26 YEARS
OF BMX RACING IN TORRINGTON CT.



WEEK #6
JULY 25th, 2020
Story by Rog Plaskett

 

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So here we are at our biggest weekend of the year. State Qualifier on Saturday and Gold Cup Qualifier tomorrow. The rider count was awesome when you consider the largest State Qualifier in Connecticut in the last two years was 208 riders. Today we enjoyed 266 entries split into 58 motos.|

Before our first gate drop, we chose our Pete Doda sponsored Rider-Of-The-Week. There were four candidates once I had short listed based on their performance the week before. One rider really stood out. He had raced here for the last three season and never finished in first place. Last week, he was finally able to break through that barrier. He is 10-year-old Novice racer Landon Moynihan. His reaction when his name was called was priceless. He yelled and came running to the tower with the biggest smile on his face. He said Blake Nevins was his favorite rider.

BALANCE BIKES
In the first group of these pedaless ground pounders, there were 6 riders aging 3 or 4 years old. Asher Smith took no prisoners and ran himself to three first place finishes. Parker Whalen would be second while third went to Tyler Hillman. Mattie Doyle, Kennedy Hillman and Victoria Machnik all made a good showing.

In the second group there were three 2-year old’s. Tanner Smith would win two of the three races. Ryan Lataille would finish second even after stopping to talk to mom half way around in round 2. Carter Anthony was third.
For the riders coming from the top of the hill this was the USABMX’s two-moto transfer system. This race has double point value including track points.

CRUISERS
13-14 Year Old Girls
This was a 4-rider group and Ella Urban was the rider eliminated in the qualifying rounds. The main event saw a mixed bag of ages. 14-year-old Marissa Lyman would win it. 10-year-old Kyrie Coddington-Sweet was second with 13-year-old Mary Sloan third.

17-20 Year Old Women
This was also a mixed bag of ages ranging from15 years old to 53 years old. This was a total point race so there would be three rounds of motos. Marianne Sklarsky bounced her way to a perfect sweep of all three rounds after pulling off a sweet pass of Laiken Cormier in the second turn. Laiken suffered a nasty crash in the fourth turn in the final round but still salvaged a second place finish overall. Sarah Huberty was third.

8 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider class. After the two qualifying rounds it was Lorenzo Guliani missing the transfer. In the main event Max Meinel would blast his way to the point and never look back as he cruised across the stripe first. Tyler Marhafer, who I mispronounced his name most of the weekend, was a solid second. Dave Crichton was third.

9 Year Olds
The was another 5-rider group and this time it was a New Jersey rider who would miss the cut. Travis Keller, using this race as practice for tomorrows Gold Cup qualifier, worked hard trying to get the track dialed in in his first trip here but fell just short of making the show. “GI Joe” Olbrys (Stedmans Racing) won this class last week and would repeat this week. Hunter Heath (Boosted BMX) was second just as he was last week. Third went to Ryder Richardson (Warped BMX).

11 Year Olds
This group started off with just 4-riders. Jeff “The Dreamweaver” Weaver, (Ramp Farm Racing) was making only his second start on the Cruiser here this year and could not muster up enough speed to transfer out of the motos. The 3 riders who made the main were all out-of-staters. Shane Maghan (Chip N Dale) would show us why he is Gold cup #3 with a nice win. Shane is from New Jersey. Justin Donahue (Factory Racer Concepts) NAG #9 was second riding out of Rhode Island while New Jersey’s Ryan Keller (Racer Army) was third.

13 Year Olds
This was a total points 3-rider shootout and, like most of these events today would feature the same winner in all three rounds. It was yet another New Jersey rider showing the Foothills regulars how they do it in the Garden State. John Delvecchio swept the motos for the win. Dave (Farm Boy) Labarge (Full Cycle Bike Shop) was second while third went to Chris Pedersen (Sand Road Animal Hospital).

14 Year Olds
With only 4-riders in the group it was a battle in the qualifying rounds to transfer. This day it was Pete Cutrona, a rider out of New Jersey, miss the cut in his first trip to foothills. RJ Reale (Warped BMX) had it all his way and he would win for the second week in a row. “The Undertaker”, Jonah Graves, put the Full Circle Bike Shop Colors in the second spot. Third went to Dylan Maghan, part of today’s New Jersey contingent, was third.

17-20 Year Olds
This was a total points race and it sure was a good one. In round one Logan Demerski (Full Circle Bike Shop) would win, In round two it was Liam Knott (Stedmans Racing) winning. The round three tie-breaker would go to “Flash” Logan Demerski in an esciting lap. Knott was second overall with Steve Healey. Flying the Exit 3 colors, was third.

31-35 Year Old Cruisers
This was a bigger class with 6 entries. Unfortunately, there was one entry who never showed causing the qualifying rounds to be nothing but track practice as all 5-riders transferred. This was one of the most competitive classes and also one of the scariest. Pedro Nunes and Emmett Vedder were really going at it with numerous pass attempts between the two. As they came out of turn 5 they were side by side up the short-chute. About 3 feet short of the stripe they locked handle-bars and both would go down in a cloud of dust as they slid across the stripe. Pedro would be declared the winner with Vedder second, it was clear immediately that Vedder was in distress. He remained down and was withering in pain. It was awhile but eventually his dislocated shoulder was manipulated back in place. Nothing was broken so the recovery process should be short. The third spot in the main went to “Choo-Choo” Tommy Healey as he wove his way through the finish line carnage for Overhaul racing.

46-50 Year Olds
After Frank Juliani was eliminated in the qualifying rounds, the main event featured three of the most experienced riders in the Northest as all of these guys have spent many years behind bars. (Handle-bars). The fastest guy was Matt Dallas who is ranked NAG #5 and rides on the National circuit for Blot-Out Graphics. Matt won the main. Second went to the BMX legend who has sported the Crit Plate colors in most of his impressive career, Mike Savage. Jason Moriarty would round out the top three in this 4-rider main event.

NOVICES
5 & Unders
this was a class with 10 riders going for it. They were split into two groups of five with one rider eliminated i9n each group making up the starting grid for the 8-rider main event. Cannon Rinkerman was a no show so his name was the one eliminated in round one. Round two saw Skylar Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) the rider missing the transfer. In the main it was Reid Waters winning his third foothills main event in a row. Eli Ruopp, in his first ever visit here was second. Third went to his twin brother Jeremy Ruopp, also making his Foothills debut.

6 Year Olds
This was also a large class with a full gate of 8-riders starting in the first qualifying round as they raced hard to result in one rider missing the transfer. That would be Cole Valerioti, a second-generation racer who had not yet been to Foothills. Cole recently joined USABMX down in Bethel. He had a really tough time managing the course here and took a couple of diggers. In the main William Zinn, also a rider new to the sport just signed up a week ago at Bethel’s opening night, finished in the top spot, where did those skills come from? Second went to Braden Hare with Logan Rivera finishing third.

7 Year Olds
This class was 9-riders strong and was split into two groups in the first round then the remaining riders were combined in the final round. Brooklyn Blackwood was the hard luck racer missing the cut. Eric Macgregor would break the ice with his first Foothills win of the year. Teagan Fowler was second while Gold cup #1 Parker Moriarty salvaged the third spot.

8 Year Olds
There were 6-riders vying in the qualifying rounds for those 5 main event spots. At least that’s how it looked on paper. But because of a no-show, all five riders automatically transferred. It was Chris Shaffer, a rider out of Norwalk, won in his first trip here and for double points! Lorenzo Guliani enjoyed his best finish here this year with a second. Sofia Teague, out of Woodland BMX in Rhode Island, was third.

9 Year Olds
This was the first total points race in the Novice classes today. Joe Toomey, Gold Cup #1 who has won in all four of his previous races here this year, remained undefeated as he swept the class today. Nick Maurati was second and Emilee Maguire was third.

10 Year Olds
This class, 7 riders strong, had some wild and wholly moments. Dom “The Rooster” Cunningham wrecked in the first turn in the first turn then came back and won the final round to make the main only to crash again in the main. Owen Grodon was the rider to making it in. Beckett Fowler, a Buckeye all the way from Ohio, had the track dialed in and won the main event. Last week’s winner Landon Moynihan (Rubber Side Down Racing) almost had it but finished second. Third went to Aryanna “The Slayer” Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) after Tyanna Lepicier crashed her Redline.

"The Rooster" does the first turn tumble. He made a great comeback later
12 Year Olds
Collin Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing, has done pretty well the last few weeks. Today was probably frustrating for him as he would miss making the main event. Drayke Palazzi (Boosted BMX) would put his third Foothills win of the year in the record books with a great run. Liz Doyle, after her crash in the first round, came back with a nice second place finish. Third went to Gold Cup #2 Hunter Phoenix.
Liz Doyle goes over the handle bars in the forst round of qualifying

14 Year Olds
This was another total points race. It would another one of those with the same order of finish every round. In this case it was Kraig Geissler (C-Yaa Frames) first, Owen Bower put his Bether Supercross colors in the second spot while third would go to Zack Adams, also flying the Bethel colors.

15 Year Olds
In this 4 rider class, it appears that Gage Rinkerman was a no-show allowing everyone else to enjoy a free ride to the show. Vinny Fahey, riding for the Full Circle Bike Shop, was first across the stripe, Joel Geier and Zack Adams were second and third.

26-35 Year Olds
This was another 4-rider class with an apparent no show. The three remaining riders who coasted to a main event appearance had a good run in the main. Joe Lataille, coming off a third place finish last week, was on fire this week and put this one in his win column. “The Panda” Chris Lefave, all the way from the granite state, was second. Third went to Staci Kennedy in her first BMX race ever. She already looks like she may be able to beat her husband Shawn (The Weatherman) real soon.

36-40 Year Olds
This was a four-rider class and it belonged to one of our staff members, assistant Track Operator, Andy Chalco. He was first to qualify and first in the main across the finish line. Chrissane Verstreate (Streate BMX) put in a solid effort and finished second. Third went to Jim Maclennan mounted on a DK. Missing the cut into the main was Dani Vyce (Bad Apple Racing) who took a nasty fall in the first round and sat out the last chance qualifier. She did get to take home a soil sample imbedded in her helmet.

41-45 Year Olds
This was a good sized class with 6 riders vying for those 5 gate positions. Brian Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) did not make it this week. For the last 5 races, this guy has driven all the way from New Hampshire to compete here. He has won the last four weeks and now adds his 5th win at Foothills. He is our current Novice points leader, but if he keeps going like this, he may win the Intermediate class once he moves up. Tony Dickerson (AOT Racing Gear) has been on fire. He was the first to qualify today and first in the main. Chris Proctor, the only racer to beat Tony this year (week #1) would have to accept the second spot. In the third spot it was Chris Proctor (Fasthouse).

51 & Over
Four riders again and only three show for the qualifiers. Dan Bishop wearing a plain-wrap, was todays top gun. St #1 Shane Hayes was second. Willi Massinger put his Mongoose machine in the third spot.

INTERMEDIATES
6 Year Olds
Nag #7, Caleb Gassaway (Toxic Racing) in his first race ever here, made it look easy with a sweep of the motos in this total points race. Dylan Dobelle looked good in his mohawk type helmet and finished second. Gold cup #3, Cole Lyman (Full circle Bike Shop was third.

7 Year Olds
Will Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) who is having a bit of a tough stretch at the moment, missed the transfer in this 5 rider class. Dave Crichton, (Frye High Performance) our 7 year old Intermediate points leader this season. Added some serious double first place points to his total with his third Foothills win this year. “Natedog” Nate Gomes (SMG Racing) was second with thie third spot going to JD Lataille finished third.

8 Year Olds
Back to total points racing and it was only two riders as we had another no-show. Peter Periera put his Falcon BMX colors on the top tier of the podium while Charlotte Proctor occupied the second tier.

9 Year Olds
This was a large class starting the qualifying rounds with a full gate. Cheyenne “Stunt Girl” Stone was the unfortunate rider missing out on the seven rider main event. St #3 Caleb Palmer (Robo Quads) would show us why he is determined to do even better in the state series this year as he rode his way to a big win in a big class. Gold Cup #2, Logan Moriarty, who has won here two of the last three races, had to settle for second although he was right on Caleb all the way. Third went to Dominic Chevelier riding his hot looking GT machine.

10 Year Olds
We went from eight riders in the 9 year old class to only three in this one. So with total points on the line Brod Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) was awesome after he crashed hard in practice in turn three. He came back and won every moto of this total points race. Kevin Nunes wasn’t far behind and finished second. Third went to Cayden Melillo (Family Pride).

11 Year Olds
When your reining State Champion does not make the main, you realize just how tough this class can be. Jayden Jones suffered that fate today. Nick Preston, sporting the colors of The Concrete Kings contractors, made it 4 in a row with this big win and some big points. Ryan Keller (Racer Army) was focused in his first trip here from New Jersey and was second. Gold Cup #3 Noah Sifuentes put the Falcon BMX flag in the third spot.

12 Year Olds
This was another one of those class where a state ranked rider missed the cut. St #2 Damian Conley put in a great effort but fell short of making the main. State Champ Ryan Assheton, whose home track is Bethel Supercross, had it all together and scored a big win. Mikey Roy (Boosted BMX) was also solid finishing second. The “Honey Badger” Noah Rushford, who always seems to manage to wreck in practice, finish third riding out of the Boosted BMX stables.

13 Year Olds
Another big class and another full gate of 8-riders in the first qualifying round. Johnny saladin was the rider eliminated in the qualifiers. The main saw the rider known as “Flying Squirrel” (Hostile BMX) put this one in the record books as a win. (shhhh his real name is Brenden Pleasant). He was able to hold off a hard-charging Chris Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod) who was coming strong. Nick Tirendi also was strong with a third in this large group.

15 Year Olds
This is the second class in a row that started with a full gate of 8-riders. This was the most concerning main event of the day. As the tight group was charging up the second straight, Hubert Miszcuk (Gold cup #1) lost it and crashed on the big obstacle half-way up the straight. Kodi Carslon, who finally had a class at foothills where he didn’t have to race experts went down with Hubert. Kodi got up fairly quickly but Hubert did not. Across the finish line Dave Fernandez was first then it was Peyton Pulaski (Warped BMX) and Gold Cup #1 Noah Toney. Back at the crash site, there was obvious concern with Huberts condition. An Ambulance was called and the race was held up about 20 minutes. It was learned later last night that He suffered a broken collarbone and had a slight concussion. We only had the pleasure of seeing him on our track two previous times this year. We certainly wish him the best and a speedy recovery.

17-20 Year Olds
This was a 9-rider class that used separate motos in the first round and then combined them for the second round, all to eliminate one rider. That one rider was Courtney Vedder. Just a tough day for the Vedder family from New York. In the main Gold Cup #1 Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles factory rider) took off early and she could not be caught. All the way around she was beating up on all the boys. Ty Lepicier (Sandbox Kings) was second had the look of determination as he sped by the tower. Steven Healey (Exit 3) was third. Steve is an expert so this was double expert points for all the Intermediates in this group.

26-35 Year Olds
After the two qualifying rounds to get this group down to three for the main event it was Josh Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) the rider missing the transfer. Shawn Kennedy (Liberty BMX Racing) was in his first Gold Cup as an Intermediate and he delivered the goods! This was Shawn’s second win in a row at Foothills. Derek Schneider nailed down a solid second while the third spot went to Chris Gravelle in his first race as an Intermediate after winning his Novice class here last week.

41-45 Year Olds
In this one, everyone was aware that expert and NAG #6 Matt Dallas was in the mix. This would mean that anyone making the main event would enjoy expert points. Matt (Blot-Out Graphics) easily won the main. Jody Toomey put the Overhaul Racing colors into the second spot while Anthony Carneglia showed some Bethel Supercross pride with a third. Oh yes, Scott Gonyer was the raider not able to cash in on the big points.

46-50 Year Olds
This group started with 9 riders and, when finally whittled down to the final 8, It was Bill Fellows who did not transfer. It’s amazing to me that he even got on a bike as he was walking very gingerly earlier in the day suffering from a bad back. In the main, Mike Savage (Crit Plate) Won it and spread expert points to everyone else as he was the only expert in the mix. St #1 Eron Lefebvre was second while third went to Rolando Limjoco.

EXPERTS
11 Year Old Girls
This was a three rider class and the total points motos would all be won by Kyrie Coddington-Sweet. “Fireant” Alyssa McKay (Retribution Race Corp) was second with Lilly Voss (TNT National Team) third.

13 Year Old Girls
This was also a totally points race and also a race where one of the Sweet girls won all three rounds. This time it was “The Predator” Pippa sweet. Gold Cup #2 Mary sloan was second with Riley Richardson (Warped BMX) third.

14 Year Old Girls
Another Girls class and another total points race and another clean sweep of the motos by one rider. This time doing the deed was “Superbmxr” Samantha Sperrazza on her Gold Cup #3 eider. Gold Cup #2 and reining Foothills Track Champion, Marissa Lyman (Full circle Bike Shop) was second while Sophia Machnik (Warped BMX) was third.

7 Year Olds
This was a tough class as is evident when Gold cup #2 Kris Meinel (TNT National Team) does not make the cut. Gold Cup #1 rider Asher Hock, who has been here only once before, Had a great ride and won the main. The second spot went to Joey Dietz (Warped BMX) while third went to Isaiah Salerno (Racer Concepts). Logan Rice (Warped BMMX) and Isaiah Salerno (Racer Concepts) crashed in the main but were able to walk it off.

8 Year Old Experts
Rylan Spence (Racer Army)  was eliminated in the motos for the first time since opening day 6 races ago. Devon Hurley (Family Pride) won for the 5th time this year at Foothills. Max Meinel (TNT National Team), NAG # 16, finished a close second. Third place went to Tyler Marhafer on his GT bicycle.

9 Year Olds
It was a tough class for Ryder Richardson (Warped BMX), after winning just two races ago, he missed the cut today. “GI” Joe Olbrys (Stedmans Racing) would make it two wins in as many weeks here this day. Parker Murray (TNT National team) made his Foothills debut and was solid with a second. Travis Keller (Racers Army) settled into the third spot.

10 Year Olds
This was another frustrating day for one of our favorites Jeffery Weaver (Ramp Farm Racing). Jeffrey could not gain the speed required to make the main event. A New Jersey rider, one of many, showed up here for the first time and rode his way to the top spot on the podium This race was owned by JC (Joey Bananas) Pateman (Factory Bombshell). Justin Donahue (Factory Racer Concepts) NAG #10 was second with Sawyer Spence (Racer concepts Dev Team) third. Sawyer and Dion Hurley (Family Pride) crashed in the first turn during the main. Sawyer got up quick enough to salvage that third place finish. Dion eventually got up and rode to the finish line.

11 Year Olds
This was the only total points race in the expert classes. Shane Maghan (Chip N Dale), after winning his cruiser class earned the double with a win in this class. Hunter Dye (Hostile Racing) needed the third round to earn the second spot overall as he was tied with Everett Stone (Racer Army) going in. Everett would have to settle for the third spot.

12 Year Olds
This was a class featuring 6 riders at the onset. After the two qualifying rounds we lost Pat Voss to the elimination process. Pat crashed in the final turn in the last qualifier in a great try to make it in. In the main Zack Rukakoski (Overhaul) crashed hard and that took himself out of the running. John Delvecchio, another rider from the New Jersey Contingent, won this main event. Cole Melillo (Family Pride) was second. His teammate, Wes Hamel, finished third.

13 Year Olds
After local favorite Noah Andersen (Ramp Farm Racing) just missed the last transfer spot in the qualifiers, the main event would go to Gavin Suares (Rubber Side Down). Josue Bruno (Family Pride) was a close second. “Nasty” Nate Giroux (Speedco/ J&R Bikes) was third

14 Year Olds
Gold Cup #3, Pete Cutrona (Chip N Dale) was one of the New Jersey riders not transferring into their respective main events. This was a rare occurrence this day. In the 5-rider main event RJ Reale (Warped BMX) remained undefeated here this year with his fourth win. New Jersey’s Dylan Maghan (Chip N Dale) was solid with a second. Rounding out the top three wqs “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop).

15 Year Olds
This was a large class with 9-riders in the mix. After some hectic qualifying rounds, it was “The Mad Man” Matt Robinson (Robo Quads) missing the cut. “The Westfield Warrior” Anthony Bartolo (The Island of Misfit Toys) Pulled off his third Foothills win this year and definitely this biggest. Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm Racing) pulled off another incredible pass in the final turn on Spike Miller (Eliminator) to earn the second spot.

16 Year Olds
In this one it was Robo Quads Xander Lancey just missing out on some main event fun. Two riders have been battling all day for the top spot and its obvious that both are pretty evenly matched. This time it was “The Mighty Knott” Liam Knott (Stedmans Racing) who got the best of “Flash” Logan Demerski (Full Circle Bike Shop) who would finish right behind him. The third spot went to “The Hurricane” Henry Hatt.

17-20 Year Olds
Joey Neale has never been here bof0re today and his lack of experience on the Foothill course cost him a shot at todays main. In the main “Butter” Hunter Zeiner rode the hardest and most aggressive that he has all year and blasted his way to his first Foothills win of the season. Colin Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop) tried a last turn pass but not this week. Jake Bidwell was third.

36-40 Year Olds
This was the last race of the day and it was quite welcomed when we reached it. Pedro Nunes did not make the main after his finish line wreck in the cruiser class. Gold cup #3 Craig Deitz (Warped BMX) took the lead right from the start and led the charge to the finish line. Joel Jason, all the way from Delaware, earned the second spot while Warped BMX star Dan Rice was third.

So that’s the way it happened from my point of view. Hopefully we all get back to normal next weekend. Huge Gold Cup tomorrow. See some of you next week.

Plaskett – Out!
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