ATVA MX - Bowling Green KY
Saturday Practice - hot off the presses. Looks like the mud for move-in on Friday must have dried up well on the track itself.
Photos courtesy of Hot Seat PR
# 44 Chad Wienen
# ... (Can Am)
# 13 John Natalie
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (April 12, 2008) -- Chad Wienen put his name on top of the order, recording the fastest time in qualifying Saturday for tomorrow's Bluegrass ATV National at Ballance Moto X. The event is Round 3 of the 2008 ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA Motocross Championship Series presented by Parts Unlimited.
Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) in fact turned the fastest lap of the day, recording a time of one minute and 47.055 seconds. Josh Creamer (No. 9 Monster Energy Drink/Kawasaki) was second quickest, just three tenths off of Wienen's time. Points leader Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) completed the top three.
"This team is just so dedicated to excellence," said Wienen of his Team Suzuki factory squad. "They choose the best components and, by far, we have the fastest bikes out there.
"It's just a total package," Wienen continued. "I do my training to keep my end of the bargain up, but it makes it much easier to have the bike to back that up. I just went out there and did whatever I could to make the team look good."
Josh Upperman, John Ragon, Rocco Arno, Jr., and Richard Pelchat all qualified for the final through the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Thomas Hager, Nate Morello, Greg Meeks, Hunter Miller, Trent Kandel, Justin Bush and Christopher Tait didn't qualify.
Racing continues tomorrow with final Pro qualifying scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by final motos at noon and at 3 p.m. Tomorrow will also feature a full card of Amateur, Youth and Women's racing.
Qualifying Grid - Bluegrass ATV National
Pos # Rider Lap Time
1 44 Chad Wienen 01:47.055
2 9 Josh Creamer 01:47.853
3 191 Dustin Wimmer 01:47.961
4 13 John Natalie 01:49.116
5 22 Cody Miller 01:49.593
6 199 Pat Brown 01:50.044
7 10 Greg Gee 01:50.425
8 16 Jeremy Lawson 01:50.658
9 55 Doug Gust 01:50.948
10 7 Joe Byrd 01:51.009
11 12 Keith Little 01:51.177
12 91 Jasmine Plante 01:51.412
13 708 Harold Goodman 01:51.732
14 68 Russell Shumaker 01:51.743
15 49 Sage Baker 01:51.912
16 19 Jason Dunkelberger 01:52.051
*17 20 Josh Upperman 01:52.285
*18 98 John Ragon 01:53.258
*19 101 Rocco Arno, Jr. 01:53.709
*20 46 Richard Pelchat NT
*Qualified through the LCQ
Overall points ytd
Sunday Pro Moto 1
Sunday Pro moto # 1
Sunday Pro Moto 2
Photos from moto 2
Doug Gust Wins Bluegrass Atv National
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (April 13, 2008) “ Third-year Pro ATV rider Dustin Wimmer predicted his third consecutive victory this weekend at Ballance Moto X. His teammate Doug Gust, however, proved that experience trumps youthful exuberance as Gust won his first ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA Pro ATV Championship Series race this season on Sunday.
Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) finished second in both motos, just behind Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) in Moto 1 and he followed Natalie (No. 13 Can-Am) in the second moto. Quebec's Jasmine Plante (No. 91 Yamaha) was second overall, handing Yamaha its first podium this season. Wimmer was third overall.
"When it's muddy like this, it's important to get out front," said Gust. "I'd rather be the rooster than the 'roostee.' I missed being on the podium a lot. I knew I had to get up here again. My Team Suzuki mechanics really got me out front and I have them to thank for this.
"It's going to be a great year," added Gust. "From here on in, we'll keep going forward."
Natalie won the Suspension Systems Holeshot Award in the first moto, while Gust netted the ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award in Moto 2. Interestingly, Natalie, who finished 17th after leading much of the first moto, handed Can-Am it's first-ever ATV Motocross Series victory in Moto 2.
Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) won the Ti Lube Fastest Qualifier Award.
The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA ATV Championship is scheduled for April 26-27 at Birch Creek MX in Danville, Va.
Results (Showing finishing position, rider, bike number, bike brand, hometown and moto finishing positions):
Doug Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 2-2.
Jasmine Plante, 91, Yamaha, Notre Dame, Quebec, 6-3
Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa., 1-12.
Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, N. Stonington, Conn., 3-8.
Rocco Arno, Jr., Honda, Bridgeton, N.J., 9-4.
John Natalie, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 17-1.
Pat Brown, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 10-7.
Russell Shumaker, Kawasaki, Bristol, Wis., 8-9.
Richard Pelchat, St. Romuald, Quebec, 15-5.
Sage Baker, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif., 14-6.
Chad Wienen, Suzuki, Galena, Ill., 4-19.
John Ragon, Honda, Milan, Tenn., 12-11.
Harold Goodman, Honda, Brownstown, Mich., 7-16.
Keith Little, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Ala., 11-14.
Greg Gee, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario, 13-13
Cody Miller, Can-Am, Greenville, Texas, 5-20.
Josh Upperman, Honda, Louisville, Ohio, 18-10.
Joe Byrd, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 16-15.
Jeremy Lawson, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky., 19-17.
Jason Dunkelberger, Honda, Trevorton, Pa., 20-18.
ITP/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship points leaders: Wimmer 134, Gust 113, Wienen 89, Natalie 87, Creamer 81, Goodman 74, Byrd 69, Arno 60, Ragon 54, Shumaker 51.
ENTRIES ASTOUNDING...This weekend's event featured 743 entries, of which 27 were Pros.
NATALIE TACKLED...John Natalie (No. 13 Can-Am) hit a hole while leading the first moto and flipped his ATV over the embankment in Ballance Moto X's "NASCAR Turn." Though he was unhurt in the incident, he was a bit shaken: "Man, I felt like I was playing football out there. I fell off and I just slid across the grass and the mud."
SUCCESSFUL SHOWCASE...This weekend's race was the first of five "Showcase Events." Many fans took advantage of Can-Am's demo ride area, which utilized a modified cross-country and technical motocross track adjacent to the spectator viewing area. The event also featured outdoor expo exhibits and displays from community dealers and vendors, and other entertainment and activities.
THE MOOSE WAS LOOSE...Moose Racing hosted a dinner show on Saturday evening. The event was well attended by the competitors, who were served dinner by Moose Racing-sponsored riders.
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