Motocross takes off in Portales

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer

Dixon motocross track has been gaining momentum in popularity, drawing racers and spectators from across New Mexico and west Texas.

On one recent weekend, the track had more than 342 entries and 200 riders participating in the races. Owner Dustin Dixon said it was the most entries they have ever had.

“In a month we have gained a hundred entries and doubled our entries since our first race,” Dixon said. “We are the fastest growing track in the state, everyone is calling us the best track.”

Their first race had 142 entries and the track continues to gain popularity through word of mouth by the riders. So much so, word about the Portales track reached the ears of KTM Factory junior team rider Jason Anderson, who stopped by to compete in a few races.

Anderson, 16, of Edgewood, competes on the amateur circuit. He competed in intermediate and schoolboy, 12 to 16 year-old classes.

Anderson said he heard about the track and decided to check it out while on his way to Texas for a race.

Anderson has won 39 National Championships, three Loretta Lynn’s Ranch (LLR) amateur titles and five top three finishes at LLR, according to Anderson’s Web site.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., is the site for the National Amateur Motocross Championships

Recently, “Holeshot Magazine” did a story and shot some pictures of the track.

Dixon MX is having an awards banquet and non-points race on March 28-29. The banquet is on the first night.

Dixon MX is eight miles outside of Portales on N.M. 88. Their Web site, where riders can check out stats or browse photos is http://dxnmx.com.