ELLENTON, Fla. – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and NASCAR have teamed up to create the first-ever Monster Energy Supercross Holeshot Challenge at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Saturday.
Fans will see Danica Patrick, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Ty Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in one of the most compelling elements of any Monster Energy Supercross race, the holeshot.
Monster Energy Supercross racers have long been recognized as some of the world’s most well-conditioned and gifted athletes, particularly within the world of motorsports. NASCAR drivers are routinely enamored with the talents of the riders and serve as some of the Monster Energy Supercross’ strongest supporters. On Saturday night, a handful of NASCAR’s biggest names will experience first-hand what these athletes go through at the beginning of every race in a truly unique crossover event. The holeshot is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and important parts of each Monster Energy Supercross race, as the rumble of 22 bikes builds an unparalleled level of energy that culminates with riders exploding off the gate in a stampede towards the first turn. It’s where races are often won and lost and proves to be a crucial piece to any rider’s hopes for victory.
Patrick will set the stage for the Holeshot Challenge by holding the 30-second board, while Johnson will occupy the important role of dropping the gate. The other four drivers – Biffle, Stenhouse, Dillon and Bowyer – will strap on a helmet, suit up in custom-designed gear and swing a leg over a motorcycle, and race from the start gates to the holeshot line to determine who is the fastest NASCAR driver on two wheels.
Reigning Monster Energy Supercross Champion and current points leader Ryan Dungey will host Stenhouse, while KTM provides him with a 250 SX-F. Dunlop will host Bowyer, who will ride a Kawasaki KXF 250, while KTM will support Dillon and provide a 250 SX-F for him to ride.
In addition, Greg Biffle will ride a CRF250F provided by Freewheeling Motorposts of Douglasville, Ga. The Holeshot Challenge will take place during intermission prior to the 450SX Class Last Chance Qualifier.
“Many of NASCAR’s best drivers grew up racing motocross and have a deep appreciation for Monster Energy Supercross and what these athletes do on a weekly basis,” said Todd Jendro, Vice President Operations – Two Wheel, Feld Entertainment. “The holeshot is one of the most important and intense aspects of the race, and the Holeshot Challenge is designed to illustrate that element in a fun and entertaining way.”