If asked someone off the street to point to Du Quoin, Illinois, on a map most wouldn't know where to begin looking. The majority of Illinois residents - even those born and raised there - likely wouldn't even recognize the small town that's two hours southeast of St. Louis and a long way from anywhere else. For 51 weeks of the year, Du Quoin is just another sleepy town in America's heartland, but for one week, every July, the world's most talented Amateur flat trackers converge in the small, agrarian town to become AMA Dirt Track Grand Champions.

American dirt track racing was born in the 1920s, when board tracks (yes, board, as in wooden) could no longer contain the increasing speeds reached by pioneering factories Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior...

For complete coveage of the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championshps, see this week's issue of Cycle News...

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By Wil Fulford

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