Texas Pro Challenge
2017 Texas Pro-Am Challenge | September 29-October 1
26th Annual Photo courtesy of Hazbeenz
$25,000 TEXAS PRO-AM CHALLENGE
September 29 – October 1, 2017
Calling all pro and amateur racers!! Start making plans!!! After last year’s record-breaking turnout (1,100+ race entries!), we will be opening the gates on THURSDAY (Sep 28) to better accommodate everyone!
Attention Amateur Racers!! This will be a great opportunity to ride at an outdoor MX national event that some of the fastest pros from across the nation have raced! We will offer Friday Organized Practice, Night Racing, and Day Racing; participate in one event or all 3! Enjoy riding the upcoming new track updates, awesome track conditions, and great fellowship with other racers from all over the USA! (The Texas Pro Challenge will be held in conjunction with Round 8 of the Texas Lone Star State Championship MX Series.)
Invite all of your favorite pro riders to come and race for their chance to win some of the $25,000 guaranteed pro purse! In the 26 years of having this event, we have already given away over $625,000!!! We look forward to seeing who will come for this year’s challenge!
We will have day racing, night racing, fireworks, bounce houses for the kids, and more… This will definitely be a fun weekend for all ages!!
More than $625,000 paid out over the past 25 years!!!
★ DATE: September 29 & October 1, 2017 | Saturday 3pm + Sunday 1pm
Saturday = Open Pro Class at 3pm (Moto 1) / 5pm (Moto 2)
Sunday = 250 Pro Class at 1pm (Moto 1) / 3pm (Moto 2)
★ SPECTATOR PRICES:
Child (5-12) $5
4 & Under FREE!
*These prices are good for ONE day admission beginning at 12:00pm each day (Saturday & Sunday only).
★ LOCATION: Swan MX Raceway Park in Tyler, Texas | 12068 County Road 433, Tyler, Texas
★ DIRECTIONS: Click HERE.
Swan MX Raceway Park
12068 County Road 433
Tyler, Texas 75704
(You may also use “12068 Harvey Road, Tyler, TX” on your GPS.)
Here is some great video footage from the 2015 Texas Pro Challenge. It was shot using a drone by AJ Goin, and he graciously shared it with us! Enjoy! (Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7K6N65GShU)
Note: the song includes some words that we do NOT approve of. You may want to turn the volume down if you have small children nearby…
A FEW OF OUR PAST TEXAS PRO CHALLENGE CONTENDERS OVER THE PAST 26 YEARS!
Jimmy Albertson ★ Mike Alessi ★ Jason Anderson ★ Kenny Bartram ★ Zack Blackwell ★ Gannon Audette ★ Ozzy Barbaree ★ Kenny Bartram ★ Zack Blackwell ★ Matt Bisceglia ★ Benny Bloss ★ Charlie Bogard ★ Justin Bogle ★ Larry Brooks ★ Mike Brown ★ Justin Buckelew ★ Trey Canard ★ Chuck Carothers ★ Paul Carpenter ★ Chad Charbonneau ★ Adam Chatfield ★ Ryan Clark ★ Guy Cooper ★ Kyle Cunningham ★ Paul Currie ★ Brian Deegan ★ Jeff Dement ★ Josh Demuth ★ Travis Elliott ★ Tim Ferry ★ Jeff Gibson ★ Pedro Gonzalez ★ Grayson Goodman ★ Josh Grant ★ Ryan Grantom ★ Sean Hackley, Jr. ★ Tommy Hahn ★ Wil Hahn ★ Heath Harrison ★ Dennis Hawthorne ★ Tommy Hoffmaster ★ Isaiah Johnson ★ Keith Johnson ★ Kevin Johnson ★ Matthew Karlsen ★ Derek Kemp ★ Ben LaMay ★ Jason Langford ★ Evan Laughridge ★ Phil Lawrence ★ Matt Lemoine ★ Kyle Lewis ★ Johnny Marley ★ James Marshall ★ Alex Martin ★ Jeremy Martin ★ Vann Martin ★ Vernon McKiddie ★ Mike Metzger ★ Bud Moore ★ Jesse Moore ★ Blake Neiheiser ★ Colt Nichols ★ Mitchell Oldenburg ★ Zach Osborne ★ Cliff Palmer ★ Trampas Parker ★ Teddy Parks ★ Travis Pastrana ★ Andrew Pierce ★ Chris Plouffe ★ Chase Reed ★ Kyle Regal ★ Ricky Renner ★ Robbie Reynard ★ Jacob Saylor ★ Brock Sellards ★ Shane Sewell ★ Travis Sewell ★ Andrew Short ★ John Short ★ Aaron Smith ★ Robbie Smith ★ Kyle Swanson ★ Tevin Tapia ★ Ivan Tedesco ★ Erick Vallejo ★ Lance Vincent ★ Heath Voss ★ David Vuillemin ★ Chad Ward ★ Scotty Wennerstrom ★ Jesse Wentland ★ Nick Wey ★ Tyler Wharton ★ Billy Whitley ★ Michael Willard ★ Dean Wilson ★ Zack Williams ★ Kevin Windham ★ Josh Woods ★ Brad Woolsey ★
And these are just a few! This list is constantly growing longer every year!
2017 TEXAS PRO-AM CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
Thursday | September 28
Gate Hours: 7pm-11pm
Friday | September 29
Gate Hours: 7am-11pm
Organized Practice: 12Noon-6pm
Saturday | September 30
Gate Hours: 6am-11pm
Texas Lone Star State Championship MX Series | Moto 1
Open Pro Class @3pm/5pm
Lone Star Night Series
Sunday | October 1
Gate Hours: 7am
Texas Lone Star State Championship MX Series | Moto 2
250 Pro Class @1pm/3pm
PLENTY OF PARKING FOR EVERYONE!
We will have the ENTIRE pit area around the complete racetrack open for parking & camping at this event! You will be able to park TRACKSIDE around the complete racetrack! Swan MX has 25+ acres of premium shaded grassy parking so there is plenty of premium spots to choose from! There is no charge for parking or camping at Swan- it is FREE!!
ADDITIONAL AMENITIES AVAILABLE AT SWAN MX
★ Commercial restrooms with air conditioning and hot showers
★ Grand stand seating for 3000+ people
★ 3rd story observation deck above the announcer’s tower
★ Covered and lighted starting gates and staging
★ Great food concessions and picnic tables
★ Shaded children’s playground
★ Water will be available to fill up your RV/trailer tanks
ONLINE REGISTRATION (Open from September 11-26, 2017)
Save $5 per class and time in line by signing up early! Online Pre-Registration for this event will be open from 12noon on SEPTEMBER 11-26, 2017 (11:59pm CST). For those of you registering online, we will have your entry form already FILLED OUT for you! You will just need to come by the scoring tower when you arrive so you can sign it and receive your practice sticker (parents must be present to sign for minors, or send a notarized release with their child).
As an added bonus, racers who register in a minimum of THREE (3) DAY classes will receive a FREE EVENT T-SHIRT!! Be sure to specify your size when registering!
If you miss the Online Registration deadline, don’t worry! Registration will be open at the track on Thursday evening, Friday morning, and Saturday morning.
NOTICE TO ALL AMATEUR RACERS:
★ There will be Organized Practice on Friday for all ages and skill levels.
★ This event will be a 2-DAY FORMAT for ALL Amateur racers (Saturday = Moto 1, Sunday = Moto 2)
Coming soon! COMPLETE AMATEUR RACER INFORMATION
NOTICE TO ALL PRO RACERS:
★ We will offer Organized Practice on Friday for all ages and skill levels.
★ Pro Race Format:
Saturday: Open Pro Class (both motos) – Any size big bike
Sunday: 250 Pro Class (both motos) – 122cc-250cc 2-Stroke & 4-Stroke; 250cc Maximum (No 450cc)
★ No pro license or membership of any kind is needed to race.
★ There is no minimum number of entries in order for the guaranteed $25,000 purse to be paid out.
★ Money is paid out PER MOTO.
★ Plus, $400 in holeshot awards!
Coming soon! COMPLETE PRO RACER INFORMATION
★ This event will be a 2-DAY FORMAT for ALL Amateur racers (Saturday = Moto 1, Sunday = Moto 2)
We are offering a select few “SPECIAL EVENT CLASSES” this year! These classes will give riders the opportunity to ride when the spectators are in the stands to watch the pro races, as well as run the extended pro course!! The top 8 in each class will recieve an award, with additional special prizes given to the 1st-3rd place winners in each class! PLUS, Sherman Powersports will be awarding $500 in giftcards to their newly expanded motorcycle shop as holeshot awards for these 5 select classes!! ($50/moto)
★ 50cc Future Pros – SPECIAL EVENT CLASS | Race on Pro Course + $100 in Holeshot awards
★ 65cc Future Pros – SPECIAL EVENT CLASS | Race on Pro Course + $100 in Holeshot awards
★ 85cc Future Pros – SPECIAL EVENT CLASS | Race on Pro Course + $100 in Holeshot awards
★ Big Bike (12-17) Future Pros – SPECIAL EVENT CLASS | Race on Pro Course + $100 in Holeshot awards
★ Big Bike (16+) Future Pros – SPECIAL EVENT CLASS | Race on Pro Course + $100 in Holeshot awards
50 Open (4-8) 51cc 2S max or 90cc 4S max
65 (7-9) 65cc 2S max or 110cc 4S max
65 (10-12) 65cc 2S max or 110cc 4S max
65 Open (7-12) 65cc 2S max or 110cc 4S max
85 Beginner (7-15) 79-112cc 2S SW & BW or 75-150cc 4S SW & BW
85 (7-11) 79-85cc 2S SW or 75-150cc 4S SW (No BW)
85 (9-13) 79-85cc 2S SW or 75-150cc 4S SW (No BW)
85 (12-15) 79-85cc 2S SW or 75-150cc 4S SW (No BW)
Supermini 1 (7-12) 79-112cc 2S SW & BW or 75-150cc 4S SW & BW
Supermini 2 (12-16) 79-112cc 2S SW & BW or 75-150cc 4S SW & BW
Schoolboy 1 (12-16) 86-125cc 2S BW or 75-150cc 4S BW (No SW)
Schoolboy 2 (13-16) 100-150cc 2S BW or 126-250cc 4S BW (No SW)
Open Beginner 122-450cc 2S & 4S
125-650 Open Nov/Beg (C/D) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
Amateur Open (B,C,D) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
Collegeboy Open Amt (16-24) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
Women 80-250cc 2S & 4S (No 450F)
250 Nov (C) 12-16 122-250cc 2S & 4S (No 450F)
250 Nov (C) 17+ 122-250cc 2S & 4S (No 450F)
250 Int (B) 122-250cc 2S & 4S (No 450F)
450 Nov (C) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
450 Int (B) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
25+ Exp (A) 122cc+ 2S & 4S (100% payback)
25+ Amt (B,C,D) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
30+ Adv (A,B) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
30+ Amt (C,D) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
40+ Adv (A,B) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
40+ Amt (C,D) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
45+ Adv (A,B) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
45+ Amt (C,D) 122cc+ 2S & 4S
50+ Open 122cc+ 2S & 4S
55+ Open 122cc+ 2S & 4S
Age Effective Dates: Amateur classes: January 1, 2017 | Vet classes: Day of event.
Awards: 1st – 8th Place
PLEASE NOTE: Although this event is not an AMA sanctioned event, in an effort to maintain consistency and uniformity, we will be conforming to the newest age rules regarding 250cc and 450cc bikes. New AMA Changes beginning in 2017:
• No one under the age of 14 is allowed to compete on a 250cc motorcycle.
• No one under the age of 16 is allowed to compete on a 450cc motorcycle.
First turn photo courtesy: Patrick Herlihy