Chad Wienen Charges Hard For Second Overall at Loretta Lynn's Dirt Days
Wienen leads championship by 16 points heading into series finale
08.13.16 The AMA ATV Pro MX National Circuit invaded Loretta Lynn's Ranch this past weekend for the inaugural round of racing where Wienen Motorsports' Chad Wienen salvaged a 2-2 finish to take second overall for the weekend.
Morning practices went just as Wienen wanted as he came out with the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award.
As the gate dropped for moto 1, Wienen found himself pinched off towards the first turn and came out just inside the top ten. By the third turn he had moved up just outside the top five but before making it out of the corner, the rider in front of Wienen went up on his front wheels and his back end sat down on the front end of Wienen's quad. Both riders had to get off of their machines to break loose and by the time Wienen got back on his quad he was over 20 seconds behind the front of the field. Sitting in fifteenth at the end of lap one, Wienen went to work and put in an intense charge. Closing the gap between him and the rest of the field, Wienen moved into the 12th position by the end of the second lap. Wienen continued to move forward each lap and sat in ninth on lap three, seventh on lap four, and sixth by halfway through the moto. Determined not to loose anymore points on the championship he continued to press forward and surprising the Tennessee crowd, Wienen moved into third with four laps to go, closed the gap between himself and the rider in second and found a way into second with two laps to go. It was a hard fought moto but Wienen put everything he had into salvaging as many points as he could.
As the gate dropped for moto 2, Wienen got off to a much better start and came out of the first turn in second. Pushing forward, Wienen moved into first before the end of the first lap. After maintaining the lead for two laps, Wienen fell back into second where he rode out the remainder of the moto.
"The first moto was an insane push to fight my way into the second place position, I recovered well and felt good going into moto 2 but I knew I had exerted more energy than I had liked and did not feel comfortable running the pace out front. I fell back into second and was able to ride more comfortably to salvage second place. It was as good as win for me this past weekend considering how the first moto started out. I have one thing on my mind and that is to be holding that red plate at the end of the last round." Said Wienen.
With one round of racing left in the 2016 circuit, Wienen maintains a 16 point lead on the championship title chase as the AMA ATV MX Pro National Championship takes a few weeks off before the season concludes at Soaring Eagle Casino on Friday September 9.
*Photo Credit: Ken Hill
For video of this race, click here: http://racertv.com/2016/08/13/atv-pro-mx-rnd-11-atv-dirt-days-at-loretta-lynns