Race Report May 6th, 2012
Week number one
of a brand new era is come and gone. Some say “Thank
Goodness!” A new staff, a new sanction, a new
computer program and a ton of new riders equaled a
two hour late start and certainly not what we had
On the bright side, we certainly appreciated the patience
shown by everyone there as 138 riders is nothing to
sneeze at. We promise to strive for on time starts.
So. When the racing finally did start, the 5 &
under Novice class was first up and it would be a
good size group with 9 riders for the 7 available
positions in the Main event. They were split into
2 groups with 1 rider each moto transferring to the
main from the first two rounds of motos. The third
round would combine the 6 remaining riders into one
group with the top 4 transferring into the main joining
the other 3 who had previously transferred. The results
from the exciting main event was Shawn Biello winning
the class, second went to Johnathan Young while third
went to Caleb Harris. It still was a great effort
by the two riders who did not make the cut this week;
Alex Donegan and 4 yr old Jack Garritty.
Six riders made up the six year old Novice class and
the Domination of this group would go to Jacob Merenda,
with riding skills far surpassing those exhibited
by his dad. A solid second place effort belonged to
Matt Evanuska and also nice riding by third place
finisher Tristan Enquist.
A full gate of eight riders made up the 7 Novice class
Main Event. These survivors from the original ten
who were registered had a great run with Torrington’s
own Ethan Hine going home with the top prize with
Massachusetts rider Alex Bernard earning second and
Austin Cole salvaging a nice third.
In the 8 yr old Novice group, four riders became three
after the motos were run and it was Rylan Carlson,
Kyle Lyman and Tommy Mitchell finishing one-two-three.
The 9 Novice class was the same deal and that one
would be Dominic Nivolo, Jorn Layman and Dillon O’Brien
across the stripe in the order in the Main.
Five rides made up the 11 Novice class, all vying
for the four open spots in the main event. The hard
luck guy would be Jaisun Chucta as he didn’t
make the transfer out of the motos. The Main winner
was Noah Klemonski with Dante Gonzalez and Mike Steinbacher
rounding out the top three.
“Quick-Nick” Frenette would be the top
point’s winner in the 14 Novice Total Points
race with Nick Brown and Cody Gagnon in tow behind
Spider-Mite Robbie Webb got it done in the 7 Intermediate
class with New Yorks Aiden Badendyck and Garret Cooper
finishing second and third. All three riders have
raced each other before so this could be fun to watch
this summer. Trevor Cooper is hoping for better next
time out as he was eliminated in the motos.
Another group that featured three riders very familiar
with each other was the 10 yr old Intermediate class.
Matt Webb, just as his brother had done moments earlier,
won the class with Ethan Russell-Ward and Dusty Souza
second and third.
The six rider’s registered in the 12 yr old
Intermediate group were battling hard all day for
those coveted five spots in the main. With Ed Lentz
getting eliminated in the motos the main would see
Steven Hull as the top gun. Second went to Dallas
Tuttle while Jeremy Estrella was finishing third.
In the Main Event for the 13 yr old Intermediate class
“The Marshall” Matt Dillon getting the
best of Matt Higgs and Scott Thomson.
“The Reel Deal” Wes Reel won the 15 yr
old Intermediate group as he managed to keep Trevor
Fox and Connor Arnold behind him in what was a “reel”
exciting group to watch. Bryce vallie is hoping to
do better next time out.
A tough day for Chris Haas in the 16 yr old Intermediate
class as he failed to transfer to the main which was
won by a strong effort from Dave Lamb. He was able
to hold off John Devino and Tyler Sypit.
A lot of three rider Total Point races would follow
and 17-18 yr old Intermediates saw Justin Thompson
Hold off a hard-charge from Cody Marchildon and former
Track Champion, Angela Therriault.
The 9 yr old Girls class saw Avery Badendyck, riding
out of New York, get the best of a local favorite
Ashley Jasensky and 7 yr old Azra Milton.
Reigning Track Champion Kyly Milton had no trouble
picking up where she left off last year with a win
in the 13 yr old Girls class. Alexus Doty and Gianna
Spina were second and third. Gianna, at only 10 yrs
old, had a great attitude about racing the older and
more experienced girls.
Total Points continued with our National Champion
Rochelle Wooding, in a rare appearance here at Foothills
BMX winning the 16 yr old Girls class. Autumn Classey
and Jenn Cote’ settled for second and third.
Moving into the cruiser division, the 10 yr old Cruiser
class saw Landon Pease, from Belchertown Ma., get
the best of our locals Alex Kuehn and Derek Fantano.
Also a local rider Rylan Carlson felt the sting of
the new system as he watched the Main from the sidelines.
Congratulations to Nick Cote’, the winner in
the 12 yr old Cruiser class. Jacob Oliver and Jon
Moura would settle into the second and third spots.
Dallas Tuttle rode the pines during the Main.
Ian Dickinson did the same to Bryce Vallie and Jake
Layman in the 15 yr old Cruiser class. This was a
Total Points Race.
Also going for Total Points, In 31-35 Cruiser action,
Ted Faulise could only shake his head after trying
his hardest but watching Greg Slone and Tom Kuehn
pull away into the distance with Kuehn being the overall
In 41-45 cruiser, Butch Feitel was odd man out as
this 53 year old could not match the efforts of the
younger guys this day. The main saw New York’s
Jeff Badendyck getting the job done with Fred Roy
and Kevin Marchildon second and third.
Moving into the Experts there were 40 of these hot-rods
in the house. They were split into 8 groups. The first
to run was the 8 yr olds and it would be Landon Richard
capping off his day with a sweet Main Event win. Sam
DeGrange was second with the third spot going to Derek
The four 9 yr old Experts battled hard for the three
available spots in the Main with Chris Mandeville
the odd man out. The win was a big one for Nate Coyman
as he stayed in front of both Hunter Zeiner and Fin
Milton. Not an easy task for sure.
Total Points on the line for the 10 Expert class and
it was Alex Kuehn outscoring Landon Pease and Jagur
Seven riders made up the field for the 12 Expert class.
After the qualifying motos the Main Event saw Nick
Cote’ waking up his father by acing a big win.
Justin-Time for Justin Boissonneault to score a second
place finish by staying just ahead of Jacob Oliver.
From Holmes New York it was Casey Tanner again grabbing
a 14 Expert win. A nice second for Doug Cable while
Jon Zeiner held onto third.
Total Points Racing action for the “Mod-Squad”
(16 Expert) and whoa, a 15 yr old put the hurt moves
on them as Chris Pannullo beat both Chris Pfeffer
and Josh Santiago every time out.
19-27 yr old Experts featured a five rider Main vent
and no surprise, Josh Wedge, now 19 yrs old and in
tremendous shape, easily won the Main. Hanging in
for a second was Cody Buck, all the way from Catamount
BMX and Nate Basile was third, making a nice come-back
from his first round crash in the new rhythm section.
In 36-40 Expert action it was Don Hottes, after announcing
to this reporter that he was engaged to our 1999 Track
Champion Jill Jenner, won the Total Points Race. Scott
Merenda finished second with Nicole Milton, looking
amazing after giving birth last fall, finishing third.
Bringing the curtain down on this long but action
packed day was the 41 & over Expert class. Garrick
Yanosky managed to stay in front of Mike Sigrist with
the third spot going to Peter Cooper.
Whew, week number one is now history and in the record
books. It was a great race to build on. Hopefully
we see each and every one of back here again real
So long for now.
For a complete
listing of all of todays finishes