PROFESSIONAL ATV RACING HITS SOUTH FORK DIRT
RIDERS THIS WEEKEND
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (May 8, 2007) -- The top
names in professional ATV racing will converge
at South Fork Dirt Riders this weekend as the
WPSA PowerSports ATV Tour readies for its second
round of the 2007 season. The Jack Link's ATV
Championship is scheduled for Friday, Saturday
and Sunday at the facility, located just outside
Springfield, Ill. The event will be telecast on
ESPN2 on Saturday, June 23 at noon EDT.
The racing weekend will feature the nation's
top Pro riders, competing in three Classes:
SuperQuad Pro 450, QuadTerrain Challenge Pro
Stock, and SuperSport Side by Side. The
SuperQuad Pro 450 Class features big air,
motocross style racing. QuadTerrain Challenge
features 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
John Natalie, Jr. (No. 13 Elka, Maxxis/Honda)
returned to winning form two weeks ago at the
season opener. After dominating qualifying and
the final, Natalie, who returned to competition
this season after suffering a severely broken
thumb last year, came out of the event with a
four-point lead in the season ending SuperQuad
Pro 450 Riders' Championship.
Just behind Natalie is veteran rider and
defending WPSA champion Doug Gust (No. 55 Team
Rockstar, MSR, Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki) and
sophomore sensation Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 MSR,
Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki). The factory Suzuki
teammates welcomed Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team
Rockstar, MSR, Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki) to
the team at the opener, making for a nearly
unstoppable combination of experience and
Other riders to watch include: Joe Haavisto
(No. 75 Lost Creek Cycles/Suzuki), Harold
Goodman (No. 708 American Honda/Honda) and Keith
Little (No. 12 Lonestar/Honda).
The Kawasaki factory team of Josh Creamer
(No. 9 Monster Energy Drink/Kawasaki) and Jason
Luburgh (No. 8 Monster Energy Drink/Kawasaki)
will also be in contention, as will many others.
QTC Pro Stock
Veteran Snocross and ATV racer Jesse West came
out of the box with a victory at the season
opener, riding Arctic Cat's newest quad. The
rider of the No. 888 ITP Tires, Oil Boyz/Arctic
Cat will certainly be a force here.
Also in contention is longtime rider and
defending WPSA titlist Daryl Rath. Riding the
No. 67 Jack Link's/Arctic Cat, Rath will put his
experience to the test here on what has been
traditionally a tough QuadTerrain course.
Can-Am factory team Warnert Racing will bring
its full force to bear here as it welcomes
longtime terrain competitor Chris Borich to its
already impressive squad. Warnert's other riders
are Scott Kilby (No. 207 Warnert Racing/Can-Am),
Josh Frederick (No. 245 Warnert Racing/Can-Am),
Adam Vaughn (No. 83 Warnert Racing/Can-Am) and
Anthony Baker (No. 4 Warnert Racing/Can-Am).
SuperSport Side by Side
The PowerSports ATV Tour unveiled the new
SuperSport Class as a professional class at the
season opener. 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 weekend.
All Pro Class 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 Jack Link's ATV Championship kicks off
Friday, May 11, 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
Media Members who have already applied for
credentials should report to the main gate to
sign the waiver and receive their credentials.
All media is then required to report to the
Media Center, which is in a trailer adjacent to
the track, to check in with Director of
Communications Justin Anderson. Please contact
Justin at 704-589-2100 if you have not sent in a
credential request. Credential request forms can
be downloaded at www.PowerSportsTour.com.
The Media Center, which will open at 8 a.m.
each day, will be staffed all weekend and will
feature high-speed Internet access. Media
resources guides will also be available.
Additionally, a MANDATORY photographers
meeting is being held Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
This meeting is required for all photographers
wishing to cover the event.
SOUTH FORK MEDIA TIPS:
BORICH RETURNS...The name Chris Borich has long
been associated with professional terrain
racing. Borich will return to WPSA competition
this weekend, riding a factory Can-Am out of the
Warnert Racing stable.
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 23 at noon EDT.
INSIDE DIRT...The PowerSports ATV Tour and
ATVScene.com have partnered to bring fans an
inside look at the Tour with the unveiling of a
Podcast this weekend. "The Inside Dirt presented
by ATVScene.com" will premiere Sunday night,
following racing action.
FEEDING YOUR WILD SIDE...Jack Link's is
sponsoring this weekend's race at Taylorville.
Jack Link's is also the Official Meat Snack of
the PowerSports ATV Tour. Its "Messin' with
Sasquatch" commercials will again be part of all
Tour telecasts. Jack Link's isn't made up of a
bunch of button-up, corporate types. Like our
beef jerky, we believe in being authentic and
genuine. Life's too short to be artificial.
We've never done things the way everyone else
does. Over the years, it's always been more than
just a way of doing business. It's a way of
life. We push hard and take risks--with the
unwavering passion to get done what we've set
out to do. All backed up by an unflinching eye
on quality. So when you picture the people who
make North America's best-selling brand of beef
jerky, you'll find we're just a bunch of regular
folks, inspired to make the finest beef jerky
possible, every single day. We're just lucky
enough to have the whole world asking for a
HARD CHARGERS...ATVSource.com, the ATV
worldŐs source for up-to-the-minute news and
information, will sponsor the ŇBiggest MoverÓ
Award during this yearŐs 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.