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By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's campaign wants you to know that he is a Motocross rider in his spare time "to relax" -- and that he is apparently very, very cool.  No surprise, this ad comes from Fred Davis, who made Christine O'Donnell's famous "I am not a witch" ad and Carly Fiorina's "Demon sheep" ad. (Which are, incidentally, my two favorite ads of the last campaign cycle.)  A previous Davis ad for Huntsman (President Obama's former ambassador to China) also mentioned his former rock band, "Wizard.
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By Derek Wattay, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Tony Archer considers himself a motocross addict. The 20-year old Waldorf native has been traveling coast to coast nearly year-round, carting himself, friends and sometimes his family, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment' from track to track, for the past 12 years competing in dirt biking events. No expense has ever been too great. Archer lives for the rush he gets from spinning his wheels in the dirt. “I get withdrawals if I'm not able to ride,” Archer said.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
Henry Pendleton has been racing motocross bikes for the majority of his life, and considering that he is only 11 years old, that's saying something. The Annapolis resident will be at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Sunday competing in the 31st Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship - the biggest and most well-known amateur motocross race in the world. But the only reason Henry will be in Tennessee on Sunday - the only reason he races motocross - is that he was bored on vacation and needed something to do. The Pendletons were in Denmark, and 5-year-old Henry was riding down the road in his father's car. Pete Pendleton was looking for sources of entertainment for his young son, but he wasn't the one who spotted the miniature four-wheelers for sale on the side of the road.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Travis Pastrana, the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar, has given up his NASCAR dream for now. The 30-year-old Pastrana, from Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, announced on his Facebook page Monday that he was taking a step back after driving on the Nationwide Series for a little more than two years, writing, "I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should. “This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience. I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport,” Pastrana wrote.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Travis Pastrana, the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar, has given up his NASCAR dream for now. The 30-year-old Pastrana, from Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, announced on his Facebook page Monday that he was taking a step back after driving on the Nationwide Series for a little more than two years, writing, "I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should. “This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience. I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport,” Pastrana wrote.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
The dream was stirred years ago for Travis Pastrana, nearly half a lifetime now for the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar who is about to turn 30 and is in the midst of trying his fourth extreme sport: NASCAR. The reality has come in the past month. As Pastrana has gone from being a rock star on a motorcycle to a rookie driver hoping to prove he belongs in the Nationwide Series - the equivalent of baseball's Triple-A for stock-car racing - the results have been encouraging but inconsistent.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 12, 2011
Those weird Motocross ads must be working.  GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman yesterday picked up what must be a coveted endorsement among bike riders: The approval of Annapolis native (and extreme biking king) Travis Pastrana. Pastrana is the only human being on earth who can do a double backflip on a bike, and he's usually not political. But he decided to ride into the political mud for his friend and fellow rider Huntsman.  Here's how @travispastrana endorsed @jonhuntsman on Twitter:   "Not one 4 politics, but  @ JonHuntsman , fellow MX rider, good friend of  @ NitroCircus  &smartest man I know, is running 4 President.
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By Derek Wattay, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Tony Archer considers himself a motocross addict. The 20-year old Waldorf native has been traveling coast to coast nearly year-round, carting himself, friends and sometimes his family, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment' from track to track, for the past 12 years competing in dirt biking events. No expense has ever been too great. Archer lives for the rush he gets from spinning his wheels in the dirt. “I get withdrawals if I'm not able to ride,” Archer said.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | January 12, 2006
Barely a teenager when he started, Adrian Wilson has ridden dirt bikes off and on for more than a decade. At 25, Wilson hopes to turn his hobby into a professional career. One of the first steps toward the pro circuit comes Sunday at the National Arenacross Series. The 1st Mariner Arena hosts the indoor event, which spans three days and includes professional and amateur races. On Sunday, Wilson will compete in the latter. Wilson's parents bought his first bike, a yellow Suzuki RM-80, when he was about 13. They built a track with a few small jumps behind his house in Chestertown on the Eastern Shore.
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By Steven Petrella, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
Two years ago, doctors described Josh Stein's shoulder injury , which he originally treated with endless amounts of ibuprofen , as one of the worst they had ever seen. Stein has seven screws and a plate in his left collarbone. Coupled with 11 broken bones in the last five years, he's building quite the resume of wounds. But still, through all the pain, the motocross rider refuses to give up what he loves and now, that dedication is starting to payoff. The Baltimore native will compete in the Budds Creek National on Saturday in Mechanicsvillein the fifth race of the season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
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Sports Digest | June 20, 2013
Pro Motocross Red Bull Budds Creek National set for Saturday The Red Bull Budds Creek National, Round 5 of the 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville in St. Mary's County. Among the riders scheduled to compete are former champions Ryan Dungey (2010 and 2012), Ryan Villopoto (2011), Chad Reed (2009) and James Stewart (2008). Dungey is the defending race winner in the 450 class, and Blake Baggett is the defending race winner in the 250 class and reigning division champion.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
The dream was stirred years ago for Travis Pastrana, nearly half a lifetime now for the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar who is about to turn 30 and is in the midst of trying his fourth extreme sport: NASCAR. The reality has come in the past month. As Pastrana has gone from being a rock star on a motorcycle to a rookie driver hoping to prove he belongs in the Nationwide Series - the equivalent of baseball's Triple-A for stock-car racing - the results have been encouraging but inconsistent.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
Henry Pendleton has been racing motocross bikes for the majority of his life, and considering that he is only 11 years old, that's saying something. The Annapolis resident will be at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Sunday competing in the 31st Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship - the biggest and most well-known amateur motocross race in the world. But the only reason Henry will be in Tennessee on Sunday - the only reason he races motocross - is that he was bored on vacation and needed something to do. The Pendletons were in Denmark, and 5-year-old Henry was riding down the road in his father's car. Pete Pendleton was looking for sources of entertainment for his young son, but he wasn't the one who spotted the miniature four-wheelers for sale on the side of the road.
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By Steven Petrella, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
Two years ago, doctors described Josh Stein's shoulder injury , which he originally treated with endless amounts of ibuprofen , as one of the worst they had ever seen. Stein has seven screws and a plate in his left collarbone. Coupled with 11 broken bones in the last five years, he's building quite the resume of wounds. But still, through all the pain, the motocross rider refuses to give up what he loves and now, that dedication is starting to payoff. The Baltimore native will compete in the Budds Creek National on Saturday in Mechanicsvillein the fifth race of the season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 12, 2011
Those weird Motocross ads must be working.  GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman yesterday picked up what must be a coveted endorsement among bike riders: The approval of Annapolis native (and extreme biking king) Travis Pastrana. Pastrana is the only human being on earth who can do a double backflip on a bike, and he's usually not political. But he decided to ride into the political mud for his friend and fellow rider Huntsman.  Here's how @travispastrana endorsed @jonhuntsman on Twitter:   "Not one 4 politics, but  @ JonHuntsman , fellow MX rider, good friend of  @ NitroCircus  &smartest man I know, is running 4 President.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's campaign wants you to know that he is a Motocross rider in his spare time "to relax" -- and that he is apparently very, very cool.  No surprise, this ad comes from Fred Davis, who made Christine O'Donnell's famous "I am not a witch" ad and Carly Fiorina's "Demon sheep" ad. (Which are, incidentally, my two favorite ads of the last campaign cycle.)  A previous Davis ad for Huntsman (President Obama's former ambassador to China) also mentioned his former rock band, "Wizard.
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By Patrick Gutierrez and Patrick Gutierrez,Sun Reporter | June 23, 2008
For Freestyle Motocross rider Blake Williams, his second trip to Baltimore turned out much better than his first. The Australian native, who injured himself last year at this event and ended up missing most of the season, captured the FMX competition yesterday, giving him his first AST Dew Tour title and a win over defending champion Nate Adams. The victory earned Williams 100 points in the race for the Dew Cup and, more important, redemption for the way things turned out in 2007. "Last year I was coming in with even better form but then things went all bad," said Williams, who crashed at the conclusion of his second run a year ago while trying one more jump for the crowd.
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By Jakob Engelke, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2011
For the 23rd consecutive year, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is coming to Maryland, an ideal situation for both riders and fans. The fourth race of the professional motocross league's season is set for Saturday at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville a town in St. Mary's County southeast of Washington. Budds Creek has been one of the most popular courses on the 12-stop tour since the first AMA Championship tour race there in 1989. The course's hilly and difficult terrain, which is full of elevation changes and big jumps, gives fans good vantage points from nearly anywhere around the track and provides plenty of challenges for riders.
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By Jakob Engelke, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2011
For the 23rd consecutive year, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is coming to Maryland, an ideal situation for both riders and fans. The fourth race of the professional motocross league's season is set for Saturday at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville a town in St. Mary's County southeast of Washington. Budds Creek has been one of the most popular courses on the 12-stop tour since the first AMA Championship tour race there in 1989. The course's hilly and difficult terrain, which is full of elevation changes and big jumps, gives fans good vantage points from nearly anywhere around the track and provides plenty of challenges for riders.
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By Colin Stevens, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2010
When Coy Gibbs brings his race team to Budds Creek Motocross Park in southern Maryland, he'll be coming home. Gibbs, who attended high school in Maryland and coached with his father, Joe, from 2004 to 2007 with the Washington Redskins, said the track is the closest to his team's facilities in Huntersville, N.C. That will make today's Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship Series that much more enjoyable for Gibbs, an executive at Joe Gibbs...
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