Race Report May
After last weeks rainout (194
total riders registered) and this week being Mother’s
Day, we had no real idea of how many riders to expect
this week. Last years opening day we also had 194 riders
so that was in sync with the numbers last week. On Mother’s
day last year we had 150 riders. Maybe we would settle
somewhere in between? Well surprise surprise! When Registration
closed at 12:30 there were 227 total entries and 55
The Week before it rained just about every day so the
track needed some serious attention over the weekend.
By 11:00 on Sunday it had been restored to a pretty
good race condition and the only thing left for speculation
would be how the new first turn would handle wave after
wave of nervous racers flying into the new asphalt.
There were 35 MPH wind gusts all day long and it was
difficult to decide whether to keep your jacket on our
take it off. One thing for sure was that the crowd was
alive with anticipation including the 35 new riders
in attendance who had never raced before.
Promptly at 1:30 the gate dropped and the long winters
wait was over.
First up was the Elite Open class with four riders competing.
With all being registered in the Open Wheels Money Class,
most were just using this moto for gate practice. Officially
it would be Pete Lorenzo winning with Will Nadwairski
second and Pete Balotti third. It was pretty much the
same deal in the 19 - 25 expert / novice combined class.
Dan Buckner was perfect in his motos and Zak McCready
won two of his three motos. In the Main event, "The
Ripper" Billy Ripley would get the job done. Dan
Bycenski was second and third went to McCready. Buckner
had to settle for a 5th place finish.
Anthony Del Vento, with a strange smile on his face
all day, easily won the 17 - 18 Expert / Novice class
keeping the Mid Town Auto Parts sponsored Josh Sanford
and Colby Lake behind him. Austin Cyr, after a mechanical
problem in his first moto, came back to win the next
two and was the overall winner in the 13 expert class.
Mike Iurato second and George's Music Centers Chris
Pfeffer third. Three different moto winner in the 12
Expert class and with only 5 riders registered there
would be no Main Event. Zack O'Neil, Ryan McCoy and
Fusco's Auto Salvage sponsored Chris Pannullo all enjoyed
moto wins but McCoy was the most consistent and grabbed
the overall title.
Todd Maniscalchi won the first two motos in 11 Expert
but was a no-show in the third round costing him the
win. Chris Therriault was declared to winner with Doug
Nick Cote' worked hard for the overall win in 9 Experts
as he beat Justin Boissoneault two of three. Ryan Ellefsen
The return of Christy Kestler highlighted the 17 &
Over woman’s class and she easily won all three
rounds. Amber Kumiega was second and Michelle Main was
third. 15 yr old Angela Therriault beat 13 yr old Ashley
Johnson (Esquire Cleaners) in their combined class.
In 12 Girls Katie Moody held of Jess Maher and Kendra
Covington for the win. Jen Rossi, in a rare Foothills
Appearance was perfect as she beat Jen Cote' in all
three rounds of 11 yr old girls action. Kyly Milton
and Katie Dengler were the only two 9 yr old girls in
the house and it was Milton going home with the first
7 yr old Dixie D'Amelio, battled 6 yr old Mark T. Kelley
Constructions Hope Maher and 6 yr old Ashley Jasensky
(Mom & Dad racing) for the win in 5-7 girls. Hope
Maher was really going for in in the first round and
flew into turn one way too low and drifted up into the
side of Dixie but Dixie held fast and Hope splattered
onto the asphalt holding the distinction as the first
wreck in the new turn. She was fine.
A full gate of riders in the 26 & over combined
expert / Novice class and Garrick Yanosky held of Bill
Clinton all three rounds. Jason "Pinky" Davis
was third in his Foothills debut all the way from Kingston
NY. 15 Ex and 15 Novices joined forces and it turned
out to be a two rider battle between Jason Chamis and
Sean Perkins with Chamis winning two of three. Perkins
was second and third went to Mason Johnson.
Jason Kellogg grabbed the win in 14 Nov with second
going to Justin Thompson and third to Anthony Moccia.
13 Nov action saw Brianna Clinton not only racing the
boys she beat them every time. Gabe Cruz was fairly
close behind her and third was the ride of George Norton.
Ian Dickinson aced a perfect in 12 novice racing with
Nate Perkins, Wes Reel and Matt Bovat in tow.
Dave Moody (D-Man) was another rider perfect in the
10 ex / 11 nov class. Luigi Gigliuto was second and
Robbie DesMarais was right there in third. In 10 nov
Justin Rivera was unbeatable and a solid second went
to Nick Davis with R.J. Miville third.
Sky Domain won the 8 Ex / 9 Nov combined class with
Jake DesMarais pushing his action all the way around.
Third went to Austin Clinton.
Sponsored again this year by Hartford County Tattoo,
Lane Maher made it look easy in 7-8 Novice action. Colin
Penn and Rob Marcantonio each wanted that second spot
but it would finally belong to Penn. Always fun to watch
the 17 & over Rookie class saw Dan Sears win the
final two rounds to edge out Eric Cavallro for the win.
Third went to Matt Cerri.
15-16 Rookies had Tactical Arms Jimmy Ferris in the
winner’s cirle. Jim has to be getting close to
moving on to the Novice class. Nick Landi was second
and third went to Benny Ayala.
Justin Hawes and Alex Hubbard (Absolute Masonary and
Home Improvement) battled hard for the 14 rookie title.
This time it went to Hawes with Hubbard in second and
Rob Elizondo third.
Andrew Wright, out of New York, go the job done in the
clash of the 13 rookies. Dylan Vadney second and James
Austin was third.
Devone Thomas won 13 Rookie racing, Darren Zimmerman
(David J. Mahoney Painting) second and Luke Dengler
Ken Grenier and Josh Macomber were tied after three
rounds so the tie breaker had to be used. The third
round is the tie breaker by NBL rules and Grenier was
the third round winner in the 12 rookie class. 9 riders
were on board in the 11 rookie class and this group
would provide the most chilling moment of the day. In
the first group Zeller Tires Mike Wasilonsky won two
of three but the second group saw Ty Hesterberg and
Austin Wagner get tangled in turn two. As Austin went
way high to avoid Ty, he ran out of track and fell hard
on the asphalt rim. It appeared he whacked his helmet
really hard then slid down under the fence. He would
take a precautionary ride to the hospital but would
be okay. WHEW! The Main event win went to Wasilonsky
with Dylan Vadney second. The third spot went to Taylor
10 riders registered in the 10 rookie class. After splitting
them into two groups of five only Dakota Austin won
all his motos. In the Main he would continue his winning
streak and he won it. Second was Scott Thompson and
third went to Nick Bates. 12 riders in the 9 rookie
class. After Eric Passeck posted a perfect through the
motos, When the dust was settled in the Main event,
Passeck was again the winner with Willian Guido second
and Dusty Petosa third. With 13 riders in the 8 yr old
rookie class it would take semis just to determine who
would make the main. Lucus Petosa was the winner in
all three of his motos while Brandon Jasensky (Vectro
Networks) could only manage a couple of seconds in his.
But in the main Brandon put it altogether and came out
on top. Colin Riggs slid into the second slot with Ed
Lentz finishing third. In the 7 rookie class Casey Navin
and Tactical Arms Zack Ferris were the dominant riders
in their motos but at Main event it was Ethan Russell-Ward
who rose to the occasion by the big win. Tanner Storz
was second and Casy Navin settled for the third spot.
In the 6 rookie Riley Tweedie flew to the top of the
group with Ian Fosbrook second and third went to Torin
Maybe the highlight of the day was the 5 & under
rookie class. A brand new rider, "Dangerous"
Danny DesMarais dominated the 5 rider group with a perfect
on the first day he ever rode the track. Amazing.
Finally in the 14 rider "Open Wheels" money
open they were split into two groups of seven riders
each. We dropped three from each group for the 8 rider
main event. Dan Bycensky, after obviously spending the
winter in the gym, won the main event. Matt Markie was
impressive with a solid second and Pete (I love the
new turn) Balotti placing third.
Thats it for week number 1. Sorry for the delay in getting
the report done. It’s been a busy week. See you
next week and remember, keep your eyes out for our stolen
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