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Sunset Ridge MX will host ATV Showdown

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 3:21 p.m. CDT

WALNUT — The Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA (ATVMX), is the world’s longest-running and most prestigious ATV racing series. The 2014 season marks the 30th year of this truly unique championship, which will visit some of the most well-known motocross tracks in the country over the course of a nine-round schedule that will ultimately crown a national champion.

On May 31 and June 1, Walnut’s Sunset Ridge MX will host the fourth round of the 2014 season with the AMSOIL ATV Showdown. Hundreds of riders from across the country will converge on the facility for two days of rugged competition for both professionals and amateurs alike.

Sunset Ridge MX is truly a wide-open track. With man-made jumps and sweeping turns, it offers lots of room to move around. Wide bowl turns can be found here, which lend themselves to high speeds, while the soil is sandy and can rob riders of dearly needed horsepower. This is more of a technical track that favors very skilled riders.

This northeastern Illinois facility is a real racers’ favorite, and it offers excellent views of the action for the fans. Sunset Ridge also serves as the home track for defending ATVMX Champion Chad Wienen, and his fan base will be sure to turn out in great numbers and make plenty of noise for their local hero.

Saturday’s schedule will be: 11 a.m., practice and qualifying; 2:30 p.m., opening ceremonies; and 3 p.m., ATV Pro Motos (2). Sunday’s events will feature amateur racing beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets: Thursday-Sunday are $40 for adults, $25 for kids; Friday-Sunday, $35 for adults, $25 for kids; Saturday-Sunday, $30 for adults, $15 for kids; Saturday, $20 for adults, $10 for kids; and Sunday, $15 for adults, $10 for kids. Kids ages are 6-11; kids 5 and under are free.

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