ATV Motocross Nationals
Round #10 - Loretta Lynn's
Hurricane Mills, TN
August 11, 2012
Chad Wienen Clinches
2012 AMA Pro ATV MX Championship
Hurricane Mills, TN (8/11/2012) –
Another piece of history was made at the Loretta
Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. as Chad Wienen
clinched his first-ever AMA Pro ATV championship,
also giving Factory Yamaha its first-ever title
in the Pro ATVMX division. Saturday's finale of
the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship
Series boasted some of the most exciting race-battles
of the year, but it was the 2012 champion Wienen
that grabbed the spotlight.
Can-Am's John Natalie jr.
Wins Loretta's, Joel Hetrick & Chad Wienen
#44 Chad Wienen clinched the 2012 AMA
Pro ATV Motocross Championship & a
huge crowd of family & friends joined
him on the Podium to celebrate
Wienen opened the 2012 season with a big win
for his all-new Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh
Race Craft/Yamaha team, ultimately winning six
of ten rounds in the series. Perhaps the biggest
feat of all for the 27-year-old was bouncing back
from a serious back injury that kept him out of
the final four races of 2011.
Harv Whipple presented #44 Chad Wienen the
#1 Plate along with a check for $5,000 for
winning the AMA Pro ATV MX Championship
"This last year to date I was out with a
serious injury and I made up my mind that I was
going to come back and give everything to win
a championship in 2012," Wienen said. "It's
been a long time coming. Everybody has to pay
their dues-some more than others-and I'm just
fortunate to have this opportunity to come back
and do this."
Moto One, Baldwin Motorsport's #20 Josh
Upperman grabbed the Holeshot followed
closely by Can-Am's #88 Joel Hetrick
Joel Hetrick began the Loretta Lynn's finale
with the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award,
topping Wienen's fastest time by less than one
second. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, the
SSiDecals Holeshot Award went to none other than
Baldwin Motorsports/PEP/Maxxis' Josh Upperman.
Upperman took the early lead but Motoworks/Can-Am's
Joel Hetrick immediately latched onto Upperman
with his sights set solely on the Moto 1 victory.
Hetrick eventually made his way past Upperman
for the lead and by the halfway mark, the young
gun had pulled nearly ten seconds on the rest
of the field.
#88 Joel Hetrick made the pass on #20
Josh Upperman early in the race &
checked out on the field as he went on
to secure the Moto 1 victory
"The track was my kind of condition today
and I really think getting the fastest qualifier
award helped me out in Moto 1 for sure,"