Arenacross drawing youthful competitors

Tucker Dobbs, 8, seen here riding his KTM Pro Senior 50 motorcycle, will compete in the fourth annual arenacross slated for Saturday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Tucker Dobbs is described by his dad, Vernon, as a “nut.”

Dobbs will be one of many racing his motorcycle in the fourth annual arenacross slated for Saturday at the Curry County Fair.

Dobbs, 8, has only been riding since January, according to Vernon Dobbs.

“I bought him a trail bike for Christmas,” Vernon Dobbs said. “Two weeks later he was jumping it and tearing up the suspension.”

Dobbs upgraded his son to a KTM Pro Senior 50 which Tucker raced for the first time about a month-and-a-half ago. Dobbs said that Tucker took fifth place.

Dobbs said he used to ride with his son but now he is Tucker’s “helper and mechanic.”

“I love watching him but he makes me nervous,” Dobbs said, noting that Tucker has had a few bad spills. “He has gone over the handlebars a few times,” he said.

According to Dobbs, the only major injury his son has received from riding motorcycles is a sprained ankle.

“He was ready to get back to riding,” Dobbs said. “He is healthy and ready to race on Saturday.”

Todd Hammock, owner of Cycle City Promotions, is responsible for bringing the arenacross to Clovis. He says participants will be ages four to adult.

The event will begin around 10:30 a.m. with amateur qualifying early in the day and finishing with a three-hour main event. The track will feature sharp turns and tons of action, according to a cycle city promotions press release.

Hammock said they are expecting a huge crowd.

“We usually fill the place up,” Hammock said. “We like the crowd to really get involved.”

Arenacross features indoor motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles racing across a man-made dirt track. “It is a tight and fun course,” Hammock said.

Dobbs said his son is looking forward to participating in a race held in Clovis.

“Tucker will have lots of family and friends coming to watch,” Dobbs said. “He has the personality for this stuff. He thinks he is going to go pro.”

According to Hammock, some of the riders will jump up to 65 feet.

The main arenacross event will take place Saturday evening, when the pros race for a $5,000 purse. According to Hammock, Keith Johnson and Brian Edwards will be two professionals involved in the race.

“The final show will feature riders doing thrilling stunts like back flips,” Hammock said.

Last year the evening ended with a surprise fireworks show, and this year a fireworks show is scheduled to follow. According to Hammock, he has something bigger and better planned for this year.

“I have the coolest thing,” Hammock said. “I like to leave off big.”