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Joel Hetrick Finished Second in Daytona ATV Supercross
Maxxis /Elka / Liquid Wrench / Honda Team Takes Three Wins

Salisbury, NC (3/17/2017) - Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda rider Joel Hetrick finished second in the 3rd Annual ATV Supercross, the AMA Pro ATV Motocross season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Haedyn Mickelson won the Pro Am race, while his brother Noah won both the Production A and 450 races. Grayson Eller was fifth in Production A.

Joel Hetrick Daytona SX
Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda rider Joel Hetrick finished second in the 3rd Annual ATV Supercross

Hetrick grabbed the holeshot and immediately began pulling away from the field in the Pro race, the only points paying event on the weekend. Unfortunately, he snagged a Tuff Block in a turn and crashed. Recovering quickly, he rebounded to finish second, putting him in perfect position for a title run.

Joel Hetrick Daytona SX
Maxxis' Joel Hetrick grabbed the Holeshot in the Pro Main at the Daytona ATV Supercross

“I went a little wide in the corner, caught a tough block and it tossed me off the bike,” explained Hetrick. “I got back on pretty quickly and made it back to second. Coming from 18th last year to second this year is great. The Maxxis Tires and DASA engine is a great combination.”

Hetrick joined the ATV Motocross’s new “super team” this season. Started by David Eller, the team’s mission is to bring true professionalism back to ATV racing. He built a “dream garage” race shop, along with a practice facility that includes tracks for his growing Arenacross effort, as well as an outdoor ATV racing facility. The team raced out of a full semi-pulled transporter.

Noah Mickelson Daytona SX

Judging by the reactions of fans and racers, alike, Eller’s mission was accomplished. “The Phoenix Racing Honda rig is awesome,” said Hetrick. “Everyone is in awe of it and it’s awesome to be a part of this environment. We got a podium and we’re just a three points down. I’m definitely pumped for my finish.”

Haedyn Mickelson, along with Noah, moved from Minnesota to North Carolina to be a part of the team. That move proved fruitful as he took the lead on the first lap of the Pro Am race and never looked back.

Haedyn Mickelson Daytona SX
Haedyn Mickelson took the lead on the first lap of the Pro Am race and never looked back

“I came out third, made the pass for second and by the end of the first lap I was in first,” said Haedyn Mickelson. “I was really concentrating on the start because I had a bad gate pick. I knew I could do it, so I put my head down and tried to make smart choices. I just rode my own race and didn’t look back. I feel very confident going into the season now. The Phoenix Racing Honda is flawless with Maxxis tires, Elka suspension and that Curtis Sparks Engine. The Roll Design front end is a nice addition, as well.”

Haedyn Mickelson Daytona SX
#135 Haedyn Mickelson

Noah Mickelson carried on his brother’s winning ways. He dominated both the Production A and 450 A races.

Noah Mickelson Daytona SX
Noah Mickelson dominated both the Production A and 450 A races

“This is a great starting point,” said Noah Mickelson. “Going from B to A was a big jump for me. I was a little scared coming in, but I think it’ll be OK. It’s a great feeling to get a win along with my brother. The Sparks engines are super fast, the Hinson clutch, all of the components are perfect. This team is a big step up. We have their own mechanics, trainers and I couldn’t ask for more.”

Noah Mickelson Daytona SX
#100 Noah Mickelson grabs the Holeshot

Grayson Eller turned a mid-pack start into a fifth-place finish in Production A. He said the team has begun to gel and works together perfectly.

Grayson Eller Daytona SX
Grayson Eller turned a mid-pack start into a fifth-place finish in the Production A class

“The Elka suspension really helped me get through the deep ruts,” said Eller. “I just couldn’t make the starts happen and the track made it hard to pass. I gave it 100 percent and what happened, happened. I have a wonderful team. I’m happy that everyone did well and it’s a great start to the season. This weekend is a good starting point. I know what I have to work on and I’ll be ready for Texas.”

The Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda Team will be back in action as the ATV Motocross Series next heads to Underground MX in Kemp, TX April 1-2.

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Maxxis, Liquid Wrench, Elka, Fly, Scott, SSi Decals, DWT, Hinson, Bel Ray, Sunstar, Works Connection, Sandridge Foods, Impact Solutions, Fourwerx, Alpinestar, DC Designs, Precision Racing Products

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