26 YEARS
OF BMX RACING IN TORRINGTON CT.



WEEK #11
SEPT 20th, 2020
Story by Rog Plaskett

 

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So, this day was one to be remembered, and for many reasons. But the weather was simply the best for a local BMX race and the riders sure responded. When registration closed there were 190 entries and were split into 42 motos! This just keeps adding to an incredible year. Our average rider count is now at 187!

Before we started it was time to name our Pete Doda Ice Cream Rider-Of-The-Week. 14-year-old Novice rider Madison Chalko was todays recipient. After missing 8 weeks due to an injury, she had won the last two weeks for her first Foothills wins of the year. She chose Devin Murphy as her favorite rider.



Maddy and Devin Murphy
 

BALANCE BIKES
4 Year Olds
It was an amazing turn out today with a Foothills record 17 Striders. This grouping featured 7 riders going for the gold. (They all got gold). Watertown’s Ben Hagan scampered his way to a three-moto sweep. Hunter Whitaker was a close second. Victoria Machnik rounded out the top three.

3 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider run for the roses. Asher Smith out sprinted Ryder Vaill for the right to stand on top of the podium. Third went to Jaxon Krzynowek.

1-2 Year Olds
This is always a fun group to watch and today it was 5-riders strong. The most consistent racer was Tanner Smith with two seconds and a first. Ryan Lataille (Rubber Side Down) was second and Colton Simon finished third

 

CRUISERS
15-16 Girls
This class only had four riders, but it was a loaded one. 21-year-old and sitting NAG 2 is Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles Factory); unprecedented 4-time Foothill Track Champion, 14 year old Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), New Riders this year 15 year old Laiken Comier and 14 year old Ella Urban. So, it was obvious who the first two to transfer would be but the question is who earns that last spot? It would got to Laiken as she edged out Ella. The main was decided early as Devin grabbed the lead early with Marissa in tow. They would finish that way with Laiken third.

9 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider class and the three qualifying rounds were tough. In the end it was Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) the rider missing out. The last one to qualify was Logan Kuhn. When this happens it usually a sure bet that third place is in the cards for this rider. Oh Contrare! When The pack hit turn two, it was Hunter Heath (Boosted) on the point. Kuhn was second with Bryson Bruns third in a very tight pack. Up the second and third straights it remained the same but very close. Bruns led the charge in turn 4 when Kuhn dove to the inside and passed him as they hit the rhythm section. At the stripe the last one to qualify won the main event. It was Kuhn, Bruns and Heath, How about that?

14 Year Olds
This was also a 4-rider grouping and it would be Dave (Farm Boy) Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop), the rider eliminated, Dave has three win this season and only missed the cut twice. In the main it pretty much stayed the same order the entire lap. Mason Bruns held off a charging Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) for the win. Chris Pedersen (Sand Road Animal Hospital) was third.

26-30 Year Olds
This class was 5-riders strong and the rider eliminated was a rider who I believe was making his first start in a BMX race. A great try but Ken Bean would have to watch his first race from the sidelines. The 4-rider main it was Terrance Williams (Powers Bike Shop) and Joe Broderick made this a 2-rider break-away. They were within a bike length all the way around, but Williams would prevail. Broderick was second and third went to Nick Frank-Tedesco.

36-40 Year Olds
this class was made up of four riders with ages ranging from 36 – 50 years old. 40-year old Jim Maclennan, on his first Cruiser ride at Foothills, missed qualifying today. Steve Oldham earned his second win in as many tries here this season. Steve led Rick Marceau (Overhaul) and Scott Price (Misfits) all the way around but the rhythm section changed the order behind him. Price got alongside of Marceau and they went handlebar to handlebar through that section. Price crossed over out of turn 5 and passed Rick just before the stripe to salvage second behind Oldham.

51-55 Year Olds
This was a total points race and it was no contest. The BMX Legend, Mike Savage, had it all his was as he swept the motos. “Moto-Man” Rog Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) finished second whole “Bare Foot” Stu McCready was third.

NOVICES
This 6-rider shoot-out was interesting to say the least. This was a 6-rider class but, there were 6-riders in the main event! Uh-Oh, so after motos were posted online, there was a changed made to the sheets. A hard copy was reposted on the moto boards. Unfortunately, the update seems to not have occurred on “live motos” and the rider affected did not see it. Originally two would have transferred out of each moto. After round one, the top two finishers figured they had both transferred and sat out the rest of the qualifying. Instead of the transfers being “1-2-2”, in their minds it remained “2-2-2”. At main time, who would be so heartless as to tell a rider who sat out the last two qualifying rounds that they did not make it? Not us hence the 6-rider main. Post-race we reported what happened to USABMX so we shall see how they handle it. At the stripe it was Jack Wendt earning his second win of the year. Gavin Proctor was second with Kira Spence third.

7 Year Olds
This was a large 7-rider class and it was Olivia Pieterse missing the cut for only the second time this year. The main event, although large, went off fairly uneventful once they went past turn 1. There were no position changes, and, at the stripe, it was Dylan Koerner with the win, his first here of the year, Jayden Mahoney was second while third place went to Brynn Whalen.

8 Year Olds
There were 4-riders in this mix, and it was Luke Mills trying very hard but missing the cut. The main event order of finish as they qualified. Logan Whitaker, who calls Rotterdam’s Clay Monster his home track, won in his first race here. Second place went to Caleb Barnes, a Whip-City rider. Third went to Brooklyn Blackwood, who calls Foothills BMX her home.

9 Year Olds
This was a total points race and the first race for Charlie Tucker, who signed up here at Foothills recently. Whoa, this could be the start of something special as this little hot-rod won all three rounds for the overall 9 Nov title. Blake Price was second each round while RJ Gadoury was third in his first race.

10 Year Olds
Yet another total points race but it was an important one. Willow Hicks, former rider-of-the-week was victorious in round one. Round two she did it again and complete the sweep in round three. As she crossed the stripe, she became the newest Intermediate rider in the country. Cole Dziok and Olivia Kaleta traded second place finishes, but Cole broke the tie in round three for Second place overall.

 


Willow Hicks, the newest Intermediate
 

11 Year Olds
this was a 5-rider class full of some good riders. Current points leader in this class, Aryana “The Slayer” Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) missed the cut for the first time this year. Nathan Rivera pulled off his first win of the year here with a sweet pass in turn one. Vance Knowles, a regular at Billerica BMX under normal conditions, was second in his first trip here. Third went to “The Warrior” Collin Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing).

13 Year Olds
This 4-rider class saw Skylar Squires, making her first trip here all the way from Huntington MA., miss the transfer. Henry Morini (Full circle Bike Shop) held off a determined Josh Styga at the stripe for a close win, his fourth of the season. Josh was second while third went to Liz Doyle.

14 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider grouping and it would be Wyatt Keller, after making his last six mains here, miss the cut today. Payton Shippee (Full circle Bike Shop), whom we have not seen since Race #1 when she won, was back today and did it again. Maddy Chalko was solid with a second. Third went to Naomi Bruno (Family Pride).

15 Year Olds
This was a 4 rider shoot-out and it was Laiken Cormier, making her debut in the Novice class after racing just Cruiser all year, the rider eliminated. Vinny Fahey (Full circle Bike Shop), who already has four wins this year going in, now has 5 after that effort. Landon Crawford was second with third going to Zakar Huard third for Retribution.

26-35 Year Olds
Now onto some large groupings. This one had 6 riders entered. After the qualifying rounds, it was Staci Kennedy just missing the transfer. This was her first elimination of the year here. She may have been glad she was not in this. Luis Ramirez jumped out to an early lead and led all the way to turn two. He simply went over the handlebars entering the turn. Another rider, possibly Liz Roy, smashed into the turn two fence. As the carnage was thought to be over, Stephen Kingsland wrecked his bike into the fence in the long chute. When the dust settled and the fences were repaired, it was Evan Rooney with the win, Leigh Water second and Liz Roy third.

36-40 Year Olds
this class was even bigger with 7-riders on the sheets. Dani Vyce (The Vyce Squad) did not make the cut but even worse, no picture of her was posted today. The main event had some good action in it. Eban Whitaker (Rubber Side Down) had the lead early as the “Legend of Doom” rounded turn one. Down in turn two Andy Chalko made a sweet move to the lead. Jen Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) and Jim Kaleta were trading paint and saying the nastiest things to each other. As the group entered turn 5, Chalko came in too hot and drifted high. Whitaker stayed on the jammy and rushed past him about six feet before the finish line for the win. Chalko settled for second while third went to Terrence Kerr. I’ve heard that Jen and Kaleta may have contracted personal lawyers.

41-45 Year Olds
After Sarah Huberty was eliminated in the qualifying rounds, this led to a 4-rider main event. Even starting in gate 7, Carl Carlson (Boosted) managed to be in the lead entering turn 1. Once ahead he was uncatchable and went onto his fifth consecutive Foothills win. Tim “Big Timber” Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) was second while his teammate Brian Kesl finished third.

46-50 Year Olds
The last class for the 64 Novices who raced today was a 5-rider group. Sam Bond, in only his third time here, failed to make the cut. Jason Graves (Full circle Bike Shop) took the lead early and never looked back. Guy Tirendi was in hot pursuit the entire lap and was just two lengths behind at the stripe. Chet Mills rounded out the top three.

INTERMEDIATES
6 Year Olds
Cole Lyman (Full circle Bike Shop) just missed making the transfer out of the motos resulting in a 3-rider main event which featured two riders in their first ride as an Intermediate. Reid Waters and Logan Rivera were those two new-bees and looked like they belonged. Waters led from the start all the way to the rhythm section when Dylan Dobelle powered to the lead. Out of the final turn it was Dobelle, Waters and Rivera. Logan fell in the last turn but was okay.

9 Year Olds
With four riders registered this would require qualifying rounds to set the starting grid in the main. However, one rider was a no-show so the motos were nothing but gate practice. In the main Noah Hardgrove (Full circle Bike Shop), took the lead and held off a fierce challenge from Dom Cheavalier all the way around. Dom got alongside twice but could not pass. Xander “The Monsta” Monczka (Overhaul) was third.

10 Year Olds
In this 5-rider class it was Mikel Aubrey the rider missing out on racing in the main event after being eliminated in the motos. When the gate dropped in the main, Zuleka Bruno had the best starting gate and made it work perfectly. She grabbed the hole-shot and held off Brody Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) the entire lap. Third went to Lucas Mancino riding out of the Boosted BMX Team camp.

11 Year Olds
It’s always tough to eliminate a rider in a 4-rider class but rules are rules. In this case the hard luck rider was Tayler Kuhn (Alpha). In the main, if Nick Preston could win, he would move up to the Expert ranks. But Johnny Urban (Scylent Rage Racing) had a much better starting position and grabbed the hole shot in turn one. All the way around Preston tried to catch him but the lap that Urban put in was flawless. At the stripe it was Urban, Preston and Finnian Cosgrove.

12 Year Olds
This was a big class with 6-riders going for some Sunday glory. It was a tough day for Hunter Phoenix, who recently moved up and this Retribution rider would have to watch the main from the sidelines. In the main it was all “The Gambler” Caleb Kaleta (Rubber Side Down) earning his 6th Foothills win and 5th in a row. Mikey Roy (Boosted BMX Racing) was a fairly close second while Toby Schoonmaker made the podium again this week with a third.

13 Year Olds
This was 4-rider group. It was a tough day for 2-time Foothills winner Liam Macneil as he missed transferring. In the main it was all Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod Co.) as he enjoyed not only another win, but his 20th as an Intermediate moving himself up to the Expert ranks. Nick Tirendi tried hard but settled for the second spot. Tom Allen was third.
 
Chris "Sparky" Pedersen gets certificate from T.O. Jason Lyman
 
14 Year Olds
This was one of the rare total points races on this day and it was big for Nick Smith (Full Circle Bike Shop). Nick pulled off the “perfect” sweep of the motos and became the newest Expert in the county knocking Pedersen off the throne that he had just earned the main before. Aden Newell and Chaz Knowles were second and third in every round.
 
Nick Smith gets his Cert from T.O. Jason Lyman
 

16 Year Olds
This was a large class with 7-riders in the mix. Jesse Salva (State Champ) was eliminated in the motos. In the main it was a train-like lap as everyone remained close but in single file. Connor Rooney led the whole way with Dylan Rodriguez (Overhaul) and Nick Cernak third. All were one bike-length behind each other.

26-36 Year Olds
In the next three matchups it would be “Expert Points” on the line as each group includes one Expert rider. Making the main becomes important for the points chasers. Joe Broderick was the rider who would be the first to miss out on this opportunity as he just could not make it through qualifying. The Expert was Steve Oldham and he made winning look easy. He led coast to coast. Marcelo Oliveira and Shawn Kennedy battled for the second spot whish eventually went to “Pink Mango” Oliviera.

41-45 Year Olds
In this class there were three Intermediates and one Expert on the sheets. Big Points for all who make the show. Unfortunately, there was a no-show so the rest transferred automatically. The Expert was Rick Marceau (Overhaul) and he showed them how it’s done. Chris Proctor and Trev Toney were second and third but banked some Expert points.

46-50 Year Olds
It’s always a tough road when you race an Expert but when it’s Mike Savage (Crit Plate), it must be Intimidating. There were 3 Intermediates who had to do just that. When the main was set, it was minus a “Rockstar” as Art Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) was not in it. Savage had no problem in racking up another win. “Big Sexy” Vic Rodriguez (Overall) held off “The Birthday Boy” 65-year old Rog “Moto Man” Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) for the second spot.

EXPERTS
14 Year Old Girls
This was a total points event and it included a NAG rider. From Woodland BMX it was Danica Bailey (NAG 9) scoring the “perfect”. 4-time track champion Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) had to settle for second while third went to Sophia Machnik (Warped BMX).

7 Year Olds
Total points racing started off the boy Expert classes. In the first one it was all Bryson Bruns (Alpha) as he
nailed a “perfect”. JD Lataille (Rubber Side Down) was second each round with Will Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) third.

8 Year Olds
This was another total points race and another where the order of finish was the same every round. Devon Hurley (Family Pride) won his ninth foothills win with the sweep. Logan Kuhn  and Rylan Spence were second and third.

10 Year Olds
The line-up in this class was 5-riders strong. Cole Charette would miss his first main here this year despite a great try. In the main it was another Hurley, this time its Dion (Family Pride) leading start to finish. He looked like the Pied Piper as all simply followed him. Sawyer Spence (Racer concepts) stayed in the second spot the entire lap while Chace Wilcox did the same in third.

13 Year Olds
The battle for the last transfer spot went right down to the last straight in the last moto but it was Noah Andersen (Ramp Farm Racing) missing his first main here this season. The main event saw Gavin Suares (Rubber Side Down) take off quick and stay in the lead coast to coast. “Iceman” Owen Golden (Rejects BMX) made it close at the end but settled for the second spot. Wes Hamel (Family Pride) passed Brandon Houle early on to salvage third.

14 Year Olds
This was another total points race with only 2-riders showing up. “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop), would win each round with former Track champ Trevor “Superfly” Cooper (Ramp Farm Racing) second.

15 Year Olds
Starting off with 4-riders on the moto sheets Tyler Bailey (Nat 84) simply touched the gate due to an injury. Chris “Bulldozer” Gonyer (Overhaul) took the lead early in the main and Aidan Biello (Ranp Farm Racing) went right out with him in a 2-rider break-away. All the way around Biello kept the heat turned up but just could not complete the numerous pass attempts. At the stripe it was Gonyer, Biello and Jacob Faunce (Rubber Side Down). This was Gonyer’s third Foothills win.

17-20 Year Olds
The was the last non-total-points race with 5-riders registered. After the dust settled from the qualifying rounds, it was Evan Kryger watching from the sidelines. Tyler Farwell got a great start from the outside and took the lead in turn 1. Colin Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop) followed him through the turn and was all over his rear wheel until they reached turn 5. Colin had one last “all or nothing” last chance to pass but wrecked in turn 5 sending him to last place. Hunter Zeiner inherited the second spot while Kyle Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) moved up to third.

21-25 Year Olds
This was the last race of an awesome day and it was a total points event. Terrence Williams (Powers Bike Shop) won every round for the sweep. Warren Ortelt finished second while Ryan Rappa was third.

So that’s it for this week. Special thanks to Dan Urban and Scott Gonyer for filling in for my in the tower and Andy Chalko working his magic with his camera.

Plaskett - Out

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