With the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series in full swing, Feld Motor SportsÂ® has announced that Lexington, Kentucky will make its debut on the racing schedule, helping round out the season with 12 weekends of competition. For the first time ever, the bar-banging, edge-of-your-seat excitement of arguably the most unique forms of motorsports on the planet will invade this popular city.
Legendary Rupp Arena, home of the renowned University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball program, will serve as the host venue for this highly-anticipated race, which will take place on Saturday, February 4, as the ninth round of the championship.
The state of Kentucky is no stranger to the AMA Arenacross Series, with many years of competition taking place in nearby Louisville, in addition to the small town of Highland Heights, on the Ohio border just outside Cincinnati. The “Thoroughbred City,” named due to its consensus as the major center for breeding thoroughbred race horses, is passionate about its sports, and will surely welcome this one-of-a-kind sport with open arms.
Adding to the excitement of the announcement is the imminent homecoming of reigning AMA Arenacross Series Champion Tyler Bowers. The Babbitts’ Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by Maxxis, rider hails from Danville, a mere 30 minutes south of Lexington, and is eagerly looking forward to the chance to compete in front of his hometown crowd.
“I’m so excited that Feld Motor Sports has added Lexington to the schedule,” boasted Bowers. “I grew up right down the road from the city and I am familiar with the legacy of Rupp Arena. We are going to give the crowd in Lexington something they will remember forever.”
With three rounds completed in the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series, the competition has been fierce and the fight for the championship is sure to go down to the wire. Currently, Bowers and FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson have proven to be the riders to beat, sharing victories through the first five races of the season between them. Entering the fourth round of the season, Bowers sits seven points behind his rival, and will continue his quest to defend the coveted title.
Rupp Arena is the centerpiece of the Lexington Center, a convention and shopping facility that serves as the entertainment hotbed for the city. Rupp boasts the largest capacity of any basketball arena in the country. As the site of many memorable moments in both sports and entertainment, the AMA Arenacross Series is set to combine both avenues and present an experience unlike anything ever seen before in Lexington.
The AMA Arenacross Series makes its Lexington debut on Saturday, February 4, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The action of the 2012 season continues in just a couple weeks, on December 9-10, with Round 4 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre, Pa.