Rev-UpThursday, April 19, 2007 | 8:58 AM
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. It’s time to circle the wagons again and prepare for a barnburner. That’s right, the greatest show on dirt will be back on the attack after a much deserved two-week break. As the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series makes its way to Detroit Motor City, all of the focus is on Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Ben Townley and Darcy Lange and, of course, Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais. Three very different riders that are at different points in their careers and all three of them want this title very, very badly.
We’ve also got McGrath making his stock car racing debut, and deep down in the heart of it all, way down in the epicenter of what makes everything I just mentioned so special, there will be seven AMA Loretta Lynn’s Area qualifying events taking place within the confines of 48 hours. Let’s do it.
Gates will be filling across the country this weekend as seven states of this great union will be playing host to seven area qualifiers for the 2007 Air Nautiques AMA Amateur Motocross finals. This weekend thousands of youth and amateur racers will click it up a gear in their quest to make it behind the starting gate at the ranch. It all begins with that first step towards the big dance. The area qualifier is kind of like getting the courage to ask that pretty girl to be your date. The regional is akin to picking out and bringing home that perfect suit or outfit. Then, of course that immaculate collaboration of competition in the sweltering heat of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee is the big freakin’ dance, baby!
They’ll all be doing what I did since I was 9 years old and now I get to answer all of their phone calls and feel the nervous energy in their voices. It’s pretty cool to imagine all those dads putting on new tires and all the kids putting their stickers on their helmets just right. There just isn’t anything like motocross, especially on the amateur level.
The Big Race
This weekend’s supercross in Detroit is going be really special. Why? Because it has to be. If you have cable TV and have been watching Speed TV and ESPN, they have been talking about supercross a lot. Major media wants to know more about these wonders of athleticism their adoring fans call, “Supermac” and “The GOAT.” Who are these men, where did they come from, and what makes them so special? I’ll tell you what made them special; nights just like this coming Saturday evening. Grabbing three gears out of a corner and shooting across a set of whoops that are chest high is what made them legends of their trade. Going toe-to-toe for championships is what drove them into the hearts of motocross fans from all over the world. They are supercross and supercross is them.
Folks, this Saturday night we are going to see another perfect example why supercross truly is the greatest sport on the planet. When the gate drops Saturday night for New Zealand’s Ben Townley, Canada’s Darcy Lange and Turlock, California’s Ryan Morais and those fire balls shoot towards the roof of the dome, man that just gives me the shivers imagining it. May the best man win!
Then bring me Bubba and Reed. Last time out Bubba won by a bike length. Can Reed stem the tide?
Dude, it’s been a while since I have been more pumped for a weekend of racing. I pay attention to almost everything in motorsports and as I sit here and try to convince myself that I am going to have it all in my head by Monday morning, heck, all I can do it reach over and turn up the volume on the iPod. Maynard tells me it will be no problem. Rumble in Detroit, seven area qualifiers, McGrath in North Carolina, the 07 bringing the heat in Phoenix – Rick Flair always said it best when he screamed with wide eyes, white hair, and a spray on tan, “Whew!”
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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