Wienen Lights-Up Loretta's with 1-1
The 12th and final round of the ITP/ATVA GNC Championship Series rolled into the beautiful Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN this weekend. Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper's Chad Wienen used the break in the WPSA Championship Series schedule to head down and do some extra-curricular racing.
The first Moto saw Chad and defending ATVA champ Joe Byrd dicing heavily for the lead through much of the race. At one point Byrd's head pipe cracked and then fell off thus robbing Joe's machine of power. From there Chad motored off into the sunset and left the rest of the pack far behind.
"I was pushing Joe pretty hard and was really enjoying the race," Chad said after Moto one. "All of a sudden his bike started to sound like a popcorn machine and I knew he had issues with his pipe. From there it was an easy ride."
At the start of Moto two, Chad put the pedal to the metal on his Suzuki QuadRacer R450. He grabbed the holeshot and with Joe close behind, Chad never looked back went on to finish at the top of the podium.
"It was a pretty easy race really, I got a great start and the bike just flew," Weinen said after the race.
Just like teammate Dustin Wimmer at the last Unadilla ATVA race, Wienen came to the race in his own trailer without the team support rig. Ryan Cox, his mechanic, flew in and prepped one of Chad's old race bikes from the beginning of the year. "It was fun to be there. The crowd was really cheering me on when I passed Joe in the first Moto."
Chad will join up with the full complement of the Team Rig and his other two teammates at the next round of the WPSA SuperQuad Pro 450 Series in Englishtown, NJ this upcoming weekend.