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Muskogee Races to the National Stage
By Tourism Industry Partner
Muskogee, Oklahoma has been selected to host both the Midwest and AMA Extreme Dirt Track National ATV Races for 2011. The Midwest Race will run April 22-23 and the AMA Race is set for May 13-14. Muskogee is the only city in the United States to host both races in a single year. The two race series will travel to Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Dakota, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Both races in Muskogee will be held at historic Thunderbird Speedway and may be televised on the Speed Channel.
The races should attract approximately 300 ATV Flat Track racers from all across the nation drawn by the $5,000 purse for the Midwest race and a $10,000 purse for the AMA race. Flat Track racing has been described as Grand Prix, NASCAR and Motocross all performed on All-Terrain Vehicles in a stadium setting. These ATVs can hit speeds of 75-80 mph in a matter of seconds.
In his first season, Muskogee’s own Daniel Chepkauskas finished in the Top Ten of the national Pro/Am class and Production A class. Ft. Gibson native Lance Bowden claimed Top Ten status in the Amateur Production B division. These two local riders will be competing in their second national season with Chepkauskas racing as the only Oklahoma Professional Rider and Bowden moving to Amateur Production A.
The historical Thunderbird Speedway was built in 1910 at the Muskogee Fairgrounds. Located in the heart of Muskogee, this race track is ideal for racers and fans. Muskogee will welcome thousands of attendees for each race. This community, listed as a 2011 Distinctive Destination, offers affordable lodging, numerous restaurants, and great shopping within minutes of the Speedway. Such convenient amenities are a new benefit offered to flat track racers and fans who are more often accustomed to racing in remote off-road locations.
For More Information call Stanley Slader or visit http://thunderbirdspeedwaymuskogee.yolasite.com/