DMXS TonightWednesday, March 22, 2006 | 2:22 PM
I travel to many races each year, but no single event means more to
me and my family than Loretta Lynns. It may not have the hype of
Anaheim 1, or the flash of Vegas, but for one week in August those
hallowed grounds in Hurricane Mills Tennessee hosts the best our sport
has to offer. The next generation of stars looks forward to their right
of passage with eyes focused on their pro careers, but the majority of
racers are known only to their friends and family. Their hopes and
dreams come without a spotlight, but these grassroots racers have made
the journey and earned a spot on the gate. One of the highlights of the
week is getting to watch Kevin Walker race. Kevin may be small in
stature, but he makes up for it with his character and a smile as big
as his heart. He and his family define what our sport is all about. We
were all saddened with the news that his mother passed away this week
after a brave fight with an ongoing illness. Lutie Walker made the trip
to Loretta Lynns every year as one of her son’s biggest fans and her
absence will be heart felt by those that knew her. I am blessed to have
Kevin and his wonderful wife Tracie as my friends, and we will be there
in August on the fence cheering like always. Kevin just know that your
dad and family are in the thoughts and prayers of the countless number
of people your family has touched over the years. Godspeed Lutie.
Nick Wey has turned some heads this year, but it comes as no surprise to us that his work and determination are paying off. After his podium in Orlando, no one can say his San Fran ride was a fluke. Nick is always one of our favorite guests so we can’t wait to give him some props for another great ride this year. Christopher Gosselaar was a long shot pick at the beginning of the year but Mitch Payton took the chance and it’s paying off. It’s true that Christopher only gets paid if he podiums or wins a heat race, but he does not seem to mind since Mitch has rekindled his career. He is a very nice and humble kid, and we are glad to get him back on the show. I want to be cool enough to only be known by one name or just my initials but it does not look good so far. Dano is the Moto Team Manager for DVS shoes and one hell of a kareoke singer too. He’s been a long time supporter of the show, so we will catch up with the shoe guru tonight. David Bailey has had a busy year thus far and it’s taking a bit of a toll on the ICON. DB is nursing up a few injuries, but he always makes time for us. David will give us his take on the year so far as his team prepares to race when the West coast series starts up again in a few weeks. We will have a special in studio guest tonight as well. Nathan Kanney got 2nd place in the Red Bull Last Man Standing, and is currently in the top 10 in the GNCC battle.
Tonight’s show is all about Kardy. Just like the rest of the industry, he is always on the road either coming or going. Jeff Kardas helps pass the time by using our archive downloads and his handy I-Pod to catch up on the shows. He was able to select all the music for tonight’s show as a personal "Kardy" tribute for his support over the years. Check out some of his work at www.kardyphoto.com
WWR welcomes on Erick Vallejo and Josh Lichtle as the Most Improved Privateers from Orlando. Remember to check out the auctions on www.wonderwarthogracing.com. Also, Shawn DeCloedt will join us to give us an update about the James Marshall ride and remind everyone that there are still auctions going on to benefit James.
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