Chad Wienen is Top Dog at Wild Cat Open ATV
Chad Wienen all alone out front.
Brea, CA July 23, 2007 When the dust
finally settled for the eighth round of the
World Powersports ATV Tour in Rossville,
Indiana, Team Rockstar/MSR/Pro
Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura's Chad Wienen (#44) rode
his Suzuki QuadRacer R450 to the top of the
podium steps once again.
The team came into the race with Dustin
Wimmer (#191) as the SuperQuad Pro 450 points
leader. Wienen, teammate Doug Gust (#55) and
John Natalie were close behind, so the pressure
was on to keep a Suzuki in the lead.
The event started with a sloppy track from a
downpour Thursday evening. But as the front went
through, clear dry skies and cool temperatures
allowed the track to dry out fully for Sunday's
Dustin Wimmer was blazing fast, easily
winning both of his qualifying heat races. Chad
Wienen got a pair of seconds and Doug Gust
rounded out the team with a second and third.
Chad Wienen had the fastest lap time of the
weekend with 1:33:525.
The main event was well attended with crowds
of fans lining the fence-line. The bleachers
were also full with fans thirsting for Pro Quad
action. The track was fast and well groomed with
some good jumps, but no whoop section. All the
prep was done, it was time for the main event.
Out of the gate it was Keith Little to cross
the holeshot line first, however he went wide at
the corner and Wienen came out in the lead. With
an empty track in front of him, Wienen got on
the gas and checked out, leaving the rest of the
field behind him.
"I was able to run my own race," Wienen
commented. "I was able to do the race I wanted
to and not have to work too hard. It's just a
whole lot easier to get them that way than from
coming up from mid-pack. My Suzuki ran so good
It was a sweet win."
Unfortunately for Doug and Dustin, early in
the race a rider spun out and both Suzukis got
tangled up in the ensuing melee. Wimmer's front
wheel was stuck in front of Doug's rear wheel.
It took almost ½ a lap to get the two quads
untangled. By the time Gust and Wimmer got back
on the track, they were in the back of the pack.
Wimmer charged forward enough to cross the
finish in 8th forfeiting his points lead. Gust
was able to get up to 13th.
It's still anybody's race, so be sure to
continue to follow the action on August 18-19
when the venue moves to Englishtown, NJ.
Photo By: Harlen Foley