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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (July 7, 2008) -- The ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited will make its inaugural visit to Pleasure Valley Raceway this weekend for the American Suzuki Summer National. The event represents Round 9 of the National Pro Racing tour and Round 8 of the Amateur tour.

The ATV Motocross Series features the top professional and amateur ATV riders in the country, competing at preeminent motocross facilities across the nation. ATV motocross racing is run on a closed course, which comprises technical "whoops" sections, as well as big-air jumps, tight turns and all-out straightaways. The machines are race-bred 450cc machines from top manufacturers such as Can-Am, Suzuki, Yamaha, Polaris, Honda, KTM, and Kawasaki. Riders easily make six-figure incomes from the large purses, and contingency bonuses posted by manufacturers, as well as other Series sponsors and suppliers.

The riders will be vying for the most coveted honor in ATV racing: The AMA National Championship and the AMA No. 1 Number Plate.

This weekend's event is being sponsored by American Suzuki and will also host a PAMX American Suzuki ATV Regional Championship event. Organized in 2007, the new regional series has gained instant momentum, and is now the second most prestigious ATV championship in the east.

The race will be telecast on Versus Network on Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

With just three rounds left on the 2008 docket, Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) seems poised to continue his dominant run toward the Championship. Wimmer, from Center Valley, Pa., is hoping his home state advantage will pay off as he attempts to add to his tally of five victories and two additional podium finishes this season.

However, it's never wise to count out a veteran, and Joe Byrd is just that. Byrd (No. 7 American Honda/Joe Byrd Racing School Honda) is the two-time and defending AMA Champion, and he sits 67 points back. With 50 points available this weekend, Byrd will attempt to gain ground in an attempt to net his third consecutive AMA title.

A veteran of veterans, Doug Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki), has been the model of consistency this season, winning a race, and finishing in the top five in all but two events. Gust sits third in the title chase.

The hometown crowd will certainly be in force this weekend and the words "Iron Man" will be seen throughout the Pleasure Valley facility as John Natalie will race his No. 13 Warnert Racing Can-Am just a few minutes from his Houtzdale, Pa. home. Natalie is riding the all-new Can-Am DS450 and he's been stellar in his development of the new ride. With a podium finish and several other top fives, Natalie, with his take-no-prisoners riding style, will certainly be one to watch this weekend. Natalie sits fourth in points.

Josh Creamer (No. 9 Team Monster Energy Kawasaki) sits fifth in points and has showcased just how competitive Kawasaki Green is in ATV Motocross competition. With two podiums this season, Creamer completes the top five in points.

Harold Goodman (No. 708 American Honda/Houser Racing Honda), Jeremy Lawson (No. 16 Team Epic/Can-Am), Josh Upperman (No. 20 American Honda/Baldwin Motorsports Honda), Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) and privateer Rocco Arno, Jr. (No. 101 Honda) round out the top ten in the championship.



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Fast Facts -- American Suzuki Summer National -- July 12-13, 2008

What: ITP/Moose Racing ATV National Motocross Championship Series, America's premier ATV racing series. ATV motocross racing is run on a closed course, which comprises technical "whoops" sections, as well as big-air jumps, tight turns and all-out straightaways. The machines are race-bred 450cc machines from top manufacturers such as Can-Am, Suzuki, Yamaha, Polaris, Honda, KTM, and Kawasaki. Riders easily make six-figure incomes from the large purses, and contingency bonuses posted by manufacturers, as well as other Series sponsors and suppliers.

When: July 12-13, 2008

Where: Pleasure Valley Raceway.

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take RT 22 East to the Johnstown RT 403 Exit (this is the second Johnstown Exit). Turn right quarter of a mile. The track is on the right in Armagh.

From Harrisburg or the east, take PA Turnpike to the Bedford Exit. I-99 North to Exit 28 (RT 22 west/Ebensburg /Johnstown). Take RT 22 East approximately 40 miles to the Johnstown RT 403 Exit (this is the third Johnstown Exit on RT 22 West). Turn right onto 403 South quarter of a mile. The track is on the right.

From Downtown Johnstown, RT 403 North 12 miles, the track is on the left.

Pleasure Valley Raceway
Corner of Rt. 22 and Rt. 403
North of Johnstown, PA 15906

Who: Top Pro racers, including Pennsylvania natives John Natalie and Dustin Wimmer, as well as Doug Gust, Chad Wienen, Josh Creamer, Keith Little, Jeremy Lawson, Pat Brown, Harold Goodman and many others. The Series also features the top Pro Am, Amateur, Women, and Youth riders in the country.



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Ama Pro Atv Point Standings

Pos Name # Brand Hometown #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 Pts
1 Dustin Wimmer 191 Center Valley, Pa. 1 1 3 2 1 5 1 1 329
2 Joe Byrd 7 Union City, Tenn. 8 2 18 1 7 1 3 2 262
3 Doug Gust 55 Salem, Wis. 5 3 1 4 4 6 20 4 233
4 John Natalie 13 Houtzdale, Pa. 4 10 6 8 2 19 4 10 200
5 Josh Creamer 9 N. Stonington, Conn. 3 20 4 10 17 3 5 14 197
6 Harold Goodman 708 Brownstown, Mich. 6 6 13 7 9 7 12 3 196
7 Jeremy Lawson 16 Battletown, Ky. 15 7 19 5 11 2 2 8 196
8 Josh Upperman 20 Lousville, Ohio 4 17 6 8 4 6 15 164
9 Chad Wienen 44 Galena, Ill. 2 9 11 7 13 8 5 126
10 Rocco Arno, Jr. 101 Bridgeton, N.J. 17 15 5 11 6 9 17 11 127



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Pro Moto 1 Pictures

Dustin Wimmer, Chad Wienen



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Dustin Wimmer set the fastest time in qualifying Saturday at Pleasure Valley Raceway

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (July 12, 2008) -- Dustin Wimmer once again took the top spot in qualifying Saturday for tomorrow's American Suzuki Summer National Southern at Pleasure Valley Raceway. The event is Round 9 of the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship.

Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) turned in the top time of one minute, 44.590 seconds during the final session to beat out Pat Brown (No. 199 Team Yamaha) and Josh Upperman (No. 20 American Honda/Baldwin Motorsports).

"The track is pretty fun and I found some lines I can use to pass tomorrow," said Wimmer. "It's going to take a good start as always, but my Suzuki is running better than ever and I’m ready for the race."

Upperman’s third-place run created a lot of talk in the pits. The Ohio Factory Honda rider has been riding well for the past several rounds and could be a dark horse contender for the win if he starts well tomorrow.

“I felt really good today,” said Upperman. “My practice track is exactly like this place, so I felt comfortable as soon as I hit the dirt.

Cale Downen (No. 727 K&K ATV), Harold Goodman (No. 708 Honda), Russell Shumaker (No. 68 Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Hunter Miller (No. 90 Golden West Cycles Honda) qualified for tomorrow's finals through the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ).

Trent Kandel, Brandon Smith, Michael Brown, Brock Lyons, and Brian Ace didn't qualifying for the 20-quad field.

The American Suzuki Summer National continues tomorrow with Pro finals scheduled at noon and at 3 p.m., as well as a full program of Pro-Am, Amateur, Youth, and Women's racing.



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Pro Results

In case you missed first Moto Sunday morning, here's how they laid out, after 14 laps:

J Creamer - Kawasaki
D Gust - Suzuki (fastest lap - on lap 14! Not bad for an old guy)
D Wimmer - Suzuki
K Little - Kawasaki
G Gee - Can Am
J Lawson - Can Am
R Schumaker - Kawasaki
J Byrd - Honda
H Goodman - Honda
C Miller - Can Am
J Upperman - Honda
S Baker - Can Am
C Downen - Honda
R Arno Jr - Honda
P Brown - Yamaha

Then there were three that went out on lap 11 -
J Natalie
C Miller
Ragon

J Dunkelberger completed 9 laps




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Pro Moto 2

1st - Doug Gust (told you he was getting faster this morning..)
2nd - Jeremy Lawson (go team Epic!)
3rd - Josh Creamer

Photos by HotSeat PR (Thanks Dean.)



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Gust Comes away Clean in Johnstown

Rain helps veteran earn second win of the 2008 season.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (July 13, 2008) -- Doug Gust raced fast and consistent to earn the overall Pro ATV victory Sunday at Pleasure Valley Raceway. The event, the American Suzuki Summer National, was Round 9 of the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATVA Pro Motocross Championship.

Gust (No. 55 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) took the victory, his second this season, ahead of Josh Creamer (No. 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki). Series points leader Dustin Wimmer (No. Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) finished third, maintaining his healthy points advantage.

"When it started raining, I started smiling,” said the affable Gust. “Dustin was riding really well and when he got around me I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get him back. But, when it started raining, that changed!

"These wins feel better than any I’ve had in my career because of how tight the competition is," added Gust. "Look at the lap sheets. We are all within a second or so of each other, so to be able to win against a field like we have feels incredible.”

While Suzuki riders won the event, it was a great day for factory Kawasaki. Josh Creamer took the holeshot and the win in the first moto, while his teammate Keith Little (No. 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki) rode well all day to finish fifth overall.

“I wanted the win today very badly,” said Creamer. “I didn’t get a very good holeshot in the second moto, but I charged as hard as I could to get to the front pack. Right when I reached fourth, it started raining and I had to take off my goggles. It was a good day though, and we’ll win soon.”

Creamer grabbed the Suspension Systems Holeshot Award in the first moto and led the pack to the green flag. Also gating well were Gust and Wimmer, with John Natalie Jr. (No. 13 Cam-Am) and Greg Gee (No. 10 Team Epic Racing/Can-Am) rounding out the top five at the conclusion of the first lap. Creamer set a lightning quick pace and pulled out to a two-second lead by the halfway point.

Meanwhile, Gust pulled clear of Wimmer, who appeared to be riding cautiously in the slick conditions. Natalie could smell blood and laid down a couple of the fastest laps of the moto to draw close to Wimmer’s rear wheels. From there, things went downhill for the hometown hero, as Natalie suffered a flat tire, and, later, engine problems. Up front, Gust mounted a charge but Creamer held on for the opening moto victory. Wimmer rode home third with Little and Gee rounding out the top five.

The moto was a big heartbreak for Chad Wienen (No. 44 Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) who had qualified a close second. Wienen’s Suzuki suffered an electrical problem on the starting line and was unable to start the race.

Gust earned the ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award in the second moto. Hot on his heels was teammate Wimmer, who dogged the veteran relentlessly. Creamer had a poor start but was charging through the pack quickly. Business picked up around the halfway point of the moto as Wimmer made his move on Gust and took over the lead. Almost simultaneously, the heavens opened and heavy rain began to pound the track.

Wimmer would only lead one lap before sliding out on a tricky jump. Once in the lead, Gust never faltered, taking the checkered flag about five seconds ahead of Jeremy Lawson (No. 16 Team Epic Can-Am) and earned the overall victory. Creamer finished the moto third, which was good enough for second overall.

Team Suzuki continues to hold the lead in the Manufacturers' Cup standings.

Special award winners were:

Ti Lube Fast Qualifier Award: Dustin Wimmer
Suspension Systems Holeshot Award--Moto 1: Josh Creamer
ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award--Moto 2: Doug Gust
DASA Mechanic of the Race: Brandon Lamey

The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship is scheduled for July 26-27 at Redbud Raceway in Buchanan, Mich.



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Notebook

RIDE TO LIVE...An after race benefit dinner was held by 88 Live to Ride Mobile Medical Unit Saturday night. Nearly $4,000 was raised to support the Mobile Medical Unit, which is sponsored by the 88 Live to Ride non-profit organization. The organization is headed by Debi Bartosek, which established the effort in honor of her son, Matt who lost his life in a racing accident.

FIREWORKS...The Pleasure Valley staff held an impressive fireworks display Saturday night. Explosions and starbursts lit up the sky for a solid 30 minutes, thrilling the crowd.

MOTOCROSS REQUIRES BALLANCE...GNCC ATV legend Bill Ballance was on hand assisting the factory Yamaha/Golden West Cycle team.

FRENCH CONNECTION Jeremie Warnia made the long trek from Bountigny, France to compete in the Pro Am and Pro Am Production classes. Warnia displayed impressive speed but struggled to find consistency on the unfamiliar track.

YELLOW FEVERTeam Suzuki riders take the win and two spots on the podium at the American Suzuki Summer National. American Suzuki Sports Manager, Pat Alexander could be seen wearing a big smile after the race.

"Jeff Cernic did a lot of preparation with the track, and I think things went pretty well for the first time," said event winner and Team Suzuki veteran Rider Doug Gust. "It’s easy for me to say because I won and all, but it was a great day of ATV racing and we had a great crowd.”



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SUNDAY's OVERALL PRO RESULTS

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (July 13, 2008) Results of Sunday’s ITP/ Tires Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship at Pleasure Valley Raceway (Showing finishing position, rider, bike number, bike brand, hometown, and moto finishes):

1st - Doug Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 2-1.
2nd - Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, North Stonington, Conn., 1-3.
3rd - Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa., 3-4.
4th - Jeremy Lawson, 16, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky., 6-2.
5th - Keith Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Al., 4-6.
6th - Greg Gee, 10, Can-Am, Simcoe, ON., 5-9.
7th - Joe Byrd, 7, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 8-8.
8th - Russell Schumaker, 68, Kawasaki, Bristol, Wis., 7-11.
9th - Sage M. Baker, 9, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif., 12-7.
10th - Rocco Arno, Jr., 101, Honda, Bridgeton, N.J., 14-10.
11th - Josh Upperman, 20, Honda, Louisville, Ohio., 11-13.
12th - Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galena, Ill., 20-5.
13th - Cody Miller, 22, Can-Am, Greenville, Texas., 10-17.
14th - John Natalie Jr., 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 16-12.
15th - Cale Downen, 727, Honda, Juction, Ill, 13-15.
16th - Harold Goodman, 708, Honda, Romulus, Mich., 9-20.
17th - Jason Dunkleberger, 19, Honda, Treverton, Pa., 19-14.
18th - Patrick Brown, 199, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 15-18.
19th - John Ragon, 98, Honda, Milan, Tenn., 18-16.
20th - Hunter Miller, 90, Honda, Greenville, Texas., 17-19.

ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship points leaders: Wimmer 367, Byrd 288, Gust 280, Creamer 242, Lawson 233, Natalie Jr., 214, Goodman 209, Upperman, 182, Weinen 174, Arno Jr., 164



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