CASPER, Wyo — Riders from all over Wyoming and surrounding states converged July 24-26 on the Boomtown Motocross races this weekend at the Prickly Pear sand track behind the Casper Events Center on East End Road.
“It is an extended family,” said a Wyoming parent and lifelong motocross enthusiast who identified himself as Woodrow Constitutionalist. “We’re rough on each other out at the track, trying to win, [but] when these kids come off the track, everybody loves your kid, everybody loves my kid.”
This was the first time this season riders have gotten to race at a High Plains Motocross Association-sanctioned event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ordinarily the racing season reunion would start up in April. It’s usually muddy then, but that’s good, according to Woodrow.“Mud makes the best riders,” he said.
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Woodrow’s son Griffin is 12 and been riding motocross since he was 3. He just graduated to an 85 cc engine from a 65 cc engine. “I never wanted to ride a 65 again,” he said after the first time with the more powerful bike.
Woodrow helped repair the bikes of 2 kids from out of state on Sunday. “They’re little kids and they deserve to ride.” He said the community shares resources because the sport can get expensive as kids constantly outgrow their gear.
There’s also maintenance on the bikes to consider. He builds the motors for the family bikes. “If you get a full weekend out of a chain, you did good. Tires are expendable.”
Boomtown Motocross operates the facility and pays for the maintenance. Woodrow said it was in the “top 3” for Wyoming racing facilities.
There were a few wipeouts on Sunday, but Woodrow said the sport has gotten a lot safer with advances in equipment like anti-concussion helmets.
Evansville Fire-EMS was on the scene to help those who crashed.