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Millville celebrates 20th Anniversary Of AMA national motocross racing. Carmichael looking to become first four-time Millville 250 winner. PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 11, 2003) - After a mid-summer break, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross ...

Millville celebrates 20th Anniversary Of AMA national motocross racing. Carmichael looking to become first four-time Millville 250 winner.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 11, 2003) - After a mid-summer break, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship gets back underway this Sunday, Aug. 17, at Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minn. This year marks the 20th anniversary of AMA Motocross racing at Millville.

Honda's Ricky Carmichael comes to Millville leading the 250 series standings after eight of 12 rounds. The 23-year-old Floridian will try to become the first rider to win four 250-class races at Millville. Carmichael is the defending and three-time winner at the scenic Minnesota circuit. In the 125 class James Stewart hopes to continue his winning streak. The young Kawasaki rider is trying urgently to get back in the 125 championship hunt after missing the series' first four rounds.

Carmichael appears to be on his way to becoming the first rider in AMA Motocross history to win four AMA 250 Motocross titles. He's won six of the eight rounds this year and holds a 47-point lead over Factory Connection Honda rider Kevin Windham. However, it's Windham who is the hottest rider on the circuit coming into Millville. Windham, 25, from Centreville, Miss., broke Carmichael's AMA record winning streak in New Berlin, N.Y., last month and began a winning streak of his own in Washougal, Wash., three weeks ago. Windham hopes to close the gap on Carmichael in the remaining four rounds and take a shot at winning his first AMA title after coming out of an injury-induced semi-retirement.

Carmichael is looking to get back into the win column at Millville. He considers Spring Creek Motocross Park as one of his favorite tracks. "I look forward to racing at Millville," said Carmichael, who, in addition to his three-straight 250 wins, also won the 125 class twice at Millville. "It's a very challenging track and a lot of riders don't look forward to racing there because it's a tough little sandy motocross track, but the more technical it gets the better I like it."

While Carmichael has found great success at Millville, if Windham is to continue his current winning streak he will have to come up with his best ride at the track. Since first racing at Millville in 1995, Windham has never won there. Windham has at least managed to earn two podium appearances at the track with third-place finishes in the 250 class in 1999 and 2001.

"Some people are saying that I've won the last two races because the tracks favored my (Honda) 450," Windham said. "I don't know about that, I think the bike works really well at about any track. I'm just now learning how to get the full potential out of the bike. Millville will be a good test for me. I know Ricky goes well there, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Veteran racer John Dowd is the only other former Millville winner in the 250 class currently competing. Dowd loves racing in the sand and could be a contender on his KTM.

South African Grant Langston took over the series lead in the 125 class at the last round in Washougal, Wash., by finishing second on his Red Bull KTM. Langston is trying to win the 125 title he agonizingly saw slip from his grasp when a wheel broke on his bike in the last race of 2001. Langston, a former 125 winner at Millville, is locked in a battle with Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Mike Brown and fellow KTM rider Ryan Hughes. Brown suffered a hard crash at Washougal, separated his shoulder and lost the points lead, but he's expected to be back on the bike this Sunday in hopes of winning his second 125 title.

While the top three in the 125 series are battling amongst themselves they all have to be looking nervously over their shoulders at defending 125 AMA Motocross champ James Stewart, who missed four rounds of the series after breaking his collarbone at the AMA Supercross finale. Since returning, Stewart has been unstoppable, winning four consecutive races and rocketing up to fourth in the standings. Stewart hopes to defend his win at Millville on his factory Kawasaki.

Millville will be taped and shown on ESPN2 on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 12 noon EST. For additional information on the race, contact (507) 753-2779 or visit www.springcreekmx.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SPRING CREEK MX PARK, MILLVILLE, MN

SATURDAY AUGUST 16, 2003
2:00 PM: 125 Non - Seeded riders practice
2:20 PM: 250 Non - Seeded riders practice
2:40 PM: 125/250 Seeded riders practice
3:00 PM: 125 Non - Seeded riders practice
3:20 PM: 250 Non - Seeded riders practice
3:40 PM: 125/250 Seeded riders practice
4:15 PM: Pre-Qualifiers

SUNDAY AUGUST 17, 2003
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM: 125 National riders practice
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM: 250 National riders practice
9:40 AM - 9:50 AM: Track Maintence
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM: 125 National riders practice
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM: 250 National riders practice
10:45 AM to completion: Qualifiers
12:30 PM: Opening Ceremonies
1:00 PM: Moto 1 - 125 National - 30 mins, plus 2 laps
2:00 PM: Moto 1 - 250 National - 30 mins, plus 2 laps
3:30 PM: Moto 2 - 125 National - 30 mins, plus 2 laps
4:10 PM: 125 Victory Circle
4:20 PM: Moto 2 - 250 National - 30 mins, plus 2 laps
5:10 PM: Victory Circle

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Kevin Windham , Mike Brown , James Stewart