With rain moving through Du Quoin, the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship program moved to the indoor short track for Tuesday's racing.
Story by Mia Moore
Competitors woke up to a heavy rainfall on Tuesday at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, which soaked the half-mile track at the Du Quoin fairgrounds. Because of the rainfall, and a gloomy forecast, AMA officials decided to move the action indoors and run a short track program instead.
Track crew quickly went to work and had the track in shape for an early afternoon practice.
Nine-year-old Tyler Scott summarized the general attitude of the day when he said, "Well, I really wanted to ride the half mile, but you've got to do what you've got to do!"
And they did it!
There was no shortage of talent in the bullring. Bikes roared from beneath the roof -- even while rain roared on top of the roof. Riders expressed their happiness at being able to have an indoor facility to race in, as opposed to a day of no racing.
It may have rained on the half-mile parade but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of those who are competing in the day's events.
Seven-time AMA Grand National Champion and Hall of Famer Chris Carr said, "I was very happy with what I saw -- lots of clean passing and clean riding."
At the week-long AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship riders compete on a variety of tracks and surfaces. Some of the riders who struggled with the mile on Monday excelled on Tuesday's short track. Others are looking forward to the TT competition. On Wednesday, competitors return to the indoor short track for the youth-only classes. Hopefully, the sunny skies will return, to help dry out the outdoor TT track.
M. Ohmori (Photo: Shift One Photography).
Parker Norris (Photo: Shift One Photography).
Troy Watkins (Photo: Shift One Photography).
Cameron Smith (Photo: Shift One Photography).
J. Karlen (Photo: Shift One Photography).
The 250cc Modified class (Photo: Shift One Photography).
A Sandoval (Photo: Shift One Photography).
Bradon Green (Photo: Shift One Photography).