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Racing by recession

DADE CITY

Recession doesn't make Randy Yoho fret.

It doesn't give the owner and operator of Dade City Motocross, in its 30th year, worry lines around his eyes.

Despite the poor economy, Yoho says business is steady, getting as many as 300 entries in the Motocross Championship Series he and his wife, Teresa, run annually.

"I wouldn't say that (recessions don't bother me)," Yoho said with a laugh. "Right now, we're still doing well, but anything can happen. We've been selling out for a while though."

When Yoho opened the track in 1979, that was also in a recession. Yoho says people advised him to wait till that recession was over; however there was plenty of business and growth back then and he survived.

"We've had a steady growth every year," Yoho said. "And we've gotten better every year."

The Championship Series and the track have produced some of the top motocross riders over the years, including the likes of Ricky Carmichael and James "Bubba" Stewart. The series works on a points system and has up to 36 different categories based on ages and rider ability.

Yoho has been riding or been around riding most of his life. His son, Kenny, even rode the track when he was younger and now helps out with announcing on race days.

That's the thing that keeps Yoho going year after year. It's what he sees at the track week in, week out.

"When I quit riding, I tried a lot of different things like skydiving, car racing," Yoho said. "But I always came back to motocross. It's like a drug, and we kid the dads and each other all the time that none of us can quit it.

"It's the atmosphere that makes doing this — its work and coming out here — worth while. Little kids running around, everyone having a blast, I've never seen anything else like it anywhere."

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Fast facts

Dade City Motocross

Where: 36722 State Road 52, Dade City

When: Thursdays, open practice starts at 5 p.m.; and Saturdays are race days.

For more information, log onto www.dadecitymx.com or call (352) 588-4697.

Racing by recession 04/15/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 20, 2009 7:55pm]
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