Morgantown, W. Va. (June 29, 2011) - After a small break in the schedule, the 2011 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT is back to racing this weekend, July 2 and 3, at the newly added Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio.
Sunday Creek Raceway is also one of thirteen stops on the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, as well as a repeat host to many Loretta Lynn AMA Amateur National Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships.
The ATV Motocross family was saddened to hear that current points leader Chad Wienen suffered a season-ending practice crash last weekend, leaving the factory Can-Am racer with two broken vertebrae in his back. Wienen underwent surgery on Saturday to stabilize his back and is now focusing on his recovery process. Racers and fans will have the opportunity to wish Chad a speedy recovery, thanks to Ian Harris from SSi Decals, who is providing materials to sign for Chad at this weekend's event.
John Natalie sits only ten points back from Motoworks Can-Am teammate Wienen heading into the weekend. Natalie has been contesting the championship all season long, so the unfortunate news of his teammate doesn't change his sheer focus on the season-end title.
Ohio native Josh Upperman currently sits third place in points heading into his home territory and with a consistent string of finishes this year, Upperman is favored to contest for the win this weekend. Florida rider Jeremy Lawson is seventeen points behind Upperman in fourth but the Suzuki rider has been stepping up his game the last few rounds. Lawson has a tendency to be one of the fastest riders on the track, but needs to put all the elements together for an overall win.
Amateur classes will practice on Friday and race on both Saturday and Sunday. Pros will run two timed practice sessions on Saturday morning and race in the afternoon as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders. Local riders are encouraged to take part in the amateur racing schedule and may sign up at the event.
Tickets on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages 6-11), and admission includes full pro-pit access and an autograph session.
To get to the track, take 33 West 1.5 miles to 13 North (Chauncey exit). Go 3 miles into Chauncey. Turn right staying on Route 13 North. Continue for 10 miles to Jacksonville. Go right on Sixth St. for 2 miles, and then turn left
About the AMA ATV Motocross Championship
The AMA ATV Motocross Championship is the nation's premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, hosted 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 program. Since 1985, the series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while premiering the professional class. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com