Race Report May
The downside of racing on Sundays
is that the NBL’s national events are all on weekends
and so are most of our holidays. This Sunday was a prime
example as Howell New Jersey was hosting a National
and it was Mother’s Day. Add to this issue the
price of gasoline these days and it sure related to
a smaller then usual crowd at Foothills.
We had 146 riders in 35 motos plus another 4 riding
in the 16 & Over Open Wheels competition.
So it is what it is and the 450 – 500 people in
the park had a good time, on the most part anyway.
The day started with Collin Penn being honored as the
Rider Of The Week from last weeks opening day. He said
that Pete Lorenzo was his favorite rider. Not a bad
role model for sure.
With reluctance we decided to hold a “Mothers
Day moto. Eight Mod Moms took the opportunity to ride
the track and see how easy it really is. One in particular,
Wendy Cyr, proud mother of Austin Cyr, had been seen
on the track the last few weeks practicing as she obviously
was in it to win it. Well, all was really going well
as she was handle bar to handle bar with the other 7
ladies. It looked to be really evenly matched. The excitement
was thrilling and all were having a great time. It appeared
that no one had an edge on anyone else. They were so
close they were almost touching each other but all held
their ground looking very professional. Then the gate
dropped. So down the hill they sped with Wendy on the
inside. On the first obstacle it was carnage as Wendy
self destructed and exploded at the feet of our track
photographer. (See Weekly Photos). Someone else went
down on the next jump . Wendy got up and immediately
fell again on jump number 3 as yet another mother went
down in nearly the same spot. It was Motherly Mayhem
all over the track. When Wendy had finally cleared the
finish line after wrecking a record three times in the
same moto, the order of finish was Michelle DesMarais
1st; Aurora Papa 2nd; Julianne Rossi 3rd; Lydia Sidir
4th; Lisa Ferris 5th; Gina Sears 6th; Jennifer Petosa
7th and Wendy was 8th. They all walked away.
In the actually running of the “real motos”
there was a lot of combined clases on this day. In the
11-12, 17-24, 25-29 Cruiser group Mike Vallone, 22 yrs
old would work hard to stay in from of 11 yr old Dan
Delisle. Dan’s dad was heard to say after the
race that he wished his son could race Vallone every
week as he really went faster. Mike won all three motos.
Erik Maher and Bob Desmarais had the 35-39 Cruiser class
all to themselves and these two competitors, who are
friends both on and off the track, had a great day of
racing with Desmarais winning two of three.
6 yr old Megan Fuchs was the only one in her age group
there so she had to be combined wth 9 yr old Emily Daigle.
Both were fun to watch as Emily prevailed.
In the 10-11 Girls class T & M Builder’s Jess
Maher was dominate. 10 yr old Jen Rossi had a solid
second with Alyssa Perkins third and Kendra Covington
Track Champion Amanda Wedge had little problems in the
12 girls group as she easily held off Jayna Roy and
Angela Therriault continues to impress in the 24-25
girls combined class with another perfect day. Amy Block
7 and 8 yr old novices were combined and Sky Elwood,
even after wrecking with Jake Desmarais in the second
round, managed enough to gain the overall win. Hartford
County Tattoo sponsored Lane Maher was second.
In the 9-10 Novice class Doug Cable was the winner with
Robbie DesMarais grabbing the second spot.
In his 2008 Foothills debut, The Bay States Todd Maniscalchi
was perfect in 10ex-11 nov combined holding off Chris
Therriault. Mikey Buonocore was the only novice there
and finished third.
12 nov Austin Cyr held off 11 ex Dan delisle and 11
ex Nick Killmer in an impressive show of skills. Mike
Rossi was right in the mix as well.
In 13 Nov action Brett Wojtkowski won all three rounds.
Justin Thompson was pretty close to him each time around.
I n the combined class of 13 ex – 14 nov. Mason
Johnson, the Esquire Cleaners ride and Sean Perkins
finished one and two with Jason Chamis was Third.
Cody Dunn won 14ex – 15 nov. The Schweiger Tile
and Flooring sponsored Anthony Reilly was second.
16 ex Logan Mitchell won the 16 ex – 17-18 nov
combined class as he traded wins with the birthday boy
New Yorks Dave Nelson won the 17-18 expert / novice
class with Cliff Richards second.
T & M Builders Paul Maher continued his streak of
wins in 15 ex as he held off Josh Wedge, Jeff Croshier
and William barna.
Dan Buckner won the 19-25 gang of experts and novices.
In the always popular 5 & under rookie class the
action there would prove to be the most exciting of
the day. Usually finishing at the back of the pack,
Hope Maher has always been happy with just being out
there. Today, something special happened as she took
the lead in the first turn of her first moto and held
on all the way around for the first moto win in her
career. The crowd erupted in approval. Proving it wasn’t
a fluke she did the exaxct same thing again in the second
round and looked for a perfect only to be passed at
the strip in the third round. She earned her first “earned
win” ever on this memorable Mother’s Day.
Derek Fantano was also hot and he had a second place
In the 6 yr old Rookie main event the tactical Arms
sponsored Zack Ferris would be the winner. Conor Guilford
scored a second and Dustin Souza was third.
The 7 Rookie main was also exciting as Last weeks winner
Collin Penn would do a repeat performance this week.
Jacob Gleacher was not far behind for second and Collin
Riggs had a nice third.
Another main was required in the 8 yr old Rookie class
to determine a winner and Owen Giese put the Bell Electric
ride in the winners circle again this week. The Dutchman
Lawn and Garden Design sponsored Sean Graveline was
second and Brandon Galeski was third.
Five 9 year old Rookies were in the house and when the
dust settled R.J. Miville, sponsored by Jack's Autobody,
would score his 15th Rookie win earning himself a promotion
to the Novice ranks. Congratulation R.J. Evan Fuchs
was second and Pete Franolich, sponsored by “The
Pines” was third.
Ty Hesterberg was the overall winner in 10 Rookie action
as he won the tie breaking moto # 3 as Zeller Tires
Mike Wasilonsky had a problem and had to settle for
In 11 Rookie racing Wes Reel had the hot wheel and Christian
Berti was second.
12 Rookie Gabe Cruz aced a perfect in his class while
Dylan Vadney had a perfect second and Chad Daigle a
Kyle Sanford won the 13 Rookie class with Alex Hubbard
James Oslander has to be getting close to the Novice
ranking as he won the 14 Rookie class again.
The 15 Rookie class was won by Jim Ferris, riding under
the Tactical Arms banner while James Norris was second
and Jeremiah Royer was third.
Matt Nichols aced a perfect score in 16 Rookie action
with Mike Clark in the second slot.
The 17 & Over Rookie class was the tragic grouping
of the day. It was in this group that 21 yr old Tim
Walsh suffered a broken wrist and required surgery last
night. Our thoughts go out to him for a speedy recovery.
Brandon Miville won the class.
Garrick Yanosky had little trouble in winning the 35-40
Ex / nov combined class.
Only four riders were on hand for the 16 & over
open wheels class where Pete Ballotti would be the winner
with Josh Sanford second and Jason Bush third.