 7:30 a.m., it
wasn’t long before the rain started to come down
and was pretty steady for about one hour. This actually
made the track conditions perfect for the series finale.
After 9:00 a.m. all systems were go and this would be
a good one. Although the rider count in BMX in general
is down this year, ourselves included, 169 riders isn’t
too bad with 41 motos.
In pre-race ceremonies Matt Dillon was name the rider
of the week and named “Matt Mardy” as his
favorite rider. We assume he meant “Matt Markie”.
Before I start on the actual finishes it was really
heart warming in practice to see 6 yr old Randy Donaghy
get the surprise of his life when he was presented with
a brand new bicycle from his family.
In the 16 & over open class Allen Currier would
pick up where he left off last week by winning the main.
Steve Oldham held him off for the first two straights
but Allen got him in turn 2. And maybe as a little statement
that he is well on the road to full recovery, Matt Markie
finished third. Matt had rotator cuff surgery this year
and has been out all season.
What a mix we had in the 25-29 class. Combining to the
extreme as the class actually was 25-29 Nov / 30-34
Nov / 35 & over Ex and 35 & over Ex and Nov.
Sooooooooo…….35 & over Ex Garrick Yanosky
won the main and 35 & over Nov Fred Roy, put his
Home-Sweet-Home sponsored ride in the second spot and
35X Rob Bennett was third.
No main required in 17 – 24 Expert so Hector Gonzales
would win two of three for the overall title.
The “Mod Squad”, 16X was combined with 17-24
Nov and 16X Josh Sanford, after wrecking trying to make
the “Open” main, came back to win this one.
Zack Ritchie had a solid second and Jeramey Bakunis
put the Winchester Modular Housing sponsored machine
into the third spot. Dan McMahan own the three rider
shoot-out in 17 & over rookie while Brandon Miville,
sponsored by South End Two Guys Pizza, did the same
in 16 rookie.
Two 15X’s were combined with two 16N’s and
it would be easy pickins for 15X Anthony DelVento as
he held off Video World’s Paul Maher for the win.
Greg Olson held off Jose Garcia for the 15 rookie class
Only two novices in the 14 yr old bracket so they got
combined with the 14X gang where Jeff Croshier cleans
house. He did again this week while Colby Benoit gave
him all he could handle for second and Josh Wedge had
a solid third. The first novice in the mix was Joan’s
Candy Cupboard’s Anthony Reilly.
Zack Puglisi dominated the 14 rookie class as he kept
James Oslander behind him all day long. In 13X / 13N
combined Ryan Shores finally got going and looked great
as he beat the two experts. Zack McLaughlin, all the
way up from New Jersey was second. Demetri Savvidis
topped Travis Raymond in 13 rookie action. Danielle
Jolicoeur, with no one in her 17 & over class was
put in with the younger lasies and she easily handled
the competition. 13 yr old Angela Therriault was second
and Victoria Sunbury finished third ahead of an improving
Kyle Block, outgoing three-time track champion, finished
up this season with another win in 12X with Jason Palma
and Nate Martinsen fight for the second spot. It would
go to Jason by one point.
Shawn McAuley, reigning State Champion was perfect in
11 ex / 11 nov action as 11 nov Justin Jolicoeur was
second. George’s Music Center’s Chris Pfeffer
had a tough day but should be ready for the “States”.
A full gate for the 12 rookie gang and Dan Miklovich
was perfect with three moto wins. Tim Osborne finished
right behind him all three rounds and Kyle Sanford was
third. Two 10 ex’s and 4 10 novs would equal another
perfect for Dan Delisle as he held off a very determined
Nick Killmer. Don Olson Jr. was third.
Meriden’s Xavier Dingle aced a “perfect”
in 11 rookie with Nick Hull second and Miles Buroker
third. Amanda Wedge got back in victory circle as she
won the 11 girls class. Katie Moody was second. Chris
Therriault won the 10N / 9 ex combined class as the
only expert in the mix. Eagle Electric’s Troy
Atchison was the second place finisher with Uncle Pat’s
Matt Bovat third in his first race as a novice.
The 10 rookie class went to Nick Painchaud even through
Christian Berti won two motos a crash in the first round
would seal the win for Painchaud. Jess maher won the
9-10 girls class after wrecking last week. Julionna
Olson was second and Chealsee Kalivas was third. Dave
Moody, as the only expert in the 8X / 9N class, easily
handled these future experts. Spencer Martin looked
great for second as did the Pin Shop Hobbies sponsored
Larry Coderre for third. R.J. Miville and Saul Garcia
split the first two 9 rookie motos but Saul would win
the tie-breaking third round for the overall win. Ryan
Towle won the 6 – 8 Nov class with Justin Rivera
second. Sky Elwood was the first 6 yr old across the
stripe as “Super-Fly” Lane Maher would “scorpion”
in the last turn in the third round. Lane is sponsored
by Hartford County Tattoo.
The 8 rookie gang was out in force with 11 riders vying
for the eight starting positions in the main event.
When the dust settled it would be Mike Heffernan the
champ with Eric Passect second and the “Marshall”,
Matt Dillon third.
Devin Murphy won the 8 girls class with Eagle Electric’s
Mackenzie Atchison and Emily Daigle second and third.
In the 7 rookie class there again were 11 riders. Jeovanny
Carrero won all his motos but Owen Giese would beat
him in the main. The third spot went to Jacob Shur,
who made a nice recovery from a second round crash on
the R/C Hobbies Stepdown.
50 -54 Cruiser Joey Watley was in the house and found
that 40 – 44 cruiser Rob Giese was a formidable
opponent as he had two work hard to win two of three
motos. Don Olson held off Erik Maher for the 35 -39
Speaking of Olsons, Alysha held off Kyly Milton and
Catherine Buroker for the 5 – 7 girls class title.
In 6 rookie action Robert Marcantonio blasted through
the 9 rider competition for the main event win after
perfect in the motos. Collin Penn finished second and
the third spot went to Jacob Koenig.
In 5 & Under it would be Connecticut Flooring’s
Hunter Zeiner the top rug-rat with Seth Norton second
and Chris Guido, in his first race ever under the ‘Bring-A-Buddy
program, finishing third.
Finally, Dan Delisle had it all his way in 9 -10 cruiser
racing as his opponent; Jonathan Zeiner was simply touching
the gate as he was nursing an injury suffered in Meriden
the day before.
Well that’s it everyone, the racing season is
in the record books and it will go down as a fun year
for the staff. We all hope you enjoyed racing here as
much as we enjoyed having you. Keep checking back at
this web site for the latest news and periodic updates.
See you at the outing on October 7th.