JOHN NATALIE AND DARYL RATH DO THE DOUBLE AT DANIEL BOONE
WINNING ROUND 2 OF THE 2006 WPSA POWERSPORTS ATV TOUR
John Natalie, Jr. and Daryl Rath remain undefeated in WPSA PowerSports ATV Championship Tour competition, winning their Pro Class races during Sunday’s ITP Daniel Boone ATV Championship, Round 2 of this season’s Championship. The race was held at the Daniel Boone MX, and was part of a double championship weekend, which kicked off the 2006 season.
Rath (No. 67 Rath Racing/Arctic Cat) won the QuadTerrain Challenge Pro Stock event, while Natalie (No. 67 Elka HMF Shift/Honda) won the SuperQuad Pro 450 QuadMX Series race. Both won their respective classes in Round 1, held yesterday.
Sunday’s races will be telecast on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 11 at 1 p.m. EDT.
Harold Goodman (No. 708 American Honda Houser Racing Curtis Sparks/Honda) took the holeshot at the start of the SuperQuad Pro 450 final, earning the $1,000 Quad Magazine Holeshot award, but Natalie, coming from third, was on the charge. Natalie took second on lap three, behind Jeremiah Jones (No. 2 Suzuki Yoshimura Fly/Suzuki). He then passed Jones on the next lap, taking the lead for good. Jones dogged Natalie during the waning laps, but settled for second. Jason Lubergh (No. 8 Suzuki Yoshimura BKT Fox Shocks Shift/Suzuki) grabbed third on lap five when Goodman spun out. Goodman finished 15th.
“The race was great,” said Natalie, who now holds a commanding lead in the SuperQuad Pro 450 Riders’ Points and has squarely placed Honda atop the Manufacturers’ standings. “I think it was great for the fans and ESPN2 is going to roll with this thing. When people see this kind of racing, they’ll be hooked. It was a nail biter the whole time.
“I had a great weekend; I couldn’t ask for anything more,” added Natalie. “I think the Series is great. I’m hoping it goes of huge and gives the kids coming up something to shoot for.”
Jones recovered from injuries suffered in an off Saturday to net the runner-up finish.
“This feels like a win for me today,” said the Bowling Green, Ky. resident. “It felt good to get up with these guys and be competitive. I think the WPSA is really going to take off. I really enjoyed the weekend; everything ran smoothly and I’m looking forward to coming to Echeconnee.”
Rath, meanwhile, came out atop a veritable survival of the fittest in the Pro Stock QuadTerrain Challenge race. Rath took the lead on lap five of the 12-lap final when then-leader William Yokley (No. 23 Arctic Cat) and Scott Kilby (No. 227 Can-AM Maxxis Moose/Can-Am) were slowed in the log crawl section of the course. From there, Rath ran unchallenged. Yokley was second, ahead of Kilby.
“Things went awesome,” said Rath, who leads the Pro Stock Class Riders’ Championship and has put Arctic Cat atop the Manufacturers’ Championship. “We had to dig in deep again today. Sometimes you think about giving up when you’re that far behind at the start of the race, but it all worked out. Everybody did their part.
“The Tour ran the races on schedule and it’s really nice to know when you’re racing,” added Rath. “It’s a good deal.”
“This is huge,” said Kilby. “I never had a bunch of four-wheel-drive quads around me racing. We came here to have a good time and we wound up on the podium. We had some fun, too. This was an awesome track and I think this Series is really going places.”
Comprehensive results for the two Pro finals are available by visiting clicking here (Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher required). The Pro results, along final results from all of the other classes will be posted at www.PowerSportsTour.com.
Other winners during the weekend were:
Class 2 - SuperQuad Pro Am: Russell Shumaker (No. 66 Yoshimura Fox ITP/Suzuki)
Class 3 - A class: Russell Shumaker (No. 66 Yoshimura Fox ITP/Suzuki)
Class 4 - B class: Matt Bremer (No. 111 Fox Shox Scott Odi/Honda)
Class 5 - C class: Ryan Norris (No. 37 Norris Mechanical rage ATV OBR/Yamaha)
Class 6 - Women: Angela Butler (No. 2 FMF Media Allstars Maxxis LoneStar/Honda
Class 7 - 16-24: Chris Williams (No. 188 Honda)
Class 8 - Plus 25: Dane Heilman (No. 7 Honda)
Class 9 - Plus 35: Randy Hurst (No. 50 Paul Cycle EVS Scott/Yamaha)
Class 10 - Open Amateur: Joe Havel (No. 2 Yamaha)
Class 11 - Production Lites: Richard Lindsay (No. 5 Motorworld Racing AMSOIL/Honda)
Class 12 - 0-90 Modified 8-15: Jeffrey Rastrelli (No. 28 Hetrick Racing, JB Racing, OMF Wheels/JB)
Class 13 - 0-90 Sr. 12-15: Jeffrey Rastrelli (No. 28 Hetrick Racing, JB Racing, OMF Wheels/JB)
Class 14 - 0-90 Jr. 8-11: Dallas Tapscott (No. 48 Hetrick Racing Jarmans Sportcycle/Honda)
Class 15 - 0-70 6-11: David Nevroski (No. 24 TBA)
Class 16 - 0-50 Sr. 6-8: Reid Eckert (No. 17 Pittman Racing, Liquid Performance, Scott/Cobra)
Class 17 - 0-50 Jr. 4-6: Collin Hitzfield (No. 11 Suzuki)
Class 19 - Pro Am Unlimited: Adam Vaughn (No. 83 Kawasaki)
The next race for PowerSports ATV Championship Tour, part of a double championship weekend which comprises Rounds 3 and 4 of the Tour, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4 at Echeconnee Park in Lizella, Ga.
About the PowerSports ATV Tour
The PowerSports ATV Tour is North America’s newest ATV racing tour and features the greatest show on dirt. The Tour is North America’s premier form of ATV racing, with its jumps, gyrations and dirt-slinging racing action. The Tour is sanctioned by the World PowerSports Association, North America’s largest and most respected ATV and snowmobile sanctioning body, and promoter of ATV and snowmobile racing on both the regional and national level.