THE BEST OF THE BEST IN ATV
RACING TAKE OVER SILVER DOLLAR RACEWAY
REYNOLDS, Ga. (April 25, 2007) -- The top
names in ATV racing will all converge on South
Georgia this weekend as the WPSA PowerSports ATV
Tour hits Silver Dollar Motocross Raceway for
the ITP Tires Southern Open National. The event,
which runs from Friday, April 27 through Sunday,
April 29, will be telecast on ESPN2.
The racing weekend will feature the nation's
top Pro riders, competing in three Classes:
SuperQuad Pro 450, QuadTerrain Challenge Pro
Stock, and SuperSports Side by Side. The
SuperQuad Pro 450 Class features big air,
motocross style racing. QuadTerrain Challenge
features the larger, utility-type ATVs,
competing on an obstacle course, that includes
log jams, mud bogs, rock crawls, as well as
high-speed sections. The SuperSport Class
comprises four-wheel utility vehicles piloted by
a driver and co-driver, sitting side by side.
The purpose-built racing machines compete on a
modified course that includes both big air
sections, as well as obstacles.
The race weekend will also feature nearly 20
other classes for Pro Am, Amateur, Junior and
SuperQuad Pro 450
Leading the charge into the Peach State is a
triple threat from Team Suzuki Yoshimura. Led by
defending SuperQuad Pro 450 Riders' Champion
Doug Gust, the team will also be bolstered by
young gun Dustin Wimmer and the newly signed
Wimmer and Gust came into the final race of
the season just one point apart. Experience won
out over rookie exuberance, as Gust took the
final prize by just two points. Gust also helped
hand Suzuki the Manufacturers' Championship.
John Natalie, Jr. will also return to action,
riding his familiar red-and-white Honda. Natalie
dominated much of the early part of last season
before being sidelined with a severely broken
thumb. Healthy again, Natalie is certain to be a
force in SuperQuad Pro 450.
With a full season under his belt, 2006
Rookie of the Year Rocco Arno, Jr. is ready to
put his experience to the test this year.
Other top riders expected to be in contention
include: Jeremy Lawson, Jason Dunkelberger,
Jason Luburgh, Josh Creamer, Kory Ellis, Dana
Creech, Tavis Cain, and many others.
QuadTerrain Challenge Pro Stock
Defending QuadTerrain Challenge Pro Stock
Riders' Champion Daryl Rath will return to
defend the title on his familiar Arctic Cat.
Rath dominated last season, and won the title by
13 points ahead of North Carolinian Scott Kilby.
Can-Am, which dominated the Manufacturers'
Championship last season, is back strong with
its stable of five riders: Kilby, Brock Parker,
Michael Swift, and Clifton Beasley. Can-Am's
efforts will again be run by WPSA Super Team
Warnert Racing, which also competes in the
Tour's sister series: The PowerSports Snowmobile
A fan favorite, Jim Stack is also expected to
compete. The "Super Privateer" of the ATV
Terrain world, Stack is always in contention and
rides with reckless abandon.
The PowerSports ATV Tour unveiled the new
SuperSport Class at the final race of last year.
Fans and racers alike were in awe of the
capability of these race-bred machines and their
riders. Based on utility vehicles--like the
Yamaha Rhino, the Arctic Cat Prowler--these
machines are built from the ground up to race
and will certainly be a highlight of the
Riders will be vying for one of the richest
purses in ATV racing here. The Tour will award
$22,500 in purse monies this weekend for the
SuperQuad Pro 450 and QuadTerrain Pro Stock
Classes. The purse pays to 20th place in the
QuadMX Series and to 15th place in QuadTerrain
Challenge. The purse structure awards $4,000 to
win in QuadMX and $2,000 to win in QuadTerrain
Challenge, with $15,000 and $7,500 available in
each Series, respectively.
The ITP Tires Southern Open Championship
kicks off Friday, April 27, with a full card of
qualifying and finals for the Pro classes, as
well as Amateur, Pro-Am, Youth and Women's
classes scheduled for the weekend. Tickets,
which start at $10 per day for adults and $5 for
kids 6-12, will be available at the gate.
About the PowerSports ATV Tour
The PowerSports ATV Championship Tour is North
America’s premier professional ATV racing
circuit, featuring QuadMX, QuadTerrain and
SuperSport Pro series action as well as more
than 20 amateur classes for adults, women and
children. The Tour is sanctioned by the World
PowerSports Association, North America’s most
respected snowmobile and ATV sanctioning body,
and a promoter of ATV and snowmobile racing on
both the regional and national level. For more
information, please visit
SILVER DOLLAR STORYLINES
HONORING OUR HEROS...With Fort Benning just
a short drive from Silver Dollar Raceway, the
WPSA PowerSports ATV Tour is offering $5
admission to all active military personnel.
Military members simply need to present their
military ID at the gate to receive the discount.
REMEMBERING...In order to honor those killed
in the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, the WPSA
PowerSports ATV Tour is requiring all Pro riders
to feature a Virginia Tech decal on their quads
during the weekend.
ATV ON ESPN2...For the second consecutive
year, the PowerSports ATV Tour will be featured
on ESPN2. This weekend's event will be telecast
on Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m. EDT.
TRIFECTA...Team Suzuki Yoshimura is debuting
its new three-gun team this weekend, which
features riders Doug Gust, Dustin Wimmer, and
HARD CHARGERS...ATVSource.com, the ATV
world’s source for up-to-the-minute news and
information, will sponsor the “Biggest Mover”
Award during this year’s WPSA PowerSports ATV
Tour. The award, given in the SuperQuad Pro 450
and QuadTerrain Pro Stock classes, will give
$500 the rider who makes up the most positions
in the final from their qualifying spot at all
10 races during the 2007 season.
LIVING THE DREAM...The WPSA PowerSports ATV
Tour, American Suzuki Motor Corp, ATV Scene.com,
and Isoaxis Creative Consulting, in a unique
partnership, have unveiled the Fantasy ATV
Racing.com Contest. The free contest is now live
at www.FantasyATVRacing.com and is also linked
through the PowerSports ATV Tour's web site,
www.PowerSportsTour.com. Contest players can win
many great prizes, including a race-prepared
Suzuki LT-R450. To play, participants simply
need to go to FantasyATVRacing.com, enter a
valid email address, and submit podium picks for
each SuperQuad Pro 450 race on the Tour.