Natalie Rebounds and Beckman's Arctic Cat
Growls During Pro WPSA Qualifying at Daniel
LONDON, Ky. (June 15, 2007) -- John Natalie, Jr.
and Rory Beckman earned top qualifying honors
Friday at Daniel Boone Motocross Park for
Sunday's first of two Pro ATV finals. The event
is part of the Blue Ridge Open Championship,
Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2007 WPSA PowerSports ATV
Natalie (No. 13 Maxxis, Elka/Honda), though
admittedly not completely up to speed, dominated
SuperQuad Pro 450 qualifying, winning both of
his heats. The Houtzdale, Pa. native is still
experiencing the after affects of chest and knee
injuries suffered several weeks ago in a crash
during practice. Josh Creamer (No. 9 Monster
Energy Drink/Kawasaki) earned his best
qualifying position of the season, a
second-place effort, ahead of Chad Wienen (No.
44 Team Rockstar, MSR, Pro Taper,
Yoshimura/Suzuki). Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 MSR,
Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki), who came into the
event leading the points, took a provisional
starting position after mechanical problems
sidelined him in qualifying.
"I'm probably 85 percent right now," said
Natalie. "My chest is much better, while my knee
still hurts a lot, but I'm able to lean more.
It's nice to recover from an injury this way. I
came in sixth in points, but Dustin (Wimmer) had
some trouble today, so that should help put me
back in the hunt."
Natalie has the distinction of having won
every WPSA final in which he raced at Daniel
Boone MX. In addition, Natalie was also the top
qualifier in each of those races.
"The track here really suits my style," said
Natalie. It's a lot like my practice track. I
like the hard-pack; it lets me take the inside
lines. This is really my kind of track."
On being 85% going into the final?
"I think I'm going to go out there and
dominate the final," said a confident Natalie.
"We're already fast this weekend, so just wait
until the next race!"
Beckman (No. 10 Jack Link's/Arctic Cat) won
his first heat and netted the runner-up slot in
his second heat to grab the pole in QuadTerrain
Pro Stock. Chris Bithell (No. 6 Warnert
Racing/Can-Am) qualified second, followed by
Jesse West (No. 888 West Racing, ITP/Arctic
This weekend's event features two complete shows
for the Tour's Pro Classes: SuperQuad Pro 450
and QuadTerrain Pro Stock. The first final is
scheduled for Sunday morning, with qualifying
for the second final scheduled for tomorrow. The
second final is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30
Tomorrow's show will also feature a full card of
Amateur, Pro Am, Women's and Junior Class
This weekend's events will be telecast on
ESPN2 on Sunday, July 15 at 1 p.m. EDT, and
again on Saturday, July 21 at noon EDT.
About the PowerSports ATV Tour
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series action as well as more than 20 amateur
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