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Toth ready for the 2013 AMRA season opener

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 12:03 a.m.

John “J.T.” Toth is hoping that he kickstarts the 2013 American Motorcycle Racing Association (AMRA) the way he ended the 2012 season.

Toth, of Twilight Borough, will be racing in the AMRA's 2013 season opening extravaganza, second annual Cajun Blowout Nitro Nationals, at the State Capital Raceway in Baton Rouge, La.

The Cajun Blowout will be held March 22-24.

“I'm really excited. I'm ready to get out and do some drag racing,” said Toth.

Toth, owner of J.T.'s Auto and Cycle in Twilight, closed 2012 by winning the 2012 Hot Street National Championship in Bowling Green, Ky., in September.

He set two Super Gas National Records, one in Bowling Green, Ky. at Beech Bend Raceway Park (9.905 sec. in quarter-mile) and the other in Reynolds, Ga., at Silver Dollar Raceway (9.907 sec. in quarter-mile).

“Last year was our most successful year because we won two big national events,” Toth said. “We're hoping for another big year.”

Toth is in his third full year of motorcycle racing on the all American-made cycle circuit. Prior to racing motorcycles, he was an avid motocross racer.

Not only did he win the championship in the Hot Street Class, but he finished second nationally in the Super Gas Class, losing out on that championship by a scant 30 points.

“We in the process of building a second bike, so we are probably going to race in three classes this year,” he said.

Toth will be competing in 10 races from Louisiana to Pennsylvania, with one of the biggest being an AMRA event at Mason Dixon Raceway in Hagerstown, Md., on June 1-2.

The Hagerstown race will be one of the closest events to Toth's Mon Valley hometown during the 2013 season.

The AMRA tour can be costly and Toth said that building and maintaining a motorcycle isn't the only big cost.

“One of the biggest costs is the miles you put in,” he said. “It's a lot of miles on the road in the motor home and you have to take a crew with you. Usually about five or six of us go each time. It is definitely tough to finance.”

One thing that isn't tough for the local racer is to find a fan base.

“Oh, we have lots of people who come watch us race,” he said. “That race in Hagerstown, we probably have a whole hotel booked with rooms for the people who will be going to watch.”

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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