by: Ken Hill
TimeFriday, March 11, 2022 | 9:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hetrick Victorious at 2022 ATVSX Inside Daytona International Speedway
Lindquist and Rastrelli Rounded Out Top Three AMA Pro Finishers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 11, 2022) - Daytona International Speedway set the stage for the eighth running of the ATV Supercross, and round one of the ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) for the Pro, Pro Sport and WMX Pro classes, on the historic infield of the prestigious speedway. Following the AMA Pro Supercross and RCSX events, the crew whipped the track back into pristine condition as the sun set on Monday evening.
However, as night fell the skies opened up leaving the track in a state of emergency as plans were made to get water off of the areas that resembled ponds to try and allow racing to start on time. After a valiant effort, a reachable track soon formed as the mix of Vintage bikes and ATVs churned the sandy soil that continued to improve until the Pro qualifiers.
The skies once again opened up as heat one fired off the gate with reigning champion, Wienen Motorsports/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Wienen leading the charge as he secured his heat win. In the short time that the first qualifier was run and the second turned loose, conditions were deteriorating rapidly but not before Phoenix Racing ATV/CST Tires/Elka’s Joel Hetrick claimed the heat two win, once again setting the stage for the showdown everyone has become accustomed to seeing. Racing then ground to a halt as the water levels began to rise in the problem areas. As soon as the precipitation stopped the work began to get the track back into racing shape.
The attitude in the pits was upbeat however, there was no denying the conditions were on everyone’s mind. Machine prep was limited but everything was being done to give each racer a fighting chance on a course that was now changing with every passing shower. For the first time, the series faced a wet ATVSX, and it would impact the entire day racing.
The fans peered to the starting gate as the pro riders started loading. Chatter amongst the crowd was revolving once again around Wienen and Hetrick however, agreement was centered at how important the holeshot would be and that question would soon be answered.
Musick Racing/Deja Vu/Kenda Tires' Brandon Hoag would take the SSi Decals holeshot and found himself locked in a battle immediately with Hetrick as the pair quickly separated from the pack of riders now clawing for position. Wienen hit some mud and was off the track and would connect with Ford Brothers Racing/Fly Racing/SSi Decals/Maxxis Tires’ Cody Ford as he tried getting his Yamaha back on the track however, with the conditions and a mostly single lined track, his hopes of a repeat win here were quickly dashed.
Out front Hoag was riding like a seasoned pro not allowing the pressure of having Hetrick shadowing his every move. Lap after lap, it appeared Hoag had what it would take to run from start to finish out front, though near the end of the moto steam began pouring from his Honda as Hetrick now began pushing harder. Overheating badly, Hoag’s ride gave up allowing Hetrick to make the pass and roll to victory. Hoag, in a moment of sheer disbelief took a second to gather himself and quickly responded positively to the cheering crowd who was showing him their respect after a hard fought race.
With Hoag out, the door not only opened for Hetrick but for ML2 Motorsports/Walsh Race Craft/Maxxis/Yamaha’s Max Lindquist who now found himself in second with Rastrelli Racing/FXR Moto/Rocket Machine Design’s Jeffrey Rastrelli running third. The moto would finish in that order putting the finishing touches on a grueling day as the podium celebration made all the effort seem worthwhile. The day belonged to Hoag and the fans knew it as well as the riders. His time may be coming as a podium finisher but, the season is in its infancy and there is a lot of racing left to do. Rastrelli and Hetrick joined in the celebration as Hoag was presented with the Holeshot award and reassured him they knew what he was going through and that they had the utmost respect for their fellow competitor.
With the champagne flowing the day was in the record books after a wild and eventful day filled with highs and lows. The series heads to Texas for round two that will feature a full schedule of Pro and amateur racing.
The next round of the 2022 ATV Motocross National Championship series takes place on April 2-3 at Three Palms Action Sports Park in Conroe, Texas. This event will be round of one of amateur ATVMX racing, and round two for AMA Pro, Pro Sport and WMX Pro ATV classes.
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Daytona ATV Supercross Results and Points Standings
Daytona Beach, Florida
Round 1 of 10
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
2022 AMA Pro Class Event Results:
- Joel Hetrick (YAM)
- Max Lindquist (YAM)
- Jeffrey Rastrelli (YAM)
- Bryce Ford (YAM)
- Chad Wienen (YAM)
- Zack Decker (YAM)
- Nick Gennusa (YAM)
- Michael Allred (YAM)
- Logan Stanfield (YAM)
- Patrick Turrini (YAM)
Overall National Championship Standings:
- Joel Hetrick (25)
- Max Lindquist (22)
- Jeffrey Rastrelli (20)
- Bryce Ford (18)
- Chad Wienen (16)
- Zack Decker (15)
- Nick Gennusa (14)
- Michael Allred (13)
- Logan Stanfield (12)
- Patrick Turrini (11)
About the ATV Motocross National Championship:
The ATV Motocross National Championship, an AMA National Championship, is the nation's premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, hosted at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 10-round AMA Pro and 9-round amateur series features the Nation's best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America's largest and longest-running ATV national motocross program. Since 1985, the series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while premiering the professional class. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
About the American Motorcyclist Association:
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.