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July 4 – Hey Everyone!  It’s Mandi checking in with a practice report.  First off, Happy 4th of July!  I hope everyone is spending some time with their family and friends and celebrating America’s birthday.

As always, the track and facility are amazing.  Red Bud is a first-class venue and anyone that hasn’t experienced it in person, should.  Tucker said he felt rusty in the first practice but by the second practice he was feeling good.  It’s not too often that he says he feels good in a moto practice so that’s encouraging news!  With the all the 250 practices combined, Tucker is sitting 22nd overall.  Typically, he finishes ten positions higher in the motos than in practice so that puts him 12th.  His goal is to finish in the top-ten and after practice, he said “it’s doable!” He has a great attitude this morning and is pumped to be back at the races.  It’s currently 69 degrees and overcast – perfect racing weather.  Tucker said the track “is awesome and has just the right amount of moisture.”  There’s a chance of showers this afternoon and by this evening it might turn into thunderstorms.  The radar shows the storm south of where we are at so hopefully it will hold off.

I’ll make sure to check in after the first moto with an update.  You can watch the first moto live on  The second moto, you can get a live audio feed.  The second 450 moto will be on NBC live with the second 250 moto airing on SPEED Tuesday, July 7.  Check out and for more info.

Here are a couple photos by John Hanson from Hanson Images.  Enjoy!

Tucker and Rory going to Tech

Red Bud!

Red Bud Practice

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