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Chad Wienen Back On Top At Sunset Ridge MX

Chad Wienen returned to his hometown track at Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Ill., on May 20 and won the fourth round of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series.

Wienen swept both motos of the day, marking seven of the eight moto wins this season and further extended his lead in the championship point standings.

Motoworks/Can-Amís Joel Hetrick grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award to kick off the day at Sunset Ridge. It was Lonestar/SSi Decals/Get Dirty MXís Nick DeNoble who captured both SSi Decals Holeshot Awards but the Wisconsin native ran into issues all day, keeping him from finishing both motos.

Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamahaís Wienen picked up right where he left off last round. Wienen got out front early in the first moto and battled with Hetrick throughout the 15-lap race. Hetrick kept Wienen in his sights all day but wasnít able to make the pass on Wienen.

Motoworks/Can-Amís John Natalie began the first moto with a back-of-the-pack start, but the defending champ moved his way inside the top three as the moto wore on.

Natalie settled into third and chased the battle of Hetrick and Wienen throughout the moto.

TBROWN Yamaha Racing/Moto-X-Perts rider Thomas Brown got tangled up with another rider at the beginning of the moto and was forced to pass through the pack, eventually making his way up to a seventh-place finish.

In the second moto, the leaders mixed it up but it was Wienen who once again came out on top, securing both moto wins at his home track.

Natalie, Hetrick and Brown didnít make it easy for Wienen to walk away with it though, as the trio contested the leader harder than ever. Brown got out front early and led for about five laps before Wienen inherited the lead around lap 10. Natalie and Brown battled Wienen to the very end and the top three came through the checkers less than three seconds apart.

Wienen and Natalie had yet another photo finish for the win, crossing the finish less than one second apart. Wienen swept both motos for the overall win, while Natalie went 3-2 for second place and Hetrick took third with a 2-4 score.

Thomas Brown put together fourth overall with 7-3 finishes, putting him in fifth place in the championship standings.

Baldwin Motorports/PEPís Josh Upperman battled with the lead pack all day and his 4-5 score earned him fifth overall. Upperman still holds the fourth place spot in the overall standings.

Michiganís Harold Goodman put in a season-best performance to capture seventh overall with a 5-7 score.

Derek Swartfager (Honda) finished sixth overall, just ahead of Goodman. Adam Clark (Honda), Jeffrey Rastrelli (Suzuki) and Jesse Barnes (Yamaha) rounded out the top 10.

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