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

Chad Wienen Wins ATV Open
Dominates invitational race at Steel City

Chad Wienen poses with mechanic Theo Lusardi.
Chad Wienen poses with mechanic Theo Lusardi.
DELMONT, Pa. (August 30, 2008) -- The 2008 Pro ATV Racing season came full circle for Chad Wienen on Saturday at Steel City Raceway, as he dominated the ATV Open Championship race. Dustin Wimmer finished second, ahead of Josh Upperman.

"This is the icing on the cake," said Wienen, who earned $5,000 and a special AMA No. 1 Plate for the victory. "I'm speechless. I've never won a championship before so this is a good start for me."
Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) was sidelined with shoulder injuries for much of the 2008 ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship. He was hungry coming into the $10,000 invitation-only race here.

"When I'm good and healthy, I think I'm a threat to win every weekend," said Wienen. "That's my drive every single week. I just know I have it in me to win. I was headstrong even when I was down and out. I was injured this year, but I always believed I could finish out the year strong."

Wienen rewarded the horde of fans, who celebrated his victory with him, throwing his chest protector, his goggles and even his racing jersey to the crowd gathered around the podium.

"You have to love the fans; they're why we're here," said Wienen. "I do whatever it takes, staying late to sign autographs, just as long as they're happy. We need to keep them coming back and keep improving our programs, and someday I hope we can be as big as the bikes."

Wienen's teammate Doug Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) took the holeshot at the beginning of the event, earning the $500 ATVRiders.com bonus. Wienen was on a tear, though, taking second from Upperman on lap two. He passed Gust one lap later, taking the lead for good.
Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki), who was sporting his newly won AMA No. 1 plate for winning the National ATV Championship, started sixth, but methodically picked his way through the pack, taking the runner-up slot on lap 10.

"I had a difficult start, so I just kept my head down and tried to run a smooth race," said Wimmer. "I knew I had the quad to do it, so I just ran my line and it worked out."

Upperman (No. 20 American Honda/Baldwin Motorsports Honda), ran a strong second through much of the event, even challenging for the lead several times.

"I saved the best for last," quipped Upperman.

DELMONT, Pa. (August 30, 2008) -- Results of Saturday’s ATV Open at Steel City Raceway (Showing finishing position, rider, bike number, bike brand, and hometown):

1.     Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galena, Ill.
2.     Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa.
3.     Josh Upperman, 20, Honda, Louisville, Ohio.
4.     Doug Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis.
5.     John Natalie, Jr., 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa.
6.     Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, N. Stonington, Conn.
7.     Pat Brown, 199, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J.
8.     Harold Gooman, 708, Honda, Romulus, Mich.
9.     Greg Gee, 10, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario.
10.  Keith Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Ala.
11.  Cale Downen, 727, Honda, Junction, Ill.
12.  Hunter Miller, 90, Honda, Greenville, Texas.
13.  Jason Dunkelberger, 19, Polaris, Trevorton, Pa.
14.  Jeremy Lawson, 16, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky.
15.  Cody Miller, 22, Can-Am, Greenville, Texas.
16.  Sage Baker, 49, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif.
17.  Russell Shumaker, 68, Bristol, Wis., DNS.
18.  Joe Haavisto, 75, Kawasaki, New Ipswitch, N.H., DNS.
19.  Mitch Reynolds, 137, Polaris, Greenbrier, Ark., DNS.

The Second Annual Steel City AMA Pro ATV Open continues tomorrow with Amateur ATV and motorcycle racing all day. For information, including a weekend schedule and where to purchase tickets, please visit www.racerproductions.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, 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.

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 at the rate of 25% in the past two 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.


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