Motocross pulls together to help Boutwell

Boutwell Overcomes Adversity To Race In The THQ U.S. Open LA CANADA, Calif. (August 20, 2001) - Tragedy isn't getting in the way of Cole Boutwell's dreams. The 13-year-old from Lynn Haven, Fla., recently secured the final spot in the...

Boutwell Overcomes Adversity To Race In The THQ U.S. Open

LA CANADA, Calif. (August 20, 2001) - Tragedy isn't getting in the way of Cole Boutwell's dreams. The 13-year-old from Lynn Haven, Fla., recently secured the final spot in the Pro-Circuit Mini Invitational at the THQ U.S. Open by qualifying 12th at the Loretta Lynn's Amateur National Championships.

Earlier this year, Boutwell, who is one of the most highly touted mini racers, lost his father, and the reality of living out a successful motocross racing career began to dwindle. Boutwell's mother, Barbara, faced adversity after Cole qualified for the amateur national championships, as the financial position the family faced would force them to skip the event he worked so tirelessly to compete in.

Once the Boutwell family's predicament surfaced in the motocross industry, their prayers were answered. The tight-knit group of motocross enthusiasts united to support Boutwell's efforts. Subsequent to his 12th-place, THQ U.S. Open-qualifying finish at Loretta Lynn's, Boutwell would face another challenge in getting to Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, but through the support of the motocross industry, the family's prayers were answered once again.

"This seems like a dream, and I am about to wake up to reality," said Barbara Boutwell said. "I was so afraid to tell Cole that we would have to skip the THQ U.S. Open, but now I don't have to. Cole is so excited about the support of the industry. He said to me 'I feel like James Stewart.' When he started racing in Wausau, Fla., I never would have dreamed that he would be able to compete in the THQ U.S. Open."

The Pro Circuit Mini Invitational list of riders has been finalized for the 2001 THQ U.S. Open, to be held inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena October 12 & 13, 2001.

Each year, one of the most anticipated races at the THQ U.S. Open is the Pro Circuit Mini Invitational that includes the fastest 85cc racers on the planet. These riders are selected from the prestigious Loretta Lynn's Amateur Nationals, an event that hosts the top amateur riders in a week long competition that determines who is the fastest amateur rider in the country throughout a variety of classes.

Last year's winner, Kyle Chisholm, will return to defend his title. Joining Kyle will be thirteen other riders: Jason Lawrence, Ryan Villopoto, Justin Sipes, Mitchell Dougherty, Chase Revell, Justin Keeney, Matt Boni, Patrick Massie, Adam Chatfield, Cody Gilmore, Corey Slavick, Cole Boutwell and Brady Sheren, a Canadian rider that is the promoters choice for international participant.

2001 will mark the fourth running of the Pro Circuit sponsored event. In 1998 Jonathan Shimp was the overall winner with James Stewart taking the title in 1999. Chisholm won the title in 2000 and will be the first Mini champion to return and attempt to retain his title. Each invited entry will be treated just as the Pros are that race the THQ U.S. Open, providing them an opportunity to see what it's like to race in the "big leagues".

Tickets for this year's THQ U.S. Open can be purchased online at www.ussx.com, through the MGM Grand box office or by calling Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000. Chaparral Motorsports also has tickets available by calling 800-841-2960.

- www.ussx.com <http://www.ussx.com>

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