Race Report May 8th, 2011
day and another NBL Regional (Challenger Series Race)
scheduled on the same weekend in nearby New Jersey.
This has been the norm for a few years now and the
combination of the two always affects our rider count.
This was certainly the case this week as the weather
was perfect for racing but we only had 119 riders
split up into 34 motos. None-the-less, the action
was fast and exciting. Except for the annual Mother’s
day race which was simply “exciting”.
More on that later.
With Foothills regular announcer Lou Mota handling
the microphone duties in New Jersey, Foothills relied
on a fill-in announcer who, although he tried his
best, he certainly is no Lou Mota. Lou should be back
next week thank goodness. Kudo’s to the ladies
in the registration building for the on-time start.
It’s always hectic in the two hours before our
scheduled start and they recovered very nicely from
the pains of last week. Basically, we were done this
week before we started last week. What a difference
a week makes.
Before we started the weekly Rider of the Week award
was presented with Dominic Nivolo winning the prize
for his efforts last week. In the interview he claimed
Hunter Zeiner as his favorite rider.
So as is the usual with a fairly low rider count,
combined classes were everywhere. Don Hottes, the
only 26-34 expert in the house, was combined with
Mike Sigrist and Fred Roy, both in the 41 + classification.
Don easily won the first moto but he obviously had
a sore wrist from a non bicycle related incident and
it affected his riding the rest of the day. Mike would
come back and win the next three races including the
main event with Fred finishing second.
Colby Lake and Andrew Cox, as 19-25 experts combined
with Matt Racine who was a 19-25 Challenger. Matt
only made it to the gate for the first round so it
turned into a two rider shootout with Cox grabbing
the wins in every race.
Three 17-18 experts were on board and it would be
Josh Wedge at the top of the leader board in every
round. Jim Ferris edged out Colby Benoit for the second
spot in the main.
/ 15 Experts saw the 2011 debut of the reigning track
champion Austin Cyr. Austin was unbeatable in the
Main but a much improved Chris Pfeffer (George’s
Music Center) was the eye catcher in this one. A solid
second for Chris in front of Autumn Classey and Darren
Jayna Roy topped Michele Gamelin in the 13 Challenger
– 15 Expert Girls class but that one was probably
best described as two winners for the day.
Kyle Milton continued her dominance in the 11 Challenger
– 11 Expert Girls class but Chloe Arnold is
so much closer this year and is now good enough to
win on any given Sunday. Chloe Bourgoin, the third
place finisher today is also getting very close. We
encourage Carli Piper to stay with it as her day in
the sun will be coming soon.
Lainie Stroh (10 yr old Challenger) stayed in front
of Bella Delorenzo (9 yr old Challenger) all day long
for the title in her mixed class.
Justin Thompson made his return to racing a good one
as he aced a win in the 16 Challenger – 17-18
Challenger main event. Finishing second was Jon Daversa
(Dave’s Auto Detailing) with Mike Castle into
the third spot.
Two 13 Experts were joined with three 14 Challengers
and Wes Reel, one of the Challengers gave Jon Zeiner
(13 Expert) all he could handle. After Jon won two
of the three motos, the Main event would go to Wes.
Another Challenger, Drew Scheinost, edged out Zeiner
for the second spot.
Five riders strong or should I say “Five strong
riders” made up the 13 Challenger class today.
Conor Arnold would ace a “perfect” by
winning everything. Trevor Fox, another rider showing
some serious improvement this year was second with
Mark Tully rounding out the top three.
The biggest class of the day was the 11 Expert –
12 Challenger group with ten riders in the lineup.
Split into two groups of five, this was gonna be a
challenge just to transfer to the Main. To add to
the challenge, one of the riders was Alexus Doty,
our reigning female track champion. So that got the
boys attention and the pressure was on. Alexus managed
a win in her motos as did R.J. Miville, Jake DesMarais
(Bikers Edge) and Erik Dugan. In the eight rider Main
event, DesMarais eked out the win. Dugan was second
with Jon Moura rounding out the top three. Doty finished
a respectable fifth.
Sky Domain rocketed to a main event win in the 10
Expert – 11 Challenger class. Brandon Galeski
(Hometown Pizza) was a close second with the third
spot going to Colin Riggs.
No one was finer then little Hunter Zeiner in the
8 Expert – 9 Challenger class. Hunter was perfect
in his motos and in the second group Arefin Milton
was also perfect. The Main event showdown would see
Hunter as todays Top Gun. Milton settled for second
place as Ethan Russell-Ward was third.
A combined mixed bag of riders made up the 7 Expert
/ 7 Challenger / 8 Challenger five rider class. Danny
DesMarais was not a front-runner in any of the motos
as Derek Fantano and Torin Ellis were the top dogs.
But the Main event was the surprise as Danny won it
with Derek and Torin finishing second and third.
Aman Egan held off a determined Garret Cooper in the
6 Challenger class. Third went to Addison Miller.
Now here come the biggest disparity in ages that was
in any group. The class was identified as 12 &
Under Girl Cruiser / 16-16 Girl Cruiser / 40-44 Woman
Cruiser. The Main event saw Jayna Roy (My legs feel
like rubber), Alexus Doty (I’m soooo tired)
and Denise Classey (I feel good) finish 1-2-3.
Fred Roy worked hard to beat Len Ferris in the 45-49
/ 50 + Cruiser class. About as hard as the effort
required to get up in the morning. Well wait, that’s
a big effort for 60 year old Len ferris. Anyway, Len
takes a lot of ribbing about his age but it’s
all in fun. He is our oldest rider and deserves a
ton of credit to get out there. Nice going Len. We
are proud of you!
A great battle up front in the 35-39 / 40-44 Cruiser
class between Bob DesMarais and Greg Sloan. After
trading moto wins, the gas tanks were in the conserve
energy mode and Kevin Marchildon cruised across the
Main event finish line first With DesMarais and Sloan
Drew Scheinost and Justin Thompson were 1-2 in the
14-16 Cruiser division.
In 12 Cruiser action R.J. Miville won all of his motos.
He then did NOT show up for the Main event so the
win went to Peter Franolich. Bryan Basile could only
touch the gate as he recovers from an injury suffered
Jon Moura won the two rider Main event in the 10-11
Cruiser class after Sky Domain won every moto.
8 & under Cruiser action saw Derek Fantano and
Torin Ellis going at it with Derek grabbing the win
in the Main.
Three 16 yr old Rookies plus 42 yr old William Scheinost
made up this class. Scheinost, showing them all how
to crash without getting hurt too bad, provided the
excitement with his wreck in the first round. After
he walked away sore, but otherwise okay, it would
be Mike Rousseau, Cody Marchildon and Josh Thans making
up the order at the top.
14-15 yr old Rookies were represented by only two
riders. When the dust cleared it was Steven Doyle
getting the best of Chris Haas.
The 13 Rookie class featured the riding skills of
Austin Andrews. He was simply awesome. Behind him
in the Main event was Travis Walsh, Shana Frazier
with William Channels skipping the Main.
Julien Roberge, Ty Bourgoin and Zack McNally made
up the finishing order in the 13 Rookie Class.
Frankie Buckley sure has come a long way from last
year. He won the 10-11 Rookie class today by keeping
Own Davidson and Jakob Carver behind him.
The 8 Rookie class saw Victor Alves and Dominic Nivolo
finish first and second while Nick Delbone earned
a third place finish.
Antonio Grazzo grabbed a "perfect” by winning
every moto plus the 6 yr old Rookie Main event. Vincent
Delorenzo and Anthony Starr-Bennett finished second
The 4 – 5 Rookie class saw Trevor Cooper win
this moto-mite division with Tyler Palmer and Stephen
Clark rounding out the top three.
In the Annual Foothills BMX Mothers Day Extravaganza
five ladies were up for the challenge. Lisa Ferris,
Michelle Pannullo, Amanda Hubbard, Aurora Papa and
Korrie Domain all gave it a shot and jumped on some
racing bikes to test their skills on the renewed track.
When the gate dropped it was actually Domain who had
a slight lead. The lead quickly evaporated as Aurora
powered her way down the front straight to grab the
lead going into turn number one. Domain was still
second and “Ole Mother Hubbard” was in
the third spot with Ferris and Pannullo in fourth
and fifth as they exited turn one. When they hit the
first obstacle on the 2nd straight, the order was
the same but Pannullo’s racing machine got a
little wobbly and she would go off the course and
eventually crash half way up the straight. The pace
was not too fast as the order stayed the same the
rest of the way around the track. The good news is
everyone had a good time and no one got hurt. All
were smiling or grimacing as they received their trophys.
For a complete
listing of all of todays finishes