❏ The 2014 race season has just
begun. Whether you want to test your
racing skills or just witness some of
the most exciting racing in the world,
the following events are where to do
it. We have gathered a list of the top
national race series, along with highlights of some regional venues that
are popular with ATV race action.
If you don’t see events in your area
listed here, check the racing section
of www.dirtwheelsmag.com for additional schedules.
The AMA Pro ATV amateur MX
series has always been the pinnacle
of our sport. Yamaha’s Chad Wienen
has been the sport’s top star for two
years running. His closest competition
this season will come from Can-Am’s
Joel Hetrick, who has been racing the
series most of his life. We first watched
Joel competing on some of the trickest
two-stroke mini ATVs ever built by the
family business Hetrick Racing (
This nine-round series has classes for all ages and skill levels. The
schedule primarily runs up and down
the East Coast at such famous tracks
as Red Bud, Unadilla and Mt. Morris,
and finishes off the season at the
ever-popular Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in
Tennessee in August. Find complete
rules at www.atvmotocross.com.
The Grand National Cross-Country
racing series has the widest mix
of ATV machinery on the track on
any given day. Minis, women (fast
women), 4x4s, UTVs, seniors and pros
all have a chance to compete in the
series. And the competition is deep.
Some classes have upwards of 30 rid-
ers in them. In fact, the GNCC series
had record turnouts all last year.
Chris Borich has dominated the
13-round series for five straight years.
However, this Suzuki LT-R450 rider
is not even close to matching Bill
Ballance’s nine-year reign of domina-
tion in the Pro class.
GNCC woods racers get to ride
unique tracks like Unadilla, New
York, and a couple of ski resorts in
West Virginia. The series ends in late
October in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
You can watch the racing live at www.
Another cross-country series
with a huge following and a great
schedule is the Off-road Motorcycle
and ATV nationals (OMA). The sea-
son kicks off in April at Memphis,
Missouri. Stops throughout the series
land in Kentucky, Michigan and Iowa.
The series finishes off in Morrison,
Illinois, at the famous Moose Run
held October 18–19. See www.united
EXTREME DIRT TRACK
Commonly known as TT racing, the
Extreme Dirt Track series attracts a
breed of ATV racers that is all about
horsepower and traction. The eight-
round EDT series has shifted a little
toward the Midwest in recent years,
giving the heartland half of the series
and keeping it close to home. Race
weekends have two points-paying
In the West Coast WORCS series, Beau
Baron and teammate Davi Haagsma are
the guys to beat. The Honda-mounted
pair may face increased competition
this year from another Honda-mounted
rider, Josh Row, and Yamaha’s Dustin
rounds for a shorter season that is
run over the summer and with some
events under the lights.
Long-time TT racer and all-around
ATV racing star Harold Goodman
took another of his many titles last
year, topping Brad Riley and Michael
Coburn all on Hondas. Entry numbers are up, with some events having
over 40 riders in multiple classes.
The series is again making a stop
in Sturgis, South Dakota, during the
big rally this year. Other stops hit the
famous track at Ashtabula, Ohio, and
four East Coast stops, including Busco
Beach, North Carolina. Sign up at
Known as WORCS, this is the largest series out West. Honda-mounted
Beau Baron has been the guy to
beat lately in both the Pro ATV and
UTV classes. Baron’s teammate Davi
Haagsma and Josh Row (all on Curtis
Sparks Hondas) are chasing after
Baron for ATV glory. The tracks are
a mix of motocross and high-speed
desert trails, all at great venues. Stops
like Lake Havasu, Arizona, and the
forests of Olympia, Washington, are
favorites, as well as historical tracks
such as Glen Helen.