circus maximus

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Tony Musella, VA

2015 Champion

Event History

1991 Tim Flanigan 54
1992 Jeff Barnum 67
1993 Barry Smith 35
1994 Mike Stanley 47
1995 Mike Pantaleano 72
1996 Bruce Monnin 64
1997 John Jacoby 72
1998 Mike Stanley 84
1999 Frank Sinigaglio 74
2000 Mike Stanley 85
2001 Steve Katz 76
2002 Steve Katz 71
2003 Tom Saal 103
2004 Scott Sirianna 87
2005 John Tighe 87
2006 Karl Henning 75
2007 Josh Githens 95
2008 Josh Githens 98
2009 Mark Neale 89
2010 Frank Sinigaglio 95
2011 Angela Collinson 80
2012 Michael Lind 78
2013 Angela Collinson 98
2014 Joshua Githens 68
2015 Tony Musella 61

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Josh Githens       SC    15    317
  2.  Anthony Musella    VA    15    167
  3.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    12    152
  4.  Steve Katz         VA    02    144
  5.  Tom Saal           MI    04    120
  6.  Angela Collinson   MD    13    116
  7.  Scott Sirianna     NY    13     97
  8.  John Tighe Jr      NJ    12     84
  9.  Bill Beckman       SC    03     72
 10.  Michael Lind       VA    12     60
 11.  Mike Stanley       OH    00     60
 12.  John Tighe Sr      NJ    15     58
 13.  Karl Henning       CT    08     56
 14.  Mark Neale         RI    09     50
 15.  Nora Tuke          DE    14     48
 16.  Charles Goodwin    OH    00     42
 17.  Carl Walling       PA    02     38
 18.  Rolinda Collinson  MD    13     36
 19.  Gino Sinigaglio    NJ    12     36
 20.  Kelly Krieble      PA    10     36
 21.  Richard Curtin     NY    08     36
 22.  Nick Henning       CT    07     36
 23.  Bill Edwards       VA    03     34
 24.  Rebecca Hebner     CA    09     30
 25.  Joseph Burch       MD    06     30
 26.  Steven Sabatino    PA    15     24
 27.  Jennifer Brown     DE    15     27
 28.  Jim Fardette       ae    13     24
 29.  Evan Hitchings     DE    10     24
 30.  Kathleen Lockwood  VA    08     24
 31.  Paul Bolduc        FL    07     24
 32.  Tim Dolan          NJ    02     24
 33.  Philip Livingston  DE    09     22
 34.  Robert Voisin      NY    14     20
 35.  Chris Hancock      CA    09     20
 36.  Brian Conlon       CT    12     18
 37.  Jed Shambeda       PA    08     18
 38.  Lane Hess          PA    07     18
 39.  Kevin Hacker       PA    05     18
 40.  Alfred Wong        IL    01     18
 41.  Mike Hazel         SC    04     18
 42.  Brian Wool         DE    11     15
 43.  Mark Love          MD    99     15
 44.  Doug Galullo       MD    12     12
 45.  Gerald Lientz      VA    07     12
 46.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    07     12
 47.  Stephen Quirke     WI    05     12
 48.  Matthew Beach      MD    04     12
 49.  Brett Mingo        MD    03     12
 50.  Shawn Dorsey       SC    11     10
 51.  Chris Robbins      UT    06     10
 52.  Dan Dolan Jr       VT    15      8
 53.  David Weinstein    NY    03      6
 54.  Francis Spencer    MD    02      6
 55.  Carl Sykes         SC    01      6
 56.  Vincent Sinigaglio NJ    14      5
 57.  Stephanie Welch    MA    09      5
 58.  Jim Munson         UT    06      5
 59.  Mike Fisher        PA    99      5
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 3

Steven Sabatino, PA
2nd

John Tighe Sr, DE
3rd

Jennifer Brown, DE
4th

Dan Dolan Jr, VT
5th

Joshua Githens, SC
6th

Past Winners

Barry Smith, NY
1993

Mike Stanley, OH
1994, 1998, 2000

Bruce Monnin, OH
1996

John Jacoby, VA
1997

Frank Sinigaglio, NJ
1999, 2010

Steve Katz, VA
2001-2002

Tom Saal, MI
2003

Scott Siriana, NY
2004

John Tighe, NJ
2005

Karl Henning, CT
2006

Josh Githens, SC
2007-2008, 2014

Mark Neale, RI
2009

Angela Collinson, FL
2011, 2013

Michael Lind, VA
2012

Tony Musella, VA
2015

James Tyne, Evan Boone, Carl Sykes, Mike Mullins, Forrest Pafenberg, Carol Catan race under GM Jacoby's watchful eye.

Dan Mathias and Barry Smith point out an unfortunate fender bender with all the sympathy they can muster.

Mark Smith, Tim Dolan and Roderick Lee are reported to the SPCA.

Tony Musella quaifies for greater glory by winning his heat.

blood amongst the kisses ...

A sweet aspect of John Jacoby's Circus Maximus event is that he rewards the first driver into each turn with a Hershey's Kiss. The candies replace the dolphins which were upturned in the Roman Colosseum to record the number of laps run.

Traffic at the Colosseum remained light this year due to the reduced slate of races offered by but two heats. Gone were the 17 finalists that clogged the track in the seven-hour combination cavalry charge/endurance of 2014. Heats were again limited to two starts to keep the field to a more manageable level and it worked all too well as the event drew its smallest since 1994. With only ten preliminary races offered, the field was further cut when two of the qualifiers failed to appear for the Final resulting in a mere eight finalists. Officials are now planning to expand to four heats and add a semifinal for the larger colosseum in Seven Springs.

With six heavies and only two lights, the speedier entries of Jennifer Brown and Nora Tuke were carved up before the first turn with the ladies being cut no slack from this less than chivalrous lot. On turn 4 John Tighe was blocked and burned 17 endurance in addition to losing a full turn of movement. With the ladies no longer seen as a threat, the heavies turned on each other with a vengeance. While horses had it rough, it was open season on wheels. Frank Sinigaglio put four damage on defending champ Githens wheels while taking five hits himself for his trouble. Not learning from the first attack, Frank attacked Tighe's wheels with both chariots taking six damage. At a speed of 13, his Goodyears collapsed. relegating Frank to a quick dirt bath and 8th place. The curves were cruel. Tighe was jostled at only one over, while Dolan sideslipped into Sabatino's wheels for four damage.

Meanwhile, Musella pulled ahead of the wounded pack with Sabatino in close pursuit. Githens waited for the rest of the field, but the leaders flew past him with nary a care in the world. Musella outran Sabatino for his second shield of the week after years of coming home empty-handed. Meanwhile, the carnage continued back in the pack. Nora Tuke was put out of her misery for 7th place and this seemed to inspire Josh Githens attentions for the remaining lady. He attacked Jennifer twice in the stretch to run her out of endurance but three additional attacks failed to faze her and she held on for fourth place with Josh settling for sixth in a non-Sand year for this event.

The dean of the pony races—GM John Jacoby.

GM Jacoby with the 2015 finalists.
GM John M. Jacoby [17th year] 102 Deerwood Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22911
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