Chad Wienen and Doug
Gust Podium in Englishtown
Doug Gust Dominates his heat races in
Brea, CA – August 19th, 2007
– Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ welcomed Team
Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper and the
rest of the World PowerSports ATV Tour this
weekend. Last year, this track pitted Doug Gust
and then Honda rider Dustin Wimmer for the
individual Riders Championship. This year, with
one more round of the series left, all eyes were
turned to John Natalie, Dustin Wimmer, and Chad
Wienen. With only two points separating Wimmer
and Natalie, things were coming down to the
wire. Wienen was within striking range as well.
The stage was set for the last few races of the
Suzuki has the Manufacturers Championship all
but wrapped up. Suzuki has all but clinched the
coveted title, only needing to start the next
rounds competition to clinch. The manufacturers
title was almost expected with so many Pro
riders choosing Suzuki QuadRacers this season,
coupled with their consistent good results.
Dustin Wimmer gets on the gas.
Friday afternoon dropped a couple of inches of
rain on the sandy track and flooded the pit
area, but by Saturday morning the skies were a
beautiful blue and the temperature a comfortable
76º. The first heat race had Natalie and Wienen
dicing through most of the race with Natalie
finishing just ahead of Chad.
The second heat race had Doug Gust and Dustin
Wimmer on the starting line. Doug had a strong
start pulling the holeshot with Wimmer getting
held up in the first turn and stuck in dead last
place. Wimmer powered through the pack to the
front but couldn't come close to teammate Gust
who strolled easily for the win.
Sunday threatened rain early but overcast skies
kept the well watered track in pretty good
shape. The first heat race was stacked with
Suzuki riders Wimmer and Wienen vs other top
riders Natalie, Little, Creamer and Goodman.
Natalie pulled the holeshot with Wienen and
Wimmer moving into position behind him fairly
quickly. Wienen kept pushing Natalie until he
finally passed him for the lead. A miss-executed
turn slowed him enough that Natalie railed into
him and sent him flying off the track and
kissing his lead goodbye. Natalie went on to win
the heat, with Wimmer in second and Wienen still
surviving in fifth.
Chad Wienen flying high in Englishtown.
The Main Event was pushed forward in the
schedule as the clouds threatened some serious
Jersey weather. With Wimmer coming in second
both heats, the points difference had expanded
to 4 and the pressure was palpable. The riders
lined up under threatening skies – Natalie lined
up on the left, a Kawasaki in between and then
the three Suzuki QuadRacer R450s ready to take
on the challenge.
At the start, Natalie was about 4th and Wienen,
Gust and Wimmer behind. Natalie quickly moved to
the lead and was quickly trailed by the three
QuadRacers. Wienen kept the pressure on Natalie
the whole race, but just couldn't overtake him.
Final – Natalie, Wienen, Gust, Wimmer.
"John ran a good race," Chad said after the
event. "The track is narrow with little room for
passing. He was fast and I just couldn't get
past him today."
Even though the team didn't clinch the top spot,
the points race is still on. Last stop – Field
of Dreams MX in Boswell, PA, September 16th.
TEAM ROCKSTAR/MSR/PRO TAPER/SUZUKI/YOSHIMURA
Maxxis – Douglas – Repsol – Pro Aluminum – AFAM
– BMC Filters –
Galfer – PowerMadd – CV Products – Full Bore –
Motion Pro – Liquid Performance –
Walsh – Fox Shocks – NGK – Hinson Clutch –
Precision Racing Products – VP Fuels – Quad Tech
– RPM – Mechanix Wear – One Industries