Dustin Wimmer Dominates in Tennessee
Dustin Wimmer celebrates on the podium
after winning his fifth race of the
season Sunday at Muddy Creek Raceway.
Joe Byrd slides through a corner en
route to finishing second and holding
onto his second spot in Series points.
Harold Goodman finished third, earning
his first podium of the 2008 season.
Stephani McIntyre Photos
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (June 22, 2008) -- Dustin Wimmer dominated both motos Sunday to claim his
second consecutive overall Pro ATV victory at
Muddy Creek Raceway. The event, the Oakley
Southern Nationals, was Round 8 of the ITP
Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATVA Pro Motocross
Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro
Taper Suzuki) took the victory, his fifth this
season, ahead of Joe Byrd (No. 7 American
Honda/Joe Byrd Racing School Honda). Harold
Goodman (No. 708 American Honda/Houser Racing
Honda) finished third, ending a string of bad
luck with his first podium of the 2008 tour.
"I knew it was going to be important to get good
starts today, so I was happy to gate in the top
three in both motos," said Wimmer. "The track
was in good condition, but was tight, making it
a little difficult to pass.
"I made almost all of my passes in the same
corner then just tried to ride well."
When asked if he felt any added pressure with
the several Suzuki dignitaries from Japan,
Wimmer offered: "No, I just kept my focus on the
championship. My training program is working
well, and I'm going to go home and continue to
With three rounds remaining, Byrd slips to 67
points behind Wimmer in the Championship.
"I had the speed for half the motos both times
out," offered Byrd dejectedly. "I need to work
on some set-up issues and try to figure out how
to stay on his pace. I'm not satisfied with my
performance. Second place is not where I want to
Doug Gust (No. 55 MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro
Taper) grabbed the Suspension Systems Holeshot
Award in the first moto and led the pack to the
green flag. Byrd and Wimmer also gated well,
with Byrd making a quick move to the inside of
Wimmer to move into second. Wimmer and Byrd then
dispatched Gust and set out on a battle that had
the fans running fence line to fence line.
Wimmer made an inside move to the lead at the
halfway point, then set sail to the checkered
flag. Byrd rode home second, while Gust rounded
out the podium.
Byrd came out swinging for the second moto,
grabbing the ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award. His
charge was short lived, however, as Wimmer made
a quick move to the inside on lap two to steal
the lead. From there, the lanky Center Valley,
Pa. resident put lap after perfect lap together
and gradually pulled away from Byrd. Meanwhile,
the racing behind them was intense. Goodman was
riding unchallenged in third while a mammoth
battle ensued between the fourth, fifth, and
sixth positions between John Natalie Jr. (No. 13
Can-Am), Josh Creamer (No. 9 Monster Energy
Kawasaki) and Jeremy Lawson (No. 16 Team
Epic/Can-Am). At one point Creamer tried to
force a pass in the rhythm section and collided
with Natalie in the air. Both riders rode away
from the collision, and Lawson took the
But, the day was all about Wimmer. The points
leader won the Ti-Lube Fast Qualifier, and both
motos leaving little doubt as to why he holds a
commanding lead in Series points.
Special award winners were:
Ti Lube Fast Qualifier Award: Wimmer
Suspension Systems Holeshot Award--Moto 1: Doug
ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award--Moto 2: Byrd
DASA Mechanic of the Race: Johnny Cross, Team
Epic Can-Am (Lawson)
The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing
AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship is
scheduled for July 12-13 at Pleasure Valley
Raceway in Johnstown, Pa.
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (June 22, 2008) – Results of
Sunday’s ITP/ Tires Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV
Motocross Championship at Muddy Creek Raceway
(Showing finishing position, rider, bike number,
bike brand, hometown, and moto finishes):
- Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa.,
- Joe Byrd, 7, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 2-2.
- Harold Goodman, 708, Honda, Romulus, Mich., 5-3.
- Doug Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 3-5.
- Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galena, Ill., 4-8.
- Russell Shumaker, 68, Kawasaki, Bristol, Wis.,
- Cale Downen, 727, Honda, Junction, Ill., 10-10.
- Jeremy Lawson, 16, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky.,
- Sage Baker, 49, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif.,
- John Natalie, 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 16-7.
- Rocco Arno, Jr., 101, Honda, Bridgeton, N.J.,
- Cody Miller, 22, Can-Am, Greenville, Texas,
- Pat Brown, 199, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 7-17.
- Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, North Stonington,
- Josh Upperman, 20, Honda, Louisville, Ohio,
- Hunter Miller, 90, Honda, Greenville, Texas,
- Greg Gee, 10, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario, 11-DNS.
- Brock Lyons, 43, Polaris, Brownsburg, Ind.,
- Jason Dunkelberger, 19, Honda, Trevorton, Pa.,
- Keith Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Ala.,
ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross
Championship points leaders: Wimmer 329, Byrd
262, Gust 233, Natalie 200, Creamer 197, Goodman
196, Lawson 196, Upperman 164, Wienen 157, Arno
OAKLEY ON BOARD...Oakley was named title sponsor
of this weekend's race at Muddy Creek, and
brought its popular "Rolling Oakley O Show" rig
to the event. The rig featured many Oakley
products, including sunglasses, goggles, boots,
watches and other riding and casual wear.
SUZUKI TRAVELERS...Team Suzuki brought several
officials from its headquarters in Japan to this
weekend's race here.
HAGER HURT...Thomas Hager (No. 215 ATV Fourplay
Suzuki) broke his left ankle during Pro
qualifying on Saturday. Hager was treated and
released from a local hospital.
WIENEN BACK...Chad Wienen returned to AMA Pro
ATV competition this weekend after a one-race
respite to heal shoulder injuries sustained
earlier this season. Wienen (no. 44 Team
Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki)
showed his time off was well worth it as he was
in contention all weekend and even turned the
fastest lap during the first moto.
ENTRY RECORD...A Muddy Creek Raceway event
record 597 entries were on the sheets for this
weekend's race, of which 27 were Pros.
DINNER SERVED...Parts Unlimited held its popular
Moose Racing Dinner Show Saturday night at Muddy
Creek. The event featured Pro racers serving
food to all participants in this weekend's
TRACK IMPROVED...Though many people that
attended this weekend's race might not have
noticed, Sam Gammon and his Victory Sports
Racing crew worked for several weeks prior to
the race, making many major improvements to the
Muddy Creek facility. Included on the list of
improvements was an expanded level parking area,
a new road leading to the parking area, and
expanded vendor and pit parking. In addition,
track conditions were ideal due to the crew's
diligent efforts in preparing the facility.
"The promoters did a lot of preparation with the
track," said current Pro points leader Wimmer.
"They mixed a lot of sawdust into the dirt and
it really helped hold the moisture. Track
conditions were perfect all weekend."
Junior Class rider Trevor Miller's mother
Shannon Miller was also pleased.
"The promoters were really thinking about the
amateur riders when they made these
improvements," said S. Miller. "Parking is so
much better now. My thanks go out to Sam Gammon
and his crew."
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