Race Report August 8th, 2010
As the end of
the season is now in sight, sometimes the rider count
will dwindle significantly as vacations occur or even
the interest in BMX racing wanes in the minds of the
racers. With a single point team race scheduled for
this week, and pretty nice weather predicted, it seemed
like a rejuvenated competition level was about to
occur. 50 motos and 211 riders are pretty impressive
for a race in the dog days of summer.
After two races last week, there was a need for two
Riders Of The Week to be named. For his efforts in
race #1 last week, Ethan Russell-Ward was given the
honor. Ethan was not there yesterday so his interview
will take place next Sunday. In race #2 Isabella Sanchez
was the Rider of the Week. She named her cousin, Derek
Eisenbach as her favorite rider.
When the gate dropped for the first group (35-40 Expert
and novice combined, Bill Clinton easily won the first
two rounds but a third in round three made it close.
Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades though
and he still had enough point to eke out the overall
win in front of Scott Merenda and Eric Yuhas. It was
good to see Garrick Yanosky back on the bike even
though he was just kinda going through the motions.
Good racing in the 19-25 / 26-34 experts with Chris
Giacomazzo and Billy Ripley trading wins. Billy’s
two of three was good enough for the overall, Chris
settled into second place and the third sport went
to Ben Atchison for a Stampede sweep.
Pauly Maher enjoyed the first Perfect of the day in
17-18 Expert and Nov. Josh Wedge was second and Jim
Ferris, the only Novice in the group finishing third.
Again, for those that are not aware, a nove who is
combined in an expert moto earns expert points. Third
place in a expert moto is worth 50 points, the same
as a win in a Novice moto.
The next “perfect” (Winning every moto)
went to Team Edge Yellow’s Jason Chamis as he
turned the dirty deed on the two novices in his 16X
/ 16N motos. Jason Kellogg and Alex Hubbard was the
finishing order behind him.
The 15X class was pretty exciting as Austin Cyr, the
current points leader for the Track Championship,
was beaten by Zach (The Animal) Andringa in the first
round. Austin came back to win the next two for the
overall title. Third went to Tim Osbourne.
In 13X / 13N action it was the usual hot rods in the
lineup. O’Neil, Pannullo, Delisle, Dickinson
with novice rider Wes Reel thrown into the mix. Dan
Delisle aced the first two rounds assuring himself
of the overall but it was Chris Pannullo (Fusco’s
Used Auto Parts) and riding for team Edge Black who
pulled a nice upset by winning round three. That would
give him second place in front of Zach O’Neil.
New Yorks Chance Terpening won everything in the 12X
class. Casey Tanner was second and the third spot
went to Jon Zeiner.
The three for one class (7x / 8X / 8N) saw 7X Hunter
Zeiner claim the top prize with 8N Derek Eisenbach
second and third was 8X Alex Kuehn.
In 16 Girls / 17 & over Women it was Angela Therriault,
wearing some bright yellow pants, scoring a “perfect”
in her motos. Nicole Milton was second with Michelle
In the 14 Girls class the order was the same in all
four rounds. Brianna Clinton (Mad BMX), Katie moody
(Stampede), Jayna Roy (Cutting Edge) and Ashlee Hodge.
We now say goodbyt to ashlee as she is heading back
home in North Carolina.
In 12 yr old girls racing there were six ladies and
three different moto winners. Round one went to Melanie
Cianciola, Round two went to Alexus Doty with the
third round going to Jess Maher after both Mel and
Lexy tangled twice in the same moto. The overall win
went to Melanie, second overall went to Jen Cote’
while Doty finished a distant third. This was the
first loss at Foothills for Alexus Doty this year
and what an impressive streak it was. With the pressure
now off, look for her to finish the year as the front
runner for the female track champion.
Reining Rider of the Week Isabella Sanchez again finished
ahead of the other 11 yr old girls with Mackenzie
Atchison (Stampede) second and Lauren Asselin (Zero
Kyly Milton continued her dominance in 10 yr old girls
as she go the job done in a class that featured a
full gate of six young ladies. Chloe Arnold was second
but the gap between her and Kyly is definitely closing.
Chloe Bourgoin was third and she is also noticeably
The 9 yr old Girls class was owed this day by Zero
Tolerance’s Ashley Asselin as she was unbeatable.
Lainie Stroh (K & R Services was second with the
third spot going to Julia Brock. Gianna Spina is finally
back from vacation and looked good in her new uniform
even though it got pretty dusty after her third round
Hope Maher, on her 8th birthday just edged out her
Mad BMX Teammate Dixie D’Amelio in the 8 yr
old class. Dixie managed some first place moto points
by winning the first round but Hope nailed the next
With 37 females competing this day, the last of the
groups was the 5-7 class with six riders going for
it. Rileigh Valliere (Stampede) aced the perfect forcing
Genevieve Asselin to settle for second place and Ashley
Jasensky (X-Treme Marine) third.
In 41 & over Novice action Fred (Short-Memory)
Roy could not be caught. Jason Gladstone gave it his
best shot but was second while the third spot went
to new rider John Michaelman. John’s brake was
hung up against his rear wheel so his speed was way
down. At least his legs got a good workout.
Mike Iurato, Dave Lamb and William Chaput all enjoyed
wins in the 7 rider 14X / 15N class that featured
two girls jumping in the fray.
Autumn Classey and Crystal Lumbra sure brightened
up the class but the top three in the Main event would
be Iurato, Lamb and Chris Pfeffer (George’s
Music Center) riding for Team Edge Black.
Tom Goclowski easily won the 14 Novice class with
Josh Santiago and Dylan Vadney third.
With 6 riders registered but only two of them Experts,
Mr. Bobblehead, aka Dave Moody, had it go all his
way in the 11X / 12N class this day. Connor Arnold,
who recently moved up to Novice was an impressive
second while the third spot went to Expert Jake DesMarais.
Nick Cote’ won the 10X / 11N class while everyone
else was having classic battles for the second spot.
With everyone trading finishing positions back in
the pack, it would be The Marshall, Matt Dillon, finishing
second and Austin Clinton (Mad BMX), finishing third.
In 9X / 10N racing there were ten riders vying for
the eight available spots in the main event. Stampede’s
Jon Moura and Steven Hull were swapping moto wins
in their group while Sky Domain was winning all of
his. When it was over Stampede’s Doman remained
perfect. Jon Moura second and Nick Oshiro slid into
the third spot.
A full gate of 9 Novs were in the house and Tom Gladstone
was the “Dominator: in this one as no one would
catch him all day. Team Edge Yellow’s Colin
Riggs hung on for the second spot and Zach Ferris,
also riding for Team Edge Yellow, was third.
One 6X and two 7 Novs made up the line-up in 6X /
7N racing. The expert was Derek Fantano and he finished
sandwiched between the two older novices. The front
side was Finny Milton and the back side was Matt Webb.
The 6 novice class saw the continued impressive moves
by Landon Richard who was the winner. Brady Valliere
salvaged a second place finish while the third spot
went to Kyle Kuehn.
As always there was some good racing in the Cruiser
classes starting with the 50 & over gang where
Butch Feitel would put another win in the record books
for Zero Tolerance. Joe Watley and Jay Francis finished
second and third.
Bobby DesMarais was perfect in 40-44 Cruiser action
and almost did a perfect loop out going into the second
turn in the third round. Nice save Bob. Greg Fantano
had the best few as he finished second.
The usual intense battle between Greg Sloan and Tom
Kuehn took place in the 35-39 Cruiser class with Sloan
making it two of three moto wins for the overall title.
Kuehn was second and Erik Maher watched it all happen
from the third spot.
In the 13-14 cruiser class Dan Delisle finished third
in the first round then came back to win the next
two for the overall. Zack O’Neil was second
and third went to Cutting Edge’s Ian Dickinson.
Jayna Roy (Cutting Edge), Lisette Ortiz (Ortiz Clan)
and Therese Campbell finished 1-2-3 in their mixed
In 11-12 Cruiser action it was Casey Tanner and R.J.
Miville finishing 1-2.
8 & under / 9-10 action featured Nick Cote’s
perfect, Dallas Tuttle’s second and Evan Merenda’s
70 Rookies were on hand and their style of racing
is always exciting to watch.
In 17 & over action, my description as “Legion
of Doom” seemed appropriate as the main event
was wild and wholly as depicted in the photo section.
In the Main Matt Bennett was the winner but it was
second straight away carnage behind him as there was
a big wreck on the big double. With Matt Delisle,
Jorge Cruz and Ray Quilles all bailing the second
spot went to Garrett Gracie and third went to Giovanni
Acevedo. Everyone appeared to be okay as they limped
In 16 Rookie Trevor Simmons and Gian Gonzalez traded
moto wins in the first two rounds. The decided third
round went to Simmons for the overall win. Dom Dolce
Mike Castle, Liam Stone and Brenden Aleia finished
1-2-3 in the 15 Rookie class. Aleia would crash pretty
hard in the third round but showed some technique
in his tuck and roll and was just fine after he located
his glasses in the grass.
In 14 Rookie racing Darren Zimmerman (David J. Mahoney
Painting) came out on top even with a third place
finish in the third round. Kris Holliday, all the
way from Richmond Virginia, was second and Kyle Brock
Four riders in the 13 Rookie class and all would finish
in the same order all three round with John McKay
first, Jose Estralla second and Tom Kozal third.
Six riders in the 12 Rookie class and Austin Andrews
efforts would be strong enough for him to earn the
overall win. Justin Michaelman (Cutting Edge) enjoyed
a solid second place finish and Jeff Vadney was third.
With 10 riders registered in the 11 Rookie class a
main event would be required to crown a champion.
Mike Schlesinger would claim the crown with a perfect.
Ian Henry, not racing BMX since he was 4 yrs old was
impressive with a second place finish, even after
crashing in practice, and Brandon Ortiz (Ortiz Clan)
was third. Welcome back Ian! Goodbye to Homer Hodge
and have a safe trip back to North Carolina. See you
Dustin Petosa was the champ in 1o Rookie action as
he worked hard to hold off Dale Doty (Connecticut
Wells) and Frankie Buckley.
No main would be required but there were five pretty
good riders in the 9 Rookie class. Jordon Benis was
unbeatable as he aced a perfect score but all other
positions were definitely up for grabs. After the
scores were tallied it would be Jason Lee (Mirror
Polishing and Plating) earning a second with Nick
Piper finishing third.
A main event would be required in the 8 Rookie class
and this would be unpredictable as Dan Osanitsch,
Carter Stroh, Chris Guido, Ethan Dauphinais and Evan
Merenda all won motos. The hard fought main went to
Osanitsch with Dustin Souza earning a second while
Carter Stroh (A & S Construction) powered his
way to a third.
The 7 Rookie class saw Ian Fosbrook earn a perfect
with Tobey Barlow, in his first race ever earned a
second and Ryan Hayes a third.
A full gate of six riders in the 6 Rookie class saw
Aman Egan (Indian Mountain Mower Service) earn the
perfect score. Dan DesMarais (Bikers Edge) was second
with Ian Hayes earning a third.
In 5 & under action Sam DeGrange’s two of
three moto wins was good enough for the overall title
as he was riding under his sponsorship from Betera
Chrysler – Jeep. Robbie Webb was a very close
second while Anthony Starr Bennett battled hard for
Dont forget, we
start 1 hour later next Sunday. Registration from11:00
to 1:30 with gate drop at 2:30.
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