Race Report July 11th, 2010
One of the things
that we battle being a weekend track is that we have
to race against Holidays and National events. This
week there was an ABA National in nearby Westfield
Ma., and an NBL Regional event in nearby New Paltz
NY. In an attempt to salvage a decent rider count,
and give our regulars a chance to still participate
in our program; we scheduled our starting time to
be one hour later than normal. This proved to be a
good idea as just before we started, a good number
of late arrivals arrived at the facility. The final
rider count was 165 riding in class plus another 11
in the Money Open for a total of 176.
With two races last week there was the need for two
Riders Of The Week to be named. From his results in
the Warnicke Scholarship race, 8 yr old Jonathan Todd
was honored and he named his brother Justin as his
favorite rider. For the July 4th make up race, 7 yr
old Matt Webb was given the honor and he named Matt
Markie as his favorite rider.
In watching all of the 46 total motos, the most exciting
was probably the Money Open where 11 riders were vying
for the top prize. The motos were scrambled meaning
each round was a different line up. The top 8 would
transfer onto the main event. The line-up for the
main was impressive. Andrew Cox, Pete Lorenzo, Jason
Bush, Allen Currier, Ben Atchison, J.J. Wernicki,
Chris Giacomazzo and Justin Markie. When the gate
dropped and only 25 feet down the starting hill, Pete
Lorenzo from the middle of the gate, Currier from
gate 7 and Cox from gate two had a slight edge on
the field. At the first turn logo it was Cox by half
a wheel, Currier on the outside in second and Lorenzo
between the two only half a bike behind in this tight
mix. As they hit the second straight double, Cox still
had the lead but Currier was on the inside of him
and was set up perfectly for turn two. Lorenzo was
now one length behind them both with Bush sitting
fourth. Into and out of turn two Currier sealed the
deal as he moved into the top spot. The order behind
him remained the same. Around the tower and up the
back stretch the dust was flying and Cox was closing
as they entered turn four. Allen must have sensed
that Andrew was coming because he hit the rhythm section
perfectly and there was no catching him now. At the
stripe it was Currier, Cox, Bush, Markie, Lorenzo,
Wernicki, Giacomazzo and Atchison.
The first few motos featured some riders who were
also in the Money open and, as usual, they saved their
energy for a chance to put some cash in their pockets.
In 26 – 34 Experts action, there were three
riders and two of the three were in the Open as well.
Mike Greco was the only rider who was not in the open.
He managed a second place finish between Ben Atchison
who won it and third place rider Chris Giacomazzo.
I saw Greco in the parking lot after the races and
thought he was trying on a new helmet only to realize
that he was totally bald.
All the riders in 19-25X were also in the open so
their finishes were really unimportant as none were
really interested in winning this class. Officially
it was Andrew Cox, Justin Markie and J.J. Wernicki
the top three.
17-18X / 16N was interesting as Jason Kellogg was
again the only Novice ranked rider playing hard ball
with the big boys. Jason managed a win in the second
round which sealed the deal and he came out with a
first overall and also earned expert points along
the way. Second was Jon Daversa (Dave’s Auto
Detailing) and third was Kyle Strong.
15X / 15N saw some excitement as Austin Cyr won two
of three motos as did Jason Palma. The Main event
saw 15 Nov Alex Hubbard leading the pack up the second
straight. At the Announcer’s Tower Austin Cyr
tried to squeeze past on the inside and ran out of
track. He and Hubbard went down hard. The top spot
was inherited by Jason Chamis with Jason Palma second
and Stephen Kallas third. Both Cyr and Hubbard would
be a little bruised and battered but okay.
Shawn McAuley aced another perfect in the 14X / 14N
class. Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music Center)
had his game face on and enjoyed a solid second with
Drew Scheinost third.
A full gate was the feature in 13X / 13N action. With
Chris Pannullo (Fusco’s Auto Salvage) a little
sore from a wreck at the Regional in New York, the
usual battle for the top spot did not occur. Dan Delisle
had it all his way as he managed a win. Ian Dickinson
was second with Wes Reel third.
In 12X / 13N racing Chris Therriault was the top dog
with Jon Zeiner second and third went to Trevor Fox
(Wild Side tattoo).
Nicole Milton (17 & over Women) was grouped with
14 girls and had little problem staying in front of
Autumn Classey and Jayna Roy who finished second and
third behind her.
Jess Maher beat Jenn Cote’ in 13 girls action.
The 13 Girls class saw Alexus Doty make it 10 Perfect
scores in a row as she again won the class. Isabella
Sanchez put in a great effort and certainly made Alexus
run flawless laps to maintain her winning streak.
No main event in the 10 yr old girls class this week
but it was a full gate of six riders. Kyle Milton
won it with three consecutive wins but the second
spot was up for grabs. Helen Elizonda, even with two
fourth place finishes was second overall. Third went
to Chloe Arnold as a sixth place finish in the third
round sealed her fate.
Lainie Stroh (K & R Services) edged out Julia
Brock for the win in 9 yr old girls.
In 5-7 girls action, Hope Maher was again perfect.
Releigh Valliere was a close second with Ashley Jasensky
(X-Treme Marine) third.
In 35-40X / 41 & over N, Mike Siegrist, Fred Roy
and Scott Merenda were going really hard with reckless
abandon. Mike won the first two rounds then left the
facility to go to work and still had low score for
the overall win. Scotty Merenda was second and Fred
(Short memory) Roy was third.
10X / 11N should be listed as just the opposite as
the mix included six of the eight riders being Novices.
The two experts would prevail as Justin Boissonneault
and Nick Cote’ would finish 1-2. The first novice
would be Bryan Basile.
Combining Experts and Novices would continue with
the 10N / 9X mix. The two experts would again prevail
here with Lane Maher, in his first race back after
breaking his arm in Virginia earlier this year, winning
the class with Sky Domain second. The first novice
rider across the stripe was Jon Moura.
Hunter Zeiner, the only 7 yr old expert in the house
was combined with 8 and 9 yr old novices. Hunter would
finish third in the six rider class which saw Jagur
Layman winning it and Zach Ferris (Tactical Arms)
The youngest expert in the state, at least I believe,
is Derek Fantano. He was matched with two 7 novices
and managed a second place finish between Finny Milton
and James Cox.
From young riders to older riders next up was 50 &
over cruisers with four of them in the house and the
combined ages were 224 or an average age of 56! Neil
Schaefer was the winner with George Cox second and
60 yr old Gary Eschner third. Len Ferris was so far
behind he was scored first in the next moto. (Just
In 40-44 Cruiser action Greg Fantano, breathing a
sign of relief that Meredith Lidstone did not race
beat out “Your American Idol” David Cook
for the win.
Gina Dutil-Layman beat Therese Campbell in 35-39 /
45 & over woman’s cruiser action.
Greg Sloan and Garrick Yanosky battled hard in 30-34
/ 35-39 cruisers with Garrick winning two of three.
In 13-14 Cruisers Dan Delisle was perfect with a nice
effort from Ian Dickinson with a second and third
went to Drew Scheinost.
Jayna Roy and Hope Maher were together again in the
combined class of 12 & under cruisers and 13-14
cruisers. Jayna would be the winner of the grouping.
R.J. Miville was top gun in 11-12 cruisers but this
day was about a brand new rider in the class making
his presence known. Chris Rudnick, in his first race
ever, managed a second and looked very impressive.
Pete Franolich was third.
In 9-10 Cruiser action Nick Cote’ was unbeatable.
Sky Domain certainly knew this as he had to settle
for second and Lane Maher was third. Evan Merenda
as the only 8 & under cruiser in the house was
5th in the mixed group.
The usual big turnout of Rookie riders were present
and were 71 riders strong. Garrett Gracie, on a uniquely
painted bike won the 16 & over class. David Foster,
looking slim and trim was second while Matt Delisle
In 15 Rookie action it was the same order all day
long with Mike Castle, Sherwin Harris and Brenden
Aleia going 1-2-3.
It was pretty much the same deal in the 14 Rookie
class as Darren Zimmerman (David J. Mahoney Painting),
Luke Dengler and Kyle Brock would also finish 1-2-3.
In 13 Rookie action there was a nice mix of five riders
and although Alejandro Robles would win every moto
for the overall win, the second and third sports would
take an effort to earn. When the dust settled Chris
Michaelides and Nick Faber would finish second and
Justin Michaelman and Connor Arnold both aced perfect
in their 12 Rookie motos. The showdown in the main
event saw Connor complete the sweep with Mark Tully
finishing just ahead of Michaelman for the second
In the 11 Rookie class Ty Bourgoin was perfect in
his motos and looked like a shoe-in for the main win.
However Julien Roberge was determined and he edged
out Nick Bates for the main event win with Bourgoin
settling for a third place award.
William Guido (Big Johnsons Guitars) aced a sweet
perfect right through the 10 Rookie main event. Brandon
Galeski (Gold Seal Roofing) was second and Dustin
Petosa third. It was great to see the return from
North Carolina of Homer Hodge. “Bubba”
managed a fourth in his first race at Foothills this
Garrett Fosbrook, Wes Keating and Nick Piper would
finish 1-2-3 in all three rounds in the 9 Rookie class.
In 8 Rookie action there was a rider who talked his
dad into letting him ride with clips. Dan Osanitsch
had never enjoyed a perfect day but he sure did on
this one. Winning every moto plus the main event made
a believer out of a lot of people Dustin Sousa and
Evan Merenda were second and third. Way to go Danny!
Five riders strong in the 7 Rookie class which saw
our reigning Rider-Of-The-Week, Matt (Spider-mite)
Webb the winner, Carter Stroh (A & S Construction)
second and Ian Fosbrook third.
Brady Valliere, Austin Reid and Ian Hayes would finish
1-2-3 in the 6 yr old Rookie class and finally, in
5 & under Rookie action, Aman Egan (Indian Mountain
Mower Service) was the winner. Kraig Geissler was
second and Anthony Starr-Bennett was third.
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget
the big one, Triple Points next week. See you there,
if you dare! So long.
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