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Hetrick Racing

Joel Hetrick Makes History Again At Loretta's Dirt Days

Joel Hetrick presented himself on the podium as he always does; a humble racer pleased with the opportunity to represent his sponsors as a history making ATV Pro Rookie.
Joel Hetrick presented himself on the podium as he always does; a humble racer pleased with the opportunity to represent his sponsors as a history making ATV Pro Rookie.
 
 Out front and running away. Hetrick utilized a "Fast Finesse" as he raced his way to the top podium spot.
Out front and running away. Hetrick utilized a "Fast Finesse" as he raced his way to the top podium spot.
 
The Hetrick family, Joel, Rich and Michele, paused for a photo-op during their podium celebration. 
The Hetrick family, Joel, Rich and Michele, paused for a photo-op during their podium celebration.

Oil City, PA (August 16, 2011) - AMA ATV Motocross Pro rookie, Hetrick Racing/Makson Construction's, Joel Hetrick continued on his march to rewrite ATV racing history at the final round of the 2011 AMA ATV Motocross Championship series at Loretta Lynn's Dirt Days in Hurricane Mills, TN on Saturday, August 13th.

At the beginning of the season, Hetrick set his aspirations as a rookie Pro within the realm of his expectations. Not wanting to pressure himself or his team with unrealistic goals, he just wanted to finish in the top five at a few events and possibly pull down a top three podium finish. His first top three finish came during Round 5 of the season at Sunset Ridge MX in Illinois. Then came the moment he made ATV racing history. At Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, NY on July 16th, Joel Hetrick became the first ever rookie Pro to win an overall event.

With this pinnacle of achievement in his back pocket, Hetrick headed for the Loretta's Dirt Days event with one more aspiration in his book of dreams, winning the most famous event of the series, "The Grandaddy Of Them All...Loretta's", a momentous feat never conquered by an ATV racing Pro rookie.

Hetrick made his first statement of the event when he laid down the fastest qualifying time during the morning practice runs. With his pick of starting gate positions for moto one, he was set to prove to himself that he had what it took to make another mark in the chronicles of ATV racing.

Aound the moto one holeshot, Hetrick led the pack of Pros. Twenty minutes, plus two laps, later, he led the Pro class to the checkers, taking the moto win ahead of veteran racer John Natalie. In a post moto interview, Natalie, who finished second behind Hetrick, commented, "I hung back a little bit...Joel was riding really good and I didn't want to take a chance of taking him and myself out so I figured I would wait for him to make a mistake...but he rode flawless."

Moto two found Hetrick behind veteran Pro Josh Upperman at the holeshot, but not for long. Early in the race, Hetrick gassed past Upperman to take the lead. Holding onto the front runner spot for the entire race, Joel Hetrick posted wins in both motos to become the first ever Pro rookie to win the Loretta Lynn's Dirt Days event.

In a post race podium statement, Hetrick had this to say about his weekend, "It's great to win here in the Pro class at Loretta's. A lot of people came out here to watch us today and I think it's pretty cool that the "Rookie Won!"

Joel Hetrick's 2011 sponsor list included: 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, World Of Wheels and Guyer the Mover.


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