Arenacross coming to fair

By Dave Wagner

Kody Vigil is looking forward to performing in front of a home crowd in Saturday’s Curry County Fair Arenacross at Mounted Patrol Arena.

He’s also considering turning professional in the next year.
“I’ve been at it for a while now,” said Vigil, a 19-year-old California native. “I’ve been racing motorcycles since I was 15, and I’m hoping to go pro next year.”

The third annual event is part of the four-stop series “Tex New Mex” motocross series sponsored by Cycle City Promotions, based in Tulsa, Okla. Cycle City Promotions owner Tod Hammock said he expects 150-200 amateur and professional competitors.

Professional riders will compete in 125 and 250 cc classes and a 4-wheeler class for a $5,000 purse. Amateur competitors are eligible to win trophies in any of 20 categories, which are based on their age and the size of their machine.

A freestyle exhibition is also scheduled, including a back flip on his bike by Cody Elkins of Weatherford, Okla., which Hammond said has never before been seen in the Clovis event.

“We’ll see competitors coming in from about a six-state area for this, and some will probably come up from Mexico,” Hammock said.

Vigil, a 19-year-old California native, will race in 125 and 250 cc intermediate races in the amateur division this weekend.
“It’s pretty nice because it’s my hometown,” he said. “It’s nice just to stay here and watch everybody you race come to your town.”

A year-round racer, Vigil plans to return to California this fall to attend college. He said in the spring semester, he may go only two days a week to give him time to travel and race.

What: Third annual Curry County Fair Arenacross
Main event: 7:30 p.m.
When: Saturday
Where: Mounted Patrol Arena
Tickets: Adults: $12, children 3-13: $8, Advance tickers also available at Clovis Cycle or HIgh Desert Honda. Adults: $10, children