Week number 7
At last years Fathers day race
we had 164 riders. This year we were about the same
as 152 raced in class plus another 8 raced in the “Open”.
Not a bad turnout with a NBL Regional Series race in
nearby Howell New Jersey. The day started off on a solemn
note as the race was dedicated to the memory of a special
dad; Billy Batayte. Billy had passed away on Easter
Sunday and leaves two children; Zachary and Matt plus
his wife Kirsten. Since his passing they have joined
our BMX family and have been there nearly every Sunday.
Yesterday had to be painful and we hope that, as time
goes on, they will continue to grow and move forward
with the knowledge that we all care very much about
In other pre-race ceremonies 7 yr old rookie Chaz Wilson
was named the rider of the week for his efforts on June
One of the hottest classes today was the 25 –
29 / 35 + novice class as a full gate of riders were
in the mix. Recently made a father was Kevin Clark and
he and Fred Roy would trade moto wins with Kevin winning
two of three. Bruce Taber Jr., only finding out this
morning that he is going to be a father, finished third.
In 17 – 24 expert action, Armando Curbelo from
Quebredillas, Puerto Rico won two out of his three motos
for the overall win. Astro Chemicals Todd snow was second.
Jeremy Bakunis, riding under the sponsorship of Winchester
Modular Housing, won the 17 – 24 novice class.
Rob Sullivan aced a perfect in his 17 & over rookie
grouping and Danielle Jolicoeur was perfect in 17 &
over girls. She also looked perfect in her prom dress
which she had a nice supply of pictures of.
Moe’s Kevin Mottai held off Daniel Krouse for
the 16 novice win. In 16 rookie action, the South End
Two Guys Pizza ride of Brandon Miville proved too much
for the rest of the gang. Spencer Cole, in an impressive
first day of his BMX career, finished second.
In 14 ex / 15 nov combined it would be Josh Sanford
and Logan Mitchell battling hard in all three rounds
with some very close racing. Josh would finish in the
top spot but Logan and he crashed hard at the finish
line in the second round. Logan would take a trip to
the hospital to have his ankle looked at. On Monday
he was on crutches but is planning on racing this weekend.
Ray Watts was the fastest 15 yr old rookie today while
Jenn Martinsen won the 15 girls class. The “Candy-Man”
Anthony Reilly, kept the Joan’s Candy Cupboard
sponsored bike out front enough to win the 13 / 14 novice
class. James Oslander’s streak of wins is intact
as he powered his way to yet another perfect in 14 rookie.
Daryl Schad aced a perfect with three wins in 13 rookie
action and Aggro’s Josh Thimmish would be the
hot-rod in 11X / 12N combined racing.
Tim Osborne won the 12 rookie class while Dan Delisle
did the same in 10X / 11N combined. 9 riders were in
the house in the 11 rookie group so a main event would
be required to determine a winner. While Mike Valentine
and Gabe Cruz were perfect through their motos, the
main event showdown would be won by Gabe with Mike right
behind him for second.
A1 Self Storage’s Amanda Wedge won the 11 girls
class. In 10N / 9X combined Todd Maniscalchi and Nick
Killmer traded wins but Todd would win the third round
tie-breaker. Uncle Pat’s Matt Bovat had it all
together today as he stayed in the lead in all three
rounds of 10 rookie motos.
Shalynn Mari Brown had it all her way in the 11 yr old
girls class as she kept Chealsee Kalivas behind her
all day long. Mike Guerin held off a determined Jon
Zeiner in the 4 rider 9 novice class. Austin Lillis
pretty much did the same in the 9 rookie division.
Matt Guerin powered his way to a win in the combined
classes of 7N / 8N. In the 8 rookie main event Ethan
Lazenby Olshevsky held off RJ Miville for the win. Pete
Franolich had a solid third.
10 riders were in the house in the 7 rookie gang. Jake
Des Marais and Owen Giese would finish 1 – 2 after
both were perfect in their motos.
Rob Delamare, traveling all the way from Providence
R.I. just to ride his favorite step-down, aced a perfect
in 40-44 cruiser. 6 riders chargin hard in the 30-34
/ 35-39 Cruiser class and Garrick Yanosky edged Bob
Des Marais for the win. In 6 rookie racing action another
large throng of riders were on hand. With 12 riders
in the mix Lane Maher would transfer to the main after
winning all his motos and then take his winning streak
right through the main event. Jacob Koenig was 2nd and
Collin Penn grabbed 3rd. Another main was required in
the 5 & under rookie class. Ryan Sheppard, out of
New Fairfield, would beat the local guys and Kaine-Dog
Murphy was 2nd. Bristol’s Conor Guilford had a
The 11-12 / 9-10 cruiser division was won by Ali Thimmish.
Being Father’s day we were able to entice 6 fathers
to put their racing skills to the test and the race
was its usual ugly excitement. When the gate dropped
we fear fathers would drop also. Our fears weren’t
too far from becoming reality. As they sped down the
from straight it was obvious that the typical male competitive
juices were flowing like Niagara Falls. Josh Wilson
had a great first straight and was positioned to power
his way right to the front as they exited turn 1. He
powered his way so hard that once he had the lead it
lasted no more then 1 second as he exploded in a cloud
of dust. All the way around the survivors sped until
the last straight Pat Murphy and Perry Cole would tangle
with Perry managing to stay on his bike for the win.
Pat got up and finished second, Marc Buck was third
with Steve Penn finishing ahead of a dusty Josh Wilson
The Open Wheels gang put on their usual exciting display
of racing. Making today’s main event was Jason
Bush, Pete Lorenzo, Allen Currier, Rob Zuffelato, Steve
Oldham and Ty Johnson. Currier got the snap out of the
gate but Lorenzo took the lead in the first turn. Johnson
got in for of Oldham and they were latterly off to the
races. No changes as they hit the final straight. Lorenzo
won it , Currier second and Ty Johnson and Steve Oldham
looked tied for third. Some thought Johnson while others
though Oldham. The third place award was given to Oldham.
Bob Warnicke Scolarship Race next Sunday and a Warrior
Series race as well. See you then.