MILTON, Ky. (July 2004) The sound of roaring engines breaks
through the Sunday afternoon silence on Nubbin Ridge Road in Milton,
Ky., but only after the service at Corn Creek Baptist Church is over.
Travis Durand is especially careful to not disturb the church, which
he attends when theres not a race. He is also careful to promote
a Christian atmosphere at D-Track, the nearby moto-cross-ATV dirt
track he owns and operates.
group of young riders prepare to race.
"Weve had a lot of response from people that always race,
and usually races are on Sundays. They never get a chance to go to
church, Durand said. Because of this, he holds a small worship
service before each race on Saturdays and Sundays.
The biggest thing that I want people to know about our track
is that were a Christian family, and we make that the main focus
of every race.
Durand built the dirt track 12 years ago on two acres of his family
farm. It began as a place for him and his friends to practice. I
built it just because I was struggling to learn how to race,
The first real race was held at the track in December 2002. Since
then, D-Track as it is now known, has become one of the most popular
tracks in the area, drawing people from as far away as Cincinnati,
Lexington and Louisville. Last year the track hosted as many as 70
riders each race. This year that number has grown to around 100. Sometimes
we think were outgrowing ourselves, said Durand.
Work-related injuries have in recent years kept Durand off a motorcycle.
Instead of riding, he now promotes the sport from his own backyard.
D-track is located next to Durands house. And running it has
become a full-time job. With the help of his wife, Amanda, and brother,
John, Durand opens the track seven days a week for both practices
and races. More than 14 races will be held there this year.
D-Track features both Motocross and ATV racing. There are 24 classes
in the former and 17 in the later. Races are typically held two weekends
While safety is a concern in any kind of motorsports, Durand does
what he can to minimize injuries.
Nick Howard goes airborne at the D-Track.
"A lot of people think that its a dangerous sport, and
it can be if youre not wearing the right safety equipment. But
we push safety, Durand said. Track rules require helmets, boots
above the ankle, gloves, eye protection and long sleeves.
In riders meetings I always go over safety issues and
make sure everybody knows were just trying to have fun here.
Children as young as four years old and adults alike can be found
negotiating the track. Among them is 14-year-old Nick Cleveland of
Cleveland, who lives conveniently close to D-Track, has been racing
motorcycles since he was just 5 years old. He now competes in the
125-B intermediate division. Cleveland, who will be a sophomore next
year at Trimble County High School, said he likes the Christian atmosphere
at the track: Its fun. Everybody gets along with you.
He added that he also enjoys the competition.
Cleveland will be one of the D-Track regulars who will attend next
year the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Motocross Camp in Marshall,
Ind. The camp was held for the first time last year there at the FCAs
530-acre National Conference Center facility. The week-long camp offered
riders age 7 to adult the opportunity to hone their skills. This years
camp was held June 28 - July 1.
D Track, which promotes the FCA camp, will help as many riders as
possible attend next year by hosting a raffle of a Suzuki FCA RMZ
250 motorcycle, donated by track sponsor Commonwealth Suzuki of Louisville.
Raffle tickets are on sale now through October for $5 each. The drawing
will be held at the October race. Proceeds from that race will also
go toward 2005 FCA motocross camp scholarships. Upcoming races at
D-Track will be held July 25 and Aug. 1.
For more information about the track, visit www.dtrackmotocross.com.