Already heading for the dog days of summer today was a little break from the recent heat wave. This is a week that is very difficult to predict what the rider count will be with the big Starts-N-stripes National event at South Park in Pennsylvania. Last year we had just 57 riders so would this year be a repeat? Well, not exactly, we did enjoy 80 riders split into 22 motos so it was about an average race day based on our 2019 numbers.
The Rider-Of-The-Week was named, and it went to 11 year old Novice rider Colin Leblanc. Colin earned his 9th win last week making today possibly even a bigger special day for him. He said that his favorite rider is Caleb Kaleta.
There were four pedal-less pushers here today ranging in age from 5-years old down to 3-years old. 5-year old Ryder “Hollywood” champagne won all three rounds but he had to work for it. 3-year old Skylar “Knucklehead” Hardgrove, sporting some new Full Circle Bike Shop colors, was right on him every round. Bennett Pieterse was third and “Dangerous” Danny Demers looked really good today with a fourth place finish. Both Bennett and Danny are 3-years old.
12 Year Olds
There were four cruiser classes today and all were Total Points races with only 3-riders in each group.
Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) won for the fourth time in as many try’s here this season. He made it look easy with a sweep of the rounds. His team-mate, Dave “Farmboy” LaBarge was second while Chris “Sparky” Pedersen was third.
15 Year Olds
This Total Points race was another sweep and this time it was Tyler Farwell (Yess Devo). This was Tyler’s first time on a Cruiser here this year. Marissa Lyman, was impressive as she is just 13-years old racing these two “big guys”. Evan Kryger was third.
31-35 Year Olds
“Choo-Choo” Tommy Healey nailed down the first two rounds of Total Points racing to ensure his overall win despite a second place finish in round three. Cliff “Ludacliff” Benoit was second (Love the new duds” while third went to “Stone Cold” Steve Scibelli.
46-50 Year Olds
The fourth consecutive Total Points race saw Mike Savage dominate with the sweep. Rog “Moto Man” Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) and Ryan Murphy traded second place finishes in the first two rounds. Ryan would win round third and earn second place overall for the day.
6 Year Olds
This group featured five riders battling hard in the qualifying rounds for the 4 spots in the main event. The final qualifier saw “G Force Grahm Paterson and Cole Lyman make the transfer after Parker Moriarty wrecked down in turn 4. Parker was ok and jumped back on his bike but it was too late to catch Cole. In the main event Kristopher DeVaux, a new rider just three races ago, won for the third time this season. That’s an amazing accomplishment for the kid who rides out of Winsted. Scylent Rage Racing’s Will Adams was a solid second while 4-year old Cole Lyman (Overhaul) was third. I gotta give kudos to today’s fourth place finisher “G-Force” Grahm Patterson all the way from Pennsylvania.
9 Year Olds
This was another 5-rider shootout and a tough day for one guy. Hunter Woof would crash in practice and then suffer the same fate in round two of qualifying when both he and Dylan Murphy would wreck. They both did eventually qualify as Pat LeBlanc was the hard luck rider that missed the cut. In the main event Grant Borelli put another win in his personal record book for the fourth time here this year. He must be within a win or two of his move-up. Hunter Woof showed some great intestinal fortitude with a nice second place finish after the two wrecks he was in. Aryana “Slayer” LaBarge was third for the Full circle Bike Shop folks.
11 Year Olds
This class featured a new rider as Jason Basti, from Plainville, was in his first BMX race. It would not turn out as good as he expected. In the second round, he and Kenan Borelli tangled and wrecked at the bottom of the second jump. Both would eventually get up and ride off but Jason did not make the start in the last qualifying round We all hope he is OK. In the main it was our reining Rider-Of-The-Week Coilin LeBlanc duplicating what his favorite rider Zach Rukakoski did two weeks before; He earned his tenth win and has raced his last race as a Novice. Well done Colin, what a day! Kenan Borelli salvaged a solid second place award while third went to Hunter Phoenix.