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Carmichael can secure AMA U.S. Motocross Championship at Millville this weekend. PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Ricky Carmichael can write yet another chapter in the journal of his remarkable run in the 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship...

Carmichael can secure AMA U.S. Motocross Championship at Millville this weekend.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Ricky Carmichael can write yet another chapter in the journal of his remarkable run in the 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship this Sunday, Aug. 18, at Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minn. The Honda rider has a chance to wrap up the 250 title with a victory at the southeastern Minnesota circuit. If Carmichael wins and Yamaha's Tim Ferry finishes any worse than second in either moto Sunday, then Carmichael will secure his third-straight AMA 250 U.S. Motocross Championship. If he does wrap up the title, in round 10 of the 12-race series, it would be the earliest point in a season that a rider has won the 250 championship since 1994 when Mike LaRocco wrapped up the series with two rounds remaining. In the 125 ranks, James Stewart brings a five-race winning streak into Millville.

Carmichael is nearing completion of one of the most extraordinary seasons in the 30-year history of AMA Motocross. The 22-year-old Floridian is undefeated in the previous nine rounds coming into this weekend's race. Not only has Carmichael earned victory in every round, but he also has pulled off the unprecedented move of winning all 18 motos so far this season. This weekend Carmichael has the opportunity to match the longest winning streak in AMA Motocross, set by Mark Barnett in the 125 class during the 1980 and 1981 season.

RC is no stranger to winning at Millville. He earned two victories at Spring Creek Motocross Park in the 125 ranks and another pair of wins since switching over to the 250 class in 2000. John Dowd will be the only other rider in the field Sunday to have won a 250 race at Millville.

Stewart has impressed all who have seen him in his rookie season with his riding skills on the factory Kawasaki. The 16-year-old Floridian is considered by most to be the fastest rookie rider ever in AMA Motocross. He's never visited Millville before, but that hasn't kept him from winning seven nationals so far this year, mostly at tracks he's never raced on. Stewart has stretched out a comfortable 84-point lead over Suzuki's Branden Jesseman with three rounds remaining in the championship. Aussie Chad Reed is third in the series only 10 points behind Jesseman. There have been three winners in the 125 series, this year including Stewart, Reed, and Danny Smith. Regardless of who wins, there will be a new 125 class winner crowned at Millville since no one in the field has ever won a 125 race at the track.

For additional information contact Spring Creek Motocross Park at (507) 753-2779 or visit www.springcreekmx.com.

<pre> Schedule of Events Spring Creek MX Park Millville, MN  Schedule of Events August 18, 2002

DIRECTIONS TO TRACK:        Route 63 North from Rochester, MN  Nine miles East of Zumbro Falls of Hwy 60

SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 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, AUGUST 18, 2002 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 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

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Chad Reed , Branden Jesseman