“There’s only one way Travis likes to do things, and that’s in a spectacular way,” says MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “Travis didn’t want to just sign autographs and talk on the microphone, he wanted to get some action in. So he’ll be driving his Thor #199 monster truck and crushing some cars on the starting line. Who knows? Maybe he’ll even do a backflip with it!”
Pastrana is one of the most successful racers in the history of the Air Nautiques AMA Amateur Nationals, winning five titles between 1994 and 1999. He’s returning to the ranch as a guest of Thor Racing, even though he’s also committed to Freestyle Moto-X, Supermoto and rally car competition in ESPN’s Summer X Games during the week. But only the fans at Loretta Lynn’s will get to see Travis crush cars in a monster truck.
Pastrana will also sign autographs and greet fans on Sunday before flying back to Los Angeles for the X Games. The 25th Anniversary Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s is the world’s most prestigious amateur motocross race. Over 23,000 entries attempted to qualify in 33 classes for the event, which begins Monday, July 31st, with motos starting Tuesday, August 1st and concluding on Saturday, August 5th. As proof of the importance of winning an AMA Amateur National Championship, most of today’s top motocross and supercross racers, including Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, won championships at Loretta Lynn’s before turning pro. Sponsors include Air Nautiques, Amsoil, Maxxis, Thor, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Parts Unlimited, Ogio, FMF, Toyota, Gatorade, Freestyle Watches, Wiseco, Kicker, Cobra, Liquid Performance, CTi, Boyesen, MotoTees, Alpinestars, Scott, Twin Air, Renthal, DC Shoes, EK Chain, DeCal Works and AGV Helmets. For complete results, please visit www.mxsports.com. And to see video highlights from every day of the weeklong AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, check out the award-winning DMXS Radio/GK Films-produced MX Sports Center on www.mxsports.com .