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Utah Governor Huntsman Welcomes Back Monster Energy® Supercross to Rice-Eccles Stadium Governor Huntsman to Ride Monster Energy® Supercross Race Track at Thursday's Media Day AURORA, Ill. (April 20, 2009) -- Feld Motor Sports announced...

Utah Governor Huntsman Welcomes Back Monster Energy® Supercross to Rice-Eccles Stadium

Governor Huntsman to Ride Monster Energy® Supercross Race Track at Thursday's Media Day

AURORA, Ill. (April 20, 2009) -- Feld Motor Sports announced today that Utah Governor Jon Huntsman will speak at a press conference Thursday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. to welcome back Monster Energy® Supercross, an FIM World Championship, to Salt Lake City's Rice-Eccles Stadium for the first time since 2004. The Salt Lake City race will take place Saturday, featuring the AMA Supercross class title chase between James Stewart and Chad Reed and the final race of the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship between front runners Ryan Dungey and Jake Weimer.

Following the press conference, Governor Huntsman will join Honda Red Bull Racing's Ivan Tedesco, Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short; Yamaha's Josh Hill and Broc Hepler; Muscle Milk/MDK/KTM's Ryan Sipes and Justin Brayton on a celebratory lap of the race track that will be built with more than 500 truckloads of dirt in Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"It's terrific that one of the premier motor sports events in the world is coming back to Utah that will not only showcase our state to a nationally televised audience, but will also provide an estimated $9 million in economic impact and $1 million in media value to Utah as well," said Governor Huntsman.

Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission added, "Having Monster Energy® Supercross back at Rice-Eccles Stadium is another major accomplishment for us as we continue to establish Utah as one of the top action and extreme sport destinations in the world."

The first supercross race held at Rice-Eccles Stadium took place in 2001 where 42,135 packed the home of the 2002 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies to watch Ricky Carmichael race to victory. Carmichael holds the all-time AMA Supercross win record in Salt Lake City with two. Stewart holds the all-time AMA Supercross Lites class win record at Salt Lake City with two.

Tickets are available at www.SupercrossOnline.com, www.utahtickets.com, by phone at 801-581-UTIX and the Rice-Eccles Box Office. Goldcircle seats are $40; Mid-Level seats are $20 for adults and $10 for kids; Treadhead seats are $10. All seats are $2 extra on the day of the event. Practice and qualifying times begin at 12:30 PM with the main event beginning at 7:00 PM.

-credit: ama

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Chad Reed , Josh Hill , Justin Brayton , James Stewart , Jake Weimer , Ryan Dungey , Davi Millsaps , Andrew Short