Wonder Warthog Racing: Hog Redemption in Sin City

(5/6/2004) Team Warthog, the non-profit privateer support program being managed by Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR), took the final step in making good on the original commitment to the Privateer Evening Payout Program in the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah we know better as Las Vegas, Nevada.

A total of 38 privateer racers qualified for the evening program at round sixteen of the THQ AMA Supercross Series, held at Sam Boyd Stadium, with one of them making the show in both the 125cc and 250cc classes.   There are currently 183 privateers registered for the first Team Warthog program.

WWR sent checks totaling $4,765.00 to registered and deserving privateers for this event, bringing the season-to-date total to an impressive $58,465.

Jeff Gibson is the Team Warthog Privateer of the Week, based on a recommendation from the highly esteemed Rupert X Pellett.  Jeff made the night show in the 250 class, qualifying from his semi to the main, where he finished 16th.  Congratulations Jeff!! Hear him next week on the Wonder Warthog Racing Hour of Pitpass Radio (www.pitpassradio.com).  Jeff already has his segment on DMXS Radio (www.dmsxradio.com) in the can and you can replay the archives to hear Jeff¿s wise words and Bauer¿s not so wise words. Hehehehehe.  We¿ll profile Jeff on later this week at http://www.wonderwarthogracing.com/JeffGibson.htm.

In earth shattering news, Clear Channel Entertainment awarded the hog of steel the coveted yet tarnished ROAD TO RECOVERY HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD.  After last year¿s charade with TFS, Steve Bauer and Scott Kandel have brought dignity back to this great award.  We didn¿t really expect it, but we¿ll take it, even though it says to Steve Candell. Hehehehehehe.  See the ascent of the Warthog and the Lovely Mrs. Warthog as well as the man called only Bauer at: www.sxgp.com/photos/photogallery.php?eventID=2302036

In other breaking Warthog news, The Primm MX Collection (www.primmxcollection.com) has donated a valuable piece of MX history to be applied to the Team Warthog cause ¿ The privateers!!!   Greg Primm has been nice enough to arrange through Rick Doughty (www.vintageiron.com) to contribute Bob Hannah’s last Yamaha provided to him as part of his Factory Yamaha ride. It has been ridden and authenticated by the legend himself. This beauty of a 1982 YZ490 is certainly a special bike.  Thanks Greg and Rick and to the Primm MX collection.  This bike will be raffled off during the National series, beginning with The Prequel at Glen Helen this weekend.  Buy raffle tickets early and often to support the cause!!!

On a related note, as a thank you from WWR to our riders for all the efforts they have put in during the SX series, registered Team Warthog riders that qualify for the 125 or 250 main gates at ¿The Prequel¿ at Glen Helen on May 6th-9th will have their entry fees reimbursed. www.glenhelen.com.

The second official Team Warthog program, called the Privateer Safety program and includes the installation of the Hats Off devices, continued to be implemented by the SX doc himself, Doc Bodnar.  We again thank Mike Yost, a rabid MX enthusiast and supporter of the privateer, who generously sponsored the entire Team Warthog portion of this exciting and needed program.

And mark this on your calendar!!! Trent Howie, owner of the Chaparral Speedway in Boise, Idaho haagreed to waive all entry fees for Team Warthog privateers at his big purse race on August 7th.  Privateers, come make some extra cash at the 2nd Annual $10,000 Tater Cup Pro MX.  More info to available at www.chaparralmotocross.com

The momentum of support to Team Warthog continued, as Chad Reed generously provided his #1 Thor jersey for the benefit of the privateers.  We also promised a signed #1 jersey by the World SX Champ himself, Heath Voss.  Turns out that Heath is a big supporter of the Warthog.  Thanks Heath and Chad.  And what great seasons for the both of you.  And fans, watch for these great items to be up for auction through the WWR website soon.

The Wonder Warthog himself also made an appearance at the MiniMoto SX National, dressed from head-to-toe in full WW accouterments.  His mission: spread the word of the Warthog around like the plague.  Thanks to our dear friends at Rider Apparel (www.riderapparel.com), we had many WW jersey/cape combos to adorn selected riders and photo journalists.  It was a veritable Wonder Warthog fest!!!

 WWR expresses its gratitude to their charter primary sponsors, Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant (www.engineice.cc), Allsport Dynamics (www.allsportdynamics.com), OGIO (www.ogio.com), Clear Channel Entertainment (www.sxgp.com), Mike Yost,  and the many enthusiast level contributors who’ve stepped up to support our efforts.

The staff of WWR is extremely grateful to their friends at both Clear Channel Entertainment and AMA Pro Racing for their acceptance and help in integrating WWR’s ideas with their existing package of programs designed to benefit the privateer.  Keep on trucking!!

Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR) is a unique company formed to better the sport of motocross.   WWR is comprised of two distinct entities: Team Warthog, created to conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at the privateers; and Wonder Warthog Apparel, which will sell casual clothes to the mass market based on the Wonder Warthog comic book character, with a portion of the revenues earmarked for Team Warthog funding.

For more information go to www.wonderwarthogracing.com, or e-mail them at:     

scott@wonderwarthogracing.com
steve@wonderwarthogracing.com

Here are the Team Warthog riders that qualified for the night program at Las Vegas!!!  We at WWR bow to your excellence!

Bagge, Josh         414
Barrett, Chris           426
Blair, Vincent                  157
Butler, Brandon         524
Butler, Forrest         544
Butler, Karsten         545
Campbell, Ted    77
Christensen, Jake   828
Clark, Ryan           43
Crater, Greg         153
Darien, Logan         725
Evans, Tyler         58
Ewing, Dennis                  586*
Floth, Robb           285
Gibson, Jeff           87
Hadsell, Tyson84
Hagseth, Brad            283
Hawthorne, Tim    356
Hofmaster, Tom   93
Johnson, Isaiah198
Johnson, Keith  31
Johnson, Kevin  78
Kurosky, Riley  515
Lacey, Tiger         221
Lamson, Steve6
Martin, Jake         139
Mason, Brian                  70
Nye, Eric                514
Oehlhof, Joseph         57
Perebijnos, Paul   511
Povolny, James         64
Pries, Justin         353
Schnell, Greg            52
Shimp, Jonathan         191
Stiles, Clark         34
Thomas, Jason          38
Vallejo, Erick         74
Wilson, Jimmy         128

*Qualified in both classes

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Ewing, Dennis                  586*
Floth, Robb           285
Gibson, Jeff           87
Hadsell, Tyson84
Hagseth, Brad            283
Hawthorne, Tim    356
Hofmaster, Tom   93
Johnson, Isaiah198
Johnson, Keith  31
Johnson, Kevin  78
Kurosky, Riley  515
Lacey, Tiger         221
Lamson, Steve6
Martin, Jake         139
Mason, Brian                  70
Nye, Eric                514
Oehlhof, Joseph         57
Perebijnos, Paul   511
Povolny, James         64
Pries, Justin         353
Schnell, Greg            52
Shimp, Jonathan         191
Stiles, Clark         34
Thomas, Jason          38
Vallejo, Erick         74
Wilson, Jimmy         128

*Qualified in both classes