BMX racing is now open for business in Maranaby Andy Morales on Jun. 23, 2013, under Sports
Mountain View grad Dylon Vaughn received a Bob Warnicke Scholarship grant in the amount of $1,000 from the American Bicycle Association earlier this month. Vaughn is the highest rated rider in his group (19-27) in the state of Arizona.
Vaughn’s parents Julie and Kirk Vaughn ran the Manzanita BMX Raceway since 2000 but can now be found running the Xtreme Fun Spot at Sports Park in Marana. The grand opening for the public was Saturday morning and the park hosted a state qualifier Sunday.
Vaughn had been profiled in the pages of the Tucson Citizen before when his family just arrived from Missouri in 1999 but he is now a sophomore at the University of Arizona. Not only is he racing all over the country, Vaughn offers clinics at the park and can be seen building and repairing the course during competitions.
“I’m glad to have the course on this side of town,” explained Vaughn. “It’s still going to be a lot better once we get the go-cart track and miniature golf course running.”
Vaughn has raced all over the country and he believes the track and the park in Marana is one of the biggest he has seen.
According to a news release from Pima County, Xtreme Fun Spot is open for racing at 5 pm on Mondays and Saturdays and for practice at 5 pm on Wednesdays, and closes after the last race (before dark). Admission for spectators is free but costs $10 to race and $7 to practice. There are spectator stands and a snack bar.
Xtreme Fun Spot will be connected to The Loop, the bike path that will eventually connect all parts of Tucson.
Girls and boys and women and men as young as 3-years-old to adults in their 40′s could be seen competing this past weekend. Families and spectators crowded the stands for a chance to see their favorite racer compete.
There was never any down time as races were going nonstop with plenty of action. I predict this will soon be a favorite hangout for many families on a weekend night.