In the early 1970s, enterprising motocross race promoter Dave Coombs Sr. went on the search for the perfect motocross track. He had tried a couple of tracks in West Virginia that weren't big enough, and then one in Keyser's Ridge, Maryland, but that track's rocky soil didn't find favor with the riders. In the fall of 1976, he moved his races to Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, just across the state line above Morgantown, West Virginia, using the rich soil of a farm owned by the Holbert family, who were racers themselves.
High Point Raceway opened in September '76, but the original layout would soon change. Shortly after opening, the Maico factory team stopped by looking for a place to practice while following the Trans-AMA Series, and they decided to revamp the track layout to make it more European, incorporating more hills and off-camber turns. Sylvain Geboers, Adolf Weil, and Hans Maisch laid down fallen tree branches and built small rock piles to outline where they should go. In doing so, they created the basic design that High Point uses to this day.
The High Point circuit uses the land's natural elevation to create uphill double- and triple jumps and long sweeping corners in a natural amphitheater setting. To go fast on this highly regarded track today, riders have to dial in skills that were perfected three decades ago.
But High Point, like the sport itself, has gone through changes over the years - most of them aimed at making a more fan-friendly track that also challenges the ever-evolving equipment modern race teams bring to Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross. Trees were cleared from around the facility so fans can view nearly 100 percent of the track from a variety of vantage points, and the bigger jumps were put right in view of the largest spectator areas. In 2008, the track received a makeover courtesy of star track builder Marc Peters, resulting in more hang time for the riders. With a mix of the old school and the new, High Point is a true challenge for the racers and remains one of the most popular tracks in the entire sport.
Here's a little-known fact: Today, it's commonplace to name stadiums and racetracks after a company in exchange for sponsorship money. Coombs was ahead of his time, though, and began looking for a title sponsor as soon as his new track was ready in 1976. At first, it looked like Hi-Point Racing Products would step up and take the naming rights, but the company decided to pass on the opportunity (for a reported $500). Coombs was stuck with a bunch of Hi-Point Raceway signs, so he needed a new name that would require as few changes as possible: thus High Point Raceway!
The motocross world lost Dave Coombs Sr. on August 3, 1998, after a long battle with leukemia, but his family and the Holberts continue to produce the High Point National in his honor. The family business, MX Sports, is also the driving force behind the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, the AMA Pro ATVA Series, and now the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
And in a move that would make Big Dave proud, the first live network television broadcast of an AMA Motocross race took on June 13, 2009, with the High Point National being featured live on NBC, and a first for Professional Motocross in America.
- 2015 race tickets will go on sale in November
- High Point Raceway
281 Taylortown Rd
Mount Morris, PA 15349
Phone: (Race weekend only) 724.324.2986
- Grandstand seating
- Open Air Festival seating
- Nearly 100% track Viewing from a variety of vantage points
- Infield Track Viewing via Three Track Tunnels
- Air Conditioned VIP Suites
- Covered Super Ticket Viewing Area VIP Viewing Areas with live timing and scoring, private restrooms, and catering
- Handicap Viewing Area
- Large interactive Sponsor Village
- State-of-the-art sound system
- Event Simulcast on FM Radio
- Food and Soft Drink Concessions
- Onsite Free & VIP paid Parking
- Motorcycle Parking
- Handicap Parking
- Easy Entry/Exit
- Onsite Camping
- Potable water for Camper filling
- No Pets National Weekend
- Gates closed Midnight to 6 am daily - please plan accordingly
- Convenient offsite paid parking across from front gate ($10)
- From Pittsburgh, PA and points north:
Take I-79 south to Exit 1 (Mount Morris). Go east 3 miles to the gate.
- From Morgantown, WV and points south:
Take I-79 north to PA Exit 1 (Mount Morris). Go east 3 miles to the gate.
- From Hagerstown, MD and points east:
Take I-70 west to I-68 west. Take I-68 west to I-79 north to PA Exit 1 (Mount Morris). Go east 3 miles to the gate.
- Fast Pass-Alternate route from Morgantown:
Take I-79 north to exit 155 (Star City/WVU exit). Follow Route 19 north for about 5.5 miles to Route 100. Turn right onto Route 100 and follow for 3.1 miles. Left onto Taylortown Rd at Walnut Lane Bar-2 miles to the gate.
- Truck Route To I-79:
Right out of Gate. Straight on Taylortown Rd. 2 mi. to Rt. 100 at Walnut Lane Bar. Right onto Rt. 100 3.1 miles to US 19.
- For Morgantown and points south, go left on US 19 south
- For Mount Morris and points north, go right on US 19 north
- To I-79:
Right out of Gate onto Taylortown Rd. 100 Yds. Right onto Bald Hill Church Rd. 3 miles to I-79.
Where To Stay:
- Quality Inn - 304-599-1680 - I-79 S, Exit 155
- Best Western - 304-599-5399 - I-79 S, Exit 155
- Hampton Inn - 304-599-1200 - I-79 Exit 155
- Econo-Lodge - 304-296-8774 - I-79 S, Exit 152
- Comfort Inn - 304-296-9364 - I-79 S to I-68 E, Exit 1
- Ramada Inn - 304-296-3431 - I-79 S to I-68 E, Exit 1
- Waterfront Place - 304-296-1700 - I-79 S to I-68 E, Exit 1
- Hotel Morgan - 304-292-8200 - I-79 S to I-68 E, Exit 1