Nearly 30,000 Fans Experience RedBud 2007

Jeff Huff, ten years old, had never experienced a motocross race before, so his dad decided to take him to RedBud on Sunday.

Now Huff is hooked, and who can blame him?

Standing up against a fence that was two inches taller than him, Huff's eyes lit up as motorcycles flew 100 feet in the air in order to clear the amazing LaRocco's Leap.

Huff was not the only youngster at RedBud on Sunday as the families were plentiful.

Parents say the exciting action, great hospitality and kindness of the competitors makes it an experience the whole family can enjoy.

All of that coupled with motocross legend Ricky Carmichael competing in his final race at RedBud drew a crowd of nearly 30,000 fans.

Carmichael has never lost in Buchanan, so when he arrived in town this weekend he had all intentions of going out a winner in his final race at the historic track.

Carmichael gave the 29,300-plus fans in attendance exactly what they wanted, claiming the overall RedBud championship.

After finishing 2nd in the first championship race of the day to James Stewart, Carmichael rebounded to win race number two.

Combined, the finishes gave him the overall title.

The 7-time AMA Motocross Champion is retiring from the sport to pursue a career in stock car racing.

He says one of the toughest parts of his decision to retire from motocross was leaving the fans.

And the fans readily enjoyed showing their love for Carmichael.

Signs thanking him for his great years in the sport could be seen throughout the giant crowd, while chants of "Ricky! Ricky! Ricky!" were prominent throughout the day.

One of the biggest eruptions Carmichael received was after he lost the first race and headed to the podium.

The crowd support was so strong that you could tell everyone was trying to pump him up for a victory in race two.

Carmichael said immediately following his podium appearance that the RedBud fans mean the world to him and that he would miss them dearly.

I guess he figured another big win was the best way to show his gratitude.

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