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WPSA Duluth Opener Postpones Semi Pro and Pro Finals

By Scott A.Sumner
    After a very successful start of the three day Duluth National WPSA opening race, mother nature didnt cooperate with race fans waking up to foggy, rainy weather Sunday morning.  After a few heat races it was decided to wait it out but after lunch it was decided conditons were just too dangerous to continue with the Semi Pro and Pro finals which have been postponed to the second race to be held at Gaylord, Michigan.
The new WPSA ownership was able to talk to media during this delay and tell us their plans for an expanded Snowmobile and ATV race.  "I've stepped aside from the snowmobile racing side to work with the X Games and Park X, our motor sports facility.  Ill be working on ATVs and concerts as well."  stated partner Joe Duncan.
    New CEO Rick Murphy comes from the Champ Car World Series, start up companies and venture capital.  "We have manufacturors that have both ATVs and snowmobiles. The ATV business doesn't rely on snow.  We are working on the ATV schedule right now," stated Murphy.  "Scott and Joe are shareholders as well as myself and we have a new group of owners coming, one in finance and one in business development.  Some team owners are investing as well.  Snowmobile sales have been declining so we want to improve the coverage and awareness of the sport with a better television product on ESPN 2.  We will have Nascar style graphics on the screen with rider pictures and profiles etc.  Our core focus is snocross and it is taking a lot of time.  We will have three on board cameras on the sleds this year to compliment the coverage.  Paul Page, announcer and Greg Creamer as color analyst will work out of our Tulsa studios and will be live to tape each weekend."

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