Zachary Wentz has returned to the winner’s circle, taking his fourth national championship by winning the 2008 Duro Extreme Dirt Track ATVA Nationals Series in the 51cc-70cc Production Auto class. He took three 1sts and two 2nds on his way to receiving the circuit’s top spot.
On October 18, Zachary and his father Darin attended the ATVA Nationals banquet at the Fort Rapids Water Park Resort in Columbus, Ohio, where Zachary received his #1 plaque and plenty of applause from the crowd.
“This is the outcome we were shooting for,” said Darin Wentz. “We worked very hard in the off season. We have actually been working with KYMCO USA perfecting this machine for six years now.”
And this year the work paid extra dividends. For good measure, Zachary took 2nd place in the 51-70cc Shifter class as well. Racing in two classes was a real test for the Wentz Racing quad.
“The reliability and performance of the KYMCO Mongoose is by far greater than any other machine out there,” Wentz affirmed.
Wentz Racing is no stranger to the winner’s circle. Zachary won the 2005 ATVA 50 FMF Extreme Dirt National Championship, 2004 ATVA 50 Short Track national title, 2004 MRA Scott USA 50 Mod class, and he was 2003 ATVA 50 Short Track National Champion. That is quite a record, especially considering that Zachary turns 11 years old in December 2008.
Zachary’s title was the second of the year for a KYMCO-sponsored youth racer. In August Jesse Skvarek and his Mongoose 90 won the 90 CVT class in the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Championship.
“Next year,” said Darin Wentz, “we plan to step up a class and campaign on the new KYMCO four-stroke Mongoose 90. From what I have seen so far, that machine is going to surprise a lot of people.”
Although Zachary Wentz is obviously an accomplished ATV rider, he has other interests, including playing football, skateboarding, and Xtreme BMX. Asked what accounts for Zachary’s success at such a young age father Darin Wentz answered, “He just really enjoys racing. He likes to have fun and win.”
In addition to KYMCO USA factory support, Wentz Racing is also sponsored by Bud Fisher and Fisher Cycle, with additional help from Elko Suspensions, Scott USA, Sprocket Specialties, Boyesen Engineering, Troy Lee Design, Raff Racing, Magnum, DWT, ATVriders.com, Moped Hospital and RPM axles.
Darin Wentz said he especially wanted to thank Joe Wofford at KYMCO USA. “He really made it all happen.”