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ITP/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA ATV Motocross National Championship Series

Volunteer State Welcomes AMA National ATV Racing Tour
Oakley Southern National in Blountville this Weekend

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (June 18, 2008) -- The ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited hits the venerable Muddy Creek Raceway this Saturday and Sunday for the Oakley Southern ATV Nationals. The event, Round 8 of the National Pro Racing tour and Round 7 of the Amateur tour, is being held in the heart of NASCAR country in Blountville, Tenn., just seven miles southwest of Bristol. The Nation's premier national ATV racing series features America's best Pro riders, as well as Amateur, Pro-Am and Junior racers.

The ATV Motocross Series features the top professional and amateur ATV riders in the country, competing at preeminent motocross facilities across the nation. ATV motocross racing is run on a closed course, which comprises technical "whoops" sections, as well as big-air jumps, tight turns and all-out straightaways. The machines are race-bred 450cc machines from top manufacturers such as Can-Am, Suzuki, Yamaha, Polaris, Honda, KTM, and Kawasaki. Riders easily make six-figure incomes from the large purses, and contingency bonuses posted by manufacturers, as well as other Series sponsors and suppliers.

The riders will be vying for the most coveted honor in ATV racing: The AMA National Championship and the AMA No. 1 Number Plate.

This weekend's event is being sponsored by Oakley. A manufacturer of high-end eyewear and goggles, Oakley has its roots in motocross racing, with its start coming when Jim Lannard began selling grips out of the trunk of his car at motocross races, beginning in 1975. Oakley will have a large presence this weekend, bringing its new "Rolling O Moto Store."

The race will be telecast on Versus Network on Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m.

With just five events left this year, inclusive of this weekend's race, time is running short as two-time AMA National Champion and defending Muddy Creek race winner Joe Byrd attempts to unseat Dustin Wimmer from the top slot in the championship standings.

Byrd (No. 7 American Honda/Joe Byrd Racing School Honda) is sure to get a boost from the hometown crowd this weekend. Hailing from Union City, Tenn., Byrd hopes to bring home another victory here, and, in the process, bringing his season total to three wins and two additional podiums.

However, Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura.Pro Taper Suzuki) has been on a mission this year to win his first title in Pro ATV competition. With four victories and two additional podiums this season, Wimmer has only finished out of the top-three once during the 2008 season, and currently holds a 61-point lead in the title chase.

Wimmer's teammate "Digger" Doug Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) has shown that experience counts as the veteran rider has amassed a win and a string of top finishes, placing him third in points.

John Natalie (No. 13 Team Can-Am Racing Can-Am) has more than exceeded expectations this season, riding his all-new quad. While still in the development stages, Natalie's experience and competitive drive has placed the yellow-and-black machine on the podium once this season, and his consistency has slotted him fourth in the order.

Josh Creamer (No. 9 Team Monster Energy Kawasaki) has also torn up the circuit this year, riding a Kawasaki in just its second full season of competition. Creamer has two podiums to his credit and sits fifth in the standings.

Jeremy Lawson (No. 16 Team Epic Can-Am) has been on fire lately, posting back-to-back runner-up finishes coming into this race. Lawson currently sits sixth in points.

Harold Goodman (No. 708 American Honda/Houser Racing Honda), Josh Upperman (No. 20 American Honda/Baldwin Motorsports Honda), Rocco Arno, Jr. (No. 101 Honda) and Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) complete the top 10 in points.

Fast Facts -- Oakley Southern ATV Nationals -- June 21-22, 2008

What: ITP/Moose Racing ATV National Motocross Championship Series, America's premier ATV racing series. ATV motocross racing is run on a closed course, which comprises technical "whoops" sections, as well as big-air jumps, tight turns and all-out straightaways. The machines are race-bred 450cc machines from top manufacturers such as Can-Am, Suzuki, Yamaha, Polaris, Honda, KTM, and Kawasaki. Riders easily make six-figure incomes from the large purses, and contingency bonuses posted by manufacturers, as well as other Series sponsors and suppliers.

When: June 21-22, 2008

Where: Muddy Creek Raceway. Directions: Take Exit 63 off I-81 & follow signs

Who: Top Pro racers, including Tennessean Joe Byrd, Dustin Wimmer, Doug Gust, Chad Wienen, John Natalie, Jr., Josh Creamer, Keith Little, Jeremy Lawson, Pat Brown, Harold Goodman and many others. The Series also features the top Pro Am, Amateur, Women, and Youth riders in the country.

Current Pro Points

Pos

Name

#

Brand

Hometown

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

Pts

1

Dustin Wimmer

191

Center Valley, Pa.

1

1

3

2

1

5

1

279

2

Joe Byrd

7

Union City, Tenn.

8

2

18

1

7

1

3

218

3

Doug Gust

55

Salem, Wis.

5

3

1

4

4

6

20

197

4

John Natalie

13

Houtzdale, Pa.

4

10

6

8

2

19

4

181

5

Josh Creamer

9

N. Stonington, Conn.

3

20

4

10

17

3

5

180

6

Jeremy Lawson

16

Battletown, Ky.

15

7

19

5

11

2

2

175

7

Harold Goodman

708

Brownstown, Mich.

6

6

13

7

9

7

12

160

8

Josh Upperman

20

Lousville, Ohio

4

17

6

8

4

6

148

9

Rocco Arno, Jr.

101

Bridgeton, N.J.

17

15

5

11

6

9

17

127

10

Chad Wienen

44

Galena, Ill.

2

9

11

7

13

8

126

About the ATV Association (ATVA)
The ATV Association (“ATVA”) is the official sanctioning body of the amateur division of the ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited. The 9,000-member ATVA is a sister organization of the 260,000 member American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). ATV racing has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. Each ATVA round attracts hundreds of racers who compete for bragging rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more information, please visit www.atvaonline.com.

About the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG)
The ATVPG is composed of the individual promoters that host the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championships, presented by Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to raise awareness of ATV motocross through the production of professional and amateur championship racing events. For more information on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they produce, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.

About the ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited
The AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, and competes at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 11-round series features the Nation's best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America’s largest and longest-running ATV National Motocross series with more than 20 years of competition. The series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while keeping close to the grassroots fun that makes people love to go to the races.

Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose Racing, and presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited. Premiere and Feature sponsors include ATV Sport, Moto Tees, Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka Suspension and H-Bomb Films/Division Four. Associate sponsors include Weekend Warrior Trailers, Denton Racing, and Hinson Racing. Media partners include ATV Insider, ATV Rider and ATVRiders.com. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.


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