Gary Bailey had just done something completely unprecedented. He had torn up the infield grass at Daytona International Speedway, churning the sandy soil into the AMA's first artificial motocross track.

The whoops, stutter-bumps and berms that Bailey built, located in the shadow of the famed speedway's east-end banking, snaked through the infield on both sides of a culvert. In just hours on this day during Motorcycle Week 1972, riders would take to that course on Maicos, CZs, Jawas and Husqvarnas in a style of racing that would one day become known as AMA Supercross.

"It's funny," Bailey says 26 years later. "That first track really had nothing in terms of obstacles. There were no doubles, and everything was low to the ground.

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