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Set for wild ride: MORAC series powers into area

By Richard Greene | Published Thursday, June 3, 2010

With its steep cliffs and rocky terrain, the Bridgeport OHV Park can be treacherous on foot.

Turn utility vehicles, Jeeps and trucks loose to race side-by-side around the park and as MORAC extreme off-road racing owner Nathan Davis says, “Carnage and rollovers are likely.”

MORAC will bring its extreme racing tour to the park for the first time Saturday and Sunday. Racing in the four classes will begin at 10 a.m. both days. Twenty-six teams are expected for the event to battle for trophies and cash prizes.

The Bridgeport race will also serve as the MORAC series finale with 15 teams vying for the title and the purse of $4,000.

Davis toured Texas looking for a site for the series finale after races in Bryan and Conroe.

“I checked out 13 courses in Texas in 10 days,” Davis said. “I went 3,000 miles looking for a course that had everything – visibility for spectators and an extreme course for the drivers. This was it.”

He added that the Bridgeport course ranked in the top three in the overall evaluation and is ranked as the most extreme course of the 2010 season.

The course was so extreme that Davis said crews were spending this week working to make some of the ledges more navigable.

The off-road vehicles often hit speeds of 60 mph while making jumps, but Davis expects speeds to be slower this weekend on the tough course.

“Most of them will be going 15 to 35 mph over rocks,” he said. “They’ll have a hard time staying in their seats even with safety harnesses.”

Even with speeds on the dirt and rock surface being slower, plenty of action is expected.

“They’ll be going full-throttle over boulders and trying to get up hills,” Davis said. “They’ll be racing each other and pushing each other into trees.”

Tickets for event are $15 for adults, and children 12 and under are free.

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