Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is one of the most well-known tracks in the motocross world. Since 1982 the ranch home of country music legend Loretta Lynn has played host to the week-long AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, the single biggest amateur motocross program in the world. The mile-long, river-bottom track been a proving ground for motocrossers young and old for 39 years, though 2020 marks the first time the track has ever appeared on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross schedule.
Located 70 miles west of Nashville, the ranch track came to be when promoters Dave Coombs Sr. and Paul Schlegel were looking for a middle-of-the-country location for the reinvention of the AMA Amateur and Youth Nationals, which had been in existence since 1975. They needed a vast campground that could hold more than a thousand amateur racers and their families. While she had no affiliation with motocross up until that point, Loretta Lynn and her husband Mooney welcomed the idea of hosting the big race. Ever since, her name has become synonymous with amateur motocross. Best known for her hit song and movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, she is also a regular visitor to the event that is known by her name—she still lives on the ranch!
Loretta Lynn’s has never hosted an AMA Pro National, but the roll call of professional riders who raced here as kids is endless. Racing at the ranch has been a rite of passage ever since that first race in 1982, and the 2020 Circle K Loretta Lynn’s National will be like a homecoming race for just about everyone on the starting gate. In fact, it would be easier to name the few top stars that haven’t, like French imports Marvin Musquin and Dylan Ferrandis, and Australia’s Hunter Lawrence. Even Hunter’s little brother Jett raced here just last year, and as a kid Germany-born Ken Roczen came to the U.S. in 2008 to participate.
In this abbreviated season, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is stepping in for one of the tracks that can’t host their annual round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross due to restrictions concerning the spread of coronavirus. The track, normally set up to hosts a wide variety of youth and amateur riders on both minicycles and full-sized motorcycles, will be modified to challenge 40 of the world’s fastest professional motocross riders when it makes it’s AMA Pro Motocross debut on August 15, one week after the conclusion of the 39th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships.