Race Report July 18th, 2010
With this race being the only Triple Points race in
the State this season, coupled with a great weather
report and with 252 riders at our recent Double Points
race, we expected about 350 riders for this one. Well,
we certainly are used to surprises and that sure was
the case here. 291 riders and 70 motos is impressive,
but well short on what we planned for. With that said
the day did feature some of the most exciting races
in recent memory as the day was filled with tight
racing, exciting passes and very close finishes.
In opening ceremonies, 5 yr old Aman Egan was named
Rider Of The Week for his efforts the week before.
He claimed Wes Reel as his favorite rider.
All the state teams participated in a parade lap and
it was quite a site with the magnitude of riders on
the track at the same time. Mindy Delisle did a fine
job singing the National Anthem.
With 14 riders registered in our money open class
the same rules applied that we have been using most
of the year by scrambling each moto with 7 riders
in each. The top eight point earners transfer onto
the 8 rider main event. This has proved to provide
the most exciting racing by preventing the rider from
really knowing where they stand. Riding hard every
moto has become the norm.
After three exciting rounds of motos the points were
tallied only to discover that there was a five way
tie for the final four spots in the main. This is
where the problem and a unfortunate injustice was
done. The NBL rules state that the third round of
motos should serve as the tie breaker. Dylan Perez
Scored a first in round two and a second in round
three. He did not show for round one and was given
a DNS. By NBL rule, a DNS gets a last place finish
plus two extra points so with seven riders Dylan would
get a nine for the first round. Add to the 9 the 2
and the 1 and he has 12 points but with solid second
in the third round. With four positions open the fifth
place finisher in the third round should be the one
eliminated instead, Dylan was DQ’d for not making
the first round allowing Justin Markie to make the
cut. We feel this was a mistake and can only offer
our sincere apologies to Dylan for what happened.
The main lineup became Justin Markie, Pete Lorenzo,
Pete Balotti, Andrew Cox, Jason Bush, J.J. Wernicki,
Jose Catano and Anthony Delvento.
When the gate dropped Lorenzo had Gate 1 but did not
get the best start as Balotti and Catano were ahead
of him at the first jump. But the driver’s seat
is definitely on the inside as you enter turn one
and Pete dove into the turn and drifted up slightly
but now in front of Jose and Balotti. As they sped
out of the turn Cox was working through traffic and
now in fourth place. Up the entire second straight
the dust was flying behind them. Into the second turn
Cox would fade to 5th but only for a moment as he
J.J. would trade positions back and forth. Lorenzo
had stretched the lead out to about three bike lengths.
Over the camel the battle was now for the second spot
with Jose riding hard with Balotti right on his rear
tire. Cox was in fourth about two full lengths behind
Balotti. Around turn three and up the back stretch
the rooster tail of dust was in the air. Turn four
and Lorenzo was now ahead by 5 lengths. Balotti and
Catano were side by side blocking the path for Cox.
Out of the turn Balotti had edged ahead of Jose but
only slightly. Cox had caught Catano in the rhythm
section. The final turn and sprint to the line was
Lorenzo, Catano and Balotti 1-2-3.
Sixty two experts were in the house in an impressive
array of ages ranging from 7 yrs old to 44. Remember
that all multiple point races feature a main event
in each class.
The first class off the hill was the 41 & over
gang. Cutting Edges Randy Bitinaitis won the first
two fairly easily but back off noticeably in the third
round allowing Mike Savage to capture a win. Randy
came back to win the main with Mike second and Jeff
Six riders strong in the 35-40 expert class and Garrick
Yanosky easily won the first two rounds. London Wilmont,
maybe getting the track dialed in a rare appearance
won the third round. The Main event would belong to
London as he held off hot pressure from Garrick all
the way around. Third went to Mike Sigrist.
In 26-34 Action Felix (Flash) Pagan aced the first
perfect of the day by winning everything. Chris Giacomazzo
was second while Renato DaSilva was third.
Tucker Schaefer, in his return after four years, looked
as good as ever. He won the 19-25 main event. J.J.
Wernick was second and Jason Bush was third.
In 17 – 18 Expert and Nov combined, the big
guy from Bethel, Mike Dombroski would save the best
for last by winning only one ride all day but it was
the main event that put him in the winner’s
circle. Anthony DelVento was second with Kyle Strong
16 Expert saw Zack Pirulli paired with Jason Kellogg.
Although Jason finished second in the main, as the
only novice in the group he earned expert points.
The 15 Ex / 15 Nov class saw Roberto Elizondo ace
three wins in his motos. Jason Chamis won two of three
motos in his group. In the main event the showdown,
it would be neither as Austin Cyr won the main, Chamis
second and Elizondo third.
Shawn McAuley took another major step in winning his
seventh state title by winning every round including
the main in 14 expert action. Mike Iurato was a major
threat all day but could not find a way around McAuley.
Colin Rooney had to watch all unfold in front of him
from the third spot.
Six riders in 13 expert and three different moto winners.
Jake Pirulli in round one. Zack O’Neil in round
two and Chris Pannullo in round three. In the main
it was Pirulli, O’Neil and Dan Delisle rounding
out the top three while Pannullo settled for a fourth.
Chance Terpening aced a perfect in the 12 Ex / 12
nov class with Casey tanner second. The third spot
in the main went to Chris Therriault. Evan Greco was
perfect through his motos but did not show for the
The 11 expert class saw Dave Moody and Luigi Gigliuto
battling hard in the motos with each enjoying victories.
Waiting in the wings was the Former National Champion
Josh Walsh who only one one time but it was the main
event. Gigliuto was second and Moody was third.
Only three 10 expert riders were on hand and Justin
(Planters) Boissonneault put his bike in the winner’s
circle. Nick Cote’, after wrecking hard in practice,
rode well for a second place finish and Austin Clinton
Moving onto the girls classes what a nice turnout.
With 41 long haired rockets in the house the action
was sure fun to watch. Former track champion, Angela
Therriault aced a perfect right through the 16 girls
/ 17 & over women main event. Nicole Milton and
Michele main battled very hard for the second spot
which eventually went to Nicole.
Five 14 yr olds were here and Brianna Clinton absolutely
dominated the class with a perfect. The real battles
were for the positions immediately behind her between
Autumn Classey and Katie Moody. Classey would place
second in the main with Katie third.
Six young ladies were featured in the 13 girls class.
Mel Cianciola, Jess Maher and Jenn Cote’ would
finish 1-2-3 in their main event.
Alexus Doty again was unbeaten in the two rider 12
girl’s class with Samantha Lumbra a close second.
In 11 girls action Nicole Bitinaitis hit the grand
slam by winning every moto plus the main event for
the Cutting Edge team. Isabella Sanchez, who is really
getting faster every time we see her, enjoyed a solid
second with Lauren Asselin (Zero Tolerance) third.
It was 9 riders strong in the 10 girls class. Kyly
Milton and Stampedes’s Mackenzie Atchison were
perfect in their motos. Kyly went on to win the Main
event, just edging out Mackenzie with a great effort
from 1st year racer Chloe Arnold.
Ashley Asselin, Dixie D’Amelio and Mariana Gigliuto
finished 1-2-3 in 8-9 girls action.
Two racks of 5-7 yr old girls were loaded in the gate
for moto 26 and 27. Rileigh Valliere and Hope Maher
both aced perfect scores through the motos. There
simply was no catching Hope in the main as she put
another win in the record books. Rileigh was second
and the third spot was earned by Ashley Jasensky.
“Atta-boy” Fred Roy, was the fastest 41
& over novice rider this day and no one came close
enough to pass him. Enrik Benazic, riding out of Brooklyn
NY was a pretty close second and Jason Gladstone managed
How in the world can you finish in the motos with
scores of 5-2-6 and then win the Main event? That’s
exactly what Kevin Ralvin did in the 14 Novice class.
Josh Santiago must be still scratching his head in
wondering the same thing as his scores were 2-1-1.
He had to settle for a second place main finish with
George Norton V now George Norton 3rd.
Fast Phil Miklovich led the charge all day in 13 novice
racing and he led it all the way to the finish line
each time. Wes Reel, Aman Egan’s favorite rider
was second and the third spot went to Aaron Kawalski.
Bryan Basile was Flyin Bryan again as he won two of
three motos and the 11 novice main event. R.J. Miville
hung tough and nailed down a second place while the
third place trophy went to “The Marshall”
In 9x / 10n action Sky Domain beat Lane Maher. Unfortunately
for him, it was in the third round of motos only as
Lane “Superfly” Maher came back to win
the main. Sky was second and it was a great comeback
for Jonathan Moura with a nice third.
Jagur Layman was perfect in his motos and looked like
a shoe-in to win the 7-8 x main event. When the dust
settled, that little speed demon Hunter Zeiner would
capture the main for Team Edge while Jagur toughed
out a second and Tommy Gladstone managed a third.
The big story here was not about who won, but who
got injured. In round two John Cox slammed into the
gate just before it dropped and flipped over the handle
bars just before the gate dropped and slammed his
arm. It was a very fluke accident and many thanks
to Tom Kuehn and Alex Rivera for quickly lifting the
gate off of Johns arm. As of Sunday night, John had
been transferred to Children’s hospital in Hartford
and may have needed surgery. We wish the best possible
outcome to the Cox family.
Finny Milton is nearly unbeatable at Foothills and
the 7 Novice title may lie in his ability to get it
done at Trumbull in September. This day was his with
a perfect. Derek Fantano, the youngest and only 6
yr old expert in the state was second while the third
spot went to Derek Eisenbach.
Landon Richard seems to like the tight racing at Foothills
as he was not passed all day long in the 6 novice
class. Kyle Kuehn was second and “Beemers”
Brad Wohler’s was third for Zero Tolerance.
Moving on to the Geritol gang (50 & over cruiser)
Butch Feitel put it all together and remained unbeatable
for the day. Neil Schaefer, in his first race in about
four years at Foothills was second and rounding out
the top three was Len Ferris.
John McDowell won every moto in the two rider 45-49
Cruiser class but failed to show up for the main.
By default, Dan Scully was the winner.
Cutting Edge’s Randy Bitinaitis beat the living
legend, Mike Savage, in the 40-44 Cruiser class. Jeff
Meyer was third.
Marge Boissonneault and Therese Campbell represented
all women racers approximately the age of 39. Hey
is all relative to what you compare it to. Marge was
In 35-39 Cruiser action, Garrick Yanosky beat Tommy
Kuehn and Erik Maher in every moto. He simply could
not keep it going in the Main and Tommy eked out the
win. Garrick was second with Erik third.
Greg Sloan topped Alex Rivera in the 30-34 Cruiser
Eight riders on the big wheels going for the 13-14
Cruiser glory saw Dan Delisle simply take no prisoners
as he won every round including the main event. Zack
O’Neil settled into the two spot with Jake Pirulli
14 yr old Jayna Roy got the best of 7 yr old Hope
Maher in 12 & under / 13-14 girls cruiser.
It Goes and it Glows, Casey Tanner, known as “The
Fluorescent Flyer” nabbed a perfect in the 11-12
cruiser class. Joshua Walsh, whom we simply don’t
see enough of, was second while R.J. Miville was claiming
the third spot.
In 9-10 cruiser action Nick Cote’, probably
sore from the practice fall, sure looked good in 9-10
cruiser. Never looking at the back of anyone’s
jersey, Nick was perfect. Lane maher was a solid second
while Sky Domain was finishing third.
In the legend of doom (17 & over rookie) Ted Faulise
and Matt Bennett had the closest finish of the day.
Faulise was declared the winner with Bennett by a
mosquitoes’ whisker second and Garrett Gracie
Matt Banazic won the 16 rookie class. Charley Crook
stole second and Trevor Simmons finished third.
In 15 Rookie racing Mike Castle was crowned king of
the hill. Second went to Liam Stone and third was
Darren Zimmerman had little problem dealing with the
other three riders in his 14 Rookie motos. But in
the main Dave Lamb, Samir Licul and Ryan Baldino would
finish just in front of him.
13 rookie racing and Alejandro Robles was undefeated,
at least for this day. Jose Estrella salvaged a second
and “Hammerin” Cameron Johnston was third.
In 12 rookie racing Connor Arnold’s magical
season continued with yet another perfect as he closes
in on the novice class. Mike Wasilonsky was second
and the third spot went to Jeff Vadney.
Big class in 11 rookie and this one was very unpredictable.
Julien Roberge, our main event winner, never won a
moto but crossed the stripe first in the main. Nick
Bates, who was perfect in the motos, but bailed hard
in the main (http://foothillsbmx.com/Photos/2010/July-18/Bates_Wreck.jpg)
and Mike Schlesinger, who was perfect in his motos
also bailed in the main. Second overall was Ty Bourgoin
with Jeremy Estrella third.
Brandon Galeski, won his last main as a rookie and
is now a novice with this big victory. Dustin Petosa,
after winning all of his motos, finished 2nd in the
main while Dale Doty was third.
9 yr old rookie Garrett Fosbrook ruined the perfect
day for Ethan Russell-Ward by winning the main after
Ward won every moto. (That’s racin boys). Wes
Keating was third.
Only one group of eight yr old rookies and Jon Todd
had no problem crossing the stripe first every time
out. Seth Norton was second all day and third in the
main went to Dustin Souza.
Matt (Spider-mite) Webb and Torin Ellis represented
the six moto wins in 7 rookie action. In the main
event showdown, Webb had it all wrapped up. Ellis
second and Ian Fosbrook third.
Former Rider Of The Week Brady Valliere easily won
the 6 rookie class keeping reigning Rider Of The Week
Aman Egan behind him with Austen Reid finishing third.
Finally the 5 & under rookie class saw Sam DeGrange
again the top dog. Robbie (Spider-might) Webb was
second while Anthony Starr-Bennett was third.
Don’t forget we start at 2:30 next Sunday. See
you at the National in Trumbull.
For complete finish report