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Sunset Ridge MX to host AMA Nationals

WALNUT — Another exciting race weekend will come June 21-22 to the nationally recognized Sunset Ridge MX in Northern Bureau County as the best of the best youth motocross racers vow for their chance to advance to the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch in scenic Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships have become the premiere amateur national series in the United States, and the proving ground for America’s future professional Supercross and Motocross heroes. Boys and girls with an age range from 4 to 16 years old will be competing to advance to the National event in late July.

Since the inception of AMA’s Amateur National Motocross Championships in 1982, the hope for this race by founders Dave Coombs Sr. and Paul Shlegel was to hold a championship amateur motocross race that was fair, safe and fun for all the riders and their families. A nationwide qualifying system ensures equal representation from all parts of the country. A track, at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, raced only one time a year ensures that no one will have a chance to ride or race on it before the rest of the competition arrives. Racers compete nationwide from March through June in the various Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships to determine the final rider roster for the National.

Qualifier and Regional Championships are awarded to motocross facilities based on their ability to provide a safe yet challenging event. In its 15th year Sunset Ridge MX has been involved with the Amateur National Motocross Championships for the past 10 years.

“It’s a great honor to be part of this series and be able to provide a great facility for these young up and coming racers to compete for their chance to advance to the National Championship at Loretta’s,” said Jan Pistole, owner/promoter of Sunset Ridge MX. “We are expecting racers from nearly every state to compete this weekend.”

Spectators are always welcome at Sunset Ridge MX, located just 4 miles South of Normandy on 1100 East. Spectator gates open at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with racing both days beginning at 10 a.m. For complete information, go to www.sunsetridgemx.com or call 815-379-9534.

• Sunset Ridge MX will also host Part 2 of its fourth annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser on Friday.

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