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Round #4 Gravity Park USA - Chilton, WI

Gravity Park USA – Chilton, WI (June 13, 2009) - Round #4 for the Badger State Quad Championship series would bring us back to Gravity Park USA in Chilton, WI. This round would feature some added disciplines with the morning starting out with ST racing, then TT, and finally MX under the lights.

In the past years, this event was a two day event but we wanted to try something different for this year. That changed appeared to work for the better with 300+ entries for the day. While the racing action was intense on the TT and ST, everyone was waiting for the action to start on the MX track. The Production C (17 entries), Production A (15 entries), and Pro-Am Production (15 entries) classes had enough entries where we had to split the classes and run qualifiers for each class. The race brought out some new faces with #199 Sean Taylor coming from Montezuma, Iowa and also some old faces with #137 Cory Gauthier getting back into the race action. We can’t forget about the regulars with Cody Janssen, Eric Wenzel, DJ Spurling, Joey Tomazevic and a handful of others on hand competing for the $600 top prize and very nice payouts down the line.

In heat #1 of the Pro-Am Production class, #911 of Steve Runkel would jump to the early lead followed by Eric Wenzel and Cory Gauthier. However, Steve Runkel would suffer a flat rear tire and have to settle for a 5th place for the moto. Runkel’s flat tire would open the door for Cory Gauthier to move to the front of the pack and secure the 1st moto spot followed by Eric Wenzel, Matt Mullen, and DJ Spurling. The 2nd heat would see #25 of Cody Janssen and #199 of Sean Taylor battle out of the gates. Cody would be able to hold off Sean Taylor to secure the 1st place finish followed by Sean Taylor, Dalton Hicks, and Nick Crowell. Heat #2 ended up being 15 seconds faster then heat #1 so the main event was set to be exciting.

The main event started out with the riders making their gate picks and then getting a chance to recognize their sponsors and who they were as the announcer walked down the line to introduce them to the spectators. Tension in the air was thick as the motors came to life the 2 minute board was raised. As the gate drop, there would be some good battles out of the hole but Cody Janssen would end up with the early lead. Steve Runkel was close behind though. Behind Runkel were some more good battles with close racing between Sean Taylor, Eric Wenzel and Cory Gauthier. Cody would end up holding of Runkel until the last lap where Runkel would finally make a pass on Janssen. However, Janssen would have the overall for the night secured with his 1, 2 moto finishes. The flat tire and moto finishes of 5, 1 would give Runkel a 3rd for the overall. Sean Taylor would hang on to his 3rd place finish in moto #2, securing a 2nd overall with his 2, 3 finish. Rounding out the rest of the top 5 would be Eric Wenzel and Cory Gauthier.

There was a lot of other great racing action on the track all night as well. In the Production A class, Steve Runkel would secure that win with a 1, 1 finish followed by Janssen, Taylor, Gauthier and Wenzel. Rich Richtsmeier would take home the win in the +25 class. Tom Appleton would best 17 other riders in the Production C class and Sam Rowe would take the win in Mini Mod and Junior class.

Full results are available at and also

The next round of action was already at Gravity Park USA in Chilton, WI on July 11th, which we were not at. However, early feedback indicates Cody Janssen had an unlucky first moto due to an engine problem and would give DJ Spurling and Eric Wenzel the lead in the Pro-am Production class.

The next big event is going to be this coming weekend at the facility in Tigerton, WI, which Digger Doug Gust helped create. The event is a full weekend of racing with every type of ATV competition available. The big events are going to Cross Country Saturday morning, TT Saturday afternoon, and then MX action Sunday morning. Complete details available at and the site.

Visit for more information and upcoming races and the Badger State Quad Championship series.

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