Check out practice run photos.
As the first engines fired up for the day and the racers gathered for their morning safety meeting. The tranquil hills on the west banks of the Mississippi thundered to life as the smells of racing fuel and engine fumes frolicked in the air. An estimated 20,000 spectators lined up to enter the spectator area, jockeying for position at the prime the prime viewing spots, lawn chairs and sunscreen in hand.
Below is a photo from the 2013 race – can you find yourself in the crowd?
Walking down the trail to the pits, riders and crew gathered around the race official’s trailer for the morning safety meeting. Mechanics scrambled with last-minute tweaks to the machines that would catapult riders up and down the course cut through the pristine Minnesota valley.
Minnesota fans are in for a treat because two Minnesota riders are having monster seasons.
In the 250 class Millville’s own Jeremy Martin is alone at the top of the leaderboard. Coming into the Spring Creek National event (in Millville, Minnesota) Martin, aboard his blue Yamaha, have accumulated 294 points. His challenger, Blake Baggett, has 267 points, but is on a three race win streak. Can Martin take advantage of home track and put a damper on Baggett’s recent wins? The Minnesota Sports Report has a team here and will give you photos and action updates from the event.
In the 450 class, Belle Plaine’s Ryan Dungey will be racing to catch 450 points leader Ken Rosczen. Since 2008, Dungey is 5-6 at the Spring Creek National event, once in the 250 class and five times in the 450 class. Dungey has had a quietly strong year this year and currently sits in second place in the 450 class, 26 points behind Rosczen with five races left in the 2014 series.
Ryan Dungey give an excellent summary of his year so far and what to expect below.