With Muddy Creek serving as the launching pad, the Mountain Empire has long been a hotbed for pro and amateur riders.
The VIP list includes 2001 AMA 125 national titlist Mike Brown (Johnson City), multi-time amateur national champion Kevin Walker (Kingsport) and pro riders such as Chad Lough (Tazewell) and Hans Neel from Bristol, Tennessee.
“Brown and Walker were like my heroes growing up,” Holsclaw said. “Brown has definitely been a survivor. He’s still competing with the best guys in the world despite being one of the oldest riders at 48.”
The backstory for Holsclaw is common to many in the extended motocross community. He has endured pain (nine broken bones, three surgeries) to pursue his passion.
“You will never meet a more caring and sharing group of people than motocross racers,” Holsclaw said. “They are always eager to help.
Holsclaw said he discovered the Church of Dirt through social media.
“I was probably one of the first people to come up here,” Holsclaw said. “Winston is a great guy, and this track could be a wonderful thing for the entire region if the community gets behind it.”
Sebastian Widener, 26, is a true believer. The Bristol, Tennessee, resident is a motocross and supercross veteran, and also has experience in grueling Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events.