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Chad Wienen tops the field heading into the second round of the AMA ATV MX series

April 10, 2013

Chad Wienen taking a jump on his ATV.

Less than 10 points separate the top five pros heading into the second round of the AMA Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn., April 13-14.

In the opening round of the 2013 season, defending champion Chad Wienen picked up where he left things off in 2012. He earned the overall win at the series opener aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires and Team Vollmer machine.

The return of 2010 champion Josh Creamer to MX competition proved to be as eventful as expected as he claimed second overall in the series opener. The BCS Can-Am rider is competing in the series full-time for the first time in three years and stands tied for second place in series points with Texas native Thomas Brown. 

Although Corrosion Hetrick Racing's Joel Hetrick currently sits in fifth overall after one round of racing, it doesn't reflect the young gun's impressive race win at the season opener. Hetrick represents an all-new generation of pro riders who will be gunning for this year's championship.

Baldwin Motorsports PEP's Josh Upperman upheld his reputation as one of the most consistent riders on the circuit and is looking to find himself on the podium in Blountville. Upperman sits only four points away from Wienen in the championship chase, while Hetrick holds a close fifth.

Tennessee's Joe Byrd, the 2007 Pro class champion, will attempt to conquer a youthful lineup of pros in front of a hometown crowd. At 40 years old, Byrd is a veteran of the sport and is holding seventh place in points.

  John Natalie, the 2011 pro champ, didn't have the best of luck at the season opener, finishing ninth overall. Natalie is one of the most persistent riders on the circuit, though, so there's no counting out Natalie in the 2013 championship fight.

  The pro riders will run Saturday as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders. Amateurs will practice on Friday and race on Saturday and Sunday, while pros race on Saturday. Tickets on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages 6-11) and admission includes full pro-pit access and an autograph session.

  Muddy Creek Raceway is located at Exit 63 off of I-81, between Bristol and Kingsport, Tenn. Gates open on Thursday at 4 p.m. for early entry. Gates will lock at midnight each night.

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ATV racer riding on a motocross track.

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