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  • “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram Defends Beyond Pro Title at Mesquite Off-Road Weekend
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    Published - 02/23/14 - 08:24 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photo courtesy of Brian Hurlburt
    Photo courtesy of Brian Hurlburt
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    (MESQUITE, NV) - Off-road enthusiasts witnessed another breathtaking and chaotic Beyond Pro race which culminated day two of the Mesquite Off-Road Weekend festival. “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram defended his 2013 title in the Beyond Pro race which combines the element of freestyle motocross and EnduroCross with racers from both disciplines getting after it and battling each other for the cash and bragging rights. The final day of the off-road festival, in its second year, is Sunday and features Mud Bogs, mini MX races, and access to the PowerSports vendor plaza and the Awesome Adventure Park with archery, RC cars, zip lines, and more. Several thousand fans have enjoyed the weekend over the first two days with more expected on Sunday.

    “The course was actually a lot of tougher this year,” said Bartram, a legend in freestyle motocross with 10 medals in the X Games and Gravity Games to his credit. “They added the mud section which was incredibly difficult so I am very happy they added the 50-foot freestyle ramp lane so I could miss the mud every lap except one. But it was cool. We had more ramps out there and it was a different format this year. We had to hit one EnduroCross lane and one freestyle ramp every lap so it was kind of difficult remembering everything. In addition to racing at a high level and going fast we had to be thinking about the forma. It was back and forth with the EnduroCross guys and it was a blast.”

    Colton Haaker, 2013 X Games EnduroCross silver medalist in Barcelona, was second, while Cody Webb was third. Webb won gold medals in the 2013 X Games Barcelona and Los Angeles.

    The festival started on Friday with practice racing, fan and vendor areas, and an Ultimate Meet and Greet with “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram and his Steel Rodeo plus several other professional racers. Bartram and his Steel Rodeo riders, which included X Games Gold Medalist Lance Coury in addition to Anthony Murray and Les Parsons, threw down back flips, massive whips, and other big-air tricks. There was racing all day on Saturday at the unique track at the Eureka Casino Resort in addition to the other fan experiences.

    “I am so appreciative of the truly world-class athletes who shared their talents with Mesquite,” said Andre Carrier, president of the Eureka Casino Resort. “I hope the one-of-a-kind venue, racing format, and great weather was enjoyed by all. This was one small town’s gift to off-road fans, and it was a big-time event for a second-straight year.”

    About Mesquite Off-Road Weekend

    Sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, Mesquite Off-Road Weekend (February 21-23, 2014) featured a 3-day festival of EnduroCross racing from novice to Beyond Pro, fan experiences, PowerSports Plaza, Mud Bogs, a poker tournament, the Awesome Adventure Park, and feature performances by “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram’s Steel Rodeo. In addition, unguided trail rides are available in the beautiful desert surrounding Mesquite, Nevada. The Enduro Challenge Races included classes for bikes, ATV, UTV, and SxS competitors, and takes place on 100 acres of rugged desert dirt next to the Eureka Casino Resort. A $20,000 purse was on the line, nearly double from 2013. The Mud Bogs will feature a $5,000 purse and several classes for every level. The PowerSports Plaza features expo areas, entertainment, and food and drink, while the new Adventure Park will allow festival-goers a chance to test their extreme sport abilities on a variety of exhibits. Other entertainment was available at the Eureka Resort including in the Seasons Ultra Lounge. A special Ultimate party was held Friday night at the Eureka Resort and featured a special performance by Kenny’s Steel Rodeo in addition to a meet-and-greet with “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram, arguably the greatest FMX star in history, in addition to other racers. A highlight of the weekend will be the Beyond Pro race which will feature every class of vehicle on the course at one time, a spectacle unlike any other in off-road racing.

    Mesquite is easy to get to and located just off Interstate 15. From I-15 North or South, take exit 122 on to Pioneer Blvd. Turn right on Mesa Blvd and park at the Eureka Casino Resort. Special hotel room deals and rates are available for Mesquite Off-Road fans and participants. Mesquite is located 77 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, 37 miles from St. George, Utah, and 340 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.

    February 23rd, 2014 - Sunday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm Ticket Sales

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm Mini-mx

    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mud Bogs

    10:00 am – 5:00 pm Adventure Park

    11:00 am – 4:00 pm Powersports Plaza

    About Eureka Casino Resort: Family owned and operated since 1997, the Eureka Casino Resort is a newly renovated, 214-room resort located in Mesquite, Nevada. The hotel recently renovated each guest room, and built a resort pool and cabana with scenic views of Mesquite’s red-topped mesas. The casino is designed for guest comfort and features slot and video poker machines; table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, and more. The casino has Mesquite’s only 24-hour poker room with a race and sports book. The Eureka offers three full service restaurants: The all new Town Square Buffet; The Mason Street Courtyard; and Eureka’s signature restaurant, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill. Eureka hosts weddings, corporate gatherings, and golf groups in its newly remodeled Grand Canyon Ballroom, and other meeting venues. Additional information is available online at www.EurekaMesquite.com.

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