Daytona International Speedway
March 8, 2016
Chad Wienen Wins 2nd Annual
Daytona ATV Supercross
FL (3/9/2016) -
The ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX),
presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship,
kicked off its 2016 season yesterday, March 8, with
the Second Annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross (ATVSX).
The world's best four-wheeled ATV racers took to
the hallowed grounds of the Daytona International
Speedway (DIS) as the quest for the 2016 National
Jeffrey Rastrelli & Thomas
Brown Round Out ATV SX Podium
With the annual Daytona Bike Week festivities
in full swing the infield grandstands were full
of race enthusiasts eager to watch the defending
champion return to his winning ways. After claiming
the ATVriders.com Fastest Qualifier Award, Wienen
Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY
Racing's Chad Wienen was able to build his confidence
for the main event.
AMA Pro ATV class put on a great show for
the fans in Daytona
When the heat races got underway, Maxxis/Elka/Liquid
Wrench's Joel Hetrick and Wienen emerged with
the wins, with JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold
Speed Tires' Jeffrey Rastrelli taking the win
in the last chance qualifier (LCQ).
When the gate dropped it was Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin
Motorsports' John Natalie who led the way through
the first turn which earned him the $100 Bell
Helmets Holeshot Award, but he was closely followed
by Wienen and Hetrick.
Natalie Jr claimed the $100 Bell Helmets
Wienen quickly got to work and passed Natalie
for the lead, leaving a battle behind him for
second place. Unfortunately, a race mistake would
end up taking Hetrick out of the race after landing
on Natalie's back fender. That allowed Brown and
Rastrelli to move up a spot and set their sights
on passing Natalie. The veteran Natalie would
not flinch and held his line making it tough for
Brown to pass.
Eventually Brown was able to get around Natalie,
but by that time Rastrelli had gained valuable
seconds on Brown. The Florida native had a massive
crowd section that erupted every time he took
to the triple beside the grand stands. With only
a few laps to go, Rastelli made a run on Brown
that took him to second place.
"I was a little disappointed when I crossed
the line," said Brown. "I wanted to
win, but my main goal was to be on the box. I'm
super stoked to leave round one with solid points
and stand here in Daytona's victory lane."
When the checkered flag was thrown, it would
be Wienen crossing the line first and taking home
the esteemed ATVSX win. With the ATVSX serving
as the opening race of the 2016 ATVMX season,
Wienen seized early control of the AMA Pro ATV
Wienen took home the esteemed win at 2nd
Annual Daytona ATV SX
"It was a great day here at Daytona,"
said Wienen. "The starts were the key to
a good finish here, and we did just that. I was
able to make quick work on Natalie and that's
because I felt so solid on my Yamaha. This win
means so much coming from this amazing place!"
Rastrelli's runner-up finish was a great way
to get his 2016 season underway, where he says
this podium finish was much needed.
ATV SX Pro Podium (left to right)
Chad Wienen (1st), Thomas
"I've struggled my whole pro career and
it's unbelievable to have a ride like this, and
to be able to hear the crowd cheering every time
I went by on the rhythm section," said Rastrelli.
"I've now got the confidence that I can win
heading into round two."
The 2016 ATV Motocross National Championship
resumes with a return to the traditional motocross
format on Saturday, April 9 at the popular Underground
MX in Kemp, Texas.