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July 28, 2013

ATV race takes over France Park

France Park superintendent, racers call event a success

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“It’s blown everything I’ve seen out of the water,” he said.

Beach said he is looking forward to bringing the races back next year and would like to explore turning it into a two-day event with the possibility of having it televised.

Chris Douglas, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based professional dirt bike racer with FAR Husqvarna, could be found sitting on the edge of his bike trailer after his race, his face caked with dirt and sweat.

The 25-year-old said he has been racing for the the last 10 years and currently travels in a national series with venues in New York, Florida and other states east of the Mississippi River.

Douglas said he found the track at France Park to be “pretty fast,” with wide trails and a lot of straight-aways that created little separation between riders.

Although he had to quit the race after losing his rear brakes on his third lap, he seemed grateful he got to experience at the park and is looking forward to his race in Attica today.

“I really like this property,” he said, looking out at the park. Like Patton, he said most of the tracks he races on are on farms.

Gary Cunningham, owner of Cunningham Racing in Greensburg, watched his 22-year-old son, Kevin, race his ATV from the sidelines. From a spectator’s point of view, he said the park was “awesome.”

“I hope they let us come back,” he said. “Couldn’t ask for a nicer joint.”

Among the rows of trucks, cars, semi trailers, RVs and tents, racers and spectators crowded around clipboards hanging from PVC pipe decked in racing flags to check the results of the races. Not too far was a tented command center set up by AMA MAXC Racing, the company that organized the race. Inside, employees called the race from a P.A. system.

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