VENUS

Rick Lucas made his dream come true, again. The 47-year-old dirt bike racer from Venus has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 37th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, to be held this August at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch.

Lucas took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 40 qualifying positions in his class.

“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the best of the best motocrossers in America and around the world," said Tim Cotter, Director of MX Sports. “Just being here makes you an elite racer and a top athlete. A solid finish at Loretta’s would you give you instant National recognition and a possible professional career.”

Most of America’s top professional motocross racers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Ryan Dungey, have won AMA Amateur National titles at Loretta Lynn’s.

Lucas, who works at Klein Tools as a senior engineer, has been riding dirt bikes since he was three years old and began racing at four. Lucas has qualified for this prestigious event a few other times in his life, most recently in 2008 — that year ended with a dislocated shoulder, which he hopes to avoid this go-around.

Sponsors like Answer Racing, Gaerne Boots, Scott Goggles, Factory Backing, Matrix Concepts, Pro Taper, No-Toil Filters, MSR, Ogio, Lucas Oil, and EVS helped support Lucas along the way during racing season and help give him the opportunity to pursue his dreams. Lucas has won many local and regional races in his career but has not earned a national title. His best finish at the nationals was as a youth when he finished third overall.

Lucas will make the long journey to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee along with his wife, Denee, their three children, Ian, Reed, and Danica, and their ”almost” daughter, Keyli, and Lucas' mom, Joan. This will be the first time his mom will be able to see the Nationals in person since watching Lucas race there in 1983 when he was still racing the 65cc’s.

The race runs July 30 through August 4.

Lucas and his family will be camping onsite for the week-long event and will participate in many non-racing evening activities. Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many consider the event their family’s summer trip, nicknaming it the “World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation.” Besides the races, the week-long event hosts many family-friendly activities, including swimming, talent show, concerts, and live entertainment.

Lucas is just one of the over 22,000 racers across the country who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area qualifiers and regional championships earn a gate position in the national championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Lucas will compete in the highly competitive vet classes and prove to the world he belongs with the fastest 40 amateur racers in the world in his class.

The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. The motocross track is used only once a year for motorcycles, so there is no hometown advantage. Racers compete in three 15-20 minute races over the course of the week per class, sometimes in grueling temperatures. Proper training and preparation are paramount.

The race action will be broadcast live daily at www.RacerTV.com, July 30 through August 4, for a total of 40 hours of live coverage. In addition, two highlight shows featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network in the fall.

For additional information on the Amateur National, visit the official website at www.mxsports.com or call (304) 284-0101. Also, follow the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and to catch the latest news.