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Birthdays from July 7 to July 13

July 7: Longtime Southeastern flyer Jim Chester

July 7: John “Ironman” Natalie has been racing as a Pro ATV Motocrosser since the ‘90s. After spending years on a Honda and earning the 2005 Pro title, Natalie made the switch this season to Can-Am and earned the team their first-ever pro motocross podium on the new DS450 at Sunset Ridge May 11.

July 8: “Bad” Brad Lackey was one of America’s pioneering motocross racers of the 1970s and ‘80s. In 1972, Lackey won the AMA 500cc National Motocross championship. Then, in 1982, after a decade of trying, he became the first American to win the 500cc World Motocross Championship.

July 10: Rodney Smith is one of the most prolific champions in all of motorcycle racing. He has 13 AMA off-road titles including five GNCC Championships, three AMA National Hare Scrambles Championships and five AMA National Reliability Enduro Championships. Smith also holds five Brazilian National Motocross titles, six International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) Gold Medals (he’s been “Top American” twice). He also finished seventh in the AMA National Motocross Series in the early 1980s and won a handful of FIM World Motocross
Championship events.

July 10: Loretta Lynn’s alumni, Andrew Russell

July 10: Racer X’s Account Manager Jerri Woolen

July 10: Russell Shumaker is AMA Pro ATV motocross rider #68 for the Monster Energy Kawasaki ATV motocross team.

July 11: Writer/producer/rider Joe Colombero

July 11: Kent Howerton was one of the most versatile motocross racers of the 1970s and early 1980s. The Texan, nicknamed the "Rhinestone Cowboy," won three AMA National Motocross Championships and two Trans-USA titles.

July 11: 1988 125 East SX Champion Todd DeHoop is also one of the original members of the Honda of Troy team.

July 12: DeCal Work’s Wayne Roe

July 12: American Suzuki's “Jersey” Joe Dacosta

July 13: Harold “Bumblebee” Goodman is a long-time ATV motocross and flat track Pro rider from Romulus, Michigan who rides for American Honda on the #708 TRX450. He earned his first 2008 podium at the ITP/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship at Muddy Creek Raceway June 29.

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