WPSA POWERSPORTS ATV TOUR HEADS WEST TO
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
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,
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
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 ATVScene.com, 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
ATVScene.com'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
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 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.