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This weekend is a huge one for the small east Texas city of Kemp. More than 500 motocross racers, along with families, friends, and fans throughout the United States are expected to converge on Kaufman County this weekend when the Loretta Lynn South Central Area Qualifier comes to Underground MX Park on March 8-10.
Riders from throughout Texas and surrounding states, as well as serious motocross racers from across the nation, have discovered this relatively new track, which is located on 75 acres of shady ranch land on FM 3396.
As a favorite track on the racing circuit, Underground MX Park is pleased to host this Area Qualifier. Owner Randy Poulter is not shy about his desire to host even bigger races, like the National Championships. As part of that goal, he has been adding to Underground MX Park to create a family-friendly facility, not only for motocross riders, but for the family members and friends who travel with them.
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For racers themselves, it’s all about the dirt. That couldn’t be in better hands. For more than ten years, Poulter has been one of the most sought after Motocross, Supercross and Arenacross track builders in the country. With Underground MX Park, he says he’s attempting to raise the bar for tracks everywhere, with the goal of putting new energy into the sport.
With the mild Texas winter and a track in what he’d call “almost perfect” condition, some of the best riders in the nation have inquired about the qualifier. Some have already made their way to Kemp. Practice weekends now attract between 75 and 100 riders both days, and word about the track is traveling fast.
A spokesperson for Underground MX park said that, weather permitting, the race could draw a crowd upwards of 1,000 people.
We get people from all over Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma every weekend.
On race weekend, Poulter says riders have a chance to advance to the next level of competition. Top finishers at the race will go on to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Regional for a chance to race for a national title at country music legend Loretta Lynn’s famed Tennessee ranch.
Watch the video for a look at Loretta Lynn ranch motocross track.
Building a track that raises the bar in a sport full of adrenaline junkies is no easy feat, but Poulter cleared 25 acres of dense woods, dug a 40 foot deep pond, and built the AMA certified Motocross track for training and competitions for professional and top amateur riders. He recently finished a pee wee track for the younger riders.
Underground MX Park has a concession stand, 23 full service RV sites, a restroom and shower facility, and plenty of space designated for tent camping.
“This is a family facility, and people like coming here and finding it’s clean and there are services available. Motocross riders will drive all day to get to a track they like,” Poulter says.
For the area qualifier, racers are expected to begin showing up March 8. Track practice will be held on Friday and racing will commence on Saturday morning, following 9 a.m. track practice. Racing will continue on Sunday.
Fans who want to experience a major Motocross Race firsthand will pay just $5 a head on race days. The Underground MX Park is located between Kemp and Seven Points, on County Road 3396. From Ennis, take 85 east to Seven Points, then turn north on State Highway 274, go four miles to CR 3396 (Tolosa Feed Store ), and go four miles west to the park. (See map below).
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