Heath Voss - MasterCraft Boat Owner and Warthog Racing Team Captain
March 05, 2009
The 2009 AMA Monster Energy Supercross series headed due north-west up to the Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium. It was a red letter day for all that is MDK/Warthog, as the Warthog Nation set records on qualifying riders into the mains. Of the 15 members of the Warthog Nation that hit the track in Indy, eight of them made their main events. Never before in AMA racing have so many riders from one organization staked their claim to the final races of the night.
The new Lucas Oil Stadium was impressive -- very high tech and functional. The throng of MDK/Warthog riders took to the track like pigs to mud. Riding for the Warthog Racing Academy (WRA) on big bikes were #917 Eric Sorby and #71 Justin Sipes. In the small engine class, WRA was represented by #336 Dennis Jonan, #374 Cody Gilmore, #96 Tyler Wharton, # 831 Ryan Smith, #198 Jacob Saylor, #566 Logan Martin, and #309 Spencer Dally. Rounding out Warthog-mania was the Warthog Racing Team Captain and MasterCraft Boat Owner - Heath Voss.
All 15 riders made timed qualifying look easy. Despite a deep field of over 60 riders in the Lites class, all 10 riders qualified for the 40 man night show. Another way to look at it is that riders from the Warthog Nation made up 25% of the Lites class, quite an impressive feat for the team. In the Supercross class, all five riders made it to the show, comprising 15% of the heat race. Top qualifiers from our group included Heath Voss, Ben Coisy, Tyler Bowers, Eric Sorby, Daniel Blair, and Vince Friese, Dennis Jonon, and Cody Gilmore.
The first heat for the big bikes didn’t go well for the team. Only Justin Sipes was in the race and after a strong start on his lone KTM that put him in position for a qualifying spot, Justin through it away with an unfortunate crash. It would be on to the LCQ for Justin and his KTM.
The next heat was stacked with Warthogs, as there were 4 riders from the Warthog Nation in the heat. In turned out to be a great heat for the team, as Coisy placed a season high 4th, Tyler Bowers a season high 6th, and Heath Voss took 8th place, making it three for four.
Heath Voss is a true MasterCraft fan and enthusiast. Here’s a “MasterCraft Roots” story straight from Heath:
“Growing up waterskiing in Minnesota, whenever you saw a MasterCraft ski boat, you thought that guy must be an awesome skier. MasterCraft to me has always been the Ferrari of ski boats. And to work with them and represent them at the Supercross races is a real honor. All the people I meet for the MasterCraft track walk, share the same pride in the MasterCraft product and love for water sports as I do. As a kid, my family would be out on the lake every night skiing in our MasterCraft boat until dark. And I don't believe there is a better way to end your day than to be out on the lake with your family cooling off skiing and watching the sun go down”.
As the Supercross season progresses, we’ll be sure to report more great stories on Heath’s track success!
To learn more about Heath and to see the behind the scenes video, “A Day Off with Heath Voss” check out the Heath Voss website.