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Batten down the hatches! DIRT WURX USA crew builds the Seattle SX track before the rains hit

Dirt's trucked into Quest Field on Mon. & Tues., Track's built in an amazing 15 hours - covered, and dry for Saturday's racing

Photo: Kevin Windham pulling the holeshot at the 2010 Seattle SX, courtesy of Frank Hopppen & Feld Motor Sports

imgMONROE, N.Y. (April 16, 2011) – What’s been a relatively quiet season for weather – in relation to the rain-soaked 2010 supercross season – has, as expected, turned into a full on mess at Seattle’s Qwest Field this week. Good thing for Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, fans that DIRT WURX USA was able to move in, build and cover the supercross track in – again – record time!

“Given the inclement weather, the fact we’re in an outdoor ballpark, numerous trucking and road closure issues and the point that the DIRT WURX USA and Feld crews had less than 48 hours to travel by truck from St. Louis to Seattle - all signs pointed to a hugely problematic week for us here at Qwest Field,” noted DIRT WURX USA boss Rich Winkler. “But my guys and Feld’s were up-to-the-task and got the dirt in, the track built and covered for this Saturday’s event.”

imgWinkler sent part of his crew to Seattle this past Saturday, while the racing was going on in St. Louis. The DIRT WURX USA team then layered plastic and plywood, just prior to the road base gravel (which helps the rain water percolate down into the field, vs. standing in puddles) being spread out. From there the clay/loam mix, which is used for the track surface, was trucked in on Monday and, with a break in the rain, the track was banged out on Tuesday and covered.

“What makes things more hectic is the fact we don’t have a dirt stockpile in Seattle. So we had to go out, find the right dirt and haul in some 300 truckloads from up to two hours away from the stadium,” said Winkler. “(It’s a) Small miracle we were able to pull it off.”

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One of the closest point races in DIRT WURX USA’s 17-year history of constructing the Monster Energy Supercross tracks, this year’s events have featured a  multitude of race winners in both the SX and SX Lites classes. “We’ve had some challenges this year with the weather and hectic scheduling, but when the racing is this good it makes it all worthwhile,” added Winkler.

 

 

 

 

Dirt Wurx USA - the premier SX/MX track design and construction company in the world – is the exclusive supercross race track design and construction firm for Live Nation and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. With more than 18 years of global experience in the field, Dirt Wurx USA’s highly talented crew of designers and heavy equipment specialists not only build the world’s most visible tracks, but are also accessible for affordable track design and construction at the local level. For more information, please visit www.dirtwurx.com


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