That’s what racers did for two days last month at Budds Creek Motocross Race Track in Mechanicsville. They gathered Sept. 27-28 for the Second Annual Kevin Crine Memorial Race, an event that remembers the legacy of Kevin Crine, a local and nationally known motocross racer who died in a car accident in 2006. The race was hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Motocross Association (M.A.M.A.).
The purpose of the Kevin Crine Annual Memorial event is to educate youth about motocross racing and to raise funds to support the the M.A.M.A Injured Riders Fund and the M.A.M.A Scholarship Fund. The entirety of all proceeds collected during this event goes directly to support these two funds.
Gorgeous weather made for two perfect days of racing. Close to 600 riders signed up to race throughout the weekend in several classes. Throughout the event, riders and friends stopped by to visit with Kevin’s family, who shared memories, photos, and albums from Kevin’s racing journey at the “Crine Camper.” In fact, the entire event had a family feel, reflecting the impact Kevin and his family have had on the racing community in Southern Maryland.
On Saturday, racers participated in the Dash for Cash, a five-lap sprint that was hotly contested. Kevin’s father John announced the winners, but not before a hawk flew overhead, a sign that perhaps Kevin’s spirit was in attendance that day.
The winner of the Dash for Cash, Tony Archer, took home $574, which represented Kevin’s first racing number. Second-place winner William Duffy took home $60, and third place went to Kenny Venarchick, who won $47. Those two amounts represent two of Kevin’s national numbers.
Sunday’s racing began with a memorial parade. Friend, former teammate, and pro rider Ty Wallace rode Kevin’s last bike in a ceremonial lap before the racing started for the day.
“I was honored to be part of the event,” Wallace said. “To be able to spend the day with the entire Crine family and Kevin’s friends in a motocross atmosphere is very special to me.”
“The Crines are a true motocross family,” he added “What they stand for can be cherished by all up-and-coming MX families.”
Wallace also extended his thanks to the Crine family, Mike Vangrack, the M.A.M.A. staff, Kenny Daye, and Gary Luckett for their work organizing and executing the event.
For results from both days of racing, visit the M.A.M.A. website at http://www.mamamx.com/. After the racing was complete, those in attendance enjoyed a chili cook-off, potluck dinner, pig roast and ice cream.
Kevin’s accomplishments on the track are still the stuff of legend. He began racing in M.A.M.A. in 1988 at age 14, making his national pro debut at Budds Creek five years later. In 1988, he became the only M.A.M.A. racer to advance from Novice to Expert in one year, a testament to his talent and dedication to the sport.
Kevin went on to become one of Maryland’s greatest riders, earning multiple Supercross and Motocross national numbers for 10 consecutive years.
“Kevin’s work ethic and dedication to the sport of motocross turned many heads in the industry,” M.A.M.A. said in its announcement inviting riders to the race. “Our local motocross family is proud to have Kevin as part of our community.
“Kevin was not only an outstanding racer; off the track, he was a true blessing to be around. Kevin was always a very positive person and was always willing to help anyone. He was a true inspiration to his fellow racers and their families.”
Kevin even raced internationally, winning an International Supercross event in Germany in 2001. He retired from full-time racing in 2002 after breaking his back, but never really left racing. He continued to race locally for fun.
Traders Seafood Steak and Ale of Chesapeake Beach provided the food, tent, and riders’ clinic, which was handled by Traders Racing. Team Owner Gary Luckett brought his privateers, riders, and head mechanic Kenny Daye to help run the free clinic for kids.
Marines from The Wounded Warriors volunteered as flaggers on the track during both days of racing.
At the request of the Crine family, they would like to take this opportunity to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that they received from those in attendance at this year’s event and truly do hope to see each and every one of you at the 3rd Annual Kevin Crine Memorial Race in 2015.