Amateurs - Arenacross World Champions - Dirt Rider Magazine

AURORA, Ill. (October 2, 2007) - From Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to Ponca City, Okla., Lake Whitney and Oak Hill, Texas, and from Gainesville, Fla., to Las Vegas - athletes from the nation's foremost proving grounds for amateur arenacross racing will all converge on Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena for the annual running of the Amateur Arenacross World Finals October 14, part of the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open weekend.Racers bearing such prestigious titles of Loretta Lynn's Amateur National MX Championship, Ponca City, Mini O's & Vegas Mini GP qualifiers - along with qualifiers from the actual four Toyota AMA Arenacross Series regions - have been invited to compete for bragging rights for the Amateur Arenacross World Finals, a title synonymous with "Who's next?" in the sports of motocross and supercross."The Amateur Arenacross World Finals is one of the major steps for riders in making the transition from arenacross greatness to supercross," said Jayme Dalsing, director of arenacross for Live Nation. "For many kids this is, along with the Toyota AMA Areancross Series regional races, the first time they'll race indoors - and certainly the first time they'll face the competition of this caliber in an arenacross-style format."The top riders from the Toyota AMA Arenacross Series regions (North, South, East & West) have all received invitations to compete at the Amateur Arenacross World Finals based on their points standings in each region. The Sunday racing at the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open will showcase the sport's top arenacross. This will no doubt make for one of the more impressive amateur gates assembled all year, giving fans attending the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open a good reason to attend another exciting day of racing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena."We can't stress enough how important the Amateur Arenacross World Finals have become to the amateur racing community," said Dalsing. "With the format in place for Toyota AMA Arencross Series being a stepping stone for AMA Supercross, the Amateur Arenacross World Finals championship has become a highly-coveted trophy for those racers who have the skill and determination to make it to the next level."Of the nearly 350 riders competing in this year's Amateur Arenacross World Finals, some notable returning champions this year include: Logan Karnow (85cc 7-11), Darren Walsh (65cc 10-11), Justin Cooper (65cc 7-9), Jay Hershey (25+) and April Roper (women).Tickets for the entire Toyota AMA Arenacross Series are available online at www.Arenacross.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, www.Tickets.com . For more information on the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series log on to www.Arenacross.com.About Toyota AMA Arenacross Series
In its 24th year, the Toyota AMA Arenacross Series, owned by Live Nation, is the premier indoor motocross series in the U.S. playing to sold-out arenas nationwide. Information on the Toyota AMA Arenacross Series events may be found at www.Arenacross.com. Live Nation is the world's largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London's Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses or concerts near you, please visit our website at www.livenation.com.About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.