Race Report August 26th, 2012
What a beautiful
day and 118 riders registered for our Single point
team race. In pre-race ceremonies 7 year old Zander
Hicks was named our Rider-Of-The-Week for last Sunday.
He named fellow Bay-Stater Sam DeGrange as his favorite
rider. As a side note, of the 118 riders, 16 would
be eliminated due to not qualifying for their mains.
On a personal note, I sure hope there are some rule
changes next year to prevent this on the local level.
Just seems a waste for any class with less than 8
riders to drop a rider, especially Novices. Just my
One of the most colorful sites in BMX is a parade
lap and today was no exception. With Team Edges Chris
Pannullo carrying the American flag and team mate
Chris Pfeffer carrying the Olympic flag, this was
a moving parade lap.
When 30 motos of racing started promptly at 11:59
am there were two groups of Striders. The first featured
5 yr old Chris Strandberg and 4 yr old Liliana Asselin.
Chris crossed the line first.
In the second group it was 3 yr old Kayla Barker and
3 yr old Cayden Melillio with Kayla the first across
The 5 and under Novice group is always fun to watch
and after the qualifying rounds where Caleb Harris
was dropped, even though he sure tried very hard,
first round qualifier Cole Melillo won the main event.
Stampede’s Callie Atchison was second with Cole
Barker rounding out the top three.
In 6 Novice action Natalie Hayes was really running
great as she was the first to qualify for the main.
In the main she had a comfortable lead heading up
the backstretch towards turn four when disaster hit
and she self-destructed in a heap. She would appear
to be ok but her misfortune was a windfall for Johnny
Tomboly would win the main. Ian Asselin was second
while Natalie was credited with third. Chris Moon
did not make the cut this week but with his new, GT
Mini, he will catch on real quick. He looked very
In 7 Novice racing it was a tough day for Jana Wilkinson
as she fell real hard in round one over in the third
turn. She complained of a sore side but did manage
to get out there for the second and third rounds but
obviously not herself. Zander Hicks got the job done
as he found a way around Adi Miller who finished second.
Third went to Tristan Enquist.
In some early Cruiser action, 13 year old Matt Higgs
was combined with the 41-45 gang and was no match.
Kudos to him for smiling around the track. Garrick
Yanosky (Team Edge) got the best of second place finisher
Tom Kuehn (Wallingford Bike Barn) while Team Overthrow’s
Fred Roy salvaged a third.
In the 13 yr old Girls class it came down to two sisters
battling for the last transfer spot. Ashley Asselin
would send her big sister Lauren to the sidelines
to watch the main which went to defending Track Champion
Kyly Milton. Ashley was second with Mackenzie Atchison
In the 6 yr old Intermediate 6 rider grouping Trevor
Cooper was in for a great battle and he managed to
come out on top just ahead of Jacob Merenda and Collin
Dylan Barker was odd man out in the 7 Intermediate
class but it sure was close. The main win went to
Garret Cooper with Aiden Biello and Azra Milton second
A good size group in the 8 Intermediate class with
7 riders going for the gold. Robbie Webb put that
GT ride in the winner’s circle with the second
spot going to “Quick-Nick” Strandberg.
It was a solid third for the Bike Barn’s Kyle
Another group of 7 riders where hammering it out in
the 12 yr old Intermediate class. Steve Hull was the
first to qualify and that was only the start of his
big day. Connor Calarco did not make the transfer
and it is so sad to see him look so discouraged. He
definitely has the riding skills to be much more competitive
that he is showing right now. We hope he stays with
it. Anyway, As people who realized what was at stake
in this main event watched with anticipation, Steven
Hull did not disappoint. He blasted his way into turn
one, grabbed the lead and never looked back in his
last ride as an Intermediate.
Congratulations on earning his Expert ranking with
the big win.
Second went to Anthony Giron while Dallas Tuttle managed
a solid third.
Jake Layman, one of BMX’s nicest kids, did not
make the main in 13 Intermediate action today but
I bet it did not bother him one bit. Jeremy Estrella
won it for the Bike Barn. Grant Untiedt, also riding
for the Bike Barn was second while third went to Matt
Higgs, yup, the Bike Barn.
In 15 yr old Intermediate racing Anthony Ingala gave
it a good try but did not make the cut. Steven Doyle
won another one for the Bike Barn while finishing
second was Trevor Fox, who our dumb announcer kept
saying his colors were Overthrow instead of Standard.
Third went to Jose Estrella.
The 11 yr old Expert class was pretty cool as GHP’s
Tom Gladstone got the job done. “Jumping”
Jeremiah Taylor was second while Alex Kuehn (Bike
Barn) was third.
The scariest moment came in the 13 Expert class when
in the main event, Nick Cote’ and Matt Dillon
were racing hard and both went down in flames on the
second straight. Dave Moody (Stampede) in the right
place at the right time inherited the win with Dillon
picking himself up for a dusty second place finish.
After several minutes Nick would get back on his bike
and finish third. Jon Moura was odd boy out this day.
The most exciting main of the day was the 15 expert
class as Wes Reel and Chris Pannullo were pushing
each other to new heights. These hot rods were simply
“Bringin it!” in the second round which
did go to Pannullo. In the main there was no catching
the Road Kill colors of Jake Pirulli. Jake was the
winner with Pannullo (Team Edge) just edging out his
team mate Reel.
In 19-37 Expert action a rare appearance by Tucker
Schaefer was enjoyed by this announcer and Tucker
did not disappoint with a win in the main. With 54
less lbs to pedal around the track a svelte looking
Matt Lucas was second while Alex Hubbard was third.
Experts continued with the 36-40 class that saw Mike
Greco fail to qualify. Stampede’s Ben Atchison
was the winner with Team Edge’s Garrick Yanosky
second and the Bike Barn’s Scotty Merenda third.
There were 12 classes that only had enough rider for
total points racing (3 riders in each class). Enjoying
“Perfects” were Denise Classey (Team Overthrow)
in 41-45 Girls Cruiser; Dom Nivolo in 10 yr old Intermediate;
Victor Alves (Stampede) in 9 yr old Intermediate;
Angela Therriault (GHP) in 28 & over Girls; Michaela
Groves (Stampede) in 15 Girls; Nick Cote’ (Team
Edge) in 12 Cruiser; Derek Fantano in 8 & Under
Cruiser; Devin Gulyas in 11 Novice and “Racin”
Mason Blackburn in 8 Novice.
In 16 yr old Intermediate total points racing Darren
Zimmer put the first round win in the books but while
leading in round two he simply exploded and wrecked
hard. He would settle for third overall as the win
went to Chris Haas with Mike Pereiro second..
In 9 Expert Total points action Fin Milton won the
first round with Matt Webb winning round two. In the
ty breaking third round show-down it was Milton. Fin
won the class overall with Matt second and Derek Fantano
In 16 Expert
total points racing Shawn McAuley won the first two
round therefore winning the class overall. Chris Pfeffer
(Team Edge) and John Walkup (Bike Barn) were second
Remember, no racing at Foothills next week and regular
season finale is September 9th. September 23rd in
the State Championship.
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes