Race Report May 1st, 2011
With the start
of a new season, it’s always a busy day trying
to get all the new memberships processed, the renewals
updated in the computer and the zillions of questions
answered. This opening day’s possible problems
would be even more severe as the new NBL membership
program is in full swing and the paperwork required
for that has really increased. Combine all of those
issues with the fact that this was the first day of
BMX racing in the state and we were really up against
the wall. So the staff kinda expected the worst and
hoped for the best. In reality it settled into somewhere
in between. With the scheduled starting time surpassed,
practice was extended and finally it was announced
that there would be a 2 moto transfer system applied
to this race.
When the race did get underway, there were 204 riders
racing in 57 motos plus another 8 hotrods racing in
the “Money Open”. A pretty darn nice turnout
under perfect weather conditions.
In the older classes combining riders is always the
norm. This day saw 5 riders combined into a group
that would be identified as 26-34 Challenger/Expert-41
+ Expert. Stampedes Ben Atchison would win the Main
event with Fred Roy, the oldest rider in the mix grabbing
a second while Steve Scibelli would finish third as
the only Challenger ranked rider in the mix.
19-25 Challenger and Experts were combined in a 6
rider shootout but Andrew Cox, Jason Bush and Jose
Catano decided to skip the Main event and save their
efforts for the Money Open. That left the door open
for Josh Spirito to steal the Main event with Vermont’s
Cody Buck in hot pursuit. Billy Ripley nailed down
Combining continued with the 17-18 Challenger and
Expert class, dominated, as expected, by Josh Wedge.
Josh has become arguably, the fastest rider at Foothills
BMX. Yesterday he did nothing that would cause people
to question that statement. The Main was Wedge-Jim
Ferris and Jon Daversa (Dave's Auto Detailing)1-2-3.
The Mod-Squad (16 Expert) featured three riders. Jay
Johnson and Roberto Elizondo each won a moto. The
Main event saw Johnson win with Stephen Kallas edging
out Elizondo for the second spot.
Two Challengers and two Experts were combined in the
14 year old class. Danny Delisle would out-snap the
competition each round but Chris Pannullo, who has
been working very hard to improve would not be denied
this day. Winning both motos sent a message and winning
the main event put the stamp on it.
A full gate of 13 year old Experts was the highlite
of that class. Casey Tanner was unbeatable but it
was a good battle for the second spot between Chris
Therriault and Doug Cable. Chris would edge out Doug
for the second spot in the main.
It was nother perfect day for Bethel’s Nick
Cote’ as he prepares for the opening of his
home track on Wednesday. Nick was not beaten right
through the Main event. In close pursuit was Justin
Boissonneault, who could be the star on his home track
when Meriden opens on Saturday. Jon Moura, waiting
for his Trumbull home to open Tuesday finished third.
Zach Ferris and Jacob Bacis traded moto wins so their
fans were anticipating a classic showdown in the Main.
No one anticipated that Alex Kuehn would win it but
he sure did just that. Ferris and Bacis would settle
for second and third.
Kyly Milton and Mackenzie traded moto wins also. Kyly
would in win the 11 year old Expert Girls class on
Hope Maher and Ashley Jasensky finished 1-3 in the
new 8 year old Challenger / Expert girls class.
What a mixed bag vying for the win in the 15 Expert
/ 17-18 Challenger / 35-40 Challenger female class.
Former track champion Angela Therriault was the winner,
Ashley Theriault (No relation) was second while Jayna
Roy grabbed third.
13 and 14 year old Challenger and Expert girls looked
good with Michaela (Supersplatt-Pineapple) Groves
picking up where she left off last season with a win.
Nicole Asselin was second with the third spot going
to Jenn Cote’.
Reining track champion Alexus Doty had it all her
way in the 12 year old Challenger girls class as she
topped the efforts of Lauren Asselin this day.
6 Girls in the 11 year old Challenger class ended
up being 5 girls trying to keep up with Isabella Sanchez.
None of them could but the closest was Chloe Bourgoin
with Chloe Arnold right behind her.
Ashley Asselin topped Lainie Stroh in the 9-10 girls
Asselins were everywhere today. Genevieve Asselin
would show Azra Milton and Chloe Lee (Mirror Polishing
& Plating) how it’s done.
15 Expert / 15 Challenger saw Trumbull’s Shawn
McAuley rack up the first place points. Alex Hubbard
was second with Chris Pfeffer (George’s Music
Another full gate was the norm in the 15 year old
Challenger class. Josh Santiago aced a perfect going
unbeaten. Second place went to Thomas Goclowski while
Dave Lamb was third.
12 Expert / 13 Challenger saw another full gate and
dave Moody would save the best for last. The D-Man
only won one race today but it happened to be the
Main event. Connor Arnold, with a moto win was second
in the Main while Josh Walsh, also a moto winner had
to settle for third.
Erik Dugan aced a perfect in the 12 year old Challenger
class. Jake Layman had a solid second after struggling
a bit in the motos. Alex Gouthier was third.
10 Expert / 11 Challenger saw Sky Domain dominate
through the motos. Lane Maher ended Sky’s streak
in the Main with a win. Sky was second with Steven
The 10 year old Challenger class saw Moto wins by
Austin Martinka, Colin Riggs and Wes Keating. When
the dust settled after the Main it would be Riggs
in the winner’s circle. Martinka second and
Garrett Fosbrook was third.
In the 8 Expert / 9 Challenger group Hunter Zeiner
and Arefin Milton were perfect in their motos. The
Main saw Finny finsh ahead of Zeiner with Jason Lee
(Mirror Polishing and Plating) third.
In 7 Expert / 8 Challenger action the Matt Webb (Spider-Mite)
was top bug today edging out Landon Richard and Derek
“Beamers” Brad Wohlers was the fastest
in today’s 6 Expert / 7 Challenger class as
he finished ahead of Danny DesMarais (Bikers edge)
and Kyle Kuehn.
Sam DeGrange was another rider who would score a perfect
as he won everything he run in the 6 year old Challenger
class. Robbie (Spyder-mite) Webb was second with Aman
Egan (Lakeville Construction) third.
In Cruiser action Angela Therriault, Ashley Theriault
and Jayna Roy would finish in that order in the 15-24
group; Denise Classey, Bridget Holland-Stone and Gina
Laymanin 40-44 action; Isabella Sanchez and Hope Maher
1-2 in the 12 & under group; Butch Feitel and
Gary Eschner in the 50 & over group; Greg Sloan
and Matt Theriault in the 25-29 / 35-39 group; Josh
Santiago and Travis Jiminez in the 15 / 17-24 group;
Ian Dickinson and Danny Delisle in the 14 year old
group; Casey Tanner, Chris Therriault and Jon Zeiner
in 13 year old Cruiser; Josh Walsh, Pete Franolich
and Jake Layman in 12 Cruiser; Nick Cote’, Jon
Moura and Dallas Tuttle in 11 Cruiser; Lane Maher
and Sky Domain in 10 Cruiser and finally, Hunter Zeiner,
Derek Fantano and Torin Ellis in 8 & under action.
Forty six Rookies were on hand and split into fourteen
different motos. Garrett Gracie would easily win the
In the 15-16 Rookie pairing, Liam Stone, Cody Marchildon
and Josh Thans finished 1-2-3.
John McKay and Tyler Benis were the two survivors
in the 14 year old Rookie class.
Julien Roberge got it done in 12 Rookie action by
holding off the hard charge from Matt Higgs and Ty
10 – 11 Rookie action saw Sam Inderdohnen ace
a perfect with Jeremy Estrella and Owen Davidson finishing
second and third.
Jordan Benis had the 9 Rookie Main all to himself
as Ben Beaudoin did not show for the Main event.
In 8 Rookie action Dominic Nivolo and Vic Alves were
both perfect in their group of motos. The Main saw
Alves topping Nivolo for the win with Jorn Layman
A cool name of the winner of the 7 year old Rookie
class with Apollo Dubue beating Rylan Carlson for
Jaden Asklar came out on top in the 6 year old Rookie
class. Aidan Biello was second with Ian Hayes earning
a third place finish.
Anthony Starr-Bennett was top gun in the 5 year old
Rookie class as he finished in front of Trevor Cooper
and Stephen Clark.
The youngest riders of the day were the two four year
olds. Shawn Biello and “Chargin” Charlie
Johnson would finish in the order.
Finally there was the “Money Open” or
“Dash for Cash”. For the first time I
can ever remember, Andrew Cox was in a full uniform
and looking good! He was simply untouchable and dominated
the group with an easy win. Pete (Boom-Boom) Balotti
was second while the Track Director at Bennington
BMX, Cody Buck, was third.
Thanks everyone for your patience this opening day.
We really do appreciate you all.
For a complete listing of the official finishes.
Please understand that the actual motos that were
run on the report were the first and third round.
The best of the two are aded as the finish in the
second round (Two moto system).