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RACE REPORTS

Starting with the 2011 reports through October 2020, the context within them are the sole opinions and observations of Roger Plaskett only and are not necessarily those shared by, or approved by, The Litchfield County BMX Group Inc.

Race Reports - 2021

Week #1 - May 2, 2021 - Story by Jennifer Lyman


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Race Reports - 2020

Week #13 - Oct 11, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


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.​ 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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Week #12 - Sep 27, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


Cloudy skies but a race worthy day. With 192 entrants in 44 motos, this would be another big one. We decided to utilize the 2-moto transfer system so that we could immediately start excavating turns 4 and 5 following the race.

I started us off on the microphone and shared a bit of what’s been going on with me and my health issues. The number of well-wishes and prayers were overwhelming. A special thanks to my long-time friend Charlie Fieldson for the things that he said to me in private. It was much appreciated.

Also thank you to Dan Urban and Scot Gonyer for filling in for me in the tower.

It was soon time for Rider-Of-The-Week and it went to a rider who could have gotten it a number of times previously. 15-year old Vinny Fahey was honored with the award and he named Colin Morini as his favorite rider.
BALANCE BIKES
There were 14 signed up and we split them into 4 groups.

5 Year Olds
With just 3-riders in this one, it was Julian “Speedy Gonzales” leading the way in all three rounds of grounding action. Mattie Doyle and Victoria Machnik were second and third.

4 Year Olds
This was another 3-rider group and it was the unmistakable riding style of Ben Hagan scoring three consecutive wins. Parker Whalen had that green fron that he rides hoppin to a second place finish. Third went to Olivia Cernak.

3 Year Olds
There were 5 rug-rats in this grouping, and it was Ryder Vaill winning two of the three rounds. You could not miss that spiked helmet. Asher Smith, riding out of the Boosted BMX camp finished second while Walt Steins rounded out the top three.

2 Year Olds
With one rider a no-show, the two riders who did had a great battle. Tanner Smith put the Boosted BMX colors in the winner’s circle for the first time this day. Ryan Lataille would be second. CRUISERS
15-16 Girls
This one was probably one of the most predictable race of the day. With our reigning Class Champion in the mix, coupled with the fact that she is a National caliber rider, Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) would have little trouble in this total points race against two riders who just started racing this year. Laiken Cormier was todays second place finisher while Ella Urban (Scylent Rage Racing) would finish third.

21-30 Year Old Women
This was another total points race and nearly as predictable as the previous race. In the mix was 21-year old Devin Murphy, currently sitting NAG #2 and riding out of the Daylight Cycles National Team. Devin would easily get the job done against two 30 plus woman who are pretty darn good in their own age groups. Stefanie Blackburn (Warped BMX) would finish second while Amanda Orlandi finished nt too far behind.

13 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider class but the ages were far from 13-year olds across the board. The youngest was Noah “Bobblehead” Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) and he would be the rider eliminated. In the main it was kid of strange. Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Sand Road Animal Hospital) exploded out of the gate and took a five length lead over Dave “farmboy” Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) into turn one. I thought id strange as that is how they finished meaning the lead never changed and remained five lengths at the strips. The third spot went to Breton “Bee” Provencal (Northeast Factory).

14 Year Olds
This was a Total Points Race and somehow Mason Bruns recovered from a bad first round to win rounds two and three for the overall win. “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop), would finish second while Isabella Nelson (Hyper) was third. Graves nearly passed Bruns in the last turn in round three but it was close but no cigar.

31-35 Year Olds
This call had 5-riders registered but only 4 showed up. That gave everyone a free pass to the main event. One of the best moves of the day came in the first round when Logan Demerski (Full Circle Bike Shop) dove to the inside of Steve Oldham in turn one with a sweet move to take the lead. In the main he did the exact same this again! At the stripe it was Demerski, Oldham and the “Rabbit”, Jeff Orlandi. This was Logan’s sixth consecutive win here.

51-55 Year Olds
This class had 4-riders registered and they ranged from 51 to 64 years old. Oh Yeah, the 51-year-old is former World Champion and current points leader Mike Savage (Crit Plate). Mike made it look easy again with his eighth cruiser win here this season. Ron Green, one of the many riders from Stylin Racing here today was second while his teammate, all the way from Oneida New York, “Chargin Charlie” Fieldson was third. NOVICES
5 & Under
There were 10-riders in this mix making it the largest class of the day. In the first group of five there was a no-show so I assume he was not here at all. There was also a no-show in the second round in the second group but I know he was here as he shows up in earlier pictures. Im talking about Jack Charkowick who would miss the cut. In the main it was a full gate of 8 riders. Jack Wendt took off early and grabbed the whole shot in turn one. The big surprise was Skylar Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop), who came out of turn one in second place. Killian Connelly would catch her entering turn two and complete the pass. Wendt could not be caught, and he racked up his third win. Killian was second and Skylar held onto the third spot.

6 Year Olds
This group was 6-riders strong and the qualifying rounds were hectic. A scary moment occurred in round one when Bradan Hare crashed down in turn four and his helmet came off. He was okay and qualified in the next round. Finnigan Connelly was not so fortunate as he was the rider missing the cut. In the main Chloe Rothstein grabbed an early lead and she would not be passed as the sorted themselves out early. Braden Hare, the rider who lost his brain-bucket earlier, made a great comeback and finished second in front of a hard-charging Spencer Hare.

7 Year olds
This was another large class with 7-riders competing. Cheyenne “Mookie” Orlandi (Warped BMX) hasn’t been here since early August and was a little rusty on this track causing her to miss transferring into today’s main event. In the main event Jayden Mahoney went to the point early on and was building up a nice lead. In turn two he slipped a pedal ad it evaporated immediately. Soleil Schuster caught him and actually eked ahead by inches. Mahoney got back on the gas and passed her for good in turn four. He led the rest off the way. Soliel was second while Brayton Buano (Stylin Racing) battled hard and hung onto third in his first time here.

8 Year Olds
This class of 4-riders were all evenly matched competitors. Madelyn Ross, who just signed up a few weeks ago in Bethel, Missed the main event in her first trip here. Molly Patrick, a rider out of Brookfield Ct., was the first to qualify and that set the pace for how the main event would develop. She jumped to an early lead and would not be caught as she earned her second Foothills win. Caleb Barnes, looking like skeletal remains, got by Sofia Teague to earn the second spot.

9 Year Olds
This was for Total Points and it was Dylan Murphy earning his second victory in four tries here this year. He did it with a sweep of all three rounds. Charlie Tucker finished second in two of the three rounds to earn second place overall. Third went to Garrett Nylund out of Southwick Ma.

10 Year Olds
In this one it was a brand-new Rider, Matt Duval, who did not make the transfer into the main. The 4-rider main saw Shayne Ross, in his first race at Foothills build up such a large lead that when he crossed the stripe, the second-place rider, Cole Dziok, was just coming out of turn 5. Crawford Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) was third.

11 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider shootout. After the qualifying rounds, “The Slayer” Aryana Labarge, who made 8 mains in a row, now has missed the last two here. Corey Dutcher, one of those riders from Chuck Fieldsons “Stylin Racing team” has never been here but he was sure fast on this track. He took off and grabbed the lead in turn one. Collin Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) got by a rider in turn one and set his sights on Dutcher. It became a two rider break-away as these two raced around the 1260’ course. At the stripe it was Dutcher, Ramsey and Sam Bond after Shane Baker wrecked in trun 4.

12 Year Olds
We went back to Total Points racing in this class and it was just two riders showing up for the final two rounds. Liz Doyle and Alyssa Cosselman (Stylin Racing) each won a round, but it was Cosselman by one bike length in the final tie-breaking round. Nate Duval was credited with third.

14 Year Olds
This was a good one with 6-riders going for the gold. Megan Doyle was the rider just missing the transfer out of the qualifying rounds. The main event saw a 3-rider wreck in turn #1 as Naomi Bruno, Addison Rushford and Henry Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop) all went down. Maddy Chalko and Josh Styga were the only two survivors and Maddy built up a comfortable lead. As everyone else picked themselves up, Maddy and Josh continued their battle. Entering turn 5 Maddy had about a 4-bike length lead when it appeared, she let up thinking she had it in the bag. The bag popped and Josh passed her inches before the stripe. Hmmm didn’t her dad do the exact same thing two weeks ago? She settle for second while Bruno would limp across the stripe third.

15 Year Olds
In this 6-rider class it would be Landon Crawford missing out on the transfer. The story in the group was the big crash in the first qualifying round when Vin Fahey, (Full Circle Bike Shop) while in the lead, went over the handlebars on the second straight. He got up, jumped back on his mount, and passed everyone except Landon Crawford to qualify. Not many fall like that and still make the transfer in the same round. Laiken Cormier alo bailed in that round and would qualify out in the next round. In the main event It was Fahey with a nice lead up the second straight when he lost a pedal and went from the Penthouse to the Outhouse in 5 seconds. He didn’t fall but pretty much shut it down after that. Landon Crawford inherited the lead and held on the rest of the way to victory. Laiken Cormier made a great comeback for her earlier crash and finished second. Third went to Zak Huard (Retribution).

26-35 Year Olds
This was a huge class with 8-riders in the mix. Jamie Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) was the one who did not transfer. As the main raced down the front straight three riders went down hard. Leigh Waters took the lead with Evan Rooney (ST #2) right on him. Rooney took the lead in turn 2 and Waters now had to play catch-up. That would not happen. The finishing order was Rooney, Waters and Mike Jacobs the top three.

36-40 Year Olds
this was a 5-rider battle for the four spots in the main event. Dani (Vyce Squad) Vyce (Bad Apple Racing, was the rider just missing the transfer. Andy Chalko took the lead out of turn one with Terry Kerr right on him. In and out of turn two there was no change but going into turn 3 Kerr dove to the inside and went to the point. They would stay that way right to the finish. Third went to James Kaleta (Rubber Side Down) as he and Jen Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), were much kinder to each other today.

41-45 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider class that saw Sarah Huberty, despite a great try, eliminated in the motos. Carl Carlson, who is two wins away from his move-up, now is only one win away as he put another one in the record book. “Big Timber” Time Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) was second with Nate Suares third. 46-50 Year Olds
This was another class of 5-riders and it was Lyle Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) not making the cut. The main event saw the finishing order established in turn one. The order they came out it was the order they would run the entire lap. It was Ryan Murphy with his fourth consecutive Foothills win. Next was Jason Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) followed by Guy Tirendi. INTERMEDIATES
7 Year Olds
This 6-rider group included one rider that is only 6-years old. Cole Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) was the youngest rider and he just missed the cut. In the main it was Mason Delaney taking the lead early. JD Lataille (Rubber Side down) went right out there with him. All the way around these two were close but the was never a change in order. It ended with Delaney earning his second Foothills win. Lataille was second with third going to Nate Gomes (SMG Racing).

9 Year Olds
With just 5-riders in this group, the battle to get into the main event was fierce. When the main starting grid was set, it was “The Monsta” Xander Monczka the rider not making it in. The main event was exciting as Caleb Palmer (Robo Quads) was sitting on 19 wins and looking to move up. The gate dropped and Palmer looked like he was shot out of a cannon. He had a big lead in and out of turn one with Dom Cheavalier a distant second. All the way into turn 5 it was still Palmer but the cheavalier, who had closed the gap, made his move. He cut to the inside and pulled off a miracle pass right at the stripe to prevent Palmers move up on this day. Third went to Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop). This was Dom’s second Foothills win.

10 Year Olds
Landon Moynihan was the rider on the outside looking in in this 5-rider class. The main event saw Brody Kels (Scylent Rage Racing) take the lead with Zuleika Bruno right on him in second. All the way around it remained like that with Brody earning his fourth Foothills win of the year. Zuleika was second by just a bike length. Third went to Lucas Mancino (Boosted).

12 Year Olds
This was a 7-rider class and it had its scariest moment in the first qualifying round. As they raced into turn #2, four riders got tangled and went down in the worst crash of the day. Nick Preston, Toby Schoonmaker, Noah Rushford and Mikey Roy all eventually rode off, but it took a while. Roy looked the worst as he went over the berm into the fence. Mikey was the rider eventually eliminated. The main event saw “The Gambler” Caleb Kaleta (Rubber Side Down) take the lead and hang on right to the stripe. A close second went to Nick Preston while a hard earned third went to Johnny “The Urban Legend” Urban (Scylent rage Racing).
4 Riders went down in turn two. All would be Okay. 14 Year Olds
With Zach Adams being the rider just missing the cut, this would be a 3-rider main event. Down the front chute they went with Nick Tirendi and Aden Newell side by side and trading paint. As they tried to exit the turn, Nicks handlebar caught the fence and he went down. Newell and Tom Allen continued on with a classic battle the rest of the way. At the stripe it was Newell and Allen. Tirendi did eventually get up and walk off holding his arm. We all hope he is OK. This was Newell’s first Foothills win.

16 Year Olds
This was a full gate of 8-riders when we started. When it was established who would transfer, surprisingly it was “Supergirl” Samantha Sperrazza not making the cut. The main event saw Trevor Toney, the apparent class of the group take the lead. Up the third straight he jumped the big obstacle by the announcer’s tower. Dylan Rodriguez (Overhaul Racing) was second. As they went up the long back straight, something happen to Toney and he got off the gas pedal. Rodriguez sped by and Toney had all he could do to hang onto second. At the stripe it was Dylan, Noah with third going to Connor Rooney.

17-20 Year Olds
This was a three-rider total points event and it was the same order every round. Dave Cosselman (Stylin Racing) would sweep the motos, Evan Kryger was second with Nick Frank-Tedesco third.

26-35 Year Olds
Moto 33 was made up of 4 riders. Josh Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) did not make the main. This would be for Expert Points as Justin Provencal was in the line-up. Some thought that Marcelo Oliveira was the Expert but not the case although he rode like one. When the gate dropped Oliveira grabbed the lead with Shawn Kennedy, racing his last race here before moving to the Lone Star, right on his rear wheel. Justin Provencal (Gold Cup #2) was just cruising and let them go. All the way around Shawn remained nearly stuck to the rear wheel of Oliveira but could not pass. Marcelo earned his third Foothills win.

41-45 Year Olds
With scot Gonyer preferring the tower over qualifying, he would announce his own main event from the sidelines. It was a three-rider shoot-out with so many changes going on it was amazing. Even going three-wide into turn three! At the stripe it was Chris Proctor with the win, Trevor Toney second and Joel Christofori Third in an extremely close finish.

46-50 year Olds
This class was for Expert points as Mike Savage was in the house. “Rockstar” Art Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) was the rider who would miss out on cashing in those points. Mike Savage (Crit Plate) would have no trouble earning his 12th consecutive win and keeping his undefeated status intact. Second went to Randy Komssi while Sean Delaney finished third. EXPERTS
14 Year Old Girls
With this being a total points race which includes Foothills 4-time female track champion, it was no surprise when Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), swept to her fifth Foothills win. Sophia Machnik (Warped) was second. Third went to Mary Sloan )Northeast Factory).

21-30 Year Old Women
The was another total points event and another with the same order of finish in every round. Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles) was first. Lydia Clarkin (Stedmans) was second. Stefanie Blackburn (Warped BMX) was third.

8 Year Olds
This was yet another Total Points race and, yup, the same order of finish in every round yet again. Winning for the tenth time this season was Devon Hurley (Family Pride). Bryson Bruns (Alpha) was second. Third went to Rylan Spence (Racers Army).

11 Year Olds
This group had 4-riders entered and Noah Fuentes just missed the cut. Conor Christofori took a nasty fall in round one but was OK. In the main it was all Dion Hurley (Family Pride) as he would log his fifth win in the record book. Conor Christofori (Boosted BMX) was second as he held of Breton Provencal (Northeast Army).

13 Year Olds
This was a tough one as there were 4-riders registered but Gavin Suares fell in practice and could only touch the gate to get rider points. In the main it was Zach Rukakoski (Overhaul) taking the lead but Chris “Sparky” Pedersen )Associated Lightning Rod) was all over him in his first race as an Expert. All the way around they battled but there was no passing. It ended up Rukakoski, Pedersen and Wes Hamel (Family Pride).

14 Year Olds
This one was a total points race and the kind that I dislike. The same order of finish each round. “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) would win his eighth Foothills race. Isabella Nelson (Hyler) was not far behind for second. Third went to Nick Smith (Full Circle Bike Shop), in his first race as an Expert.

15 Year Olds
This was another total points race but the kind that I love. Three round of motos and three different winners. Round one went to Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm Racing). Round two went to “The Bulldozer” Chris Gonyer )Overhaul). Round three it was Dave Fernandez. So the official order for the day was Fernandez, Biello and Gonyer.

17-20 Year Olds
This started off with 5-riders on the sheet but there was a no-show allowing the remaining four to get a free pass to the main event. In the main it was all Ryan Komssi (Alltow) going coast to coast for the win. Colin Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop) was second. Third went to Kyle Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop).

26-35 Year Olds
This was the last race of the day and it was a total points race. Steve Odham had it all his way ashe enjoyed a Sunday Sweep. Ryan Rappa, wearing an old Bizzarro shirt he stole from Dave Bedford. Was second. Third went to Scott Doland in his Team USA colors. So that’s how it went down as seen from the tower. No racing next week and good luck to the riders going to Akron for the Northeast Gold Cup Finals. See you in two weeks.

Plaskett Out




Week #11 - Sep 20, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


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




Week #10 - Sep 6, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


With yet another Gold Cup Qualifier this weekend in Meriden, we had no real idea what to expect for our annual Bob Warnicke Scholarship Race today. It was apparent early on that this was going to be a decent turnout as the parking lot was filling quickly. By 11:30 there were 202 entries split into 41 motos.

It was time to catch up on our Pete Doda Ice Cream Rider-Of-The-Week awards and, because he was not here last Sunday, we held off on naming the rider until he was here. For his efforts on August 9th, 7-year old Jayden Mahoney was named as the recipient. Jayden earned his first Foothills win that day. He named Gavin Suares as his favorite rider.

The Pete Doda Ice Cream Rider-Of-The-Week for last week’s race was named as Logan Rivera, a 6-year old Novice from Meriden who enjoyed his third Foothills win that day. He said “Chloe” was his favorite rider.
BALANCE BIKES
4 Year Olds
With twelve little foot-pounders in the house, they were split into three groups. Group 1 was 6-riders strong and titled “4 Balance Bikes” and featured 6-riders. It was Parker Whalen who ran his way to two of three wins which was good enough for the overall. Julian Gonzales was second with Ben Hagan rounding out the top three. Max Delaney, Carter Cardillo and Mattie Doyle were next in the finishing order.

3 Year Olds
There were three riders in this one and it was the same order in every round. Ryder Vaill was first; Jaxon Krzynowek was second while Carter Anthony was third.

2 Year Olds
“Flyin” Ryan Lataille ran his was to victory in this three-rider shootout. Tanner Smith was second while Novah Heath was third.
Parker Whalen Wins His Class
Ryder Vaill Wins His Class
Ryder Lataille Wins His Class CRUISERS
15-16 Year Old Girls
This was one of the few Total Points races and it would be Marissa Lyman earned her 8th consecutive win. Laiken Comier was second. Althea Manville was third.
36-40 Year Old Women

This was a 4-rider class. Malissa Kaleta, riding out of the Rubber Side Down camp, was the rider eliminated during the qualifying rounds. Marianne Sklarsky continued her BMX comeback with her second Foothills win this season. Sarah Maguire, raced her first BMX race and finished an impressive second. Caissy Price (Team Misfits) was third.

9 Year Olds
This looked like it was going to be a fun class to watch balled in the qualifying rounds with 6-riders going for the five spots in the main event but, when Carmine Angelo was a no-show, the qualifying rounds meant nothing. In the main event, it was Max Meinel (TNT National Team) who blasted from gate 8 to nail the win. Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) was second while third went to Hunter Heath (Boosted BMX). Blake Price made the main but failed to shop for it.

13 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider event and it would be Colden Burkholder, who had only been here just once before, the rider missing the cut. When the gate dropped in the main, it was Jonathan Manns, (Black Crown Bike Shop Team) all the way from Irwin Pennsylvania with the snap, the hole shot, and the win. Â “Farm Boy”, Dave Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop), starting in gate #1, would hold off Chris Pedersen (Sand Road Animal Hospital) for the second spot.

16 Year Olds
This was a Total Points race with a 16-year old battling two 14-year olds. The 16-year old was Liam Knott (Stedmans Racing) and he was just a little quicker that “The Undertaker”, Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop). Liam would win two of the three rounds for the overall title with Jonah a close second. Third went to Brenden Felser (Crank Out Racing).

46-40 Year Olds
This was a large class with 7-riders strong and the qualifying rounds were hectic especially round one. Going into the second turn, Mike Savage (Crit Plate) had the lead when Joe Broderick dove to the inside. His momentum carried him up into Savage and both would go down. Both were ok and they would qualify in later rounds. After Rog Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) just missed the transfer, it would be Savage with another main event win leading the entire lap. Second went to Pedro Nunes while Bian Brisson (Bad Apple Racing) salvaged third. NOVICES
5 & Under
This was the largest group of the day with 11-riders vying for 8 main event starting positions. Bennett Pieterse, Kira Spence and Liam Perotte were the riders not making the main event. Perotte was a no-show all day and took a DNS (Did Not Start). In the main, the gate was completely full with 8 riders. When it dropped, they were all sorted out by the first turn when Reid Waters went to the point. Jack Wendt had the second spot with Rhys Adams running third. In and out of turn two, Waters was still comfortably in the lead but Adams found a way to pass Wendt for the second spot. The only other pass happened when Killian Connelly got by Skylar Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop), back in the pack. Officially it was Wates, earning his 5th consecutive win. Adams was second with third going to Wendt.

6 Year Olds
This one had 5-riders registered. The hard luck rifer was local Ryder Osorio. When the gate dropped in the main it was reigning Ride Of The Week showing up that last weeks win was no fluke. He blasted his way to the point and never looked back for his 4th win of the year. Bentley Preston and Finn Connelly were second and third.

7 Year Olds
Addison Bean made his Foothills debut today but its probably one he wishes to forget as he missed transferring out of the motos. Jayden Mahoney used a sweet pass in the third straight to earn his second win here this season. Soleil Shuster was the victim of the move but managed a solid second place finish. Third went to Dylan Koerner.

9 Year Olds
Six riders in the line-up for this shootout. Kyle Noblin, making his first appearance here, failed to qualify for the 5-rider main event. The main became so far widespread that its length was an entire straight away long. The engineer on this long train was Dylan Murphy, with a very cool number plate, earned his first Foothills win. Molly Patrick was a close second yet again this week. Third went to Blake Price (Team Misfits).

10 Year Olds
This was another class with 6-riders entered. Olivia Kaleta (Rubber Side Down) just missed the transfer. As the main entered turn one, one of the riders shot up the berm. Evan Kane somehow saved it but it caused a lot of braking within the pack. Willow Hicks, who has two wins early in the season, Stretched out her lead as she raced around the course. At the stripe it was Hicks, Gabe Perrotte and Evan Kane the top three.

11 Year Olds
Hunter Price had a tough day and missed the transfer out of the motos. Now up front in the 6-rider main event, Finnian Cosgrove had the lead going into turn three. He drifted up very high, James Drago got underneath him and also drifted up. Cosgrove nearly went through the fence but used his brakes wisely and hit nothing but lost all momentum. At the finish line it was Drago hangin on, Cosgrove got the second spot while Collin Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) was third.
Finnian Cosgrove recovered from a round 1 crash to finish second 12 Year Olds
This group was made up of 5-riders. Janelle Cappa would just miss the cut. Drayke Palazzi lengthened his points lead with his 5th win of the year. Henry Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop) was second with Liz Doyle rounding out the top three spots.

13 Year Olds
This was a Total Points race and it was the same order in all three rounds. Magus Harrison finally got his second Foothills win and in impressive style with a “perfect”. Josh Styga was second while Hannah Patrick was third.

14 Year Olds
Addison Rushford (Boosted BMX) missed todays main event. The four riders who did make it had to follow Maddy Chalko all the way around and she virtually checked out of the hotel. She was long gone and see ya later. She earned her second win in as many weeks after being on the injured list since week #2. Scott Colgrove watched her fade into the distance from the second spot. Third went to Naomi Bruno out of Falcon BMX.

21-25 Year Olds
With just three riders, this was a Total Points event. Evan Rooney would get the job done and he did it times 3 with the “prefect”/ Nick Tedesco was second while Staci Kennedy finished third.

36-40 Year Olds
This one was a 5-rider group that included Jen Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) as the sixth rider. In as much as she nearly lost not only the last qualifying moto but nearly lost the one after that, she missed the cut. In the main Jim Maclennan Grabbed an early lead starting on the pole (Gate #1) But Scott Colgrove passed him on thee second straight. It became a two-rider break-away as these two were glued together up the 3rd straight, turn 3 and the back Straight. As they reached turn 5, Maclennan used an old-skool foot-down move to regain the lead and held onto it the rest of the way. Scott was second and third eventually went to Andy Chalko.

41-45 Year Olds
Speaking of ‘Old-Skool” this total points race includes one of the original students in that class. Carl Carlson has been back racing for this his 4th week, and this was his 4th win as he remains undefeated here at Foothills. “Big Timber” Time Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) was second. Third place went to Brian Kesl, also out of the Scylent Rage Racing Stables.

46-50 Year Olds
The final Novice class of the day was 7 riders strong. It’s a big disadvantage to draw gate 8 but that’s what happened to Ryan Murphy. It didn’t matter much as he took the lead before turn one and never gave it up. It was close for a while behind him but, when it settled, the order as they crossed the stripe was Murphy, Jason Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) and Scott Price (Team Misfits). INTERMEDIATES
7 Year Olds
Despite another great try, 5-year old Cole Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) could not overcome the age difference and would not qualify. This was a 9-rider class and was the second biggest of the day. Mason Delaney took an early lead and JD Lataille went right out there with him. Coming out of turn one Kris Meinel (TNT National Team) got by Lataille and set his sights on Delaney. He got close but could not ass him. At the stripe is was Delaney, Meinel and Lataille.

9 Year Olds
In this one it turned out to be a free ride to the main event for 5 riders as Carmine Angelo was a no-show. In the main event “Rocket Rose” Adalyn Nevins (Retribution) would lead all the way until turn #4. That’s when Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) pulled of a sweet pass and took over the rest of the way for the win. Nevins had to settle for a second-place finish while third went to Tom Musarella.

10 Year Olds
There were 6-riders in this one and it was Blake Nevins the rider who missed the cut. Brody Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) took off early and never looked back with an impressive run. He led coast to coast. Landyn Moynihan got by Kevin Nunes for the second spot. Nunes settled for third.
12 Year Olds

This group was loaded with 7-riders strong. Hunter Phoenix. After a recent move-up, Hunter Phoenix would just miss the main event. “The Gambler” Caleb Kaleta (Rubber Side Down) took the lead early and never looked back earning his 5th Foothills win of the year. Nick Preston (Boosted BMX) was second with the third spot going to Toby Schoonmaker.

13 Year Olds
In this 4-rider shoot-out Liam Macneil would miss his first main of the year after crashing in the third qualifier. Chris Pedersen, (Associated Lightning Rod co.) was the top dog today. Nick Tirendi was second with the third slot going to Tom Allen.

15 Year Olds
Zak Huard would miss the transfer into this 4-rider main event. Kodie Carlson would take no prisoners in this one as he powered his way to a hard-fought win. Vinny Fahey (Full Circle Bike Shop) managed to stay in front of his teammate Marissa Lyman for the second spot.

26-35 Year Olds
After Josh Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) was eliminated in the qualifying rounds the main event was on. Shawn Kennedy (Liberty BMX) and Joe Broderick broke away early and battled hard all the way until they reached turn 4 when Broderick baled. Shawn had it all his way after that for his 4th win. Holger Rivera inherited the second spot while third went to Chris Gravelle.

36-40 Year Olds
This was a Total Points race but it was a good one. Fabiano Garcia won round one but Marcelo (Pink Magic: won round two setting up the tie breaker. Marcelo captured the final round for the overall win. Fabiano was second with Ryan Emmick finishing third.

41-45 Year Olds
This was moto #33 and it was the same order in all three rounds of action. Brian Brisson (Bad Apple) was first. Sean Delaney was second with third going to Scott Gonyer (Overhaul Racing).

51 & Over
This was the last of the Intermediate action and it would happen without Art Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) as he missed the cut. Mike Savage Crit Plate expert) would dominate and win his tenth consecutive race here this season. Mark Reale (Warped BMX) was second with third going to Rog Billings (Scylent Rage Racing). EXPERTS
8 Year Olds
With Rylan Spence (Racers Army) eliminated in the qualifying rounds, this would be a 3-rider main event. Devon Hurley (Family Pride) was the first to qualify and first across the stripe in this one. Jackson Manns, Black Crown Racing) riding out of Pennsylvania, was second. Third went to Carson Burkholder (Chip-N-Dale).

10 Year Olds
Hunter Heaths bad day continued here as he would again miss the cut. Dion Hurley (Family Pride) grabbed the early lead and that was all he needed. Max Meinel (TNT National Team) got stuck on the outside and would have to play catch-up from the last spot. Meinel managed to pass Conor Christofori on the second straight but he would get no closer. Hurley ruled the entire lap. Second went to Sawyer Spence (Racer Concepts) while Max finished third.

12 Year Olds
Matt Horjatson, who we’ve only seen once this year, did not shake enough rust off to make the main today. The main was 4-riders and it was “Zachattack” Zak Rukakowski (Overhaul) with a great start resulting in a great win. The second spot was very close and it went to Hunter Dye (Hostile Northeast) right at the stripe as he crossed it with Wes Hamel (Family Pride) alongside.

13 Year Olds
This was another good-sized class with 6-riders involved. Brandon Houle was so close but would just miss the cut. He may be happy he wasn’t in the mix as there was a huge wreck in turn 2 that took out Owen Golden, Gavin Suares and Brenden Pleasant. Josue Bruno (Family Pride) was standing on top of the podium when the dust cleared. Jonathan Manns (Black Crown Racing) was second. Third went to Golden (Rejects BMX).

25 YearOlds
This was a 5-rider grouping and it would be a New Jersey rider missing out on the main event action. Joe Balsavage (Chip-N-Dale) was the odd man out. Brendan Felser (Crank Out Racing) grabbed the lead away from Aidan Biello in the first turn and held on the rest of the way for the win. Aidan was second while third went to “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop).

16 Year Olds
This is “The Mod Squad” and had 5 riders going for four main event spots. After qualifying was complete, Sean Adams was the rider eliminated. In the main event Kyle Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), got the best start of his career from gate #3 and blasted to the front. He stretched the lead out to 5 bike lengths when Liam Knott (Stedmans BMX) started to reel him in. Out of the final turn Kyle would win by two lengths for the first time since last June (2019) here at Foothills. Knott was second. Third went to Tyler Farwell.

17-20 Year Olds
The last race of the day and here comes “The Chain-Gang” 17-year-old experts. Autumn Snow, who has net been here in a long time, gave it a good shot but did not transfer. Colin Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop), Jumped out early then hung on all the way around for the win. Hunter Zeiner had a hard challenge for the second spot from Pete “Boom-Boom” Balotti but Pete was just too Foothills rusty to pull off any move like he once did years ago at Foothills. He would finish third.

So that’s it, at least how I saw it for another week. No racing at Foothills next week as it’s the State Championship Race down in Bethel. See you in two weeks.

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Week #9 - Aug 30, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


So, after a two week layoff, we were back at it today in spite of some unbelievable days of rain ending just 16 hours earlier. The track, which had been covered, was in great shape. Catamount BMX in Vermont scheduled their opening day today also and, knowing that many Massachusetts riders would be torn between coming here or going there, we expected a lower rider count than we have been enjoying lately. Averaging 190 riders per race this season, today we were at just 150. Non-the-less the action was good, and the weather was perfect.

We elected to not reveal the name of our rider of the week from our last race as that rider was not here yesterday. We will award that rider next week along with a rider from today.

This was our annual Race For Life charity event. This is something that USABMX tracks are mandated to do at one race per year. It raises funds in an effort to fight leukemia all in memory of a 12 year old Michigan rider, (Todd Kingsbury) who passed away in 1981 from this disease.

BALANCE BIKES
There were 13 riders in this category, and we split them into 3 motos. The first was the 4-year old group of 5 runners. Ben Hagan ran his way to a first-place finish in all three rounds. Parker Whalen was second while Cameron Barkyoumb rounded out the top three.|

The next group of 5 riders was the 3-year old division. Asher Smith was focused and out raced everyone in all three rounds. Walter Steins was third.

The last group of 3 riders was the 2-year old group. Tanner Smith did what his brother Asher did in the 3-year old class and won all three rounds. Ryan Lataille and Novah Heath were second and third.

Ben Hagan
Asher Smith
Tanner Smith CRUISERS
17-20 Year Old Women
This was a total points race and included riders aged 14 to 50+. Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) extended her winning streak to 7 in a row with a somewhat easy run today. Laiken Cormier, showing much improvement held off Marianne Sklarsky (Team Rubbermaid) for the second spot.

9 Year Olds
Dave Crichton (Frye High Performance) won his first Cruiser race here this season with a “perfect” in this total points race. Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) was second all day while Hunter Heath (Boosted BMX) was third.

13 Year Olds
This was yet another total points race and it would be another Full Circle Bike Shop rider earning the win. Dave (Farm Boy) Labarge won two of the three rounds to capture the flag. Chris Pedersen (Sand Road Animal Hospital) was second with the third spot going to “Zachattack” Zack Rukakoski (Overhaul Racing). This was Dave’s third Cruiser win.

16 Year Olds
This was the last total points race in the Cruiser classes and it was no contest as the only 16 year old in the mix, Logan Dimerski (Full Circle Bike Shop), had it all his way and he would ace the “perfect”. He remains unbeaten in the class this season. 14 year old Jonah “The Undertaker” Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop), was second with Isabella Nelson, (Hyper) also 14 years old, third.

46-50 Year Olds
This was a 7 rider group but, unfortunately, one of the registered riders was a no-show which ruined the qualifying rounds rendering them meaningless as all 6 riders would transfer to the main. Jason Moriarty would draw gate 5 in the main while Mike Savage (Crit Plate) was mired over in gate 8. The inside is always the preferred line here at foothills and Jason took the lead going into turn one. Savage could only follow him at that point and he did that all the way around the track in a two-rider break-away. At the stripe it was Moriarty, Savage and Rick Marceau (Overhaul) for third. NOVICES
5 & Under
This class featured 5 riders. Skylar Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop), was the rider eliminated in the motos. She was the only 4 year old in the mix. The main event saw Jack Wendt earn his first Foothills victory with an impressive ride. Justus Pearson, made his BMX debut here today and scored a impressive second place finish. It looks like this Canton rider will be another force for the 5 & Under class to contend with. This third spot went to Bennett Pieterse.

6 Year Olds
Our local rider, Ryder Osorio, has been struggling a bit lately and he was the one rider who was forced to watch the main from the sidelines as he missed qualifying for it. Logan Rivera, who considers Falcon BMX his home track, nailed down his third Foothills win of the season. Bentley Preston, put in another solid effort and finished second. The third spot went to Chance Pearston, in his first race ever.

8 Year Olds
With only three riders this was a total points race. Brynn Whalen, whose home track is Whip City, has been coming here the last four weeks and her efforts paid off today with her first Foothills win. Brooklyn Blackwood scored her third consecutive second place finish here while Olivia Pieterse was third.

10 Year Olds
This was a large group of riders with 7 riders entered. Olivia Kaleta (Rubber Side Down), missed the cut despite a great try. In the main, the win would go to a hot-rod that has only raced once here this season. I have a feeling that we may see more of him now. Nick Maurati, whose home track is Trumbull, nailed down his 10th win as a Novice and moved up to the Intermediate class. It was a perfect lap even though he started way over in gate #7. Willow Hicks was second while the third spot on the podium was occupied by Dylan Murphy on his Redline racing machine.
Nick Mauriti receives his move-up certificate from Track Operator Jason Lyman 11 Year Olds
This was another good-sized class with 6 riders in the mix. Sam Bond (Agent 007) in his first race ever was the one rider who did not qualify out of the motos. We hope he is not discouraged as he showed some real skills out there. Finnian Cosgrove, riding out of Bethel Supercross, made his Foothills debut a memorable one as he nailed the win. James Drago, who just signed up two weeks ago, finished second today. “The Slayer” Aryana Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop), was third. 13 Year Olds
This total points race was one of those where the same finishing order occurred in all three rounds. Henri Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop), had it all his way and was our winner. Liz Doyle (Rubber Side Down) was second while third went to “Magnum Force” Magnus Harrison was third.

14 Year Olds
Total points racing continued with this group as did the repetition of the same order in all three rounds. Maddison Chalco, who has been on the injured list since late June, made her return to the active list and was hotter than a firecracker. She won all three rounds. Wyatt Keeler finished second while Addison Rushford (Boosted BMX) was third.

16 Year Olds
Emily O’Connor (Overhaul Racing), just missed the cut today. This was her first time here this year. Vinny Fahay (Full Circle Bike Shop), made it three wins in a row as he captured this one. Luis Rameriz (Boosted BMX) was solid with a second and he kept the pressure on Fahey all the way around. Third went to Zak Huard (Retribution Race Corp).

36-40 Year Olds
In this group there was one rider who was making her BMX debut. Looking like she was fresh out of Never-Never Land, Jen Lyman, wearing a racing tutu, did not transfer out of the motos but, she stayed on her bike. She is the track secretary and is now expanding her BMX experience. In the tutu-less main event, Eric Tindell, (Retribution Racing Corp) who was only here once this year when he won, did it again today. Andy Chalco was about five lengths behind and James Kaleta (Rubber side Down) was third.

41-45 Year Olds
In this 6 rider group Melissa Kaleta (Rubber Side Down) was the rider eliminated. Carl Carlson (Boosted BMX) decided three races ago to get back into BMX to join his son. Carl was a fixture down at Bethel Supercross when he was younger. Showing that his skills are still there, he won his third main event in as many tries here this year. Brian Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) was second while Scott Prekasi, making his first trip to Foothills, was third.

46-50 Year Olds
This was a total points even and it was “Flyin” Ryan Murphy, flying the Trumbull colors, coming out on top in every round. Jason Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) was second while Will Massinger was third. INTERMEDIATES
7 Year Olds
This class has been kind of sad all year as Cole Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) is usually the only 6 year old here and is forced to race the 7 year olds. That was the case today and Cole would be the rider not making the cut. JD Lataille (Rubber Side Down) earned his fourth main event win here this year and he kept his perfect attendance intact as well. Gold Cup #1 Parker Moriarty was second while Collin Tindell was third.

9 Year Olds
Peter Pereira, after winning his main event just two races ago, missed the transfer today. He sure looked good flying the Falcon BMX colors. Devon Hurley (Family Pride), won his 7th main event in 8 tries as his impressive season continues. Dave Crichton (Frye High Racing), after missing the cut in his last race here, was back on his game today and finished second. Third place went to the first Intermediate across the stripe Dom Cheavalier. Both Devon and Dave are Experts so its Expert points for all riders making the main in this 6-rider class.

10 Year Olds
In this 6 rider shootout it would be Mikel Aubrey who was eliminated in the qualifying rounds. Mikel was making his first trip here this year and it appears he will need a little time to get the track dialed in. Logan Moriarty certainly has it dialed in as this Gold cup #2 rider won for the third time this year after not making the cut the last time he was here. Logan got a break as he was the only Expert in this group of Intermediates but its Expert points for everyone thanks to him. Zuleika Bruno came here for the first time this year and earned a very solid second place finish flying the Falcon flag. Brody Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) was third.

11 Year Olds
It was like a candy store from the brothers Hurley this day. After Devon won his main a bit earlier, it was now Dions turn to shine. He put his Family Pride colors in the winner’s circle for the second time this year. This was a total point race and its Expert points for everyone thanks to the presence of Dion. Nick Preston and Cooper Matlasz were second and third.

12 Year Olds
There was no combining of proficiencies in this 5 rider class as all were Intermediates. Gold cup #2, Hunter Phoenix (Retribution Race Corp) was solidly in a transfer spot going into the final turn in the last chance qualifier when two riders passed him on each side. It was a heart breaker for this rider from Plymouth Connecticut as he was coming off a big day down in Bethel. Last Wednesday night he earned his 10th Novice win, move up to Intermediate, and was immediately picked up by Retribution Race corp. Hunter is awesome! In this main event “The Gambler” Caleb Kaleta (Rubber Side Down), grabbed his 4th win of the year here with a flawless lap. Mikey Roy (Boosted BMX) was a close second while Toby Schoonmaker earned a hard fought for third place finish.

13 Year Olds
This was a total points event and a big one for last years Novice champion. Liam MacNeil earned his for Intermediate win in perfect style. He won every round. Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod Sponsor) was second while third went to Nick Tirendi. 14 Year Olds
This class was 5 riders strong and included a girl. Not just any girl, it included our 4-time track champion Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop). She would not disappoint as she raced her way to her 4th win. Nick Smith, her teammate, was second while third went to Aden Newell. One of the favorites, Kraig Geissler, wreck in the second round and again in the main event.
It was a tough day for Kraig Geissler with a pair of crashes. 16 Year Olds
Riding with the Bethel Supercross colors, Sean Adams was the hard luck guy in this one as he missed the transfer. Connor Rooney, in only his second trip here, was putting on an aerial display and jumped into a first-place finish. Kodie Carlson (Boosted BMX) was second while Noah Toney was third.

26-35 Year Olds
This was a large class with 6 riders involved. Cliff Benoit was the one Expert who would allow Expert points for all. Billie-Jean Suares made her BMX racing debut and only fell once! She, however, was so slow, she almost lost the qualifying round behind her as she did the one, she was in. Seriously, she was a good sport and seemed to have had fun. The main event saw Shawn Kennedy (Liberty BMX) earned those cherished expert points with his third win of the year. Second went to Derek Schneider while the third spot was earned by Cliff Benoit (Misfits).

41-45 Year Olds
This was a total points race that included one Expert so its Expert points for all. The Expert was Rick Marceau (Overhaul) but it was Trevor Toney who pulled off his second win of the season. Rich was second with Scott Gonyer (Overhaul) third.

46-50 Year Olds
This class each week is dominated by one rider as he is, more times than not, the only 50+ Expert rider here and gets combined with Intermediates. Such was the case again today and it was Mike Savage (Crit Plate) winning and sprinkling Expert points to all who qualified. After 64 year old Rog Billings (Scylent Rage %Racing) was eliminated in a close final qualifying race. Peter Pereira was second behind Mike while Brian Brisson (Bad Apple) rounded out the top three. EXPERTS
12 Year Olds
This was a total points race and it was Zachattack) Zak Rukakowski (Overhaul) with the sweep of the motos. Wes Hamel (Family Pride) sure made him work had for the sweep and finished a close second while James Wolf finished third.

13 Year Olds
In this 4-rider class it was Brandon Houle who failed to make the transfer. The 3-rider main event Josue Bruno (Family Pride) jumped out to an early lead but, as they sped up the second straight it was Gavin Suares (Rubber Side Down) pulling off a sweet pass. He would hold off Bruno all the rest of the way and, as they crossed the stripe, it was Suares by one length. Bruno was second and Noah Andersen (Ramp Farm Racing) was third.

14 Year Olds
This was a total points race and it was a good one. “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop), won round one. Isabella Nelson (Hyper) won round two. The final round saw Nelson hang on to the lead for the win. Graves was second and Trev Cooper (Ramp Farm racing) was third.

15 Year Olds
In this total points race it was “The Westfield Warrior”, Anthony Bartolo (Misfits) winning all three rounds. “Bulldozer” Chris Gonyer (Overhaul) was second in round two with Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm Racing) third. Biello finished ahead of Gonyer in the final round to finish second overall.

16 Year Olds
This was the last of the total points races and it was “Flash” Logan Demerski (Full Circle Bike Shop) winning two out of three for the overall win. Tyler Farwell (Time2shine) was second with third going to Kyle Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop).

17-20 Year Olds
With Terrance Williams being a no-show, the motos served no purpose other then gate practice as the remaining three riders would automatically transfer. In the main it was Colin Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop) putting yet another win in the books for (Full Circle Bike Shop). “Butter” Hunter Zeiner was second. Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles) was third. Next Week is our Bob Warnicke Scholarship Race. Its a DOUBLE POINTER! You dont want to miss this one. See you then.

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Week #8 - Aug 9, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


This week the weather continues to cooperate, and it was another sizzling day with mild humidity but temps around 90. There was also a Gold Cup Qualifier down in Delaware. This year has been the most unpredictable year in recent memory. Today, was our smallest race of the year with 35 motos and 152 riders. We would certainly welcome that on any given Sunday.

Our Rider Of The Week ceremony took place just before we started with the Strider class. This week we named Rowan Harrison; a 10-year-old Novice who nailed his first Foothills win last Sunday. During the interview, I asked him if this was his first win ever and he said that he had a few elsewhere, namely, Whip City. I figured that he had a just a few there because they have not opened this year except for one week. He finished third that one week at Whip. Anyway, he said that his favorite rider was Joe Toomey because he really pushes him. I would say that is a good choice as Joe has 5 wins in a row here at Foothills. I will talk more about Rowan’s wins later in this report.
BALANCE BIKES
4 Year Olds
Once practice started for these rug-rats it was apparent that there was a lot of them here. The moto sheets verified that fact as we had the most that we have ever had with 15 moto-mites registered. We split them into three groups and ran three rounds consecutively. Moto #1 was7 riders strong with 4-year old’s but only 6 showed up on the starting grid. Max Delaney, who had only run here once before just did not make it. Â Ben Hagan cleaned house outrunning everyone the first two rounds and finished third in the final but was still considered the overall winner (If we were keeping track). Beckett Levesque made his Strider debut with a consistent run. Parker Whalen raced for the third week in a row and looked awesome. Olivia Cernak. Carter Cardillo and Victoria Machnik all looked like they had a great time. (See Below) 3 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider group and Asher Smith was totally focused and ran away from the competition every round. Ryder Vaill, with his rad roman style helmet, smiled the whole time running in the second spot. April Vordermnann, sponsored by FBJ Creations, showed us how they do it in Idaho. That’s right, all the way from the Gem State and on tour! “Jumpin” Joe Williams had his GT hot-rod would up and looked great. (See Below) 2 Year Olds
This was another 4-rider run off and “Flyin” Ryan Lataille had the “pink panther” machine dialed in with a sweep. Carter Anthony ran his “Green Monster” to a second-place finish. Tanner Smith, the future star of Boosted BMX, was third while rounding out the field was Novah Heath, another hot-rod from Boosted BMX. (See Below) CRUISERS
15-16 Girls
The first pointed class off the hill was this usual group of three. Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), Current female cruiser track champion, led the charge and was unstoppable as she earned her 6th consecutive Cruiser win. Laiken Cormier continues to rack up points with her 8th consecutive appearance. Ella (Cinderella) Urban rode to a solid third place finish.

31-35 Woman
This was a total point race and it was the same order in all three rounds of racing. Stefanie Blackburn (Warped BMX) made just her second visit here and took care of business riding that Squared machine to a sweep. Kristina Delucia (Turnt Racing) made her 2020 debut here and finished second while Caissy Price rode to the third spot.

41-45 Women
This was another of the total points races and it featured a New York rider whom we had only seen once before. Jennifer Knapp, Riding for LYPHE Racing and out of Troy New York, was dominate and enjoyed a “perfect” by winning every round. Kasie Provencal, (Answer / Northeast Factory) loves our rhythm section and rode to a second overall. Sarah Huberty (Overhaul Racing) was third and did finish second in round 3.

13 Year Olds
This was the last of the total points races in the cruiser classes. Chris Pederson (Sand Road Animal Hospital) has really been on a roll lately and earned his second Foothills Cruiser win of the season. “Farmboy” Dave Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) was solid with a second-place finish. Third went to Hunter Heath (Boosted BMX). Hunter went down hard in his expert class and was obviously not his usual speed demon after that.

17-20 Year Olds
This class was 5 registered riders but, unfortunately, one was a no-show so all automatically transferred into the main event. Dave Albert Jr. who we have not seen too much of in the last couple of seasons was here for the first time this year and he sure made an impact. Riding for the Answer / Northeast Factory gang, he was unbeatable and won this main event. Jonah Grave (Full Circle Bike Shop), a four-time winner this year, put up a great fight (He is five years younger than Albert) and finished second. Third went to Gold Cup #1, Rog Gould.

41-45 Year Olds
This was a four-rider gang and it was a tough one for Dave Maguire. Dave was making his competitive debut and has some special riding skills. Once he stops smoking, maybe he will make it past the third turn riding hard for a transfer spot. He was totally winded but loves being there with his daughter Emilee. In the main event Tim Brown (T-Bone) managed to stay ahead of Jody Toomey for the top spot. Jody (Overhaul Racing) held off Cliff Benoit (Misfits) for the second spot. 46-50 Year Olds
This was a large group with 7 riders in the mix ranging from 49 to 64 years old. (Amazing). After the 3 qualifying rounds the rider eliminated was the oldest. Rog Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) just missed getting in. In the main, there was a surprise as Bryon Vordermann (FBJ Creations) was here from Idaho and this guy can ride. He gave our champion, Mike Savage all he could handle. Mike (Crit Plate) did prevail with Bryon second. The third spot went to Scott Price. This rad looking bus was parked in our upper parking lot. It is the Vordermann family touring the U.S. They make custom bicycle bags. Their home is in Idaho.
It was great to have them here. NOVICES
6 Year Olds
This was a big group with a 4-year old and a 5-year old in the mix. Surely one of those two would be the rider cut from the qualifying rounds. Nope! Both made it in and one of them won it! Local racer Ryder Osorio is in a slump and missed making today’s main. In the main it was 5-year old Reid Waters winning for the fourth consecutive week and this might have been the most impressive. Owen Sanzone, from the same town as Reid (Winsted) was second while Bentley Preston round out the top three. I would bet that the top two ride at Foothills together during the week. Reid used a sweet pass in turn one to get by Owen. Averi Wadman fell in turn 2 during the main but rode it off.

7 Year Olds
There were 4-riders in this one and Soleil Schuster missed the cut for the first time this year. Jayden Mahoney followed last weeks second place finish with his first Foothills win today. Caleb Barnes, who missed the cut last week, sure came back strong with a second this week. Brynn Whalen finished in the third spot. Brynn tried to make a pass in turn three during the main and fell costing him a shot at second. He appeared to be ok.

9 Year Olds
Last week Rowan Harrison earned his first win at Foothills and was looking for a repeat. Little did we know how hard he wanted it and why. This was a 5-rider class and, after the qualifying rounds eliminated Emilee Maguire, the main event was on. Rowan started in gate #6 so it would need to be a dash to turn one. When the dust settled Rowan did earn his repeat but, we learned later that this was his 10th win and he in now an Intermediate. Congratulations! Dylan Murphy was a close second while the third spot on the podium was occupied by Blake Price. Rowan Harrison receives his move-up award from T.O. Jason Lyman 10 Year Olds
In the 10-year old class it was a 5-rider shootout of those 4 spots in the main event. Pat Leblanc gave it a great try but missed the cut. Riding out of the Rubber Side Down racing camp, Landon Moynihan would make it 2 wins in the last three times out. “The slayer” Aryana Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) was a close second. Crawford Kesl is showing much improvement and finished third.

13 Year Olds
There were just 4-riders in this mix and the hard luck guy was Hunter Price who just missed the transfer. Ethan Cournoyer earned his third Foothills win of the season with a great run. After a first round wreck, Josh Styga finished with a solid second. The third spot went to Magnus Harrison.

15 Year Olds
This was also a 4-rider class and this one rider just had a really tough day. Addison Rushford was racing just her second race here. The last two qualifying rounds were especially when she fell in both of those rounds. She is one tough racer and got back on the bike and rode to the finish line in every round. In the main, Pete Drwiega, who fell himself in round one, came back with his first Foothills win. Wyatt Keeler and Paisley Suares were second and third. It was a good day for Paisley as this was her first race ever and she made her main.

36-40 Year Olds
This was yet another 4-rider grouping and in this one it was Caissy Price missing out for the second week in a row. The guy making his return to BMX a week ago remains undefeated with another win. Jim Maclennan seems to be blasting his way through the Novice class and earned his second consecutive Foothills win today. I am sure his daughter Katie, who he brought with him, was just as proud as his son Connor was last week. Brian Wadman was second while a very dusty Andy Chalko was third. Andy took a digger in round one and, some wondered if his day would continue. I guess they grow them tough in Meriden.

41-45 year Olds
Matching the biggest class of the day this was a group that were 7-riders strong. Sarah Huberty (Overhaul Racing) was the rider watching the main from the side lines. She took a fall down in turn four in the second round. Carl Carlson, who I have called some of his races when he was a teenager, is now 41 years old and decided to try a comeback this year. So far so good as he won here for the second time in as many races. Chris Knapp (LYPHE Racing) was second as he held off for “Big Timber” Tim Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) for that spot.

46-50 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider class and it would come down to the last qualifying round to see who would be the last two in between Mark Dukeman, Willi Massinger and Ryan Murphy. As soon as the gate dropped it was settled. Mark slammed the gate before it fell and, when it did, so did he. So much for that brand-new Chase Bicycle to remain without any scratches. Mark said that he was sore but should be good to go for next Sunday. In the main it was Ryan Murphy, one of the last two to qualify, winning the Main and it was his first trip here this year. Scott Price was second. Jason Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop), hung on to the third spot. INTERMEDIATES
7 Year Olds
If anyone could use a break its this kid. 6-year-old Cole Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), is the youngest regular Intermediate here at Foothills and constantly has to compete against older riders. Such was the case today and Cole would have to watch the main from outside the fence. Cole had just turned 6 this past week. JD Lataille regained his winning ways after three winless races and was back on top today. Mason Delaney put in a nice effort and was rewarded with a second-place award. Rounding out the top three was Kris Devaux, who seems to be positioned to convincing his mom to get a cruiser and come join the fun.

9 Year Olds
Evan Wadman was the odd man out in this class which featured the presence of an expert rider which means all rider making the main earn expert points. Dominic Chevelier (Spelling unsure) picked a great time to earn his first Foothills win. 106 points get added to his total. “Smilin” Rylan Spence (Racer Army), the expert, was second while “The Monsta” Xander Monczka (Overhaul Racing) was third.

11 Year Olds
In this 4-rider class it was Jayden Jones (State #1) who calls Bethel Supercross his home track, who was cut after the motos. Nick Preston, flying the Concrete Kings colors, made it six in a row with another win. “The Urban Legend” Johnny Urban (Scylent Rage Racing), worked hard and earned a solid second with his teammate Brody Kesl finishing third.

12 Year Olds
This was a total points race and things got a little scary in the first round when Toby Schoonmaker almost smashed into the turn three fence. Instead, he made an incredible save and rode the rim like a rim-rider. So round one saw the order of finish as Colin Leblanc 1, Noah (Honey Badger) Rushford (Boosted BMX) 2 and Schoonmaker 3. Round two was Rushford, Schoonmaker and Leblanc. So round three should be interesting. The order was Leblanc, Rushford and Schoonmaker again giving Leblanc his second win. Rushford and Schoonmaker were second and third overall.

13 Year Olds
This was another total points event with Chris (Sparky) Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod) earning another “double as he also won his cruiser class. Nick Tirendi was a little erratic with a 3rd, 2nd and a 1st but earned second overall. Liam Macneil was third.

15 Year Olds
Again it was a total points race and this time it would come down to the third round tie-breaker to settle the score. With Kodie Carlson and Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) tied with 3 points each going in the third round meant everything. Marissa Held of a determined Kodie down the final straight for the win. Kodie was second with Nick Smith (Full Circle Bike Shop) third.

16 Year Olds
This would be the last total points race in the Intermediate classes and it was one of those, unlike the previous couple, featured the exact same order in all three rounds. Dylan Rodriguez was first, Connor Rooney was second and, a brand-new rider sponsored by the Litchfield County BMX Group Inc. Luis Ramirez was third. Luis was the only Novice in this group, so he gets Intermediate points.

26-35 Year Olds
with this being a 5-rider group its always tough to send someone home, but such is the case with BMX and its especially tough when the rider traveled all the way from New Hampshire to be here. Chris Lefave must have had a long ride home to the Granite State. The first one to qualify out of the motos was Cliff Benoit (Misfits) and the rest served his well as he blasted his way to the point in the main and never looked back. This was Cliff’s first win here in a long time. Joe Lataille was a solid second with the third spot going to Gold Cup #1 Stefanie Blackburn 9Warped BMX).

41-45 Year Olds
This was a fun race to watch. Scott Gonyer (Overhaul Racing) was the one rider from this class who watched it from behind the fence which, maybe was not the safest place to watch from. As they raced into turn #2, Justin Provencal shot up the turn and crashed into the fence so hard, he broke the 4x4 post. While the crowd gasped, he grabbed his bike and jumped right back on. As the crowd cheered, Tim Brown led the charge out of turn 5. Then something amazing happened. Brown stopped five feet short of the stripe. Jody Toomey and Joel Christofori pulled up along side of him and stopped. Here came Provencal out of turn5 with a huge smile on his face. As he crossed the stripe, it was the last time he would do that as and Intermediate. That is one he and we, will remember for a long time. For that moment, Justin Provencal (Answer / Northeast factory) became the newest Expert in the country. Second went to Jody Toomey (Overhaul Racing) while third went to Joel Cristorfori (Boosted BMX). Justin Provencal receives his move-up award from T.O Justin Lyman EXPERTS
10 Year Olds
The first of the expert class saw 5 riders in the mix. In the second round of qualifying Hunter Heath (Boosted BMX) wrecked in turn 2 and never seemed the same after that. He did not qualify but we hope all is well. Sawyer Spence made it two wins in the last three races with a nice one here. Conor Cristofori (Boosted BMX) earned the second spot. Matt Horjatschon finished third in his first trip here this year.

12 Year Olds
this was a 5-rider grouping on paper but Zack Rukakoski (Overhaul Racing) was injured the night before in Meriden and did not make it here. We wish him well and hoe that it is nothing serious. So all transferred into the main which could be called “Hammer Time”. Wes Hamel (Family Pride) who won the first two weeks here but winless since, was back to his winning ways and captured this main event. James Wolf, put in a really good lap and finished second. Breton Provencal (Answer / Northeast Factory was third.

13 Year Olds
Braden Pleasant (aka Flying Squirrell) had a tough day with a nasty crash. He kept riding but failed to make the main event. This was a 5-rider main and Shane “The Hurricane” Upham (Full Circle Bike Shop), with some new parts on his bike, came back from a hard crash in practice to win this main event for his first win here this season. Gavin Suares (Rubber Side Down) nailed a sweet second while Noah Andersen enjoyed a third.

14 Year Olds
With Shane Johnson a no-show, this was a three-rider main event. Unbelievably our 4-time track champion Trevor “Superfly” Cooper (Ramp Farm Racing) was winless after his first six races. That certainly changed today as he finally got to the top spot. Kayden Smith was second with Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) was third. Jonah Graves third? Yep, He flipped the gate in the main event.

15 Year Olds
The last two classes were total points racing. This one was amazing as, after all three rounds, all three riders had a total of 6 points. So the order of finish in the final round is considered the tie-breaker, her is how it worked out. First went to “The Bulldozer” Chris Gonyer” (Overhaul Racing). Second was Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm Racing). Third went to Lance Miller (Eliminator).

17-20 Year Olds
Wrapping up the day was this 3-rider total points race and, unlike the one previously, this would be the same order all day long. Dave Albert was first (Answer / Northeast Factory), Kyle Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop), was second with Rog Gould the last across the stripe for the day.

So that is it for this week. Next week is our Race For Life. See you then.

“Plaskett Out”

Full Report




Week #7 - Aug 2, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


This was going to be a day of decisions regarding the weather. Saturday night the weather forecast was for scattered showers in our area around 2:00 P.M. As of 9:00 P.M. that night we only had about 45 riders pre-registered so it looked like this would be a small race and we might be able to get it in. When registration closed at midnight, we were approaching 160 riders! The forecast in the morning had changed (no surprise there) and rain was now predicted for much earlier and that any time after 12:00 PM the rain could arrive. So now what do we do? Turn away 160 riders or make some adjustments to try to get a complete race in? The staff made an unprecedented decision to push the starting time forward to 11:30 AM and plaster Face Book with the news in hopes that everyone would get the message. It was also added to the website schedule and in the latest news section. It was also decided to go with the two-moto transfer system and run the races as fast as we could without affecting rider safety. The final tally was 165 entries split into 40 motos. During practice there were a few sprinkles, but we got to 11:30 without rain. Just before we ran the Push Bikes, we named our Rider-Of-The-Week. We chose Drayke Palazzi based on his big win at last week’s State Qualifier. Drayke has been here every week and that was his third win of the season and 5th in his career. He said that Mike Savage was his favorite rider. Former Rider Of The Week, Cooper Jarest, greets Drayke at the finish line BALANCE BIKES
4-Year Olds
With 11 of these rug-rats in the house they were split into 3 groups. The first was the for the 4-year old’s but one would be a no-show. The four that made up their class sure looked to be having fun. Parker Whalen ran his way to the front of the pack in all three rounds of action. Mattie Doyle had that matching bike and helmet combo working for her as she was right behind Parker. Olivia Cernak was totally focused on making it around the course as she crossed the stripe in third. Victoria Machnik would win the BMX fashion contest as she looked like a racer in a complete BILT uniform.

3-Year Olds
There were three in this group and Asher Smith sprinted his way around and easily won putting his FOX colors on the top sot on the podium. Ryder Vaill, a late add to the moto sheets, would run to a second place finish while Joe Williams was third.

2-Year Olds
There were just three runners in this one and Tanner Smith out-ran them all, putting the Boosted colors across the stripe first. Carter Anthony, wearing some cool looking checkered shorts, was second. Novah Heath, a member of the Boosted gang< had a tough time today but did manage to put a third in the record books. CRUISERS
17-20 Year Olds
This was a class where the ages ranged from 14 to 35. Marissa Lyman (full circle Bike Shop), earned her fifth consecutive cruiser win with a sweep in this total points race. Laiken Comier, who trails Marissa in the quest for the female Cruiser title, was second. Third went to Amanda Orlandi as she kept the heat turned up on Laiken right to the stripe in two of the three rounds.

36-40 Year Olds
This was another total points 3-rider shootout. This time it was Caissy Price earning her first Foothills win. She did it impressively by winning every round. Kasie Provencal (Answer/Northeast Factory) held off Sarah Huberty (Overhaul Racing) for the second spot overall by finishing just ahead of her in two of the three rounds.

9 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider class and, after the two qualifying rounds, it was Dave Crichton the rider missing the cut. Dave was the only 7-year old in the mix and gave it a great try. His day would get much better a little later. In the main it was Tyler Marhafer (LYPHE Racing), drawing gate 1, leading from start to finish. Hunter Heath (Boosted BMX) had his hands full of Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) but was able to hold him off for the second spot.

13 Year Olds
This was also a total points event and it was “The farm-Boy” show as Dave Lebarge was dominate. This was Dave’s second cruiser win here this season. Chris Pedersen (sponsored by the Sand Road Animal Hospital), had a great night at Falcon BMX last night with a “double” but was second here today. Breton Provencal (Answer/Northeast Factory) was third. 17-20 Year Olds
The biggest rivalry at Foothills this year is between two evenly matched riders. They are Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) and RJ Reale (Warped BMX). Whether it’s a cruiser class or a 20-inch class, these two hot-rods go at it with a vengeance. You just cannot predict who is going to win but they sure put on a show of skills. Jonah Graves and RJ Reale. Foothills biggest rivalry Today this was a total points race and we got to see these two go at it head to head for three rounds. In round one it was RJ holding off Jonah. In round two it was Jonah. In the final round it was Jonah winning the tiebreaker. We had it wrong in the tower and I mistakenly announce that RJ was the overall winner, but it was Jonah. Joe Broderick had the best view of anyone as he finished in the third spot every round.

36-40 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider class, well, kind of. Unfortunately, one rider was a no-show and that causes a situation where the two qualifying rounds mean absolutely nothing as all three remaining riders would automatically qualify. This is the second week in a row this has happened, and it seems that the no-show rider, only registers so that he can ride the track in practice with his child. It seems that he is not aware that, for half the price of an entry fee, he can simply pay for practice and ride the track before racing. If I’m wrong with my thought on what’s going on, then I apologize. Anyway, in this main event it was and old Foothills regular, Steve Oldham coming back and looking like he never left. He easily won the main event. Cliff Benoit (Misfits BMX of Cape Cod) was second while third went to “The Rabbit” Jeff Orlandi.

46-50 Year Olds
This is always a fun class to watch as 4-riders were going hard for each position. After the two qualifying rounds it was Rog Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) the rider eliminated but he sure pushed it right to the finish line. In the main it rare to you see Mike Savage (Crit Plate) get a bad start but that is what happened in this one. As Jason Moriarty led the charge down the front straight Mike was chasing him but in turn one Scott Price got to the inside and passed Mike. Then up the second straight Price got a little squirrely but kept going. By turn 3 Mike had the oportunity and passed Price as they headed up the back stretch. At the stripe it was Moriarty, Savage and Price. NOVICES
5 & Under
The qualifying rounds were as exciting as the main event. Skylar Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) had missed transferring out of the motos the last three weeks. Today she just made it in as she held off Carter Mancino for the last spot. In the main Austin Dohan took an early lead at built to about a half a straight away by the time he reached turn 3. Into turn three he dove, and it did not look like he was going to make it out. He came in low and headed right up the track nearly crashing into the wooden fence. He managed to turn just before impact and cruised the rest of the way to victory. Killian Connelly finished a distant second with a good run. Bennett Piererse was all over the rear wheel of Skylar Hardgrove and it looked like he had a good shot to find a way around her. It never happened and Skylar would enjoy her best finish ever at Foothills with a solid third.

6 Year Olds
This was a large class with 7-riders vying for those six spots in the main event. Ryder Orsorio, one of our local Torrington riders, would miss making the transfer for only the first time this year. The main event was five riders strong as Owen Sanzone’s pit thought this was a three-moto transfer system and missed the main. They sorted themselves out early and all the way around there was single file racing. It would be Logan Rivera winning for the second time this year. Bentley Preston, a winner earlier this year was second. Third went to Finn Connelly, matching his best finish here this year.

7 Year Olds
Starting with 5-riders we eliminated Caleb Barnes in the qualifying rounds. He was making his first trip here ever from Lansborough Massachusetts. Parker Moriarty (Gold Cup #1) is a two-time Novice winner here and he would win today for the third time. He will not compete for a fourth Novice win because this was his 10th win in the class and becomes the newest Intermediate. Well Done! Second place went to Jayden Mahoney while rounding out the top three was Brynn Whalen.

9 Year Olds
This was the only total points race in the entire Novice groups. Rowan Harrison, with two second place finishes earlier this year, took it to the top spot in his third try and he did it with an exclamation point by winning three rounds. Blake Price and Emilee Maguire were second and third.

10 Year Olds
Pat Leblanc, from Russell Massachusetts, has not been here this year and only three times last year. It was obvious that he hasn’t had enough track time to get the new configuration dialed in and he missed the transfer today. Landon Moynihan, after winning the Rider Of The Week award two weeks ago, came back and backed up the big second place finish in the state qualifier with his second win of the season. Crawford Kesl, after taking a couple of races off, was back today and nailed a solid second place finish. Olivia Kaleta was third.

11 Year Olds
In the first round Hunter Price wrecked in the first straight and eventually, was the rider eliminated. The main event Ethan Cournoyer had the lead going into turn three when Drayke Palazzi (Boosted BMX) got on the inside and took the spot away. Ethen kept battling but at the stripe it was Palazzi, Cournoyer and Collin Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing).

13 Year Olds
This was a wild one. Jocelyn Orlandi is still trying to make her first main at Foothills and, unfortunately, her quest continues as she did not make it today. In round one Josh Styga, in his first race ever, baled down in turn four but he would make the main and finish 4th. Zach Adams was a boy on a mission today and this will be one that he will remember for a long time. He took the lead early and enjoyed his last ride as a Novice because when he crossed the stripe, he became the newest Intermediate in the country, at least at that moment. Liz Doyle would finish second with Magnus Harrison held on for third.

14 Year Olds
Despite a great try, Addison Rushford (Boosted BMX) did not transfer out of the two qualifying rounds. The three-rider main event the battle was for the second spot because Kraig Geisler (Family Pride) checked out early. He would cruise across the stripe while Wyatt Keeler and Marcus Bodley battled for the second spot which would go to Wyatt.

36-40 Year Olds
This was a four-rider class that saw Caissy Price be eliminated after qualifying. In the main event, this rider has not raced in about 30 years but sure looked good today. Jim Maclennan drew the inside gate for the main and he made that preferred starting position work for him as he blasted out of the gate and, even with Andy Chako charging hard, would not be denied his first win in a lot of years. It is pretty cool as he had his son Connor with him to try and instill some interest in BMX racing in him. What a proud moment that must have been for both. Chalko was second with the third spot going to James Kaleta (Rubber Side Down Racing).

41-45 Year Olds
This was a good-sized group with six riders in the mix. Sarah Huberty (Overhaul Racing) was the rider missing out of participating in todays main event. This was interesting as there was a rider in it that I used to call his races when he was about 12 years old. Now 41 Carl Carlsong was going to give BMX another try as his son Kodie has been racing for a few years. Brial Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing led the charge down the front straight into turn one after starting in gate one. His teammate, Tim Adams, was starting the closest to him in gate 4. He would go right out there with Brian. Carl Carlson, starting in gate 6 was in the mix down the front chute. As they navigated through turn one, Carlson threaded the needle between the two Scylent Rage racers and grabbed the lead. It was a lead that he would hang onto all the way around. At the stripe it was Carlson, Kesl and Adams. What a way to come back to the sport. (No Carl, I’m not gonna stay long enough to announce a race your grandchildren might be in.)

46-50 Year Olds
One of our most intense riders when he’s on the track is Willi Massinger, who considers Billerica BMX his home track. Today he would miss his first main event here this year. Willi had a mechanical problem in turn 4 in the final qualifying round costing him any shot at making the main. Jason Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) made it two in a row here with a dominate run in this main. He led start to finish but he was pushed hard by Scott Price who tried multiple times to find a way around. Third went to Pat Golden (Rejects BMX). INTERMEDIATES
7 Year Olds
In this 5-rider race, one of those riders was only 5 years old. That is the fate you suffer when your so good you earn your move up from Novice and your only 5. There simply are not many 5-year-old Intermediates around. Such is the fate of Cole Lyman (full Circle Bike Shop). Some day he will reap the benefits of this early experience, but it will not be this day as he did not make the transfer. In the main the order was sorted out early and remained that way the entire lap. At the stripe is was Dave Crichton (Frye High Racing) first, JD Lataille (Rubber Side Down) second and Cooper Jarest (Rubber Side Down) third. Now this was special because it was win number 20 for Crichton and he rode his way right into the Expert class. What a comeback after missing the cut in his cruiser class. This was Dave’s fourth Foothills win in 2020.

9 Year Olds
So this was a total points race and it was one of those where it is the same order of finish in every round. Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop), after winning the first two weeks of the season but then experiencing a drought for the next four, was back on top today. Adalyn Nevins (Retribution Race Corps) was solid with a second while third was Xander Monczka (Overhaul Racing).

11 Year Olds
This four-rider class fought hard in the qualifying rounds and, after the dust cleared it was Lucas Mancino (Boosted BMX) was the tough luck rider. In the main it was Nick Preston pulling away from two riders out of the Scylent Rage Racing camp. Nick, flying those Concrete Kings colors, was our winner but it was the usual battle for second between Johnny Urban and Brody Kesl. This time Brody got past Johnny in the second straight and held him off to finish second.

12 Year Olds
In this one Noah Rushford (Boosted BMX), who has made the main the last three weeks, did not make it today. Noah has been on a roll making the last three mains here. In this main event Caleb Kaleta and Mikey Roy, both teammates on Boosted BMX, broke away from the pack and had their own battle for supremacy. When it was over, it was “The Gambler” Kaleta pulling off his third win in four tries here. Roy was second but almost passed him in the final turn. The third-place finisher was Colin Leblanc riding “The Green Machine”.

13 Year Olds
We now go back to a total points race and it was The Associated Lightning Rod sponsored Chris “Sparky” Pedersen winning the first two rounds. Nick Tirendi, always competitive, finished a close second in those rounds but won round three. Sparky finished second which was not a “prefect” but good enough for his third win this weekend counting the two he got Saturday in Meriden. Third today went to Liam MacNeil.

15 Year Olds
This was one of the two largest classes of the day with a full gate of 8-riders. In the mix was a girl. Surely the boys were confident of their skills? After the qualifying rounds, it was a free ride for seven riders as Vinny Fahey was a no-show. So well rested, the seven riders were ready to rock and roll in the main. Noah Toney took the lead down the front chute with Kodie Carlson busting a neat move in turn one to get up to the second spot. Marissa Lyman emerged from the pack up the second straight and, by the time they reached turn two, it was nearly a three-rider breakaway. The only pass that occurred the rest of the way was Nick Smith (Full Circle Bike Shop) passing Hayden MacDonald but that was for the fourth spot. The top three were Toney, Carlson and Lyman.

17-20 Year Olds
This was the biggest class of the day with 9-riders going for some Sunday glory. After two hectic rounds of qualifying, it was Sean Adams missing the cut. The main was a full gate of 8-riders. Tyler Farwell, starting in gate 2, got a great snap out of the gate and grabbed the lead. Devin Murphy also got a good start out of gate 4 but Farwell had the inside line and would maintain the lead out of turn one. As they raced up the second straight there was a bit of paint sharing going on between Ty Lepicier and Nate Barnes battling of the third spot. All the way around it was Farwell, undoubtedly remembering the situation last week when Murphy (female) beat all the boys in her class. Farwell (Time2shine Racing) must have felt the hot breath of Devin on his back because he ran a flawless lap and managed to stay in front of Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles Factory). The battle for third went to Ty Lepicier (Sand Box Kings). Farwell, being an Expert, means its Expert points for everyone in the main.

26-35 Year Olds
This was a crazy grouping as there was an Expert and a Novice mixed in the Intermediates. As expected, it was Joe Lataille the rider eliminated despite a valiant effort with the more experienced riders. Hunter Zeiner (Butter) was the expert and, after finally turning it on last week in the State Qualifier with his first win, was on fire again today and made it two weeks in a row. Hunter was a regular here for years and is a former Daniel Plaskett Memorial Award winner. Last year he suffered a terrible crash (not here) and it required surgery. He was out for months and is still on the path to full recovery. The last two weeks he looks like the old Hunter who was given the nickname “Butter” because he is so smooth. Shawn Kennedy, who earned his first two Intermediate wins the last two weeks, asked me who that “fast expert” was. Shawn, “That masked man was the Lone Ranger”. Shawn finished second with third going to Josh Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop).

41-45 year Olds
This was a 5-rider grouping of some evenly matched riders. Anyone could be eliminated after the two rounds. This time it was Scott Gonyer Overhaul Racing) missing his first main of the year. Trevor Toney and Justin Provencal (Answer/Northeast Factory) were side by side down the front chute but in turn one it was Toney taking control. The rest of the way around it was the same. At the stripe it was Toney, Provencal and Joel Cristofori (Boosted BMX).

51 & Over
This was a 4-rider class which included Expert legend, Mike Savage (Crit Plate). Obviously, this would be big for those who made the main due to its now Expert points. 64-year old Rog Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) was the rider not enjoying those points but not because of effort as he gives it his all every time out. In the main it was Savage all the way, but it was a good race for the second spot and those 84 Expert points. Art Ramsey (Scylent Rage racing) had that spot for the first two straights but heading into turn two, Mark Reale (Warped BMX) had a head of steam and passed art with an inside move. The rest of the way it stayed the same. Savage, Reale and Ramsey. EXPERTS
As we hit the Experts classes the sprinkles started, and the wind picked up. We dropped the gate one after another to get in. The gate would drop when the last rider in the previous group had reached turn 3. This was a total points race. Devon Hurley put the Family Pride colors in the winner’s circle in all three rounds. Tyler Marhafer looked good and finished second for LYPHE Racing. Logan Rice (Warped BMX) and the only 7-year old in this mix, was third.

10 Year Olds
In this one, Gold cup #2 Logan Moriarty, who has not missed a main event here in recent memory, did not make it today. I found out later that he had earned his 20th Intermediate win at Bethel this past week and this was his first race here as an Expert. The other rider should enjoy this while it last because Logan sped his way through the lower proficiencies, and it will not be long when riders will be looking at his rear wheel fading off into the distance. Dion Hurley (Family Pride) earned his first Foothills win of the year in this main event and it was not close. Conor Cristofori (Boosted BMX) was second as he held off a determined Cole Charette (Overhaul racing).

12 Year Olds
The next two were total points events and run fast. This one saw a “perfect” from “Zachattack” Zack Rukakoski (Overhaul Racing) as he swept everything. Breton Provencal (Answer/Northeast factory) was second with third going to Ben Machnik (Warped BMX).

13 Year Olds
As we wind down and the sprinkles has stopped, Gavin Suares (Rubber Side Down Racing) had the broom out and swept the motos. Noah Andersen (Ramp Farm Racing) was second with the third spot going to Brandon Houle.
14 Year Olds.

Kayden Smith crashed in the first round down in turn two and that was all she wrote for him. I do not know if he was hurt or the bike was damaged, but he did not show for the last chance qualifying round. The main event was a three-rider shootout that featured that Foothills rivalry I wrote about earlier. With RJ Reale (Warped BMX) qualifying first forcing Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) to qualify out of the second round along with Trevor cooper (Ramp Farm Racing). So, with RJ firing the first shot across the bow with that qualifying run how would the main event go? Jonah drew gate two with RJ all the way over in gate 8. Cooper was in gate 5. Bam, the gate dropped and both Jonah and Rj exploded out of the gate. Into turn 1 Jonah had a slight lead as RJ tried and inside move but Jonah kept the door shut. All the way around RJ was all over “The Undertaker” like gum on the bottom of your shoe. The lead never exceeded one bike length, nor did Jonah give up the lead. At the stripe it was Graves, Reale and Cooper.

15 Year Olds
After Chris “Bulldozer” Gonyer was eliminated in the motos, just as his dad was earlier, it certainly was a tough day for the Gonyer riders. These guys are stars on the Overhaul Racing team, and this is something that you don’t see very often. The three-rider main event saw these riders in a pump race so no one really took it seriously. Anthony Bartole (Misfits of Cape Cod) pumped his way to the win. Jacob Faunce (Rubber Side Down) was second while third went to Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm Racing). They all were having fun and that is the most important thing.

26-35 year Olds
This was another total points race and it was the same order. Steve Healey nailed the ‘perfect”. Danielle Jolicoeur, after splattering herself all over the first straight in a round 2 crash was second. Matt Markie, who sat out the final two rounds, was third.

36-40 Year Olds
The final race of the day was this total points race and it was Steve Oldham earning a “double” today winning this class to go along with his Cruiser class win. Dan Rice (Warped BMX) was second with Cliff Benoit (Misfits of cape Cod) third.

We made it just before the rain which arrived within five minutes after we finished. Whew. Thanks, every one for your continued support. We sure appreciate you all. See you next week. Plaskett Out Full Report




Week #6 - July 25, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


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)Â 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! Final Report




Week #5 - July 19, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


This would be the hottest and most humid day of the year to date according to the weather forecasters. They were predicting temps approaching 100 degrees with tropical humidity. With that in mind and the safety of our riders, we chose to go with the two-moto transfer system for the classes that have qualifying rounds. (Total Points races excluded). It appears that was a good choice as no complaints were heard. We did let the Balance Bikes run three rounds. Despite the heat we enjoyed 144 entries split into 41 motos.

In the pre-race festivities Joe Toomey (10 Year Old Novice) rider who was named The Pete Doda’s Ice Cream sponsored Rider Of The Week two Sundays ago for his efforts on June 28th where he won his third Foothills race in a row, was called to the tower. He was not here when we called his name last week and Vic Rodriquez, a teammate on Overhaul racing, came up on Joe’s behalf and said he would get the trophy to Joe. Vic thought that Joe would probably claim him as his favorite rider. So, I called up Joe to verify that his favorite rider was Victor. When asked he said “Nope, my favorite rider is Connor fields.” Well how about that. He chose Connor fields over Victor Rodriquez. Conner does have a few impressive credentials. He is the gold medalist at the 2011 Pan American games, the UCI World Champion in 2013, an Olympic gold medalist from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and even a world cup race in 2020. Never mind numerous National titles. Victor Rodriquez, Well, he does ride for Overhaul and has finished here in second place twice in the last two years. Yeah, Conner is a good choice.

Naming the Rider Of The Week for last week was tough as there were many great candidates. I chose to go with a rider who won his first race ever and it was in the biggest class of the day. Reid Waters won the 5 & Under Novice main event which started with a full gate of 8 riders in the qualifying rounds. He said his dad Lee Waters, who raced at Foothills when he was a kid, was his favorite rider.
BALANCE BIKES
4 YEAR OLDS
Ben Hagan outran the field in all three rounds in this group of four. Mattie Doyle gave it a great try as she finished second. Victoria Machnik and Olivia Cernak were the next two across the finish line. 3 YEAR OLDS
Only two riders were in this one but neither seemed to care where they finished. Both smiled all the way in each round. If there was a winner, Asher Smith was first across the stripe. 2 YEAR OLDS
This was a group that were 4-riders strong. Ryan Lataille was “Flyin Ryan” as he ran herself to a three-round sweep. Tanner Smith was second. Carter Anthony would be third. Novah Heath (4th place) and Tanner Smith stopped in the first round trying to figure out which way to go.
Any one have a road map? CRUISERS
13-14 YEAR OLD GIRLS
Ella Urban just started racing last week and is still learning the ropes. She was in a class that featured our current Track Cruiser Class Champion and a very experienced National Rider along with another rider who has a ton of National experience as well. Ella tried hard but did not make the transfer but was in a great mood as she smiled even after elimination. In the main it was all the “Movie-Star” Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) winning for the third week in a row. Kyrie Coddington-Sweet was a solid second even being four years younger than Marissa. Laiken Comier was the third-place finisher.

9 YEAR OLDS
This was a good-sized group with 6-riders entered. Noah (Bobblehead) Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) missed making the main event for the first time this year after transferring 4 weeks in a row. The Main Event saw everyone sort themselves out early. By the time they reached turn 2 there would be no changes in the running order. “GI” Joe Olbry’s, all the way from West Grennwich Rhode Island had the lead and he would not give it up. This would be his first Cruiser win here this year. Hunter Heath (Boosted BMX) was a solid second while Ryder Richardson (Warped BMX) rounded out the top three.

12 YEAR OLDS
This would be a 3-rider total points race, the first of many total points races this day. In this one it was Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Sand Road Animal Hospital), after finishing no higher than third in his previous four races here, blast his way to a 3-round sweep and the win. The third round was scary as both Zack Rukakowski (Overhaul) and Jeffrey Weaver (Ramp Farm Racing) tangled in turn one and went down hard. Eventually both would get up and ride it out. Zack would finish second overall with Jeffrey third.

14 YEAR OLDS
This was another total points race and it was a good one. RJ Reale (Warped BMX) and Jonah “The Undertaker” Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) traded wins in the first two rounds. Shane Johnson (C-Yaa) would finish in the third spot as the battle raged in front of him. In the tie-breaking third round, RJ would get an awesome snap out of the gate and lead the charge into turn one by half a bikes length. But coming out of the turn he took the lead and Jonah was on him all the way. At the line it was RJ by one bike length and he would hand Jonah his first loss on Cruiser here this year.

17-20 YEAR OLDS
It’s total points again and anther seep with all three rounds finishing in the same order. Tijaye Henderson (Bad Apple Racing) would ace the “perfect”. Joe Broderick continues to amaze with the speed he generates for a big guy and enjoyed a hard earned second place finish. Braeden McDonald, flying the O’neal colors proudly, was third.

41-45 YEAR OLDS
Hey, lets do a total points race for a change. In the one Tim Brown got on the inside of last weeks winner Jason Moriarty in turn one and went on to win the opening round. Jason was second with Jody Toomey (Overhaul) third. In round two it was Moriarty keeping Brown behind him causing the need to break the tie in round three. Jason took the lead early and that’s all she wrote. Tim Brown was about two lengths behind at the stripe and settled for the second spot. Toomey was third. 51-55 YEAR OLDS
The was yet another Cruiser total points race and it was head-lined by the BMX legend Mike Savage (Crit Plate). Mike raced two guys that I have not seen in a while. Mike was perfect with three wins. Shawn Morris, from Scotia New York was second. Shawn was once on the Board of Directors at Rotterdam BMX and someone I knew from back in the NBL Days. Third went to “Barefoot” Stu McCready. He is an old friend from Huntington Massachusetts. He and I have something in common that we both wish we did not. That is another story for another time. NOVICES
5 & UNDER YEAR OLDS
Last week this was the biggest class of the day starting with 8 riders. Reid Waters one his first race ever in that one. This week the class was half that size. Skylar (Knucklehead) Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) was the hard luck rider missing the transfer out of the qualifying rounds. Reid Waters did it again this week with an exclamation point! He not only won but it was by a full straight away. Killian Connelly, making his first trip ever to Foothills, was second with his brother Finnegan Connelly earning the third spot.

6 YEAR OLDS
This was also a 4-rider class and this time it was Olivia Pieterse the rider eliminated in qualifying. The main event saw Owen Sanzone, a local rider from Winsted Connecticut win his second race in a row. Bentley Preston was solid again for the 5th week in a row and earned a nice second place finish. Bentley pulled off a great pass in the second round to earn his transfer spot. Ryder Osorio, from Torrington, was third.

7 YEAR OLDS
The next four races were all total points events. Parker Moriarty (Gold Cup #1) made it two weeks in a row with a win. He did it this week with a sweep. Soleil Schuster and Tyler Norrie traded second place finishes, but it was Norrie holding him off in the third round for second overall.

8 YEAR OLDS
In this one (total points) Drake Videtto would win the first two rounds and finish second in the final round. This was good enough for him to earn the top spot on the podium after his second place finish a couple of weeks ago in his only time here. Molly Patrick, who missed her second moto, won the last round giving her second overall for the day. Gretchen Dalton made her Foothills debut and earned third.

9 YEAR OLDS
More total points racing and another sweep for the top spot. This time it was Joe Toomey, who claimed Connor Fields was his favorite rider, kinda rode like Connor today. Joe was “perfect”. Rowan Harrison was second this week as he was last week. Third went to Aiden Felizardo.

10 YEAR OLDS
Here we go again with a total points race and a class that featured the same order of finish in every round. It was Landyn Moynihan, in his fifth Foothills race this year, finally getting the winners circle with a great win. Tyanna Lepicier enjoyed her best finish here this year with a second. Third went to Olivia Kaleta.

12 YEAR OLDS
Finally a class with more than three riders. Five were going for it in this group. All the way from Coventry Rhode Island, Blake Noblin made his first ever trip to Foothills but must have been disappointed that he missed the transfer. He sure has some skills; he just doesn’t know the track yet. In the main event it was Ethan Cournoyer and Drayke Palazzi in a two-rider break-away. All the way around it was Palazzi all over the rear wheel of Cournoyer. In the rhythm section he got along side but took the exact same line into turn five. The lack of a final turn move sealed Palazzi’s fate and he would settle for second. Cournoyer would win for the second time here this year. Third went to Henry Morini (Full Circle Bike Shop).

14 YEAR OLDS
This was a total points race but only two riders as Dillon Smith had pre-registered but did not show up. Magnus Harrison and Wyatt Keeler would go at it hard. Magnus had the Redline racing machine looking like it had a four-barrel carb under the hood. He would outrace Wyatt for the overall win.

15 YEAR OLDS
This gang of three was another total points race. Vinny Fahey (Full circle Bike Shop) had it all his way and he would win every round for the sweep. Trey Lepicier, mounted on a nice-looking GT bike, settled for the second spot. Third went to Peter Drwiega. This was Vinny’s second win here in five tries.

26-35 YEAR OLDS
This was four rider vying for the three starting spots in the main event. James Kaleta (Rubber Side Down Racing) was the rider missing the transfer. Chris Gravelle (Vengeance BMX) was the first one to qualify and the first one across the stripe in the main event. Andy Chalko showed some gutsy moves and overcame an early flat tire to earn a solid second place finish. Joe Lataille settled into the third spot.

41-45 YEAR OLDS
With four riders on the entry list, it should have provided some exciting racing during the qualifying rounds. As it turned out they meant nothing as everyone qualified. Tim “Big Timber” Adams had entered but was a no-show assuring everyone racing would qualify. Our Novice points leader, who sits on top of the leaderboard by one point, did himself proud again this week as Tony Dickerson, all the way from New Hampshire, made it four wins in a row adding 29 points to his total. Brian Kesl (Scylent Rage Racing) was second with Nate Suares was third.

46-50 YEAR OLDS
this was the last Novice class and it was also a total points race. Jason Graves, father of “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves, rode like he was “The Cremater” as he simply burned the competition today for the gang at the Full Circle Bike Shop. Jason won everything he raced. Pat Golden III was second for Team Rejects” We could hear his son Owen encouraging him on by yelling “second place is the first loser”. So Pat was the first loser while third went to Terry Miller. This was Jason’s first win here. INTERMEDIATES
7 YEAR OLDS
This was the biggest class of the day with 7-riders in the mix. Looking forward to some hectic qualify in never happened as one rider who had entered was a no show, Its frustrating when this happens as the qualifying rounds mean nothing as everyone makes it in. The main was a good one. Dave Crichton had that checkered helmet up front and he would earn his second Foothills win. “Racin” Mason Delaney was fast and earned a nice second place finish. Joe Lataille, who was involved in a horrendous crash here last week in the qualifying rounds, Finished in the third spot.

9 YEAR OLDS
Carmine Angelo has now tried three times to make a Foothills Main event and came up just short once again. We are all rooting for him and hope he does not get discouraged as this kid from Poughkeepsie can ride. So, Jason Moriarty set the bar high for his class when he won his Cruiser main earlier today. Then it was Parkers chance in the 7-year-old novice class, and he came through. Now the pressure was on Logan who crashed last week. Well what a difference a week makes. What a ride home it must have been for the Moriarty clan as Logan completed the family sweep. Dom Cheavalier was second with Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) Third.

11 YEAR OLDS
In this 4-rider class it was a surprise to me when Gold Cup #3, Noah Sifuentes missed transferring out of the motos. Maybe a mechanical problem or he wasn’t feeling well? IN the main Nick Preston would earn his third Foothills win in a row. “The Urban Legend”, Johnny Urban (Scylent Rage Racing) was second with his teammate Brody Kesl finishing third after crashing in turn one.

12 YEAR OLDS
This was a battle using the total points 3-rider system. “The Gambler” Caleb Kaleta (Rubber Side Down Racing), mounted on an Elite XL, was unbeatable scoring wins in all three rounds. Noah Rushford (Boosted), after a hard crash in practice, was solid with a second-place finish. Third went to Toby Schoonmaker.

13 YEAR OLDS
Another total points race but this one was not as predictable as some of these have been. In round one it was Nick Tirendi coming out on top. In round two it was Chris Pederson (Associated Lightning Rod) the winner. This set up a classic battle between these two in the tie-breaking third round. Unfortunately, heading into turn one, Tirendi blew a tire and “Sparky had the rest of the lap without a serious challenge. CT #3 Liam McNeil would finish second behind him but, overall, it was Pedersen, Tirendi and McNeil.

26-35 YEAR OLDS
This was a total points race and it was a little nostalgic as thee guy who came out on top, was once a regular here. Shawn Kennedy, now 34 years old, moved up to the Intermediate class this year and Sunday, he scored his first win. Jody Toomey and Joe Broderick were second and third. Back to Shawn, in 2003 he finished on top here in the 18-20 year old Intermediate class. Then he left for Iraq as a member of the United State Marine Corp. We gave him a proper send off. When he returned in 2007, one of his biggest fans was 12-year-old Austin Vaillancourt (Shades). Austin wrote a poem about how happy he was that his hero had returned safely. That year Shawn rode as an Expert but we didn’t see him after that until just a couple of years ago. Now he has stepped up and is a valued member of our staff. Congratulations to Shawn as he works his way through the ranks again. 46-50 YEAR OLDS
This was a nice sized class and it would be Expert points for everyone making the main event as Mike Savage was in the mix. Jason Dalton was the only rider not able to take advantage of the big points as he missed the cut. Mike Savage (Crit Plate) has not been beaten in a 20-inch class this year and the streak is now 5 in a row after today. Second went to Sean Delaney and third across the stripe was Shawn Morris (Hostile).

EXPERTS
12 YEAR OLD GIRLS
We went back to another total points race in this group and it would be pretty sweet to watch. Pippa Sweet earned her third 2020 Foothills win in as many tries with a three-moto sweep. Second went to her younger sister Kyrie Coddington Sweet with Tayler Kuhn picking up the third spot.

14 YEAR OLD GIRLS
It was another total points race and another one of those with the same finishing order in all three rounds. Reining Track champion Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) had little problem in winning this class and it will increase her points lead in the quest for an unprecedented fifth championship. Sophia Machnik (Warped BMX) was second while her teammate from Vermont, Riley Richardson was third.

8 YEAR OLDS
Another total points race and the fourth Foothills win for “Air Devon” Devon Hurley (Family Pride). Logan Kuhn was second. Rylan Spence, who flipped the gate in the first round, was third.

9 YEAR OLDS
Robo-Quads Joe “GI JOE” Olbrys made the trip from Rhode Island worth the long ride as he earned his first Foothills 20-inch win. Ryder Richardson (Warped BMX) and Hunter Heath (Boosted) traded second place finishes with Ryder earning second overall in the tie-breaking third round.

10 YEAR OLDS
This was a four-rider group. Jeff Weaver, who moved up to Expert at the end of last season after earning 10 wins here, is struggling in the higher class. This is very normal but, when you are a front runner in Novice and the same in Intermediate, it’s just a matter of time for the same to happen in Expert. Jeff missed the cut today. Sawyer Spence, after 4 consecutive second place finishes finally got to the top podium spot with, his first Foothills win of the year. Dion Hurley (Family Pride) held off Cole Charette (Overhaul Racing) for the second spot.

12 YEAR OLDS
A great lineup was the feature in this 5-rider group. Ben Machnik (Warped BMX), seems to be struggling a bit getting Foothills dialed in and he would miss the transfer today. Matt Meagher (C-Yaa Factory) had it all his way with his second win in as many weeks here at Foothills. Zack  (Zackattack) Rukakowski, after wrecking in his Cruiser class, came back with a strong effort here and grabbed the second position. Hunter Dye put his Hostile colors on the third tier of the podium.

13 YEAR OLDS
Back to total points racing and, “The Iceman” Cometh for sure as Owen Golden (Team Rejects) wanted nothing to do with any spot but the top spot. He would win for the second time here this season. Gavin Suares (Rubber Side Down) was second while Ramp Farm Racing’s Noah Andersen was third.

14 YEAR OLDS
This one had four of the fastest 14-year olds around in the mix. After two rounds of hectic qualifying, it was Shane Johnson (C-Yaa frames) the rider missing the cut. “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full Circle Bike Shop) is undefeated in three races so far this season here. RJ Reale (Warped BMX) is the same after two races. Three days ago Jonah had a birthday and now these two BMX Titans are in the same class. Today it would be RJ across the stripe first with Jonah pushing him all the way hoping for a mistake that never came. Rj win with Jonah second and 4-time track champion, Trevor Cooper (Ramp Farm Racing) third.

15 YEAR OLDS
Kodie Carlson whose home track is Bethel Supercross could not make it into todays 3-rider main event. Kodi was the only 15 year old Intermediate here today and was matched with these experts. In the main Lance “Spike” Miller (Eliminator) had it all his way leading from start to finish. Oh wait, he led from start to 20 feet short of the finish line when, maybe he let up thinking he had it in the bag, allowed Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm) to speed by as he stayed on the Jamy right to the end. A surprised Miller settled for second while another birthday-boy Jacob Faunce (rubber side down) was third.

16 YEAR OLDS
This was a total points race and one that I’d like to forget. Tyler Farwell won the first two rounds and looked well on his way for an overall win with a perfect. Gordon Johnson finished second and third in the first two wounds while Kyle Lyman (Full circle Bike Shop) finished third and second. So, going into the final round Farwell and Lyman were tied for second with 5 points while Farwell had 2. Here’s where it gets confusing. When I looked up after calling the previous moto, I only saw two riders, Johnson and Lyman. At the stripe it was Lyman and Johnson in that order with Farwell no where to be seen. So thinking Farwell was a no show he would take a 4 as a no-show gets last place plus 1 giving him a total of 6. Kyle Lyman, by winning that last round also has a 6. The third round is a tie- breaker so the win goes to Lyman with Farwell second and Johnsons 7 gives him third place. It was later that I learned what happened. Farwell was in the gate for round three but had a mechanical problem out of the gate, stopped and walked off the side of the track. This happened while I was still announcing the previous moto where Biello stole the win at the line. Because he actually started the moto he takes last place which is a 3 not last place plus 1 (a 4) per the USABMX rules. I verified this with a call to USABMX that afternoon. So the official finish is Farwell with a 5, Lyman with a 6 and Johnson with a 7. (Side Note: I looked at Tim Browns replay video and I said “Big Bale on the starting hill” so this was really my error in scoring).

17-20 YEAR OLDS
The last two races were total points events and this one was pretty escitingl as Colin Morini put the Full Circle Bike Shop colors across the stripe first in all three rounds while Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles) was all over his action trying to get by after Colin passed her in turn three in the final round. Colin wanted nothing to do with getting beat by a girl and scored the win. Devin was second with Zack Cernak third.

26-35 YEAR OLDS
This was also a total points event and in round one it was Nick Stodolski, the man in black with the ewin. Round two saw Tijaye Henderson (Bad Apple Racing) with the win tying the score after a great pass in turn 4. In round three Henderson grabbed the lead and stayed there for the overall win. Stodolski was second and Danielle Jolicouer was an awfully close third.

So that’s the way it went down. Don’t forget the deadline to register for this weekend big events are 8:00 pm tonight. See you this weekend
PLASKETT OUT!




Week #4 - July 12, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


This was our annual Daniel J. Plaskett memorial charity race with some of the proceeds going to the United Leukosystrophy Foundation in Dan’s name. This foundation does research to try and develop treatment and, eventually, find a cure for the disease that took Dan’s life. Adrenomyloneuropathy (AMN) is very rare and only about 30,000 people world-wide are afflicted. Aidan Biello was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Memorial Award.
Donna Plaskett (Dan's Mom) Presented the Memorial Trophy to Aidan Biello Today was yet another large turnout with 216 riders registered and were split into 52 motos. Before we started we wanted to catch up on our rider of the week awards and, for the race held on June 28th, we chose Joe Toomey as the recipient. Joe wasn’t there so we will wait to find out who his favorite rider is.

For last weeks race we chose Willow Hicks. She said that Kirsten McDonnell was her favorite teammate and rider. BALANCE BIKES
We had 11 of these ankle-biters in the house today and they were split into three groups (motos). The first was a 4-rider runoff for 4-year olds. Liam Vedder made it look easy as he ran away with the class and swept the motos. Ben Hagan enjoyed himself with a solid second place run. Mattie Doyle smiled her way to a third place finish. Olivia Cernak would finish in the fourth spot.

3-Year Olds
This was a three rider group and, like the previous group, all three rounds had the same running order. Asher Smith was first, “Runner-up” went to Keira Dobelle. Third place was Joe Williams.

2-Year Olds
Four Riders were in this mix of little people. Tanner Smith out ran them all and finished in the top spot. Novah Heath was second. Ryan Lataille and Carter Anthony were 3rd and 4th. CRUISERS
13-14 Year Old Girls
This was a Total Points race and, our current Girls Cruiser class champion, Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) made it look quite easy as she racked up another first place finish with the sweep. Mary Sloan was second and, making her BMX debut, Ella Urban, 32 year old sister of Johnny Urban, was third. Its highly recommended that Ella find a jersey that cover her shoulders the next time out as any fall could have certainly left a nasty mark.

17-20 Year Old Women
Total points racing again for this group of three riders and Amanda Orlandi made it two out of three weeks standing on the top spot of the podium when this one was over. Laiken Cormier was solid again finishing second. Caissy Price was standing tall with a third place finish.

41-45 Year Old Women
Once a fixture on the local scene, Marianne Sklarsky came out of semi retirement in honor of Dan Plaskett and she performed well. Using some of those old passing skills, she won two of the three rounds in this total points event. Kelly Theologou, all the way from Plymouth Massachusetts, made her first trip to Foothills a good one and finished in the second spot overall after winning round two. Sarah Huberty was third.

8 Year Olds
This was a 5-rider class and it was Lorenzo Guliani missing the transfer out of the qualifying rounds. In the main event it was Max Meinel with a great start and would lead from start to finish. Logan Kuhn stayed comfortably in the second spot while the battle for third was heating up. Dave Crichton looked like he would finish at least in that spot when he came completely unglued halfway up the second straight. He managed to stay on his bike but while he was doing the fliberty-jiblets, Carmine Angelo sped by him and would capture that spot at the stripe.

9 YEAR OLDS
This was a Total points event and it was one of those with the same order of finish all three rounds. On the point was Chace Wilcox, “G.I. Joe” Olbreys was second with the third spot going to Ful Circle Bike Shop’s Noah Hardgrove.

13 Year Olds
With four riders going into the qualifying rounds it would be a frustrating time for one of them. After winning this class last week, “Farm-Boy” Dave Labarge (Full circle Bike Shop) missed the cut today. The competition was sure heavy this day. “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves (Full circle Bike Shop) had it all his way and easily won the main event. NAG 9, Justin Donahue, making his first trip here this year from Rhode Island, was second and Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod) was third. Sparky lost all his chances at the start when he flipped the gate.

15 Year Olds
This was back to a total points event and it really was a two-rider breakaway between Shane Johnson (C-YAA National Team) and Isabella Nelson (Hyper). Braeden Mcdonald was making his first trip here and was still trying to get the track dialed in. Isabella made Shane run all three rounds flawless which is exactly what he did for the sweep.

21-25 year Olds
This was a four rider class but the name is deceiving. It was from 16 Years old to 30. The 30 year old, Joe Broderick, despite a valiant effort, missed the transfer out of the qualifiers. It was shaping up to be a classic shootout between Wes Reel and Logan Demerski but, at the start, Reel’s chain problems that he suffered all day continued and he was out of it on the starting hill. Demerski was gone in a flash! He cruised to victory with Steve Healey second and Reel walking across the stripe for third.

36-40 Year Olds
After a long absence from Foothills “Ludacliff” Cliff Benoit was back sporting a team Misfits jersey. Unfortunately, the track has changed since he was last here and he just missed qualifying. In the main event the gate position meant everything on the front straight. Tijaye Henderson had gate 1 while Charlie Fowler was in gate 3 with Jeff Orlandi over in gate 5. At the snap both Henderson and Fowler were handlebar to handlebar but, with the inside line, Henderson took the lead exiting turn one. Henderson led the rest of the way with a great battle behind him between Orlandi and Fowler. At the stripe it was Fowler for 2 and “The Rabbit” for 3.

46-50 Year Olds
this was the largest cruiser class 2ith 6 riders entered. The qualifying rounds saw some heavy hitters grab the transfer spots. Names like Savage, Moriarty, Marceau, and Brisson were all in. The last chance qualifier saw Price the last one in eliminating Frank Juliani. The main event was a classic. Mike Savage drew gate # 8 while Jason Moriarty was locked and loaded in gate #7. They both got great starts but just having the inside by only one gate position was enough for Moriarty to hold off Savage for the lead in turn one. Up the second and third straights it was a two-rider breakaway with Savage all over Moriarty’s rear wheel. Though the long straight and rhythm section Savage got within a half a bike for the lead. Hitting the final turn Mike dove to the inside but Jason was ready for it and made sure the door was shut. It was a great sprint to the line by these two veterans but in an upset. Jason Moriarty would beat Mike Savage this day. Third went to Overhauls Rick Marceau. NOVICES
5 & Under
We will start this group with a full gate of 8 riders. This was nothing but mayhem everywhere. The second round saw a wreck in the first turn involving 3 riders as Kira Spence, Carter Mancino and Bennett Pieterse all tangled up. They would all be ok. Skylar Hardgrove wreck in the second turn. Â In the main event Jace Parsons took an early lead but slipped a pedal just before the first turn and dropped back to third. Reid Waters was the new leader with Eli Skulte second. Down in turn two Jace passed Skulte for the second spot. Kainen Crowe was running third. In turn 4 Skulte dropped back to fourth as Crowe made his move. At the stripe it was Waters, Parsons and Crowe in a wild one.

6 Year Olds
Another big class with six riders vying for the 5 starting spots in the main event. After the qualifying rounds the one rider who was eliminated was Emmett Vedder IV who was making his first trip here from Highland New York. In the main it was al Owen Sanzone, riding out of Winsted, building up a big lead by the halfway point Behind him was Logan Rivera from Falcon BMX. Behind him was a big gap but that’s where the action was. Torrington’s Ryder orsorio was running third when he got passed by Bentley Preston on the second straight. In the third straight Orsorio returned the favor and re-took position three. It would stay like that even though Orsorio sat down the entire lap, he managed a third behind Sanzone and Rivera.

7 Year Olds
Chad Macdonald was the one rider missing the main event after the qualifying rounds in this 5-rider class. In the main event, only a couple of mains after his father pulled off the big win over Mike Savage, Parker Moriarty was on fire and it wasn’t even close. He scored an easy win. Soleil Schuster held onto second place holding off the charging Brooklyn Blackwood who would finish third.

8 Year Olds
Claire Williams, who signed up down at Bethel Supercross, was the rider who missed the transfer. The 3-rider main event saw Bake Price take off and never look back as he nailed his first Foothills win of the year. Molly Patrick, who was the first rider to qualify, was second while third went to Lorenzo Guliani.

9 Year Olds
Dominic Cunningham, in only his second trip here this season, was the hard luck guy as he just missed qualifying for today’s 3-rider main event. The main event was wild and wholly. Tommy Musarella and Rowan Harrison were battling hard all the way around with a couple of lead changes as they went back and forth. Everett Williams was running a few lengths back in the third spot watching all the action in front of him. When the top two reached the final turn, it was side by side for the sprint to the stripe. Just 3 feet short of the stripe they both went down in flames while Williams, in the right place at the right time, sped by them for victory. Wow, if you can’t be good you gotta be lucky and Williams was a little bit of both in this one. Harrison dragged his bike across the stripe for second with Musarella doing the same for third.

10 Year Olds
With six riders in the class making the main was gonna be tough. Tyanna Lepicier just couldn’t find a way to make it in. This was another crazy main event as Willow Hicks led all the way around until the fourth turn went she self-destructed all by herself and went from the penthouse to the outhouse in one turn. “The Slayer” Aryanna Labarge was the benefactor of Willow’s misfortune and inherited the lead and the win for the Full Circle Bike Shop folks. Landyn Moynihan was second with third going to Olivia Kaleta.

11 Year Olds
This was a 3-rider total points race and all three rounds would go to Drayke Palazzi. This was Drayke’s second Foothills win this season. Collin Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) was solid with a second place finish while third went to Hunter Price.

12 Year Olds
Janelle Cappa had not been here since last season and she found making the main event just a little to much this day and was forced to watch it from the sidelines. The riders in this one sorted themselves out early and there were no changes except the size of the distances between them. It was Henry Morini earning his second Foothills win, Elizabeth Doye for second and Hunter Phoenix for third.

13 Year Olds
Jocelyn Orlandi is trying so hard each and every week to make it out of the motos but still hasn’t been able to break through as was the case again today. But, with her willingness to keep trying that day cannot be far off. This was a 3-rider main event+ and not much close racing after the first straight. Zack Adams, wearing the Bethel Supercross colors, made it look easy as he scored the win. Magnus Harrison was second with Josh Styga third.

14 Year Olds
We went back to total points racing for this group and it was Kraig Geisssler acing the “perfect” with the sweep. Naomi Bruno was second and Wyatt Keeler was third.

15 Year Olds
This was another total points race and some sort of mix up happened in the first round when both Roscoe Spencer-Dubuc and Vinny Fahey missed the moto allowing Trey Lepicier win the round as a solo rider. When you miss a moto by USABMX rule, you get last place minus one so both received a “4” in this 3-rider race. Trey would finish second in the next two rounds but that ‘4” the other two guys had to take assured Trey with the overall win. Fahey would earn a second while Dubuc was third.

21-25 Year Olds
This was a four-rider class and, in the first qualifying round two riders missed their moto. I have no idea what was going on but obviously there was some problem. At the end of qualifying it was Courtney Vedder the rider missing the transfer. Adam Dougherty built up a lead so big he was in a different area code when he crossed the stripe. Christian Castro was a disdant second with third going to Maddy “Fake News” McKay.

36-40 Year Olds
It was nearly a full gate in the first qualifying round with 7 riders in the gate. By the time we got to the main it would be without “The Vyce Squad” Dani Vyce the rider eliminated. In the main the best move came in turn one from Stan Crowe as, while running in the fourth spot came through the middle of the pack up to the second spot. He would get no closer as Jaime sanchez held on for the win. Crowe was second and Justin Williams salvaged a nice third.

41-45 Year Olds
After Melissa Kaleta was eliminated in the motos, the 4-rider main was on. Tony Dickerson maybe blinded them with color as his bright red uniform was glowing as he took the lead and kept it all the way around. The next two guys were Scylent Rage Racers with “Big Timber” Tim Adams and Brian Kesl running second and third. Tony’s point total was missed on last weeks points cover sheet as he is sitting in the third spot in the Novice championship points race. Chances are he will be moving up to Intermediate class well before the end of the season. Points are updated each week so watch for it this week.

46-50 Year Olds
After the qualifying rounds which saw Frank Juliani, despite some very competitive racing, not make the cut. Scott Price was in a class by himself in this run as he just kept pulling away right to the stripe. Jason Graves put his Full Circle Bike Shop colors in the second spot after Mark Dukeman tried an aggressive inside move in turn one and lost all his momentum settling for the third spot.

51 & Over
The last Novice class was this total points race. There were no changes at all in all three rounds. Ronnie Donahue was first, Pat Golden III was second and Willi Massinger was third. INTERMEDIATES
5 & Under
Moto 30 and it was a total points race. Tripp Fowler would win round one but finish third in round two. Dylan Dobelle finished second in the first round and won the second. Fowler would have 4 points going into the final round while Dobelle had 3. Dylan Dobelle won the final round giving him his third Foothills win for the season. “Rock-n-Roll” Cole Lyman, with his third round second place finish earned himself second overall while fowler was third.

7 Year Olds
There were 7 riders registered in this extremely competitive class. Will Adams, after a solid second place finish last week, could not put it together this week and missed the transfer. Logan Rice took off early with Dave Crichton in tow and it became a two rider breakaway. These two were about two lengths apart all the way to the stripe but Rice would hold on. Crichton was second while Joe Lataille, after a horrendous wreck in the first qualifying round, came back and earned a solid third. The good new is Logan is an Expert so its experts’ points for all riders who made this main event.
Joe Lataille loses it in turn one
Joe falls right in front of two riders
Kris Meinel and Cooper Jarest 9 Year Olds
After traveling all the way from Poughkeepsie New York, Carmine Angelo just could not make it into today’s main event. This one featured another rider out of the Moriarty racing stables. Dad Jason Moriarty won his Cruiser Main earlier. Parker Moriarty won his main event and now it could be a sweep as Logan Moriarty was in the mix. Caleb Palmer had a slight lead in and out of turn one but Logan (Gold Cup #2) was charging and charging hard. He took the inside line going into turn two attempting to pass and slid out wrecking. Caleb went onto the win with Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) second. Moriarty was ok and settled for third.

11 Year Olds
This was another good sized Intermediate class with 5-riders going for the gold. Lucas Mancino missed making the main event in this class today. Nick Preston took the lead on the front straight and held on the entire lap as Nick Sifuentes kept the pressure on. Siguentes would finish second while third went to Johnny Urban as he held off his Scylent Rage Racing teammate Brody Kesl for position three.

12 Year Old Inter
It’s always tough when a rider misses his main event by failing to qualify. Its especially tough when it happens after making the last 3 main events. That was the case today when Toby Schoonmaker missed for the first time this year. Colin Leblanc got the job done in his first visit here this year. Colin had two win here last year in 6 attempts. Second place went to Mikey Roy while rounding out the top three was “The Gambler” Caleb Kaleta.

13 Year Olds
This was a total points race and Chris Pedersen was back on top after the third place finish in cruiser. The Associated Lightning Rod Company sponsored ride was on the top spot on the podium in class for the first time since last July 7th 2019. Its been a long year. Second went to Liam McNeil, last years Novice class champion. Third went to Nick Tirendi.

15 Year Olds
It was disappointment for the Orlandi clan as Vinny just missed making the cut in this group today. The 5-rider main event saw Hayden MacDonald, after qualifying first, use the rest wisely as he captured his first Foothills win this season. Marissa Lyman just couldn’t find a way around him and finished a close second. Third went to Nick Smith for Full Circle.

16 Year Olds
Dylan Rodriguez aced a three-round sweep in this total points race for his first Foothills win this year. Jesse Johnson was second with Sean Adams in the third spot.

17-20 Year Olds
This was a 6-rider group and it would be Expert points for everyone as Matt Markie was in the mix. After Vanessa Fullam, in her visit here, missed the cut it was Matt Markie’s race to win as he was the definite favorite. “The Marvelous One” did not disappoint as he outraced Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles) who finished second. Third went to Ty Lepicier, who was the first Intermediate across the stripe.

26-35 Year Olds
Total points racing in this one and it was all Derek Schneider in his first win here in recent memory. Derek swept the motos. Josh Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) and Joe Broderick traded second place finished but Josh beat him in the third round giving him second overall.

46-50 Year Olds
After Art Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) could not find a way to qualify today, it was Expert points ofr the three riders that made the main. The challenge was to beat The International Man of Mystery and reining Foothills BMX track champion Mike Savage. Well, of course no one could and Mike scored his fourth consecutive win here at foothills. Brian Brisson was solid and finished second while third went to “Big Sexy” Vic Rodriguez. EXPERTS
12 Year Old Girls
This was another total points race and “The Fire Ant” Alyssa would win the first two rounds. Tayler Kuhn and Mary Sloan each had five points going into the final round so all Alyssa had to do was show up and she would win overall. She did just that and took a chill-pill finishing third in that last round but it was good enough for the overall win. Mary Sloan was second with Kuhn Third.

8 Year Olds
Logan Kuhn had a rough time and missed the cut today in this class. The 3-rider main saw the Family Pride colors standing on top as Devon Hurley led the entire lap. Max Meinel was really close but settled for second. Third went to Smilin Rylan Spence.

9 Year Olds
This was another one of those total points races that feature the same order of finish every round. Chace Wilcox was first, “G.I. Joe” Olbreys was second while Hunter Heath third.

10 Year Olds
It was tough to see Conor Christofori get eliminated in the qualifying rounds after a good showing last week. NAG #10 rider Justin Donahue sure showed us why he has a National Ranking as he easily won the main event. Sawyer Spence looked good and finished second. Third went to Dion Hurley (Family Pride).

12 Year Olds
There were just three riders left for the main event as Ben Machnik just missed making the main. Matt Meagher, on the moto sheets with bike #325 but running the #16 plate (Ugh) was the winner in this group. “The Hammer” Wes Hamel (Family Pride) was second with James Wolf finishing third.

13 Year Old Experts
Brandon Houle missed qualifying for the first time this year in a class that was 6-riders strong. Riding out of the Full Circle Bike Shop camp, “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves made it three wins in three races here this season. “The Ice Man” Owen Golden was a very solid second while Josue Bruno was third.

14 Year Olds
This class featured the biggest surprise I’ve seen at Foothills in a very long time. To my knowledge this racer has never missed a main event here. He is a 4-time Foothills BMX Track Champion. This week “Superfly” Trevor Cooper missed qualifying for the main event. WOW! Shane Johnson would go onto winning it. Isabella Nelson (Hyper) was second. Third went to Noah Laplume.

15 Year Olds
The “Wild Bunch” was only 3-riders strong this week so it was a total points race. “The Westfield Warrior” Anthony Bartolo won round one while “The Bulldozer” Chris Gonyer would win round two setting up a round three tir-breaker. Bartolo would hold him off for the overall win. Gonyer was second with Aidan Biello third.

16 Year Olds
The was yet another total points race but no tie-breaker needed in this one. “Flash” Logan Demerski put his third foothills win in the record books representing the Full Circle Bike Shop. Ty Farwell hell off Kyle Lyman (Full Circle) for the second spot overall for the day.

17-20 Year Olds
Despite trying hard Hunter Zeiner missed the cut into todays main. Hunter recently had major shoulder surgery and is easing his way back into racing. Slow but sure progress is being made. Wes Reel was the favorite here but mechanical problems continued and he would finish third. Colin Morini was second but no one could catch Nate Theologou, who made his first visit here memorable as he was uncatachable.

36-40 Year Olds
#-rider total points shootout was the situation in this class. Tijaye Henderson, coming so close the last two weeks, won for the first time here at Foothills this season with a complete sweep of the motos. Dan Rice was second as he held off “The Rabbit” Jeff Orlandi who settled for third.

41-45 Year Olds
The last class of the day was moto 52 and it was a total points race with all three riders finishing in the same order every round. Rick Marceau, who is just four years away from being eligible to retire from the fire department, was our winner this week and it was his first at Foothills in this class this season/ Cliff Benoit was second with the third spot going to Scott Gonyer. It was another great turnout with over 200 riders for the second week in a row. The Plaskett family thanks everyone for coming out to this charity race in Dan's memory. It makes the 10 year anniversary of his passing just a little easier to get through. See you next week.

Plaskett Out

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Week #3 - July 5, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


It’s the fourth of July weekend and we are coming off two big weeks that featured over 180 riders in each race. Surely, being a holiday weekend with temps around 90, people would opt out of racing for some family time by the pool or campground. By the motos were posted there were 226 riders on the sheets split into 49 motos. Unfortunately, At least 7of those riders were no-shows so we will go with 219 riders. It has been an exceptionally long time since Foothills saw this many riders for a regular single points race. With Roger (me) not being there this week, we decided to skip the regular Rider Of The Week presentation and will wait until he returns to catch up. My situation was as follows: After last Sunday's race, I felt short of breath walking up to the upper parking lot and had to stop once just to catch my breath. Monday and Tues saw no improvement so I called my Doctor on Wednesday. He ordered the dreaded COVID-19 test which I took in Farmington Wednesday afternoon. By Sunday morning I was feeling better but, because of the holiday weekend, my results were unavailable. Self-guarantining I felt it best to stay away until I heard from Doc. This afternoon my test results came back Negative so i"m ggo to go for Sunday and feeling pretty good. BALANCE BIKES
There were seven racers in this group, and they were split into two motos. The first were four 3-year olds. Asher Smith picked up were he left off on opening day and ran himself to three moto wins. “Chargin” Charlie Molloy pounded out a second-place finish. Third would go to “Leapin” Lucas Kohler while the fourth spot went to “Dancin” Keira Dobelle.

The second group was the 3-rider two year old division. Tanner Smith and Novah Heath traded wins in the first two rounds. The final round determined the finishing order for the day. It would be Tanner Smith, Navah Heath and Ryan Lataille. CRUISERS
15-16 GIRLS
Savanna Cortis made it to foothills from Chicopee for the first time this year. She did not get the track changes dialed in and was forced to watch her sister and 3 others battle it out in the main event. This was settled by the time they reached the first turn as there simply was no passing at all. Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) would lead the entire lap. Shyanne Cortis (Overhaul) was second with Laiken Cormier rounding out the top three.

31-35 WOMEN
this was a four rider battle and, after the qualifying rounds, Caissy Price was the rider missing the cut. In the main it was the same deal as the previous main with no passing. Jennifer Knapp, out of Troy New York, who may have een making her first trip ever to Foothills, was impressive in scoring the win. Kaylynn Cortis was second with Amanda Orlandi finishing third.

7 & UNDER
this class had 4-rider going for the three spots in the main event. Westfields Dave Crichton was the hard luck guy missing the cut today. Asher Hock, most likely making his first visit to Foothills since 2018, led the charge down the front straight. Going a little wide into turn one, Logan Rice got under him and took the lead. After that, the real battle was for second between Hock and Carson Burkholder. At the stripe it was Rice, Hock and Burkholder.

9 YEAR OLDS
“Gi Joe” Olbrys, riding out of Rhode Island, made the long trip rather frustrating by missing the transfer out of the qualifying rounds. Joe hasn’t been here in a couple of years so he definitely was at a disadvantage. All the action was on the front straight in the main as a landslide of 4 riders were in a tight mix heading into turn one. It was then that Joe Knapp would wreck. No one else was involved and it was clear sailing for Tyler Marhafer, another New York rider making his Foothills Debut. He would win the main with Vermont’s Rider Richardson (Warped BMX) second and Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) in the third spot.

13 YEAR OLDS
This was a 3-rider main event after Talen Russell, who finished second last week, failed to make the cut today. Last weeks third place finisher, Dave “Farm Boy” Labarge, who finished third last week, had it all his way in this one as the Full Circle Bike Shop Colors were on the point the entire lap. Landon Johnson held of Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod) for the second spot.

15 Year Olds
This was a total points race and Nick Barone would win round one but misfortune struck inn round two giving him a third with RJ Reale winning that round. In round three Barone had it all together and was back on top for the overall win. RJ was second with Shane Johnson third.

17-20 YEAR OLDS
This was another total points race and one of those where the finishing order was the same in all three rounds. Wes Reel would earn his first Cruiser win of the year with Liam Knott second and JT Kelleher third.

26-30 YEAR OLDS
The total points theme continued for the third class in a row. This one was unique with a different finishing order in all three rounds. “Choo Choo” Tommy Healey (Overhaul) would win the first two rounds while Joe Broderick and Dan Cortis traded second place finishes. In round three it was Healy with a big lead at the halfway point but Broderick was coming. By the time they hit turn four Broderick pulled off a classic swoop and passed Healey. He stayed in front the rest of the way. When the points were tallied it was Healey first, Broderick second and Cortis third.

36-40 YEAR OLDS
So we interrupted the string of total points races with a four rider class in this one. Unfortunately, if anything could go wrong it certainly did for “Rabbit” as Jeff Orlandi missed out on transferring. If he watched the main he may have been glad he wasn’t in the mix going into turn one. They were virtually side by side and 3-wide in and out of the turn. Jody Toomey came out on top and led the way all the way to turn four. In the rhythm section Tijaye Henderson got along side as they went handlebar to handlebar through the humps. Toomey had the inside line entering the final turn and he crossed the stripe just one bike length ahead of Henserson. Austin Bolle had the road blocked inn front of him and would finish third.

46-50 YEAR OLDS
Once Sponsored years ago by General Motors on the National Scene, Chris Deamelio would lead the charge in all three rounds of this total points race. Anther “blast from the past” Jason Moriary was second with New York’s Chet Mills third.

51-55 YEAR OLDS
This was the last Cruiser event and another total points race. Â Just looking at the moto sheet here it was easily predictable what the outcome would be4 and it was that way in all three rounds. The “International Man of Mystery” Mike Savage was first. Shawn Morris (Hostile) was second while 64 year old Rog “Moto-Man” Billings put the Scylent Rage Racing colors in the third spot. NOVICES
5 & UNDER
This class has been large every race and today was no exception with 7 riders in the mix. I think one of these riders might have been a no-show as Jeremy Baio was the rider not making the cut. Other members of his family were given DNS so he may have also. Anyway, the main event it quickly became a two-rider shootout as Cole Friese and Kainen Crowe really went at it. There were numerous passes but the final one happened in the last turn when Crowe powered his way around the outside of Friese to capture the win. Kainen has never been here and made the long trip from Cap Cod well worth the ride. Friese was second and, rounding out the top three it was Liam Perrotte.

6 YEAR OLDS
This was a total points 3-rider battle between riders from three different states. With a perfect three race sweep it was Rhode Island’s Jacob Molloy. Second overall went to Connecticut’s Owen Sanzone. Third went to Massachusetts Bentley Preston.

7 YEAR OLDS
This one was screwed up from the start as 5 riders were registered but only three showed up. It was then a free ride to the main event for the racers that did show up. Cooper Jarest would make it three wins in a row as he was top dog again today. Parker Moriarty was a solid second while third went to Cheyenne “Mookie” Orlandi.

8 YEAR OLDS
After the qualifying rounds eliminated one rider (Luke Mills) the three-rider main event was on. “Girl Power” was alive and real in this one as Molly Patrick was on the point the entire lap and could not be caught as she ran a prefect lap. Drake Videtto made her stay the course with no mistakes as he finished a close second. Third went to Blake Price.

9 YEAR OLDS
This one was messed up also because of two riders that were a no-show. So originally it was a 5-rider class, because of the no-shows it was 3 rounds of meaningless qualifiers before the main event as all remaining riders were automatically in. In the main it was settled right at the start when Joe Toomey out snapped everyone on the gate for the early lead which he would never give up. All the way around it was the same order. Toomey, Bradon Martin and Ava “Aviator” McKay.

10 YEAR OLDS
this was a good-sized group with 6-riders going for the 5 spots in the main. Tyanna Lepicier, who made the main last week, just missed the transfer this week. In the main it was a very tight group going into the first turn. They all got through cleanly but immediately sorted themselves out the rest of the way around. At the stripe it was Willow Hicks first. The “Slayer” Aryana Labarge second and Landon Moynihan third.

11 YEAR OLDS
With only 4-riders registered, it’s always heartbreaking to eliminate a rider but such are the rules with the transfer system. This time it was Hunter Price suffering that fate. The 3-rider main event Ethan Cournoyer was dominant leading the entire run. Drayke Palazzi was second with Scylent rage racing’s Collin Ramsey third.

13 YEAR OLDS
it was another tough week for Jocelyn Orlandi as she missed the cut but sure looks like steady improvement every time out. The 3-riders who did make the main event they put on a show. It was an very tight group most of the way around with Henry Morini in the lead. When they reached the rhythm section Dillon Smith took over. Henry Morini was running second out of the final turn. Smith held on for the win but an incredible sprint to the line by Antonio Amisano earned him the second spot as he sped by Henry.

15 YEAR OLDS
This was one of the six classes today with 7-riders in the mix. Wyatt Keeler was eliminated despite a great effort to qualify. The main was stacked with talent. Roscoe Spencer-Dubuc used a nice third straight pass to take the lead away from Vinny Fahey. He would hang on the rest of the wy for the win. Vinny was second while Trey Leicier round out the top three spots on the podium.

36-40 YEAR OLDS
It took three rounds of hard-fought qualifying to make todays main event. James Kaleta would just miss. The 4-rider main was a good one. Eric Tindell and Stan Crowe went side by side from turn one to turn four when Tindell finally got in front by a bike length. T the stripe it was Tindell, Crowe and Mike Amisano.

41-45 YEAR OLDS
This was a four-rider battle for three main event spots and it was Brian Kesl missing the cut as the Scylent Rage local racer sat and watched for the second time this year. The main event was like two races. Chris Knapp led the first half with Tony Dickerson all over his action like white on rice. Into the turn three hole they dove, and Tony used a great cut in the turn to take the lead. He would go the rest of the way unchallenged for his second foothills win in a row. Knapp settled for second while third went to an incredibly improved “Big Timber’ Tim Adams for Scylent Rage Racing.

46-50 YEAR OLDS
There were 6-riders going for some 4th of July glory in this group. Terry Miller would not make it out of the qualifying rounds in this one. The main event saw this become more of a battle for the second spot than for the top spot. Scott Price took off early and, by the halfway point was probably in a different zip code. The second spot battle was classic with a couple of changes, but the last pass belonged to Mark Dukeman as he held off Chris Rivera who finished a close third. INTERMEDIATES
6 YEAR OLDS
This was a 4-rider class with one rider eliminated in the motos. This week it was Nick Slater suffering that fate. In the main it was all Joe Lataille from start to finish. Dylan Dobelle was really impressive as he was the only 5 year old in this 6 year old class and finished a solid second third went to “Rock N Roll” Lyman. (Full circle Bike Shop).

7 YEAR OLDS
Collin Tindell just missed making it out of his motos. Dave Crichton was first to qualify and first across the stripe in the main. Will Adams, who has failed to make the cut the previous two weeks, grabbed the last transfer spot today and then put the Scylent Rage Racing colors in the second spot on the podium. “Krankin” Kris Devaux pushed him all the way but stayed in third. Kris is still working out the kinks getting used to his new bike.

9 YEAR OLDS
this was another of those huge 7-rider classes but unfortunately, it had two riders in it that were no-shows meaning everyone that showed up made the main. Logan Moriarty got the snap out of the gate and led the charge to the first turn hole shot. The big move came there from “Hamerin” Cameron Friese who went into the turn fourth and come out second. All the way around he would chase Moriarty but never quite get there. Moriarty, Friese and Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop).

11 YEAR OLDS
Making his first trip ever to Foothills was too much for this rider from Glenville New York as Lucas Bolle missed transferring out of the motos. The 3-rider main event Nick Preston easily got the job done. Two Scylent Rage Racing teammates battled hard for the second spot. It was Brody Kesl and The “Urban Legend” Johnny Urban racing door handle to door handle. Out of turn two Johnny finally took the second spot with a full bike length lead and was able to keep Kesl behind him the rest of the way.

12 YEAR OLDS
For the second week in a row it was Noah Rushford missing the main event in this class. We admire his persistence and, if he keeps trying as hard as he has been, will be in the mix before long. The main event “The Gambler” Caleb Kaleta grabbed the lead down the front straight with a great gate snap. As the exited turn one it was Caleb with Toby Schoonmaker second but a hard charging Mikey Roy coming with a head of steam. Mikey passed Toby on the outside going into turn two and that would be the last of the passing. At the stripe it was Kaleta first, Roy second and Schoonmaker third.

13 YEAR OLDS
Here was a 7-rider class where everyone showed up. Riley Richardson (Warped BMX) was the hard luck racer missing the cut after driving all the way from Vermont. In the main it would be a close finish. All the way around the top three were Landon Johnson with Nick Tirendi and Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod Co) running nose to tail. As they sprinted out of the last turn it ended in that order but all three were within one bike length of each other.

14 YEAR OLDS
So here we have 5-riders entered with one being a girl. Surely she would be the underdog. Oh contrare, This is Gold Cup #2 and 4-time female track champion Marissa “Movie Star” Lyman. After Nick Smith qualified first, and feeling really good about himself, it was Vico Tirillo the rider missing the cut after a second-place finish last week. The main event Marissa would start in gate 4 while teammate Nick smith drew gate #6. Bam, the gate dropped and Lyman got the snap. Into turn one she held off a sweet inside move by Nick. The two black shirted Full Circle Bike Shop riders raced up the second straight. Into turn two Nick again tried an inside move but Marissa slammed the door. The rest of the way Marissa maintained a three-length lead right to the stripe. Nick settled getting beat by a girl and stood on the podiums second tier. Third went to Marcus Rivera.

17-20 YEAR OLDS
Even a Gold cup #1 ranking wasn’t good enough for Amanda Rock to make it into today’s main event. The main was a three-rider shootout. Last week it took an incredible move in the final turn of the last chance qualifying for Ty Lepicier to make it into the main event. This week, he not only was the first to qualify, he led the entire lap with a huge lead by the time he reached the finish line. The second spot went to Adam Dougherty out of Southwick. Adam is a Novice so he earns second place Intermediate points for his efforts here. Third went to Kirsten McDonnell (Time2shine) in one her first races back after a long time off.

26-35 YEAR OLDS
Here we go with another loaded class featuring 7 riders. These guys were very competitive but after the three qualifying rounds it was “Big Nasty” Matt Giroux the rider eliminated. The main event had everyone holding their breath as the tight pack went in and out of turn one but no mayhem this time. Marcelo Oliveira and Shawn Kennedy, the first two to qualify, led the charge up the second straight. As the pack sorted themselves out not much changed anywhere except the size of the lead for Oliveira. He would win with Shawn second and Joe Broderick earned an impressive third in this large gang of riders.

41-45 YEAR OLDS
Dan Marhafer, in his first trip here, left without making the main event. That has to hurt after traveling all the way from Schenectady New York. We certainly hope he gives us another try soon. The main event was now down the three-riders. Chris Deamelio, (Expert) making a rare Foothills Appearance, easily got the job done going coast to coast. The second spot belonged to Jody Toomey as he spent the entire lap holding off third place finisher Trevor Toney. All riders earn “expert points” thanks to Chris.

51 & OVER
There were five-rider riding hard through the battle rounds and they ranged in age from 52-64 years old. Unfortunately for 64 year old Rog “Moto-Man” Billings, he could not keep those Scylent rage Racing colors in a qualifying position. “The BMX International Legend” Mike Savage (Expert) and current Foothills BMX Track Champion, had it all his way leading end to end. Shawn Harris kept the second spot in his possession the entire lap while Scylent Rage Racings team manager Art Ramsey and Mark Reale battled the entire length for the last podium spot which went to “The Rock Star” Art Ramsey. EXPERTS
12 YEAR OLD GIRLS
Jenna Miller, who hasn’t been here in a couple of years, Won all three rounds of this total points event. The “Fire Ant” Alyssa McKay was second with Mary Sloan a close third.

7 YEAR OLDS
after Carson Burkholder just missed the cut, this three rider main was locked and loaded. Out of gate #1 it was Logan Rice with the hole shot. Asher Hock was running second when Joey Deitz made his move passing Asher in the first turn. Up the second and third straight the order remained the same. But entering turn four Asher got on the inside of Joey and took the spot away but just for a moment. Side by side through the rhythm section, Hoey now had the inside preferred line into the final turn and he would hold off Asher for the second spot. Logan Rice could not be caught and he won it.

8 YEAR OLDS
There were five-riders in this line up and it was impressive list of names. Joe Knapp was the hard luck guy and he had to watch from the sidelines. Usually gate 8 is the kiss of death for any chance to win a main event from. When the gate dropped it was Devon Hurley (Family Pride) with the lead until they reached turn two. That’s when the guy that started in Gate #8 dove to the inside and put the hurt move on Hurley. Ty Marhafer was the new leader of the pack. It became a two-rider breakaway as he and Hurley pulled away. Brody Ryan was a distant third. As they crossed the stripe it was Marhafer by two lengths over Hurley with Ryan third.

9 YEAR OLD EXPERTS
This was one of the three-rider total points races. It was Vermont’s Ryder Richardson (Warped BMX) with a ‘perfect”. Hunter Heath was second with Joe “GI Joe” Olbrys credited with a third but I’m not sure he was even there.

10 YEAR OLDS
This was our first look at “The Dream Weaver” Jeff Weaver this season. There was obvious rust as he just could not make it into a qualifying position. For the rest of the riders, enjoy that while it lasts because it will not last long. In the main they sorted themselves out early on. Britton Ryan, all the way out of Ossining New York, would take the lead and never look back. At the stripe it was Ryan, Sawyer Spence and Dion Hurley (Family Pride0 rounding out the top three in this five-rider main event.

12 YEAR OLDS
This was back to a three-rider total points event. Matt Barone aced a “perfect” with three wins. This was Matt’s first appearance this season. “Rukus” Zack Rukakoski was second overall with third going to last weeks winner “The Hamer” Wes Hamel. (Family Pride). 13 YEAR OLDS
This was another large group with seven-riders going hard for those six spots in the qualifying rounds. Â For the second week in a row, times were tough for “The Farm Boy” Dave Labarge as he missed the cut. The main event saw “The Ice Man” Owen Golden out snap everyone and take a nice early lead into turn one. He would hold off the challengers all the way around to capture his first Foothills win this season. “Nasty” Nate Giroux was on him all the way but could not find a way around and scored an impressive second place finish. Gavin Suares rounded out the top three. Shane “Hurricane” Upham had a tough day as he had trouble staying on his pedals.
Shane Upham had this problem all day long 14 EXPERTS
The bad boys of BMX is what I’ve always referred to this bunch as. Today there 7 riders battling hard to make today’s main event. That “Cat in the hat” Jacob Hatt just missed qualifying. In the main event RJ Reale took the lead down the front chute. Four-time foothills BMX Track champion, Trevor “Superfly” Cooper passed him coming out of turn one. RJ returned the favor down in turn 2 and regained the top spot. He would lead the rest of the way while Shane Johnson was all over Coopers rear wheel. At the stripe it was Reale, Cooper and Johnson in a three-rider break-away.

15 YEAR OLDS
The “Wild Bunch”, my nickname for this gang that I have been using for years. That was the case today for sure. Hayden MacDonald was the rider missing the transfer into the main. Nick Barone was on fire today and he exploded out of the gate like a rocket. He would hang on all the way around for a “Full Pull”. The second spot went to “The Westfield Warrior” Anthony Bartolo with a solid run. Noah Toney would finish third.

16 YEAR OLDS
This is “The Mod Squad” and it was a 5 rider class that eliminated Gordon Johnson in the motos. Liam Knott used the gate #1 advantage to out power Ty Farwell down the front straight for the turn one hole shot. All the way around to turn four he led when Farwell tried to pass but just could not get by. As they headed to the final turn it was Knott and Farwell with Kyle Lyman awfully close. Turn five saw Lyman self-destruct handing the third spot to “The Hurricane” Henry Hatt.

17-20 YEAR OLDS
Now it’s time for the “Chain-Gang”. JT Kelleher, despite a valiant effort, did not make the cut. To me, this was just maybe the race of the day. The “Smooth Move of the day” for sure. All the way around it was Wes Reel in front. Wes won 14 out of 15 main events last year and put another in the record books last week. So again, Wes led the pack all the way around, until turn 5 happened. In the rhythm section Wes left the inside door open and Colin Morini was there. Colin dove to the inside and completed the smoothest pass of the day in the turn surprising Wes Reel who settled for second. Third went to Hunter “Butter” Zeiner.
Collin Morini had "The Pass of the Day" 26-35 Year Olds
This was a three-rider main event after Scotty Doland Missed the cut. Scotty has not been a regular here so he is definitely not used to the track. In the main it was all Tyler cortis, at least the first two straights. On the obstacle going into turn two it looked like Cortis pulled off an unintentional one-footer. He was bouncing around on the saddle totally out of control. Somehow he held on but lost a lot of momentum as Steve Healey made the pass heading for turn three. Cortis was still in second when he did the mumble-jumble again right in front of the tower completing his “from the penthouse to the outhouse” performance in half the track. He did recover and pass “Choo-Choo” with a final sprint to the line. At the stripe it was Steve Healey, Ty Cortis and Tom Healey.

36-40 Year Olds
The final race of the day was a total points event. The winner in round one was Tijaye Henderson. In round two it was Craig Deitz setting up a ty breaking third round duel. Craig led the entire last lap but Tijaye got along side of him in the rhythm section and actually they were trading paint with contact. Nobody went down but craig muscled his way to the finish line with a slight lead. Tijaye was second with Dan Rice finishing third.
So that’s how it went down as far as I could tell watching for home. Next week is our annual Daniel J Plaskett Memorial charity Race with certificates as awards. Some of the proceeds with go to the United Leukodystrophy Foundation in Dan’s name. Hopefully, I’ll see you all then So long for now.

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Week #2 - June 28, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


On Thursday night we looked at that overwhelming turnout as something that was one time only situation. After all it was free, opening day and we are the only game around at that point. So yesterday it started all over again. When the few quirks associated with on-line registration was over with, the count was 188 with 46 motos! This is amazing. The social distancing was much better today as well so hopefully, things will really smooth out as we go forward.

Before we started, we named our weekly Rider Of The Week. This week it went to a rider who has been around Foothills for the last three seasons. He won once in his first year but was winless last year. Thursday night he was on fire and grabbed his first Foothills win in quite a while. 7 year old Cooper Jarest is our rider of the week. He said Wes Reel is his favorite rider.

Cooper Jarest hanging with Wes Reel BALANCE BIKES
We had 7 riders strong and they were split into two groups. Group one was made up of three 4 year olds. Tyler Hillman easily pounded his way to glory with 3 wins. Kennedy Hillman was right behind him for second while Mattie Doyle smiled her way to a third place finish.

In the second group there were four riders aging 2-3 years old. Lucas Kohler won the first round. Max Delaney won the second round. The final round went to Max as did the overall win. Lucas was second. Third overall went to Keira Dobelle with Ryan Lataille finishing fourth. CRUISERS
13-14 Year Old Girls
This one had four very fast ladies in it. After the qualifying rounds, Mary Sloan just missed making the main. Isabella Nelson and Marissa Lyman, both 14 years old, made it a two-rider break-away with “Bella” holding off Lyman for the win. 10 year old Kyrie Coddington-Sweet finished third.

17-20 Year Old Women
This was a total points race and it was no contest for the top spot. Amandi Orlandi had it all her way as she powered her way to a “perfect” by winning every round. Laiken Cormier and XCaissy Price battled hard for the second spot where Laiken would prevail.

41-45 Yr Old Women
Kasie Provencal won two of the three rounds of total points racing for her first BMX win ever! Sarah Huberty won the last round which was good enough second overall. Dawn Sweet fell in the second round and sat out round three.

9 Year Olds
This class was a combined class made up with two 7 year olds and two 9 year olds. 7 year old Cooper Jarest was the one rider missing the cut. All the way from Vermont, Ryder Richardson had it going today in the main event and held off a hard charging Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) for the win, oah was second with Dave Crichton finished third.

13 Year Olds
this was a large class made up of 7 riders. After 3 hectic qualifying rounds it was Nick Tirendi the rider eliminated. Gold Cup #3 Jonah Graves (Full circle bike shop) led start to finish in this one. Talen Russell, in his first trip here from Long Island, had it dialed in early and finished second. Dave (Farm Boy) Labarge, put his full circle colors in the third spot.

17-20 Year Olds
Total points racing for this group of three ranging from 16-23 years old. Logan Demerski kept the dominance of the Full Circle Bike Shop Riders going with another impressive three-round sweep. JT Kelleher was second with Wes Reel mired in the third spot.

36-40 year olds
This was a four rider battle for three main event spots. Unfortunately, it’s only rider points for “The Rabbit” Jeff Orlandi who just missed qualifying. In the main it was Tim Brown leading coast to coast but Tijaye Henderson, in his first trip here ever, kept the heat turned up and made a classic stretch at the finish line to reduce the win margin to one bike length. Overhauls Jody Toomey was third.

46-50 Year Olds
This was anther total points race and it was one of those that featured the same order of finish in all three rounds. Rick Marceau and Vic “Big Sexy” Rodriguez, both riding out of the Overhaul racing stables, would finish 1-2. The third spot went to Troy New York’s Terry Miller, who was participating in only his second race ever.

51-55 Year Olds
Same as the previous class, this was also a three-rider total points and it also featured the ssame order of finish all three rounds. Mike Savage was pretty much unchallenged, Shawn Morris was second with the ageless wonder, Rog Billings (Scylent Rage Racing) finishing third. NOVICES
5 & Under
There were 11 riders registered in this group so the were split into two groups in the qualifying rounds where 3 riders would be eliminated. Skylar Hardgrove, Jack Wednt and Jeremy Baio were the unfortunate kids, despite a great effort, missed transferring into today’s main. In the main event one would expect some wrecks early on with 8 riders leaving the gate. By the 1st turn they had sorted themselves out pretty will with Logan Slater taking a commanding lead by the time they hit turn 2. He would maintain that lead all the way to the stripe. Gavin Proctor earned the second spot on the podium while Cole Friese pulled off a sweet pass of Reid Waters in the second turn to capture position three.

6 Year Old Novice
With so many riders in the 5 & under group, this group only had three so it was total points racing. Bentley Preston was uncatchable as he won each round by a big margin. Ryder Orsori was second while Evan Dohan, surviving a third round crash, was third.

7 Year Old Novices
This was a bigger class with 6 riders going for it. Unfortunately one rider had to miss the cut and it was Cheyene “Mookie” Orlandi. In the main event, last Thursday winner did it again today. After only one win here after two seasons, Cooper Jarest has now made it two in a row and he did it easily. Eric Macgregor was second. The third spot was closely contended and it went to James Baio.

9 Year Old Novices
Blake Price gave it a great try but just missed qualifying for today’s 4 rider main event. It became a two-rider breakaway in the main as Gold Cup #1 Joe Toomey (Overhaul) and Braden Martin went out hard and fast. Toomey led the entire lap with Toomey pushing him hard for second. Jackson Baio was third. 10 Year Old Novices
One of the hardest crashes of the day occurred in the opening round of qualifiers in this one when Tyanna Lepicier dug her pedal into the asphalt in turn one and flipped. She hit pretty hard but would come back and qualify out of the final round Crawford Kesl was the hard luck rider eliminated. In the main there was some late passing but not up front. Willow Hicks (Time2shine) was the first to qualify and also the first across the stripe in the main. “The Slayer” Aryana Labarge (Full Circle Bike Shop) mad a pass late to capture second place while Landyn Moynihan passed Tyanna Lepicier late for the third spot. Tyanna Lepicier starts to lose it 11 Year Olds
This was a Total Points race and Colin Ramsey looked well on his way by winning round one. But the next two rounds saw Drayke Palazzi win giving him the overall title for the day. Colin was second with Hunter Price third. Drayke is a new rider. That’s a great way to start.

12 Year Old Novices
Hunter Phoenix, in spite of owning the Gold Cup #2 plate, did not have it today and missed making the main event. Henry Morini, Full Circle Bike Shop, had this in the bag right from the start. The battle was for the second spot. Tayshawn Reilly used a turn 2 pass to get by Elizabeth Doyle to grab the second spot.

14 Year Old Novices
Jocelyn kept the Orlandi bad luck streak going as she missed the cut to today’s main event. The main saw a tight pack go into turn one but, after the exit the three riders were all sorted out and the order would stay the same right to the stripe. Dillon Smith, Kraig Geissler and Maddy Chalco 1-2-3.

15 Year Old Novices
This was a nice sized group with 6 riders entered. New rider Peter Drwiega, showed some raw skills and, even though he failed to qualify, looks like he could be a good one. The main event saw two Full Circle Bike Shop teammates really go at it. Vincent Fahey and Trey Lepicier almose took each other out in turn 2 but no harm no foul. At the stripe it was Fahey, Lepicier and Rosco Spencer-Dubuc for three.

41-45 year Olds
This group was another one made up of six riders. Even after traveling from Rhode Island, the long ride did not provide enough energy for Pat Golden III to qualify. Tim Adams, looking so much improved this year for the folks at Scylent Rage Racing, held onto the lead all the way to turn three. Halfway up the long back stretch, Tony Dickerson, in second BMX race ever, got on the inside and completed the pass in turn 4. He would hang on for the win with Adams second. Third went to Dan Russell riding out of Shoreham BMX. Tony definitely has some skills. When asked he revealed he was a motocross racer and always wanted to give BMX a try. INTERMEDIATES
5 & Under
This was a total points race and it was a good one. Round one went to Tripp Fowler. Round two saw Dylan Dobelle in the winner’s circle. Round three saw Cole Lyman and Dylan dangle down in turn one allowing Tripp to cruise on to the finish line unchallenged. Dylan was second while Cole was third.

6 Year Olds
This also was a total points race and it was as good as they get. Round one went to Nick Slater. Round two saw Mason Delaney capture the win. Round three Slater jumped out in front early and never looked back. Mason was second and third for the day went to Joe Lataille.

7 Year Olds
Will Adams was the hard luck racer tonight as he just missed making the cut. Logan Rice was hot and, even though Dave Crichton was first to qualify, Logan beat him in the main event as they would finish 1-2. Third went to today’s birthday boy, “Krankin” Kris Devaux, riding and brand new DK bike he just got today.

9 Year Olds
Through the hard fought qualifying rounds we qualified 4 riders. Xander Monczka was the one that didn’t make it. Noah Hardgrove and Cameron Friese made this a two-rider breakaway moto. They fought hard all the way around and, if the track was 20 feet longer Friese may have gotten him at the stripe as he was about one bike length behind but closing fast. Third went to Adalyn Nevins.

10 Year Olds
It was back to total points racing and this time it was “Urban Legend” Johnny Urban getting the best of his teammate Brody Kesl by beating him two of the three rounds. Brody was second overall with Bryden Vaccaro finishing third.

12 Year Olds
This would be a 5-rider shootout to get those 4 spots in the main event. Noah Rushford just missed making it in. In the main it was Toby Schoonmaker leading the charge up the second straight but he left the door open into turn two and Mikey Roy took advantage and passed him. In turn three Quinn Burke found a way around Nick Preston for the third spot but the win again went to Mikey Roy.

13 Year Olds
This group was loaded. Besides our own regulars there was one hot-rod riding out of the Shoreham Long Island track. It wasn’t until the third round when Talen Russell qualified, but, in the main event he grabbed the lead early and that was all she wrote. Nick Tirendi kept the heat turned up but it would take a mistake by our leader if he was to has a chance and that just never happened. Russell won it with Nick second and Chris “Sparky Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod) was third.

14 Year Olds
We went back to total points racing for the next two groups. In this one Full Circles Nick Smith had it all his way as he was “perfect” in all three rounds. Vico Tirillo and “Mad” Maddy Philbrick were second and third.

15 Year Olds
As mentioned this was another total points race with Noah Toney perfect going into round three. But round three saw Hubert Miszczuk leading heading up the second straight. Toney had a head of steam and Hubert was pushing hard, maybe too hard. He ran off the track at the big obstacle and Toney had it all his way once again. Overall it was Toney, Miszczuk and Hayden Macdonald third.

26-35 Year Olds
Caissy Price gave it a great try but missed making into today’s main event. In the main it was Dan Rice, starting in gate 5, who blasted out of the gate and took the lead by the 30 foot line. He was uncatchable. It was fairly close for the second spot but in the end, the entire lap saw no passing at all. Dan Rice won it, Adrian Crichton was second and Josh Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) was third.

41-45 Year Olds
This was a large group with 7 riders going for it. Dege Russell, in his first time here, was the one rider who missed the cut. The 6-rider main event was a close one as 4 riders went nose to tail all the way around. In the rhythm section Trevor Toney got alongside our leader Jody Toomey but could not seal the deal. At the stripe it was Toomey, Toney and Tim Brown. EXPERTS
12 Year Old Girls
this was a three rider total points event and it was really sweet. In fact, that was the finishing order in the top two spots. 12-year old Pippa Sweet aced a “perfect’, her sister Kyrie Coddington-Sweet was second while Mary Sloan finished third.

14 Year Old Girls
Total points was the theme in these early Expert classes. In this one it was Isabella Nelson and Marissa Lyman really going at it each round but “Bella” would prevail. Marissa (Full Circle Bike Shop) was second while Riley Richardson, all the way from Vermont, was third.

17-20 Year Old Women
Yet another total points race and a dominating performance by our winner. Devin Murphy, recently picked up by Daylight Cycles, rode that new machine like a pro and enjoyed a “perfect” Sunday. Amanda Rock was solid and finished second while Kirsten McDonnell (Time2shine) was third.

8 Year Olds
This was another dominating total points race with the same finishing order in all three rounds. Devon Hurley (Family Pride) was almost in his own area code all day long as he was way out in front for the wins. Brody Ryan was second all day with Rylan Spence in the third spot.

10 Year Olds
There were 4 riders vying for those coveted 3 main event spots. Unfortunately, it was Ryder Richardson who failed to make the cut. In the main the order was determined early. Briton Ryan jumped to the lead and held off everyone behind him for the win. Sawyer Spence was in hot pursuit but could not find a way around and settled for the second spot. Dion Hurley (Family Pride) was third.

12 Year Olds
James Wolf was the hard luck rider this time. After only missing one main last year here, he missed it today. As the three riders in the main event sped down the front chute, Wes Hamel was running third. He made an incredible swoop move in turn one and passed both riders. That was definitely the pass of the day. All the way around he led with “Ruckus” Zack Rukakoski second and Breton Provencal third.

13 Year Olds
After looking so good in his cruiser class, Dave “Farm Boy” Labarge just missed making the cut ion this class. “The Undertaker”, Jonah Graves, (Full Circle Bike Shop) led the procession from start to finish. “The Iceman” Owen Golden was close behind for the second spot. Third went to Noah Andersen.

14 Year Olds
We said goodbyt to Kayden Smith after the qualifying rounds despite his great effort. In the main it was Noah Laflume in the lead with “Superfly” Trevor Cooper in tow. Trevor made his move in the third turn and got nearly alongside Laflume. But Laflume closed the door on him. That was the closest our former track champion would get. Laflume prevailed with Cooper second and third went to Kyle Macdonald (Time2shine).

15 Year Olds
On this crazy day we’ve seen some very fast riders miss qualifying and that was certainly the case here. Lance “Spike” Miller did not qualify. The main was a hot one with “The Westfield Warrior”, Anthony Bartolo and former track champ Aidan Biello running close together with “The Bulldozer” Chris Gonyer right in the mix as well. Bartolo would not be denied this day and he hung on for an impressive win. Biello was second with Gonyer third.

16 Year Olds
Eliminating top riders continued in this class “The Mod Squad” as Dylan Rodriguez missed the cut. In the main Logan Demerski was simply the best. He led the entire lap and jumped the big obstacle going into turn 3. Tyler Farwell (Time2shine) was running good but seemed to pull up as Kyle Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) held him off for second. It was learned later that Tyler’s neck bolt had come loose and his handlebars were moving.

17-20 Year Olds
This was a crazy situation as the real race was the last chance qualifier between Hunter Zeiner and Ty Lepicier. Hunter was ahead of him all the way until they got to turn 5. Ty made a great pass to take the spot away but, regardless of what the person 60 feet passed the finish line thought she saw, the pass was clearly inside the white stripe. I had the absolute best view as it happened 10 feet in front of me and I could clearly see the bike track which I even took a picture of. Hunter was consulted to see what he wanted to do and decided “He Got Me” and no protest was lodged so Ty was in and Hunter was out. In fairness to Ty, the white line was a little crooked where the pass was, and it was a great move. In the main it was all Wes Reel leading the way. Wes appears to be one of our fastest riders this year. Full Circles Colin Morini was second with Ty Lepicier third.

26-35 Year Olds
This was the last class of the day and it was a total points race. Jeromy Slator would win all three rounds. Tijaye Henderson was second in the first two rounds but Danielle Jolicoeur was ahead of him in round three. In the rhythm section Danielle simply left the door open and Tijaye moved on by for the “perfect” second while Danielle would settle for third.
So another fun Sunday goes into the record books. It has been an epic start of the season and lets make it continue next week. See you then.

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Week #1 - June 25, 2020 - Story by Rog Plaskett


It certainly has been a long time coming but finally, it was "Opening Night" at Foothills. Even though it's Olympics celebration night, it's really designed to introduce new riders into the sport as there is no entry fee. At least that’s the theory.

So, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and related mandated guidelines, we made registration on-line only so that there would be minimum lines at the Registration window. Race day registration was reserved for renewals and new memberships.

Last year we were overjoyed when we had 66 riders split into 20 moto for Olympic night. That was our best Olympic night ever at that point. Well, hang onto your helmets, our biggest race last year was our State Qualifier where we drew 154 racers. Last night we had 183 riders split into 43 motos! OVERWHELMING to say the least. 5 states were represented. We had hoped to get started at 6:15 but it was about 6:40 when we actually started but it was pretty wild, and everyone seemed to adhere to the social distancing rules. This would be a two-moto transfer system as we have no lights at Foothills and needed to push hard to get done with proper daylight.
BALANCE BIKES There were two groups of these little sprinters: the first was four racers made up of 3 and 4 year olds. Asher Smith made it look easy as he pushed his way to total victory. Lucus Kohler was second while Keita Spence and Mattie Doyle ran third and fourth.

The second group was three racers strong and they were all 2 years old. Tanner Smith had it all his way as he pounded the track hard for an overall win. Novah Heath and Ryan Lataille were second and third. CRUISERS 13-14 Girls
This was a total points race in which the favorite certainly was Marissa Lyman, movie star and reigning Cruiser track champion. At 14 years old she had a big advantage over 12 year old Mary Sloan and 10 year old Kyrie Coddington Sweet. All she had to do is show up basically. In round one it was Marissa with the win and seeming on her way to enjoy her first overall win of the season. Kyrie was second and Mary was third. So round two went exactly the same way. The final round, in which we kept announcing we were starting from both the tower and the registration building was a disaster for the red carpet girl. As the gate dropped, she was seen running through the parking lot trying to get to her gear. The unthinkable had just happened. Marissa Lyman had missed her moto. Kyrie won it with Mary second. Because Marissa is awarded last place minus one per rule book. She takes a 4 meaning Kyrie was the overall winner by 1 point. What a way to start!

41-45 Woman
This was a five rider duel. Kasie Provencal made round one look easy as she and Laiken Cormier transfer out. Round two saw Dawn Sweet and Sarah Huberty make it in. Stephanie Blackburn was the one not making the cut but it looked to me like this Warped BMX rider was being very generous. In the main it was Kasie leading until Dawn Sweet pulled of a “sweet” pass in the second turn to take the lead and held on for her first win in her first race! Kasi was second while third went to Sarah Huberty.

8 year olds
After the qualifying rounds Lorenz Guliani was the one rider missing the cut. In the three rider main event, it was Logan Kuhn leading the way to the stripe. Bryson Bruns was a close second while third went to Blake Gauthier.

11 year olds
This was a total points race and it would be one of those where it’s the same finish all three rounds. Breton Provencal was first; Chace Wilcox was second with Noah Hardgrove third. Noah took a hard fall in practice but looked ok.

13 year olds
This line was four riders strong and it was stacked. You know its loaded when Full Circle Bike Shops Dave Labarge misses the cut. The main event did see Full Circle colors in the winner’s circle as The Undertaker Jonah Grave turned the deed. Zack Rukakoski was second with Chris “Sparky” Petersen (Associated Lightning Rod) a close third.

14 year olds
This was a total points event that was hindered by the fact that Isabella Nelson was a no-show. Mason Bruns (Gold Cup #2) and RJ Reale were left to do battle and all three rounds were very close but Mason was unbeatable tonight in spite of RJ giving it all he had.

36-40 Cruiser
There were five riders in this lineup and after the two qualifying rounds, Jeff Orlandi was the rider eliminated. in the main event the Hare wasn’t there. Logan Demerski was awesome and easily the class of the field as this Full Circle Bike Shop rider easily dominated. JT Kelleher was also strong and finished second. Third went to Jody Toomey.

46-50 Cruiser
There were five riders going for the four spots in the main event. Terry Miller out of Troy New York really gave a good effort but could not find a way to make it into the main. Mike Savage picked up right where he left off last year with an easy win. Rick Marceau was second across the stripe while “Big Sexy” Vic Rodriguez was third. NOVICES 5 & Under
Eleven riders in this group making it the largest of the night. Despite great tries Lucas Preston, Carter Mancini and Raya Gauthier had to watch the eight rider main event from the sidelines. Gavin Proctor earned a very impressive win as they were falling like bowling pins out there for a while. Cole Friese made it through the mayhem for a second place finish while third went to Reid Waters.

6 year olds
We went from feat to famine in one age group as 11 riders in the 5 & under gang there just 3 riders in this one. Logan Rivera was perfect in this Total points shootout with Bentley Preston and Evan Dohan second and third.

7 year olds
with four riders going for the glory it would be Ryan Cassidy the hard-luck rider missing the main event. Cooper Jarest turned up the heat and powered his way to a win. Eric Macgregor was second while Soleil Shuster was third.

9 year olds
a strong field of six racer made up this lineup. Liam Cassidy was odd man out as he just missed the cut. Joe Toomey proved why he wears the Gold Cup #1 plate on his bike as he was first to qualify and first across the main event stripe. Braden Martin grabbed the second spot with Dom Cunningham rounding out the podium positions.

10 year olds
Another big field with 6 riders registered. Crawford Kesl, in just his first race, just missed transferring into todays main event. Brodie Preece, out of New Harford grabbed the victory. Willow Hicks was strong and earned a second place finish. Tyanna Lepicier was third.

11 year olds
Just four riders in this group and, unfortunately, it was Scylent Rage Racings Collin Ramsey who missed the transfer. Ethan Cournoyer was our winner with Thaydin Peluyera and Drayke Palazzi second and third.

12 year olds
When Brodie Preece won the 10 year old class two mains earlier his older brother took the challenge. Flynn Preece was truly “Flyin Flynn” in this one as he also won the main event. Elizabeth Doyle was second with Hunter Phoenix Third.

14 year olds
In this four rider class Jocelyn Orlandi did not make the transfer into the three rider main. Payton Shippee was amazing and turned in a flawless lap for the win. Kraig Geisler was second while Madison Chalco finished in the third slot.

41-45 year olds
It may be that Brian Kesl was feeling generous tonight as he was not in the main event. Anyway, Chris Proctor was taking no prisoners and held off Tony Dickerson for the main event win. “Big Timber’ Tim Adams put the Scylett Rage colors in the third spot.

46-50 year olds
Things are tough when you only have two chances to qualify and Pat Martin suffered the elimination fate in this group. Frank Juliani qualified first and won the main event as well. Mark Shea was second with the third spot going to Willi Massinger. INTERMEDIATES 5 & Under
This was a total points event but only between two riders as Tripp Fowler was a no show. Dylan Dobelle held off the efforts of Cole Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) in all three rounds.

6 year olds
This was total points racing at its best. In round one Joe Lataille won it after a first turn wreck. Kristopher Meinel was second and Kristopher Devaux was third. So round two saw Meinel on the top spot with Devaux second and Lataille third. So going into the final round Meinel had 3 pts, Lataille had 4 while Devaux had 5. Meinel took the lead early and that was all she wrote. As he powered his way through the rhythm section and headed to the finish line, it would be last time he did that as an Intermediate. Once he crossed that stripe, he became the newest Expert in the country. Lataille and Devaux were second and third.

7 year olds
Five riders strong was this group it was tough going in the qualifying rounds. Schlett Rage Racings Will Adams just missed getting in. Bryson Bruns, one of the six riders from Rhode Island, grabbed the main event win. Blake Gauthier, looking much improved, was a solid second while third went to Logan Rice.

9 year olds
Anther group of five riders and the action was fast. After Carmine Angelo, after traveling all the way from Poughkeepsie was eliminated, the 4 rider main was on. Full Circle’s Noah Hardgrove put on a show in this main as he held off a hard-charging Cameron Friese. Cameron was second with Zander Monczka a close third.

10 year olds
This ended up being a 5 rider group all making the main as one rider was a no-show. Scylent Rage racing was well represented in this one with “The Legend” Johnny Urban winning the first round. The starting gate position proved to be the determining factor in the class as Urban won that qualifier out of gate #1. In the Main, his teammate Brody Kesl drew the pole position and it worked for him just as it did for Johnny earlier. It was a two rider breakaway but Brody stayed in front all the way Johnny was on him but could not pass. Third went to Cooper Marlasz.

12 year olds
This was a four rider group but Noah Rushford the rider eliminated in the qualifiers. Mikey Roy had this one in control all the way and he easily won the main. Toby Schoonmaker had his hands full hanging onto second as Nick Preston was all over him like a wet t-shirt. They would finish in that order in a tight mix.

13 Year Olds
There were 5 riders in this group going for the four spots in the main. Kevin Kelleher was disappointed as he missed the cut. Nick Tirendi was awesome as he put in a great lap in winning the main. Chris “Sparky” Petersen put his Associated Lightning Rod sponsored ride in the second spot while Liam Macneil, looking incredibly competitive was third.

15 year olds
A full gate of 8 riders reminded us what BMX used to be around these parts. Joel Geier was the one rider not making this big main event. Noah Toney just seems to love the hills of Foothills as he flew over most of them in winning this main event. Hubert Miszczuk (Gold Cup #1) was equally as impressive but settled for the second position while Pat Martin salvaged a hard earned third.

21-25 year olds
This was one of those cringe worthy groups as there seemed to be a dark cloud hanging over one of its riders. In round one Family Prides Devin Murphy had a slim lead going into turn one. Liberty Racings Shawn Kennedy tried to dive to the inside but ended up buzzing the tire of Murphy. Immediately clank clank clank was the sound coming off his machine as his disc brake got destroyed and was chewing up spokes. Devin cruised to victory in that round with Ty Lepicier in second. Stefanie Blackburn was scheduled but I’m not sure she ever raced the class. In the main it was between Devin, Shawn and Ty. Shawn was going for some redemption glory when, as he exited turn one and started up the second straight something flew off his racing machine causing him to pull up. Murphy had it all her way and she easily held off Ty for the win.

36-40 year olds
Total points racing inn a three rider class that had a no-show. Dan Rice had this one under his control in all three rounds. “Big Nasty” Matt Giroux was second.

41-45 year olds
Another larger group with six riders entered. Unfortunately for Anthony Carneglia, he was eliminated in the qualifiers. Jody Toomey jumped out to an early main event lead and never looked back as he earned his first Foothills win ever. Trevor Toney was right on him but could not seal the deal and ended up second. Joel Cristofori was a solid third. EXPERTS 10 year old girls
For many seasons this little lady was the youngest in her class and, more times than not, would not even qualify out of her motos. Tonight, it was time for a little karma. 10 year old Kyrie Coddington Sweet won all three rounds of this total points race. 8 year old Adalyn Nevins was second while 9 year old Haley Blackburn (Warped BMX) was third. 12 year old girls
Another total points event and it was another Sweet race to watch. This time it was the “”Eye of the Tigress” Pipps Sweet leading start to finish in all three rounds. Mary Sloan held off Tayler Kuhn for second overall. The three Sweet ladies all earned first place awards tonight. 14 year old girls
This was yet another total points race and another one where the order of finish was the same in every round. Payton Pulaski (Warped BMX) was first. Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) was second and Sophia Machnik was third.

8 year olds
With 6 riders in the mix this was hectic trying to qualify. Rylan Spence missed making it this night. Family Prides Devon Hurley was uncatchable or at least unpassable as he stayed in the lead the entire distance. Max Meinel kept it close finishing second. Hunter Heath was third.

10 year olds
After Conor Cristofori was eliminated in the two qualifying rounds it was main event time. Here was a class that the winner came out of gate #7. Briton Ryan was able to work his way to the front and stay there after misfortune took out some of the top competitors. Sawyer Spence was second while Chace Wilcox was third. 12 year olds
This was made up of four really good riders. One of the best of them, Zack Rukakoski was eliminated in the mtot rounds. In the main event it was Hammer Time. “The Hammer” Wes Hamel for Family Pride was as fast as ever tonight and won the main event. Breton Provencal was close but no cigar. He would settle for two while James Wolf finished third.

13 year olds
It was a tough night for Dave Labarge as he missed this cut in this group of seven “The Undertaker” Jonah Graves led the procession all the way around to the end. (Not dead end). Gavin Suares was a real strong second place rider while “Nasty” Nate Giroux was third in a stacked field of racers.

14 year olds
With Isabella a no-show it was a free ride to the main event for these three. RJ Reale was amazing and held off Mason Bruns and Jacob Faunce. 15 year olds
“The Bulldozer” Didn’t have it tonight and Chris Gonyer missed make the transfer. In the three rider main event it was Ramp Farms Aidan Biello showing the way right to the stripe. The “Westfield Warrior”, Anthony Bartolo, put in a strong run for second while third went to Lance Miller. 16 year olds
I’ve always called this class “The Mod Squad”. Tonight, however, there were only three riders going for it. Logan Demerski was perfect as that Full Circle Bike shop uni was first across the stripe in all three total points rounds. Dylan Rodrigues (Overhaul) was second in round one while Kyle Lyman (Full Circle) was second in round two. Dyan would get second overall based on his round three finish.

51 & Over
The last race of the night was for the Geritol gang. The International Man of Mystery, Mike Savage, easily won this total points event. The “Rock Star” Art Ramsey put his Scylent Rage Racing colors on the second podium spot while Mark Reale was third. So this was quite a night, as one of the announcers trying to figure out who the rider was when the number plate on the bike did not match what was on the moto sheet. This was the worst I have ever seen and I've been around the block a few times. Hopefully, whoever registers their rider going forward realizes how important this is. There were so many new faces her tonight and we all hope that those that visited us for the first time, found a new place to go and have some race fun. It was a pleasure have you. See you Sunday.

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A History of Race Reports

Roger Plaskett wrote a race report every week from 2005 all the way through 2020!  The entire history of these reports is kept with the Litchfield County BMX Group.