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Volume 24 No. 112

Events and Attractions

Motocross rider Alex Harvill is "scheduled to attempt a world record ramp-to-ramp jump, minutes before the green flag for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on May 7 at Talladega Superspeedway," according to Brant James of USA TODAY. Two steel ramps, 26 feet high and 30 feet wide, "will be positioned for the jump in the infield parallel the campground epicenter." Harvill came up with the idea "after reading on Instagram in December that Monster Energy had become the title sponsor of NASCAR’s top series." Talladega Superspeedway Chair Grant Lynch "learned of it a few months ago and final approvals were given within the past few weeks." Monster Energy has "increased its pre-race presence since a comparatively tempered opening at the Daytona 500, but the Harvill jump should reach a much wider audience than the so-called 'Smoke Show' of motorcycle and truck stunts which so far has been held on track midways." Lynch said that he had "few early reservations about the attempt." Lynch: "There’s always a risk factor out there with these things because it is somewhat of a death-defying stunt in some ways with the length of the jump and everything. But (Monster) assured us that he has done a lot of practicing and that he has the ability to do this" (USA TODAY, 4/21).