Henry, Pastrana May Compete at SouthwickTuesday, June 6, 2006 | 2:46 PM
Alert the media ... maybe. Both Doug Henry and Travis Pastrana might
show up on Sunday morning and race the Southwick round of the 2006
Toyota AMA Motocross Series. Or maybe not. Henry is committed to racing
an AMA Supermoto event in Wisconsin and might be on a jet Sunday
morning, if the timing works out, but he would have to be there before
the last practice, which starts a little after 10 a.m. (And as a former
AMA National Champion, he would not have to qualify.) There are also
rumors that one of his sponsors may be looking into a private jet to
fly him halfway across the country Saturday night, but that remains to
As for Pastrana, he wouldn't have to qualify either (2000 AMA 125 National Champion), and he did pre-enter, but that's no guarantee he will be there. But after finishing the Erzburg Rally in Austria last week, then placing second in a rally over the weekend, Travis appears to be on a roll. The right kind of roll, in this case.
While Team 199/Red Bull/Cernics Racing's Ron Meredith would not commit one way or the other on the Travis-at-Southwick rumor, he did post this on Mototalk: "P has appearances he has to make in Philly on Thursday and Friday, and in Houston on Saturday. If he chose to ride, he could do the same as Henry and just show up on Sunday since he is automatically seated into the field as a past motocross national champion. We did sign-up for this event early in the year when TP planned on racing Southwick, but a lot has changed since then. Never say never though." (And then he added one of those little smiley faces.)
Guess we'll see who's pickup truck shows up at Southwick come Sunday morning! Don't forget to listen to the Racer X Webcast, presented by Cycle News, of the Southwick National, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.