July 23, 2019 11:56 AM
(ABC 6 News) - Millville saw an influx of people this past weekend as it played host to the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Hundreds of motocross riders gathered for the championship, which was held on Saturday, July 20, at Spring Creek Motocross Park.
Heavy rain on Saturday morning created some of the muddiest conditions the track has ever seen, but that didn't stop rider from tearing it up.
These races draw in riders from all over, but for some it's about coming home. Pro riders Alex Martin and Henry Miller are from the area and grew up on this track.
Martin now lives down in Florida, but there is always a sense of nostalgia about coming back to Spring Creek, which he knows pretty well. Martin's parents, John and Greta, own Spring Creek Motocross Park.
During Media Day on Friday, ahead of the pro races on Saturday, Martin said he does have an advantage at the track, but it's not as much as people would like to believe.
"I definitely spent a lot of time here growing up on the track," Martin said on Friday. "I know the lines on the track, I know how the track develops, and even just having an atmosphere of the crowd and everyone kind of supporting you. There's a lot of people cheering alongside the course when you're racing so that definitely gives you a little mental boost as well."
His family's name is writing into the history of this track, but Martin said he tries not to dwell on it too much or add any extra pressure.
"I treat it, personally, as just another race, but I know deep down it's kind of an extra drive to do well and get on the podium for the family and friends," Martin said."
As for Miller, this is where it all began. When he was younger, he came to a pro race at this track and that's when he fell for the sport. All these years later, this course is still right up his alley.
"Not every person gets to grow up racing at a track that has big hills like Millville does," Miller expressed. "So, honestly that is my favorite part about this place and it separates this track from all the rest."
The hometown pro's also know that coming back means having a huge support system cheering them on during this race.
"There's just so many people that are here to support me that I grew up around, they all witnessed me ride and race growing up so I think that's a big part in this race," Miller said with a huge smile on his face. "I really enjoy that."
As for the races, Martin competes in the 250 class and took home second overall. Miller races in the 450 class and finished ninth overall.
Updated: July 23, 2019 11:56 AM
Created: July 21, 2019 09:49 PM
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