JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The Tri-State Arenacross Championship Series, presented by MXtire, is making a stop in the area with competition taking place Friday and Saturday at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., Downtown of Johnstown.
The races mark the Pennsylvania debut for the racing circuit, which currently operates across West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.
Professional racing will begin at 7 p.m. each evening, with additional amateur sessions taking place in the morning and afternoon.
“It’s an eight race, four venue series, and we’ve been doing this series for about three years,” said Camron Farmer, track manager for the race series. “We have high expectations and we put on a great show. We are here for the family and we try to have a good time.
The pro races will feature some of the best arenacross racers in the eastern United States, while the early sessions will feature competitors of all ages and skill levels.
“Session one is for small bikes, and session two is for big bikes with pro guys, and we have some fast pros coming in,” Farmer said. “It’s an open race, so if you own a dirt bike, you can come and race with us. We get some of the fastest riders on the East Coast, and we get rookie riders as well.
The track, which features 240 tons of dirt, is less than a quarter mile long.
“Most arenacross track flows are kind of the same, but it involves different jumps, obstacles and challenges,” Farmer said.
Riders from 35 states and Canada will compete in the series.
“It’s amazing; we’ve been the biggest amateur cross arena on the East Coast since last year, and we only seem to be growing from there,” Farmer said.
Those interested in the race can register on the day of the event at the registration trailer.
Trophies will be awarded to the amateur winners.
Professionals will compete for a $10,000 scholarship.
Jeff Cernic, owner of MXtire and Pleasure Valley Raceway, who helped bring the racing series to Johnstown, said after talking with the promoter he was able to secure Johnstown as the series stop.
“I love my city and what a way to bring money into our community,” Cernic said. “These people are going to be spending thousands of dollars here this weekend, not just at the arena, but at hotels and restaurants, so it’s important to bring events like this to Johnstown.”
Cernic said with Arenacross, people are going to see a lot of action, slams and crashes.
“The winners are more excited than ever because it’s an uphill battle to win this race,” he said.
Farmer said attendees will experience a high-energy, adrenaline-rushing show.
“They’re buying the whole seat, but they’ll only need the advantage,” he said. “You will be on your feet, hooting and cheering. There is always something going on to entertain you.
Spectators can attend all screenings.
Admission is $25 for adults, $16 for children 12 and under, and free for children 4 and under.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
For more information, call 814-536-5156.