After two-and-a-half months of voting and campaigning, the 2009 Miss Arenacross search has finally drawn to a close. Several hundred candidates have been narrowed down to 20-year old Lindsey Scheltema of Byron Center, Mich.
While the Des Moines race is a stand-alone race and not part of the 2009 AMA Arenacross Series, Scheltema will take part in the promotional and media opportunities throughout this coming weekend in Des Moines.
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â€œWe are honored and excited to crown Lindsey as the new Miss Arenacross,â€ said Jayme Dalsing, director of arenacross, Feld Motor Sports. â€œShe is a true fan that loves the sport and is actively involved in motocross. She will have the opportunity to learn a lot from Ashley Phillips, Miss Arenacross for the past three seasons.â€
Currently enrolled in college, Scheltema is near the halfway point in her studies for a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Marketing and Communication.
â€œThis is a once in a lifetime opportunity,â€ exclaimed Scheltema. â€œI am so excited to be a role model for the younger fans! I have wanted to get involved in this aspect of the sport for a long time.â€
Scheltema is also an active motocross racer, earning a career-best finish of eighth at the Air Nautiques Amateur Motocross National Championship from Loretta Lynneâ€™s in 2005 and participating in the 2006 AMA/WMA Womenâ€™s Motocross National Championship. She will make her full-time professional debut next summer on the WMA tour.
â€œI believe that being a real motocross racer provided an advantage for me over the other contestants. I feel as though I am a true representation of the fans, and I canâ€™t wait to represent the sport in a positive manner. By being myself, the fans will see I am a positive person and my passion will shine through. I really want to be a part of these races and make a difference!â€
Former Miss Arenacross Ashley Phillips served as the series ambassador for the 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 seasons. During her time, she added beauty and intellect to arenacross and is eager to share her wealth of knowledge with Lindsey as she makes the transition into announcing for Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross with co-announcer Erv Braun.
â€œThe last three years as Miss Arenacross have been an incredible experience,â€ explained Phillips. â€œI have made friends and memories to last a lifetime and I look forward to welcoming Lindsay as Miss Arenacross 2009 and can’t wait for her to become part of the Arenacross family. She has so much to look forward to and enjoy! Arenacross will always have a special place in my heart, thanks to everyone for all your support and memories as Miss Arenacross.â€
Miss Arenacross will travel to the AMA Arenacross Series tour stops across the country, kicking off in Grand Rapids, Mich. on January 2-4, and will serve as a spokesmodel for the series.