Wienen Wins One at Loretta's
Bad luck and
injuries disappear with first 2008 victory
HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn.
(August 10, 2008) -- Chad Wienen (No. 44
Team Rockstar/ MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper
Suzuki) fulfilled his goal of treading to the
top step of the podium during the 2008 season on
Sunday, capturing the overall Pro ATV victory at
Loretta Lynn Ranch. The event, part of ATV Dirt
Days here, was the season finale for the ITP
Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National
Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited.
Chad Wienen earned his first overall
victory of the season Sunday at Loretta
Dustin Wimmer, who finished second
Sunday, holds up his $5,000 check for
winning the 2008 AMA Riders'
Josh Creamer overcame a crash in the
second moto to finish third overall on
Sunday, earning his fourth podium of
Photos: Stephani McIntyre
Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 Team
MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) finished
second, ahead of Josh Creamer (No. 9 Team
Monster Energy Kawasaki).
Wimmer also collected a $5,000 check for
winning this year's Riders' Championship. He
clinched the title two weeks ago in Michigan and
also helped hand Suzuki the Manufacturers' Cup.
“I’ve really been working hard to get back to
winning speed,” said Wienen, who fought multiple
injuries and bad luck all season. “I was just
concentrating on the overall win out there. I’m
the defending race winner here, so I was looking
forward to the race. It feels great to get the
monkey off my back and win again. I’d really
like to thank my team for giving me such a great
quad, because it was the reason I was able to
The win didn’t come easy. After finishing
first in moto one, Wienen had to get past
teammate ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award winner
Doug Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro
Taper Suzuki) in the second moto. Wienen began
pressing hard, searching for a way around Gust,
then Joe Byrd (No. 7 American Honda Joe Byrd
Motocross School Honda) passed both Suzuki
riders in one fell swoop. From there the battle
Both riders pulled ahead of the pack and
traded positions several times. Wienen captured
the lead late in the event and began to look
like he was going to pull away. This was not the
case as Byrd fought back and made his way back
around the Suzuki rider. Finally, Wienen,
realizing he had the overall win, backed off and
settled for second. Meanwhile, Byrd raced away
with the second moto win.
“I had a mechanical failure in the first moto,
but those things happen,” said Byrd, who lives
roughly 100 miles from the Loretta Lynn Ranch.
“I have a lot of friends and family here and I
just wanted ride my best for them and get
another win for the Byrd House.”
Creamer was strong all day, finishing second
in moto one. He then put forth an amazing effort
in moto two after crashing on lap one. The crash
left Creamer at the back of the field, but he
immediately began slicing through the pack to
ultimately finish the moto sixth, good enough
for third overall.
"As soon as I got up I just told myself I was
going to pass as many riders as I could," said
Creamer. "I saw a big pack of riders around the
halfway mark, and that gave me a little extra
boost to keep charging."
Wienen was awarded an extra $1,000 for
winning the home base fourth and final round of
the ITP Grand Slam. Meanwhile, Byrd picked up an
extra $1,000 for winning the ITP Tires Grand
Slam championship that consisted of the High
Point, Red Bud, Muddy Creek, and Loretta Lynn
Wienen summed up the day by adding: "I’ve won
here two years in a row now. Joe (Byrd) and I
always battle hard. He’s beaten me on my home
turf and now I’ve beaten him on his. This isn’t
the Byrd House anymore, it’s Wienen Ranch."
Special award winners
Ti Lube Fast Qualifier Award:
Suspension Systems Holeshot
Award--Moto 1: Josh Upperman
Holeshot Award--Moto 2: Doug Gust
Mechanic of the Race: Bill Micke
This weekend's race represented the regular
season finale for ITP Tires/Moose Racing
AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship. The
next race for the tour, the invitation-only
Steel City ATV Open, is scheduled for Aug. 30 at
Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa.
HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. (Aug. 10, 2008) --
Results of Sunday’s ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA
Pro ATV Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn
Ranch (Showing finishing position, rider, bike
number, bike brand, hometown, and moto
Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galena, Ill., 1-1.
2. Dustin Wimmer, 191,
Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa, 4-3.
Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, North Stonington,
Byrd, 7, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 10-1.
Doug Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 3-5.
Pat Brown, 199, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 7-4.
7. Cody Miller, 22,
Can-Am, Greenville, Texas, 8-7.
Harold Goodman, 708, Honda, Romulus, Mich.,
9. Greg Gee,
10, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario, 12-9.
Jeremy Lawson, 16, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky.,
11. John Ragon, 98, Honda, Milan,
12. Josh Upperman, 20,
Honda, Louisville, Ohio, 5-19.
Natalie, Jr., 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 9-18.
14. Keith Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce
Pine, Ala., 15-13.
15. Jasmin Plante,
91, Yamaha, Notre Dame, Quebec, 17-12.
Cale Downen, 727, Honda, Junction, Ill., 13-16.
17. Russell Shumaker, 68, Kawasaki,
Bristol, Wis., 20-11.
18. Sage Baker,
49, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif., 18-14.
Rocco Arno, Jr., 101, Honda, Bridgeton, N.J.,
20. Jason Dunkelberger, 19,
Honda, Trevorton, Pa, 16-20.
ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross
Championship final points: Wimmer 438, Byrd 371,
Gust 352, Creamer 298, Lawson 277, Wienen 268,
Natalie 263, Goodman 259, Upperman 227, Brown
ABOUND... A record 836 entries checked in
for this weekend's race, representing a more
than 27% jump from last year and the most this
season. The previous record for this year was
732, set in March at Millcreek Raceway in
TIME...Recording artist Krista Marie
thrilled a packed house Saturday night here.
Marie, who is also a competitive ATV rider,
performed many of her hits in front of several
record executives and other Nashville-area
KARNIVAL...The Kids Karnival, in
conjunction with the Youth Contingency Awards,
were held Friday night at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
The event attracted many participants, who took
part in the golf car parade, carnival games
hosted by the tour's Pro riders, and other
SUCCESS...This weekend's Showcase
featured a large display by Team Suzuki
associate sponsor Makita, as well as demo rides
by Can-Am, a RiderCourse training program and
WEATHER...This weekend's weather was warm
and sunny with temperatures on reaching the 80s.
With steamy weather usually the norm here,
winner Chad Wienen trained in the heat for the
last two weeks. "Man, I wish it was hotter,"
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