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STILLWATER, Okla. (May 29, 2007) -- The WPSA PowerSports ATV Tour will make history this weekend as it stages its first-ever race west of the Mississippi River. The Tour visits Cooperland Raceway for the Southwestern National, a double weekend of racing that comprises Rounds 3 and 4 of the 10-race Tour. The event, scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will be telecast on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 7 at noon EDT, and again on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. 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 Women's classes.

The Pros will be competing in two complete races, with qualifying scheduled for Friday and Saturday and finals scheduled for Sunday.

SuperQuad Pro 450
With two races in the books, the manufacturers' battle is in full song, as Honda and Suzuki are squaring off. In Round 1, John Natalie, Jr. (No. 13 Elka, Maxxis/Honda) returned to winning form, dominating the 450 final. After suffering injuries to his ribs and leg in a tumble during practice for Round 2, Natalie still managed to run in the top 10 most of the final, but the door was open, and Suzuki's factory team took advantage.

After dicing it up with his teammates for most of Round 2's final, "Big" Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar, MSR, Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki) came out atop a Suzuki sweep of the top-five positions, marking a first in the history of professional ATV racing.

With his runner-up finish, Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 MSR, Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki) took the lead in the Riders' Championship, ahead of his teammate and defending WPSA champion Doug Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar, MSR, Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki).

Wienen sits third points, just ahead of privateer rider Joe Haavisto (No. 75 Lost Creek/Suzuki) and Keith Little (No. 60 Lonestar/Honda).

QTC Pro Stock
Points leader Scott Kilby (No. 207 Warnert Racing/Can-Am) continued his quest for the title with a victory in Round 1. Yet, Arctic Cat's new quads have proven strong this year, as Jesse West (No. 888 ITP Tires, Oil Boyz/Arctic Cat) and defending titleholder Daryl Rath (No. 67 Jack Link's/Arctic Cat) have both had competitive seasons thus far.

SuperSport Side by Side
The PowerSports ATV Tour unveiled the new SuperSport Side by Side Series 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 for the SuperQuad Pro 450 and QuadTerrain Pro Stock finals. 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 Southwestern Championship kicks off Friday, June 1, with a full card of Pro qualifying. Pro qualifying continues Saturday with Amateur, Pro Am, Junior and Women's Class racing. Pro finals are scheduled for Sunday. Tickets, which start at $15 for adults and $5 for kids 6-15, will be available at the gate Friday morning.

About the PowerSports ATV Tour
The PowerSports ATV 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

POWERSPORTS ON THE POD...The Inside Dirt presented by, the Official Podcast of the WPSA PowerSports ATV Tour, was unveiled at the last race in Illinois. Hosted by WPSA announcer Mark "Banger" Straubinger and's John Pellan, the Podcast will return this weekend with interviews from top woman racer Angela Butler, QuadTerrain rider and WPSA co-founder Joe Duncan, Suzuki Race Director Pat Alexander and SuperQuad Pro 450 young gun Dustin Wimmer.

NATALIE BACK ON TRACK...Though John Natalie, Jr. suffered a torn ACL in his knee and severe injuries to his ribcage, the Houtzville, Pa. native vows to be back in top form this 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 ESPN2 on Saturday, July 7 at noon EDT, and again on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. EDT.

GRAB THE HOLESHOT...QUAD Magazine is sponsoring the "Holeshot Award." Through the Award, QUAD Magazine will award $1,000 to the winner of the holeshot in the SuperQuad Pro 450 final at each race this season.

ROCK'N'ROLL...Holeshot Technologies will back the "Rock'n'Roll Award" at each race this season. The Award hands $1,000 to the first QuadTerrain Challenge Pro Stock rider to leave the rock crawl in the final at each 2007 event.

HARD, 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.

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