KENAI - Thanks to a donation of 7,500 cubic yards of dirt from Alaska Roadbuilders Inc., Twin City Raceway's motocross track is better - and safer - than ever.
"The dirt has been a big plus," said Barney Phillips, president of the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division. "It filled in a lot of jumps."
Phillips, along with riders from Anchorage to Homer, raced for the first time on the improved track Saturday afternoon.
Much of the dirt was used to fill in holes and rebuild jumps, said Mike Edwards, who assisted with the modifications. Crews worked for five days on the improvements, he said.
The new soil has a different consistency than the dirt that's endured several races over the years, Edwards said. He said mixing the new dirt with the old makes for a more durable, water-absorbent track surface.
The dirt came from a project Alaska Roadbuilders worked on at the Soldotna Municipal Airport. Twin City Raceway was in need of dirt and, by donating it, Alaska Roadbuilders didn't have to pay to dispose of the excess.
Minor modifications will continue to be made to the track prior to the state race. Rounds three and four and seven and eight of the 10-round state race will be held in Kenai. Fairbanks and Anchorage play host to the other rounds. Round three will be held on June 19 and round four on June 20.
From children to professionals, people from all over the state participate in the event, Phillips said.
For schedules of events and results, go to http://kprl.net.