World’s Fastest ATV
Racers Heading to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch
Champions to be crowned at the final round
Hurricane Mills, TN – The curtain closed on
the Air Nautiques AMA Amateur National Motocross
Championships in Hurricane Mills last week, but
the show goes on at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch itself.
This weekend the world-famous facility in
Hurricane Mills will host the fastest riders of
the four-wheeled ATV set, including defending
AMA Pro ATV Motocross Champion and Union City
son, Joe Byrd.
The 22nd Annual ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn’s
Ranch serves as the 12th and final round of the
2007 ITP/Moose Racing ATVA National MX
Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. After
winding its way through the southeast, west
coast and north central states, Byrd and his
competitors are happy to get onto familiar turf
at Loretta Lynn’s.
Since 1985, the Queen of Country Music, Loretta
Lynn, has welcomed ATV pro and amateur racing to
her backyard. Located in Hurricane Mills,
Tennessee, the Loretta Lynn racetrack offers
racers a unique mixture of loamy soil and sand,
and a course design of sweeper turns, double and
triple manmade jumps, and the infamous “Ten
Commandments” – a series of 10 small whoops set
straight in a row.
Tennessee’s own Joe Byrd looks to defend his
2006 ATVA National championship, along with the
AMA No. 1 plate in front of his hometown crowd.
“The Loretta Lynn track has some nice elevation
changes,” said Byrd, of Union City. “It’s not a
very technical track, it’s very high speed. You
won’t see but a few seconds between our lap
times, and what Carmichael and the top dirt bike
guys do. It’s way cooler watching a 400 pound
machine jump obstacles and rail up the hills and
around the turns than a 200-pound two-wheeler
like you see everyday.”
The point’s chase also heats up in the Women’s
class, as Joe’s wife Heather Byrd, the reigning
Women’s Champion is tied for points with Angela
Butler going into the last race at Loretta’s.
Byrd is a long-time promoter of the sport he
makes a living in, and he’s as happy as anyone
to watch the sport grow as much as it has in the
last few years. Like the 1,400 motorcycle racers
who competed at the Ranch last week, Byrd is
paid a salary by his equipment manufacturer,
Honda, and also rides for endorsements from his
gear, goggle, and helmet sponsors, among others.
He also teaches ATV racing with the popular Joe
Byrd Quad Riding School, and his wife, Heather,
is a multi-time champion of the Women’s class.
There are few more dedicated to the craft than
Competition this year comes from upstart
Jeremy Lawson, who hails from the apt-named
Battletown, Kentucky. Lawson won the opening
round of the 2007 season in Alabama, and then
notched another couple wins in Michigan and
Pennsylvania to keep him close to Byrd in the
“Me and Lawson and Pat Brown, at every round
so far, it’s been a good battle with all of us,”
says Byrd. “This is like having three
Carmichaels or Stewarts out there. The
competition is really stiff, because there’s no
way you can stretch it out on somebody.”
Byrd and the rest of the AMA ATV Pro riders
race on Sunday, while amateur racing takes place
all weekend at the track, which is located is
located 60 miles west of Nashville. Take
Exit 143 off I-40, and head north on Route 13
for 7 miles.
In addition to the racing activities, the
racers and their families will be treated to
dinner Saturday night, compliments of series
sponsor, Parts Unlimited, along with a live
performance by Elvis impersonator, Donnie Fox,
and an ATV Freestyle Show at 8 p.m.
The 22nd Annual ATV Dirt Days at Loretta
Lynn’s Ranch runs Saturday August 11th through
Sunday August 12th in nearby Hurricane Mills,
Tennessee. Amateur racing takes place on
Saturday and Sunday. Pro race Sunday at 12 pm
and again at 3 pm – rain or shine. Pro pits are
open to fans and the pros will sign autographs
at 1:15 pm. Pros race for a $10,000 purse.
Sunday’s gate admission is $15 for adults and
$10 for kids 6-11. Children under six are free.
Tickets are available at the gate.
The ATV Dirt Days will be televised on the
Versus Network on November 21st at 3 pm, and
again on November 28th at 3 pm.
ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, the 12th
and Final round of the ITP/Moose Racing ATVA
National MX Championship presented by Parts
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Hurricane Mills, TN, 60
miles west of Nashville. Take Exit 143 off I-40;
then North on Route 13 7 miles.
August 11-12, 2007.
1 mile (approx) hard packed and soft dirt, sand.
Pro Class: Joe Byrd (Honda).
Saturday – Amateur racing
9am-6pm; Pro Practice 12:15 pm and 2 pm; Pro Am
Woman racing 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.
Sunday – Amateur racing
continues 9 am; Opening ceremonies at 11:45 am,
with Pro racing 12 pm and 3 pm; Pro autographs
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About the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National
Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited:
Sanctioned by the AMA and ATVA, the nation’s
premier amateur and professional ATV motocross
series is hosted by many of America’s premier
motocross facilities. The 12-round series
approaches its 21st season with the Pro class
newly under the wing of AMA Pro Racing. The 2006
series hosted over 8,000 entrants, making it
America’s largest, as well as its longest
running, ATV National Motocross series. Series
sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and
Moose, and presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited.
Premiere and Feature sponsors include ATV Sport,
Moto Tees, Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka
Suspension and H-Bomb Films/Division Four.
Associate sponsors include Weekend Warrior
Trailers, Denton Racing, and Hinson Racing.
Media partners include ATV Insider, ATV Rider
About AMA Racing:
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the
American Motorcyclist Association and is the
leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in
the United States. Its professional properties
include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series,
the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented
by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented
by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked
Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto
Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship.
In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing
sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different
disciplines and supports over 110 thousand
active members. For more information about
professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.
Accredited media outlets can also access an on
line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.
For amateur racing information visit
About the ATVA:
The ATV Association (“ATVA”) is the official
sanctioning body of the amateur divisions of the
ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross
Championship Series Presented by Parts
Unlimited. The 9,000 member ATVA is the sister
organization of the 260,000 member American
Motorcyclist Association (“AMA”). ATV racing has
experienced phenomenal growth at the rate of 25%
in the past two years alone, and continues to
gain momentum and support, outselling off-road
motorcycles annually. Each round attracts
600-700 racers who compete for bragging rights
to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more
information about ATVA, visit
About the ATVPG:
The ATVPG is comprised of the 12 individual
promoters that host the AMA ITP/Moose ATV
National Motocross Championships, presented by
Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to
raise awareness of ATV motocross through the
production of professional and amateur
championship racing events. For more information
on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they
produce, go to