A Day In The Dirt 2016 | PHOTOS

Check out a few glimpses of this year’s A Day In The Dirt event at Glen Helen Raceway in California.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend the 2017 Day in the Dirt event (its 19th running) went off at Glen Helen raceway, and we thought we’d share some photos from the event. Friday was mostly practice, but with the reunion race (which pitted racers representing the former So. Cal tracks Saddleback, Indian Dunes, and Carlsbad tracks against one another) and Friday night drag races, which of course drew some less than serious race entries. Saturday included Vintage, 2-Stroke, and team Grand Prix as well as ‘normal’ Grand Prix. Sunday was, thanks to Mother Nature, “the mud day” and included more of the same types of events as well as the finale, the Coupe de Grace Survival Race where racers don’t know the duration until the checkered flag comes out. Check out a few glimpses of this year’s event.

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Nick LaPaglia on a CZ during Friday’s practice. He won the Vintage Expert class in the Vintage Grand Prix on Saturday.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Blake Wharton was there on a TM. He and Brandon Ward finished second in the Special Guest class of the the Stunt Grand Prix Team race.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Scott Burnsworth showed up old-school style and won the Revolution Expert class in the Vintage Grand Prix on Saturday.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Stuntman Mick Rodgers is a fixture and every Day in the Dirt event.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Wienerschnitzel, it seems, has a new rider they’re sponsoring.Photo by Kinney Jones
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More drag racing action.Photo by Kinney Jones
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There were a lot of vintage bikes getting dirt on them over the weekend.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Not to be outdone by the old bikes, this stowaway was pretty ancient, too.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Willy Simons Jr, son of the man who was on the cover of the first Dirt Rider magazine in 1982, finished third in the FMF 2-Stroke Revival Race Pro class.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Jeff Ward’s kids, Ayrton and Brandon, were at the event. Ayrton won 250 intermediate class in the Pro/Am Grand Prix, Brandon DNF’d that event.Photo by Kinney Jones
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FMF’s own Lil’ D on the line for the FMF 2-Stroke Revival race in a retro jersey similar to what put the company on the map. He finished eighth in the 30 Intermediate class.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Jeff Emig leads Sean Collier in the 2-stroke race. Collier had a mechanical DNF, and Emig finished first in the 30 Pro class.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Luke Johnson, son of Ricky Johnson, tears up some DITD dirt on his way to ninth in the 29 and under class.Photo by Kinney Jones
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You’d think Josh Grant’s son would run #33, right? Wrong. 27 is his favorite number, so that’s what on his bike.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Justin Hoeft won the 450 Pro class in the Pro/Am race on Saturday, and just before that he and teammate Robbie Wageman won the Stunt Grand Prix Team race.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Newly-crowned EnduroCross champion Colton Haaker came out. Here his is in the Stunt Grand Prix Team race. He and Rockstar Husqvarna Off-Road Race Team Manager Tim Weigand finished sixth in that event.Photo by Kinney Jones
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The “Hell on Wheels” races took place on a TT track that was great for vintage bikes and minis.Photo by Kinney Jones
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The rain started on Saturday and for Sunday had soaked everything, including the Moto-A-GoGo team race. Racers could either share a bike…Photo by Kinney Jones
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…or trade an arm band for rider swaps.Photo by Kinney Jones
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This shows that any day on a dirt bike is a good day.Photo by Kinney Jones
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Blayne Thompson splashes his way to the main event, the Coupe de Grace GP Survival Race, win.Photo by Kinney Jones
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No jersey = less tough laundry.Photo by Kinney Jones
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You know it’s a long race when the mud had time to dry on your face!Photo by Kinney Jones
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It was muddy, but you know who figuratively cleaned up? Blayne Thompson. He won this cool coffee table as the Coupe de Grace trophy, and also took home the unique trophies for first in the 450 Pro class in the Intermediate/Expert/Pro Grand Prix, second in the Pro/Am Grand Prix, and was on the winning team in the Bossa Nova Grand Prix.Photo by Kinney Jones
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