26 YEARS
OF BMX RACING IN TORRINGTON CT.



WEEK #13
Oct 11th, 2020
Story by Rog Plaskett

 

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Week #13 started off with the debut of the two new turns. DM Hock Enterprises did an amazing job in rebuilding turns 4 and 5. All comments that we heard were positive. It is unfortunate that there was a triple points event within driving distance that pulled a lot of riders away from the chance to race on them. With an average rider count of 187 this year, today we drew just 114.

Kudos also to Torrington Center Congregational Churches Troop 3 Boy Scouts. One of their own, Austin McQuilkin, has taken on a project to re-do a bleacher section as the last thing he needs to do to attain the Eagle Scout award. On Saturday there were two shifts of 12 workers each applying their skills to the project, supervised totally by Austin. Well Done.

As most of you now know, I have been diagnosed with an uncurable illness. The amount of love and support that has been shown to me the last few weeks has been moving and overwhelming. Today, Marissa Lyman, our four-time Female Track Champion, presented me with her Gold cup #1 trophy that she earned last Sunday In Akron Ohio. She had a special note written on the back. When she gave me that I found it difficult to find the words that best described how I felt. Its hard to talk anyway with tears in your eyes.

 


Marissa and Myself after she gave me her trophy
 

 


Her message on the back
 

Earlier, Tim Brown hung a sign on the announcers’ tower. Back in 2010 when I lost my son Dan, the staff named the tower after him. He used to fill in for me if I was away on a National somewhere.

 

 

The Pete Doda’s Ice cream Rider Of The Week award was given to 8 year old Novice Molly Patrick. Molly won her second race last week and has been under our watchful eye for a few weeks. She named Mike Savage as her favorite rider.

BALANCE BIKES
5 & Over
Just two riders were competing in this one. Julian “Speedy” Gonzales lived up to his name in this class as he raced his way to victory in all three rounds. Logan Kennedy made his debut and finished in the second spot.

4 Year Olds
There were three in this group and it was Ben Hagan who ground-pounded his way to a three-round sweep. Parker Whalen was a consistent second while third went to Olivia Cernak.

3 Year Olds
The is was 5-rider group of little ankle-biters. Ryder Vaill, With that mohawk-type helmet, was just having too much fun to be beat this day. Asher Smith (Boosted BMX) was the next one across the stripe consistently for second overall. Then came Carter Anthony, Walter Steins and Hailey Dambrosio.

1-2 Year Olds
This one was special for me and the reason that I was in the tower to call the first round of Balance Bikes when I am usually track-side taking pictures. 291/2 years ago, I called a moto that was the first race of a little 5-year old named Matt Markie. The track was down in Bristol. Two and one-half years ago Matt married his sweetheart Nikki McDermott. They asked me if I would announce their entrance into the wedding reception hall and I did it like I was introducing Riders standing at the gate ready to race. I promised Matt that I would announce his child’s first race just as I had done his so many years earlier.
Today, little 1-year old Remi Markie was ready to race in her first event and I had to be the one to announce it.
The order saw Colton Simon, in only his second time here, dominate with a clean sweep of all three rounds. “Flyin” Ryan Lataille was second in each round while Tanner Smith (Boosted BMX) was third. But not caring where she finished, Remi Marki had the biggest smile on her face as her dad was right along-side of her just as her grandfather was along-side her dad when he ran his first race. Remi totally enjoyed the new experience and is expected to be back again very soon.

 

 

1 Year Old Remi Markie Iin her first race
 

CRUISERS
17-20 Year Olds
With just three riders in this total points race, it was pretty clear how the finishing order would go. 14 Year old Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), reining Female Cruiser Track Champion would dominate all three rounds for the overall win. 13 Year Old Ella Urban (Scylent Rage Racing) was second each round. 29+ Year Old Melissa Adams, made her foothills debut and finished third.

14 Year Olds
This one had 4-riders ranging in age from 9 to 14. The 9-year old was Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) and he was the rider eliminated. In the main, “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) started way over in gate 8 but quickly took the lead down the front chute. Isabella Nelson (Hyper) tucked in right behind his rear wheel and this two rider break-away would continue all the way to the finish line. The results were Graves; Nelson and Chris Pedersen (Sand Road Animal Hospital) in the top three.
36-40 Year Olds.

Dan Whalen was eliminated in the qualifying rounds, but it was the first round of qualifiers where mayhem broke out in turn one. With Steve Oldham in the lead, Logan Demerski (Full Circle Bike Shop) tried to dive to the inside and lost it going down right in front of Mike Savage (Crit Plate). Mike did all he could to minimize the impact his bike would have on the sprawled Demerski right in front of him. Mike put his feet down and kind of body-rolled over Logan. Both were ok but would take the next two rounds for to qualify. The 4-rider main event was on and the group included riders from age 16 to age 53. When the gate dropped Steve Oldham took an early lead with Logan Demerski right on him yet again. This time there was no opportunity for any moves as they would ride single file the entire lap. It would be Oldham, Demerski and Savage at the stripe.

 

 

Mike Savage and Logan Demerski
 

NOVICES
5 & Under
This was a field made up of 4-riders. With Haleigh Oldham, Bennett Pieterse and Killian Connelly earning the transfers, it was Skylar Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) the rider not making it to the main after a podium finish last race. In the main event, Killian Connelly took off quickly and never stood up. He must have felt every bump on the track. Haleigh Oldham used a good move in the second straight to pass Bennett Pieterse for the second spot. The only thing that changed the rest of the way was the size of the lead that Killian build as he crossed the stripe for his first Foothills win. Oldham was second with Pieterse third.

6 Year Olds
This was a 3-rider shootout that looked like it would be a sweep for Bentley Preston after he won the first two rounds. In round three as the group entered turn one, Preston was running third when he tried to swoop inside of Ryder Osorio. His front wheel clipped the rear wheel of Ryder and Preston would go down ruining any chance he had for the overall win. Finnegan Connelly, who finished second in the first two rounds, won round three giving him a point total of 5, the same as Preston. Because by rule, the third round is the tiebreaker, Finnegan joins his brother by also getting his first Foothills win. Bentley settled for second with Ryder third.

7 Year Olds
This was a class with 4-riders going for those coveted 3 positions in the main event. Olivia Pieterse, despite a great try, would not make it in. Jayden Mahoney was going for 4 out of 5 but would need to content with the rider who beat him two races ago: Dylan Koerner. Jayden got an incredible start and took the lead early. Brynn Whalen went out behind him with Koerner running third. All the way around nothing changed and that would be the order of finish.

10 Year Olds
This group had 6-riders registered and it looked like some classic battles would shape up in the motos. Unfortunately, there was a no-show so the remaining 5 riders all would qualify and the motos meant nothing more than gate practice. In the main event it was Tyanna Lepicier, who calls Whip City her home track jumping out in front. We had seen her the first 6-racs here but not seen her since. I’m unsure what she was up to but, what ever it was its worked for her as she earned her fist Foothills win. “Chargin” Charlie Tucker was a close second while third went to Evan Kane.

11 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider race and this time it was “The slayer” Aryanna Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) missing out on the main event fun. James Drago was the first one to qualify and, as is usually the case, would win the main event and he won it easily. Sam Bond used a good move in going into turn 4 to pass Collin Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) for the second spot. Collin held onto third.

14 Year Olds
There were just 4-riders registered in this group. Despite a goos try, it was Addison Rushford (Boosted) the rider missing the cut. Maddy Chalko, with her own private cheering section, got the job done leading from start to finish for her third Foothills win. Wyatt Keeler and Josh Styga were second and third.

26-35 Year Olds
This was the biggest class of the day with a full gate of 8-riders going for it. The qualifying rounds were hectic but in the last chance qualifier Staci Kennedy went down in flames in turn 4 costing her a shot at the main. Staci would eventually get up and walk it off with a skinned nose. Amazingly, in that last moto Jen Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) would win her first moto. In the main event they spread out early and the length of the line of riders was so long that when the leader crossed the stripe, the last place rider was in turn 4. The top three were Leigh Waters earning his first Foothills win, Mike Jacobs, wearing a cool Nitro Circus helmet second. The third sot went to James Kaleta (Rubber Side Down).

41-45 Year Olds
This was a total points race and it was meaningful to more then one rider. From 1991 to 1996 I was the regular announcer at Bethel supercross. There was a rider, Carl Carlson, who by 1993 was already an Expert. Bethel was his home track so surely, I must have announced one of his move-ups on his home track. Well now, at 41 years old, he is back as a Novice. Although a bit heavier than he was so many years ago, he is just as smooth. Today he earned his 10th Novice win and I called another move up about 28 years later for “The Bulldog” (Boosted BMX). “Big Timber” Tim Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) was second with third going to Sarah Huberty (Overhaul Racing). The reason I wrote it was meaningful for more than one rider is that a cheer went up from the riders Carl has been racing as he is now out of their class!

 

Track Operator Jason Lyman
And Carl Carlson
 

46-50 Year Olds
This should have been a 3-rider total point race but with one no-show, it became a two rider shoot out between two teammates. Jason Graves and Lyle Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) would try everything from pedaling to pumping with the same results. Jason would sweep.

INTERMEDIATES
7 Year Olds
This was a total points race with not much going on. JD Lataille (Rubber Side Down) would earn his 5th Foothills win with a sweep. Reid Waters (State #1) and Will Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) traded second place finishes, but the second spot overall would go to Adams.

9 Year Olds
What a difference a week can make. After winning last week, moving up to the Intermediate class the next, and failing to qualify, its been quite a week for Molly Patrick, reining Rider-Of-The_week. This was a 4-rider class and the main event saw Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) take the lead on the front straight. Up the second straight “The Monsta” Xander Monczka (Overhaul Racing) went to the point but out of turn three Hargrove retook the lead. All the way around it stayed like that after a near T-Bone in turn 5, it was Hardgrove, Monczka and Tom Musarella.

11 Year Olds
This class was just 4-riders strong but because of two Experts in the mix, it was Expert points for the three riders who could make the main event. Unfortunately for Cayden Melillo (Family Pride), he would be the rider eliminated leaving Zuleika Bruno as the only Intermediate rider in the hunt. The main event saw 10-year-old Expert Dion Hurley (Family Pride) stay in front of his brother and teammate 9-year-old Expert Devon right to the end. Zuleika finished third earning 64 points. If this were a pure Intermediate class and she won it, that would have earned her just 54 points so that’s how USABMX justifies mixed classes. It’s been like that in previous sanctions as well.

12 Year Olds
This was a good-sized grouping with 6-riders vying for the win. The win would be big as this also was for Expert points as Noah Sifuentes, 11-year-old Expert, would battle with the 12-year-old Intermediates. Drayke Palazzi (Boosted BMX) would be the rider missing out on the main event action. When the gate fell for the main, the pack sorted itself out quickly. Nick Preston, who earlier this year had rattled off 6 consecutive wins, really wanted these Expert points and went to the point from the start and he led the entire lap. I totally mis-called the second-place rider as Noah Rushford (Boosted BMX) when it was really Mikey Roy (Boosted BMX). Mikey did hang onto second while third went to Noah Sifuentes.

14 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider grouping between 13 and 14-year-olds. One 13-year-old, Liam Macneil, would just miss the cut. Also in the mix was our 4-time Track Champion Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) and “The Move Star” would dominate with another win, her sixth. Aden Newell kept it close and finished second. Third went to “The Gambler”, Caleb Kaleta (Rubber Side Down).

15 Year Olds
This was a class that was made up of two Novice riders and two Intermediate riders. One of the Novices, Naomi Bruno, was eliminated in the qualifying rounds. Kodi Carlson, (Boosted BMX) who saw his dad earn his 10th Novice win a few minutes earlier, made it a clean sweep for the Carlson family by winning the main event. It was a two-rider breakaway between Kodi and Vinny Fahey (Full Circle Bike Shop). Vinny was making his Intermediate debut after moving up with his win in Ohio last week. Vinny settled for a close second while third went to Zakary Huard (Retribution). Zak made an incredible turn 5 pass in the last-chance qualifier just to get in.

16 Year Olds
In this 4-rider shootout it was another mixed class with Expert Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm Racing) in the group. After Sean Adams missed the transfer out of the motos, Aidan had it all his way. He would lead from start to finish. The only question was by how much is he going to win by, not if he’s going to win. Connor Rooney, fluing the Bethel colors, was second. Third went to Dylan Rodriquez (Overhaul Racing).

17-20 Year Olds
This was a 3-rider total points event and there was a different order of finish in the first two rounds. Round 1 saw Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles) winning it with Kyle Lyman (full Circle Bike Shop) second and Ty Lepicier third. Round 2 it was Lepicier, Murphy and Lyman. Going into the final round, Devin had the lead with 3 points, Ty had 4 points while Kyle had 5 points. In the final round it would be Lepicier, Murphy and Lyman. The point total was 5 points each for Lepicier and Murphy with Lyman sitting with 8. Round three is the tie-breaker so the winner is Ty Lepicier and it was for Expert points!

26-35 Year Olds
Its Expert points for this class also as Colin Morini (Full circle Bike Shop) is in the mix as is Expert Steve Oldham. Evan Rooney, State #2, missed the transfer. In the main, Oldham took an early lead down the front chute but Morini used a sweet move in turn 1 to take the lead away. As they done into turn 2, Oldham tried to get inside but slammed on the brakes to avoid the T-Bone. Colin had it all his was after that and went on to his 5th Foothills win. Josh Hardgrove (Full circle Bike Shop) finished second while third went to Danielle Jolicoeur.

41-45 Year Olds
This was the last group of Intermediates and was made up of three riders making this a toral points event. Tim Brown (Team K-Mart) easily won all three rounds. Vic Rodriquez (Overhaul Racing) finished second all day long while third went to Scott Gonyer (Overhaul Racing).

EXPERTS
13 Year Olds
This 4-rider group had 4 evenly matched riders going for it. “The Hammer” Wes Hamel (Family Pride), despite a great try did not make it in today. Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod Co.), even though he started the main out of gate #6, took the lead early with Dave “Farmboy” Labarge ((full circle Bike Shop) in tow. Noah Andersen (Ramp Farm Racing) was a close third. The “train would stay in that order right to the finish line.

14 Year Olds
This was for total points and it was a good race. Jonah Graves (Full circle Bike Shop) would make it 9 wins in just 12 attempts here this year but Isabella Nelson (Hyper) was right on him in every round. Third went to Trevor “Superfly” Cooper.

46-50 Year Olds
This was the last race of the day and it was for Total points. Mike savage, reining Track Champion and current points leader, would ace a “prefect” with a sweep of every moto for his 13th consecutive foothills win and keeping his undefeated season intact with just two weeks to go. Rick Marceau was second for Overhaul Racing while “Rockstar” Art Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) was third but enjoying Expert points as he is an Intermediate.

That’s the way it happened from my point of view. Don’t forget that you need 10 races at Foothills to qualify for a year end award with just two races left. Hopefully, we will all make it through those.

Plaskett Out!


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