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Area's next big event at Muddy Creek

June 17th, 2014 9:57 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Area's next big event at Muddy Creek

On the heels of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway last weekend, the Red Bull Tennessee National for the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series is set for Muddy Creek Raceway on Saturday, June 28.

Five races into the season, there have been three different winners in the featured 450 Class.

Ken Rozcen of Germany leads the point standings, while defending race champion Ryan Dungey is second, some 16 points behind. James “Bubba” Stewart, the most recent winner in the series, ranks third.

KTM factory riders Rozcen and Dungey, along with international racers Marvin Musquin of France and Dean Ferris of Australia, will be making an appearance at Jim’s Motorcycle Sales in Johnson City the evening before the race. They will meet with fans and sign autographs.

Some of the other big names are absent from this year’s Muddy Creek with defending series champion Ryan Villopoto missing the entire season with a knee injury. Zach Osborne, an Abingdon, Virginia, rider who would have been one of the favorites in the 250 class, will have to miss his home race with a thumb injury.  

Besides the KTM riders, California’s Blake Baggett, the most recent winner, and Minnesota’s Jeremy Martin, who has podium finishes in all four races this season, are listed among the 250 favorites. 

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Riley Horton of Jonesborough was victorious in the Women’s 85cc division at the Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series at the Appalachian Fairgrounds last Saturday night.

Other winners included Noah Worley of Johnson City in the 85cc Beginner 9-15 class, along with Hampton riders Bailey Hughes (125cc 2-stroke) and Will Andrews (65cc 7-11 unlimited).

Hughes and Andrews had runner-up finishes in other races. Some of the other second-place finishes belonged to Josh Phillips of Johnson City in 250D, Wesley Keylon of Elizabethton in 450D and Keith Hensley of Johnson City in the 40+ class.

Wyatt Luther of Erwin was among the winners on the four-wheelers, taking the ATV Youth race. Overall it was a big night for Bakersville, North Carolina racers. Justin Renfro and Jeremy Buchanan posted a 1-2 finish in the ATV Novice Extra class, while Zach Renfro beat Jonesborough’s Nate Martin to the finish line in ATV Novice. Ryan Hoyle of Bakersville won the ATV Intermediate division and Eric Hollifield placed second in the ATV Expert class.

The Supercross Series will have the next couple of weekends off before returning to action on July 5.

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Bristol Dragway will host another NHRA-sanctioned event this weekend when the Southeast Division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series comes to town. 

The Thunder Valley event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Top Sportsman Series and Top Dragster Series will also be in competition along with the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series.

Qualifying and time trials start Friday at 8 a.m. The Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes will have three qualifying sessions at noon, 3 and 5 p.m. The Harley-Davidson Series will have the first of three sessions at 4 p.m. Eliminations begin Saturday at 9 a.m.

Tickets are $20 each day. Children 12-and-under are admitted free with a paid adult.

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Kingsport Speedway has a five-division program for the NASCAR Weekly All-American Series scheduled for this Friday night. A 60-lap feature for the Late Model Stock division highlights the action. The Legends, Pure 4, Pure Street, Street Stock and Rookie Pure 4 classes are also in action at the 3/8-mile concrete track. 

Many of those same drivers will race again at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia, on Saturday night. There is 100-lap feature for the Late Model Stocks as the headliner. Volunteer Speedway has the next couple of Saturdays off. The Knights of Destruction Thrill Show is the next event scheduled for 4/10-mile dirt track on July 5.

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