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Kenworthy: Event preview

Carmichael begins second half of AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross season with unblemished record. PICKERINGTON, Ohio-- Ricky Carmichael is well on his way to laying a claim as one of the best motocross racers in the history of the sport.

Carmichael begins second half of AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross season with unblemished record.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio-- Ricky Carmichael is well on his way to laying a claim as one of the best motocross racers in the history of the sport. He recently reached a new milestone with his victory last week in Buchanan, Mich. In Michigan, Carmichael set a new record in terms of moto wins in AMA 250 Motocross competition with his 12th-straight. Carmichael looks to this Sunday's AMA Chevy Trucks U.S, Motocross Championship race at Kenworthy's Motocross Park in Troy, Ohio, with other records now squarely in his sites.

With a victory this Sunday in Troy, Carmichael could move into sole possession of second-place on the all-time AMA 250 Motocross National wins list-- he's tied for second now with Rick Johnson, who has 22-career victories in the class. Hannah leads the list with 27 and now even that longtime record looks in jeopardy of falling this year. Pundits are already mentioning the possibility of Carmichael becoming the first rider ever to clean sweep the AMA 250 Motocross Championship, a feat that if completed would certainly be considered the greatest accomplishment in the history of AMA Motocross.

Motocross fans can count themselves fortunate to be able to watch Carmichael at the peak of his career and to be able to witness the early beginnings of another rider who could become a legend in James Stewart. The 16-year-old wunderkind from Florida, has won four of the six 125 Motocross events coming into this weekend's race in Troy. This will be the first visit to Kenworthy's by Stewart. He's quickly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting riders to watch. He tries things on his 125cc Kawasaki that many riders in the bigger 250 class won't even attempt and even though there are still rough edges to his technique Stewart has a certain flare in his riding style that is unique in all of motocross.

Kenworthy's Motocross Park, which has hosted AMA National Motocross' since 1987, is distinctive among the 12-round outdoor circuit. It has often been described as the lost AMA Supercross national because of its numerous Supercross-style jumps. Built on a densely wooded flood plane in the Great Miami River basin, Kenworthy's has some of the deepest and darkest loam in all of motocross. Rider's who excel in AMA Supercross often do very well at Kenworthy's. Jeremy McGrath twice won here in the mid-1990s.

Carmichael has the chance to become the first rider to win three straight 250 class races at Troy. In fact, RC is undefeated at the West Central Ohio circuit, having won twice in the 125 division and two more times on the 250s.

Mike LaRocco will be the only other past 250 winner of Troy to take to the starting gate Sunday. The Hoosier rider won the event in 1994. Ohio's own Brock Sellards will be one of the past 125 winners at Troy to race Sunday. Sellards, of Sherrodsville, Ohio, was a surprise winner of the 125 class in 2000. He will be joined by two-time Troy 125 class winner Damon Huffman, of Canyon Country, Calif. Huffman, who is ranked eighth in the 125 division, could become the first three-time 125 winner at Troy.

Stewart will be the heavy favorite to win the 125 class even though this will be his first visit to the track. Aussie Chad Reed, who is second ranked to Stewart in the 125 standings, will also be seeing Troy for the first time. Reed won the 125 East Supercross championship this winter in convincing fashion, so the Troy circuit could be right up his alley. For additional information on this weekend's race you can contact Kenworthy's Motocross Park at (937) 335-4763 or visit www.kenworthysmxpark.com.

For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto USMotocross.com, the official website of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship.

DIRECTIONS TO TRACK I-70 to Exit 36, go 10 miles North, turn left on Ebbers Rd, Troy, Ohio

RACE AND TICKET INFO 937-335-4763

<pre> Schedule of Events Kenworthy's MX Park Troy, Ohio July 14, 2002

SATURDAY JULY 13, 2002 2:30 PM 125 Non-Seeded riders practice 2:50 PM 250 Non-Seeded riders practice 3:10 PM 125/250 Seeded riders practice 3:30 PM 125 Non-Seeded riders practice 3:50 PM 250 Non-Seeded riders practice 4:10 PM 125/250 Seeded riders practice 4:45 PM Pre-Qualifiers

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2002 8:45 AM Chapel Service 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM 125 National riders practice 9:20 AM - 9:40 AM 250 National riders practice 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM 125 National riders practice 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM 250 National riders practice 10:30 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 4:20 PM Moto 2- 250 National- 30 mins, plus 2 laps 5:30 PM Victory Circle

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Jeremy McGrath , Chad Reed , Damon Huffman , James Stewart , Mike LaRocco