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Chad Wienen and Doug Gust Podium in Englishtown

Doug Gust Dominates his heat races in Englishtown.
Doug Gust Dominates his heat races in Englishtown.

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 title.

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.
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 76. 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.
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.


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