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Hetrick Racing

Joel Hetrick's First Pro Podium

Joel Hetrick takes his first of two Pro holeshots during Round 5 at Sunset Ridge MX.
Joel Hetrick takes his first of two Pro holeshots during Round 5 at Sunset Ridge MX.

 Hetrick suffered severe blisters and arm pump from a stiff thumb throttle but didn't back off in his quest to prove he can run with the best.
Hetrick suffered severe blisters and arm pump from a stiff thumb throttle but didn't back off in his quest to prove he can run with the best.

Hetrick had to put on his thinking cap to remember his sponsors during all the excitement of his first appearance on the Pro podium but he managed, as always, to plug those who support him. They are...
 Hetrick had to put on his thinking cap to remember his sponsors during all the excitement of his first appearance on the Pro podium but he managed, as always, to plug those who support him. They are...

(Oil City, PA - 5/10/2011) Someday he will be a champion. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but some day in the not so distant future, Hetrick Racing/Makson Construction's Joel Hetrick will leave a major mark on the sport of ATV racing...bank on it.

During his Pro debut at the opening round of the 2011 AMA-ATV Motocross Championship series in Georgia, Hetrick came out of the gate smokin' with a bundle of nerves wrapped around his neck. He admitted he was concerned about the veteran Pros behind him and after two motos of racing, filled with looking back to see who was closing in on him, he scratched out a 6th place overall finish for the event. Not bad for a rookie Pro, but unacceptable to Hetrick's higher expectations of himself.

Rounds 2 and 3 proved to be trying times. Plagued by mechanical problems and towed off the track more often than he crossed the checkers, Hetrick decided to make major changes in his racing program, going so far as to change ATV manufactures completely, a decision which is unheard of in the Pro ranks due to the time necessary to adjust to a totally different brand of quad. Did this set Hetrick back?

Round 4, the "Rain Race" as it has been tagged, in Maryland at Budds Creek was a sloppy test of survival, not a proving ground for a Rookie Pro who's on a new machine. Then came Round 5. At Sunset Ridge in Illinois, Joel Hetrick made a statement which was heard loud and clear throughout the ATV motocross national community..."Here's what I'm made of...Here's my new ride...Expect more."

Not only did he capture both Pro moto holeshots, but he ran up-front with the best of them for twenty minutes plus two laps, never backing down to nerves, never letting off the throttle. He had found his machine and had rekindled the confidence that had driven him to multiple amateur championships in year's past. The decision to change brands paid off. He crossed the checkers in the first moto in third and the second moto in second. Thus, his first Pro podium, taking second overall, a feat not accomplished by any Pro rookie for well over a decade.

Joel Hetrick's performance at Sunset Ridge is just a sneak peek at what's to come during the remaining six rounds of this year's AMA-ATV Motocross Championship series. With a machine under him that he can count on and a belly full of confidence provided by his Round 5 run, Hetrick will be a factor in the Pro class...a major factor...a deciding factor...a factor that will have to be dealt with on it's own terms, which happen to be...Joel Hetrick's terms.

Hetrick had to put on his thinking cap to remember his sponsors during all the excitement of his first appearance on the Pro podium but he managed, as always, to plug those who support him. They are...Hetrick Racing, Makson Construction, JB Racing, Maximum RPM, Fly Racing, Elka Suspension, Walsh Race Craft, MotoWorks, Easton, Maxxis, Lone Star Racing, Tiger Racing, Pro Graph-X, Quad Tech, Rage ATV, Rath Racing, Luke Nixon Racing, Precision Racing Products, DWT, Oury ATV Grips, DP Brakes, Fuel Customs, PowerMadd, Outerwears, Rebel Gears, Kal-Gard, Intense Fabrication & Design, Hinson Clutches, Pafford EMS and World Of Wheels. 


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