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Racers Prepare for High Point National

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The Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series is back at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pa., just over the state border, for the series' fourth and pivotal weekend of action.

The track is quiet now but the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series will take over High Point Raceway for a little bit of lightning and thunder on Saturday.

"The track here is awesome," said 250 Class racer Travis Baker. "On pro days it's definitely better than a regular practice day and we're racing out there with some good guys that create great lines. It's good racing and great fun."

Through three weekends of action, two drivers in the 450 Class have staked their territory. Going into last weekend James Stewart was perfect through two weekends, but an injury at Thunder Valley in Colorado allowed Ryan Dungy to move to the top and the rest of the teams know these guys are the teams to beat.

"Man those two guys are on a whole other level," said 450 Class rider Billy Laninovich. "It's like everyone else is battling for 3rd place. It's just a lot of hard work, and getting a good start and staying on two wheels and not crashing."

While the 450 Class bikes receive much of the attention the 250 Class has been a dog fight. Three different winners have been crowned so far and every team feels they have a chance to sit atop of the podium.

"To be up near the top you have to be on top of your game, every weekend you have to bring it 100 percent and give it your all," said Baker. "That's what I want to do, and as long as I do that, I'm doing my best to achieve my goals." 

Every weekend non-pros join the mix. One Marion county native chases the series across the country from time to time. This weekend he knows it's his job to defend home turf in a race he once dreamed about running.

"When I was little we used to come up and watch," said 250 Class local rider Logan Martin. "These guys were my idols and heroes and I looked up to them. And now it's cool I actually get to be out there and race with them."

Not to be overshadowed, for just the second time the Women's Championship Series will be at High Point Raceway as well. In that race, points Leader Jessica Patterson will look to extend her lead. All the action starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at High Point Raceway.