WPSA POWERSPORTS ATV TOUR RETURNS TO WHERE IT
KENTUCKY RACERS YOKLEY AND VAUGHN READY FOR
LONDON, Ky. (June 13, 2007) -- The WPSA
PowerSports ATV Tour will return to the place
where it started its history-making tour, as it
invades Daniel Boone Motocross Park for this
weekendŐs Blue Ridge Open Championship. The
double national event, which comprises Rounds 4
and 5 of the Tour, is scheduled to kick off
Friday with Pro qualifying and continues through
Sunday, which will feature Pro finals.
The events will be telecast on ESPN2 on
Sunday, July 15 at 1 p.m. EDT, and again on
Saturday, July 21 at noon EDT.
The PowerSports ATV Tour returns to Daniel
Boone Motocross Park, where it started its
inaugural season in 2006. The venue features one
of the most breathtaking viewing vistas on the
Tour, and the most elevation change of any WPSA
venue, making for a great show and a competitive
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 on tap this weekend, every point
will count. Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 MSR, Pro
Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki) padded his lead in the
chase last weekend with his first victory of the
season. In doing so, Wimmer, who leads teammate
and defending champion Doug Gust by 15 points,
helped Suzuki continue its run toward its second
consecutive manufacturers' title. Suzuki
currently has a 10-point lead on Honda in the
Injured, but by no means on his back, John
Natalie, Jr. (No. 13 Elka, Maxxis/Honda) has
recovered from injuries sustained practicing
earlier this season to finish second in the most
recent round, in Oklahoma. Though he sits fifth
in points, Natalie is always one to watch, and
he wants nothing more than his first WPSA title.
Keith Little is on a roll following the
Oklahoma round. After finishing third in the
final there, he moved up to third in points on
the No. 12 Lonestar/Honda.
Sitting fourth is the always-competitive
"Big" Chad Wienen. (No. 44 Team Rockstar, MSR,
Pro Taper, Yoshimura/Suzuki). With one win under
his belt this season, the
super-privateer-turned-factory-star rider will
definitely be in contention here.
QuadTerrain Pro Stock
The QuadTerrain Pro Stock story of the weekend
is certainly going to be about local riders Adam
Vaughn and William Yokley.
Vaughn (No. 83 Warnert Racing/Can-Am)
virtually invented the construction methods
behind the WPSA's QuadTerrain course layouts. In
fact, last year, the London, Ky. native
virtually built the course himself!
Yokley, on a brand-new Kawasaki, will return
to WPSA competition for the first time this
season. Although he missed the first round,
Yokley still finished third points in 2006 after
scoring three convincing victories. Yokley is
from Tompkinsville, Ky.
Arctic Cat's "Minnesota Connection" has paid
dividends this season with Rory Beckman leading
fellow Minnesotan Jesse West by just six points
in the QuadTerrain title chase. With a single
podium, Beckman's (No. 10 Jack Link's/Arctic
Cat) consistent qualifying efforts have elevated
him to the top of the standings.
West (No. 888 ITP Tires, Oil Boyz/Arctic Cat)
has shown that being a privateer isnŐt a
disadvantage in QuadTerrain racing. With a win,
and some amazing back-to-front charges this
season, West is always the rider to watch.
Scott Kilby (No. 207 Warnert Racing/Can-Am)
currently sits third in points, and is looking
to bring his powerful yellow-and-black machine
to the front. Consistently fast at the start,
Kilby always gives the crowd something to watch
going into the first turn.
Jesse West's brother and teammate Josh (No.
788 ITP Tires, Oil Boyz/Arctic Cat) sits fourth
in points, ahead of defending WPSA QuadTerrain
titleholder Daryl Rath (No. 67 Jack
Though points are irrelevant to this rider,
victories aren't, and cross-country legend Chris
Borich proved that at the last round with a
dominating victory aboard his Warnert
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 drivers. With a new
Arctic Cat built by Rath Racing unseating the
usually favored Yamaha Rhino in the last round,
the gauntlet has been thrown. 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 $45,000 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 final, respectively.
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, will feature
coverage of this weekend's WPSA racing action.
Hosted by WPSA announcer Mark "Banger"
Straubinger and ATVScene.com's John Pellan, the
Podcast will return this weekend and will be
posted Monday evening.
NATALIE BACK ON THE PODIUM...Though John
Natalie, Jr. suffered a torn ACL in his knee and
severe injuries to his ribcage, the Houtzville,
Pa. native was back in prime form and finished
second in the most recent WPSA race, in
TO THE TROPICS...The track will host a local
Hawaiian Tropic Swimsuit contest on Saturday,
following local musician Kasper from the K and
his song "ATV." The events kick off at 2 p.m.
ATV ON ESPN2...For the second consecutive
year, the PowerSports ATV Tour will be featured
on ESPN2. 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.
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
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.