Hetrick, Brown complete Pro ATV podium
Chad Wienen earned his fourth win of the season as the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship returned to Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn.
Veteran Josh Upperman put his Baldwin Motorsports/PEP/Upperman Racing Honda up front early in the opening moto by grabbing the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. The Ohio native opened a small margin over BCS Performance Can-Am’s Josh Creamer and Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha’s Wienen, and was able to set the pace for the first couple laps. Wienen began his charge to the front early, passing Creamer for second and then applying pressure on Upperman for the lead. By the time the field came around to complete the second lap, Wienen was out front and proceeded to open a multi-second gap over the field.
Behind Wienen, the competition was stellar with Upperman and Creamer going wheel-to-wheel for several laps in second and third. JB Racing/DWT/Mtn. Dew Live Wire Can-Am’s Joel Hetrick soon joined the duo, overcoming a fifth-place start to put himself in the hunt for the podium. From Lap 3 to Lap 6 Hetrick picked off a rider a lap until he ultimately moved past Creamer for the second spot. Wienen cruised to the moto win by over six seconds on Hetrick, with Creamer putting forth a great ride to finish third. Rastrelli (JB Racing/Cheerwine Can-Am) was impressive in his climb from sixth to fourth, while Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha’s Thomas Brown rounded out the top five. Upperman dropped multiple positions at the halfway point and finished sixth.
The start of Moto 2 featured a surprise out front early as H&M Motosports’ David Haagsma raced to the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. The California native and WORCS racer made the trip to try his hand in ATVMX the last couple rounds and he went on to lead the first lap with Rastrelli and Motosport.com/RRR/Ford/DWT/Walsh/Fox Honda’s John Natalie hot on his rear fender. Brown crossed the line in fourth, Hetrick fifth, and Wienen all the way back in sixth.
Rastrelli’s best outing of the 2014 continued when he took the lead from Haagsma. Behind him, Brown was on a charge, jumping from fourth to second in a single lap and applying pressure on Rastrelli for the lead. Rastrelli paced the field for a few laps but gave way to Brown on Lap 4. While Brown was moving his way forward, so was his teammate Wienen, picking off riders one-by-one until he slotted into second behind Brown the same lap he took over the lead.
The lead pair maintained their advantage out front, while Hetrick made an impressive charge from his fifth place starting spot to keep the Yamaha duo in his sights throughout the moto in third. This trio soon opened a double-digit margin on their competitors and checked out on the field. Brown took the checkered flag by just over two seconds on Wienen, while Hetrick secured third another few seconds behind. Creamer crossed the line in fourth with Rastrelli in fifth.
Wienen’s 1-2 finishes easily secured the overall and he now boasts four wins and two runner-up finishes in six rounds of action. Hetrick’s 2-3 results landed him second overall while Brown’s moto win vaulted him to third overall (5-1). Creamer tied his season best in fourth (3-4) while Rastrelli did the same in fifth (4-5).
Wienen’s control of the ATVMX standings increased to 46 points over Hetrick, who distanced himself from Natalie in third (-59). Brown continues his surge in fourth (-66), while Upperman rounds out the top five (-85).
The Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship will take a week off before returning to action for the seventh round of the 2014 season on July 12-13. Unadilla in New Berlin, NY, will be the host site of the NYCM Insurance Northeastern ATV National.