Armagh,PA (July 15, 2009) - With only three rounds remaining in the 2009 ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship presented by Parts Unlimited series, points are tight between current series leader Monster Energy Kawasaki's Chad Wienen and Rockstar/Makita/Yoshimura Suzuki's Defending AMA Pro ATV MX Champion Dustin Wimmer, who are separated by only five points.
The next stop in the series is the newly renovated Pleasure Valley Raceway in Armagh, Pennsylvania for the Suzuki Summer National. Owner Jeff Cernic has made several improvements at the track, cutting down trees to increase visibility around the track, building a new a pro pit area and expanding the parking lot. The track is technically challenging and takes advantage of the terrain, with strategically placed single, double and triple jumps. This includes several table top jumps, whoops, and sand sections.
After a shoulder injury at mid-seson bumped Wimmer from the top of the point standings, he came roaring back on top at Muddy Creek, taking home 1-1 moto wins. Wimmer's dramatic return to victory came less than two months after he dislocated his shoulder in a practice crash, and then lost the points lead while fighting to come back. Wimmer's teammate Doug Gust took home the second place win with Wienen, who suffered from bad starts, finishing in third. Veteran Honda rider, Joe Byrd, who finished in 9th at Muddy Creek is third in the point standings, 14 points behind Wimmer.
The pro class will feature two 20-minute races on Sunday, taking place at noon and 3 p.m., with the combined scores of both races determining the overall winner.
The pro riders will run as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and veteran riders. Amateurs will practice on Friday and race on Saturday and Sunday. Pros will practice on Saturday and race on Sunday.
To get to the track: From Pittsburgh, Take RT 22 East to the Johnstown RT 403 Exit (this is the 2nd Johnstown Exit). Turn Right of a mile. PVR is on the right in Armagh.
From Harrisburg or the east, Take Pa Turnpike to the Bedford Exit. I-99 North to Exit 28 (RT 22 west / Ebensburg /Johnstown). Take RT 22 East approx 40 miles to the Johnstown RT 403 Exit (this is the 3rd Johnstown Exit on RT 22 West). Turn Right onto 403 South of a mile. PVR is on the right.
About the ITP/Moose Racing ATV National Motocross Championship Series
Presented by Parts Unlimited
The AMA ITP/Moose Racing 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. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
About the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG)
The ATVPG is composed of the individual promoters that host the AMA ITP/Moose Racing ATV National Motocross Championships, presented by Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to raise awareness of ATV motocross through the production of professional and amateur championship racing events. For more information on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they produce, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
About MX Sports
MX Sports, Inc. is a Morgantown, West Virginia-based motocross production company. The group coordinates the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, which includes a national qualifying program consisting of 52 Area Qualifying races held annually from February through May and 12 Regional Championship races conducted in June at select motocross facilities across the country. Less than five percent of the Area Qualifier entries actually qualify for the national championship event, held during the first week of August at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.