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WPSA

WPSA POWERSPORTS ATV TOUR RETURNS TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN;
KENTUCKY RACERS YOKLEY AND VAUGHN READY FOR DANIEL BOONE

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 race.

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 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 standings.

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 Link's/Arctic Cat).

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 Racing/Can-Am.

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 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 www.PowerSportsTour.com.

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 Oklahoma.

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.


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