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First pair of siblings to race in X Games have York connections

SEAN PHILIP COTTER
YorkDispatch

Cory and Shayna Texter didn't have too much time on Wednesday to dwell on the fact that they're going to be the first brother-sister combination to compete in the X Games — they're too busy preparing to get the job done at Thursday night's race.

"At this point we're not thinking about it too much," Cory said. "We're focused on the goal."

He said it's more likely to sink in after Thursday's flat-track motorcycle race, once they have some time to think back on it.

"I mean, it is pretty cool," he said Wednesday morning by phone from Austin, Texas. It was 9 a.m. in Austin, where the race will be held, and he and his sister were getting ready to spend the day practicing and getting ready.

The Lancaster County siblings — Cory, 27, and Shayna, 24 — will compete for the medal at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.

York connection: Aside from simply living nearby, they have York County connections. An American Motorcycle Association race at the White Rose Thunder event at the York Expo Center is named after their father. The Randy Texter Memorial Dash for Cash — the cash being $5,000 to the winner — has been part of the event since 2012.

Texter, who died in 2010, owned Lancaster Harley-Davidson and was a lifelong AMA member. He had always been actively involved in the flat-track races at the fairgrounds, said Bob Adamson, event coordinator for White Rose Thunder in 2012.

In 2008, the two siblings raced in York with their dad. Shayna crashed during that race and had to go to the hospital, so memories of that day are bittersweet, but Cory has said it is still one of his favorite tracks in the country.

X Games: He's pretty optimistic about his chances Thursday night — the goal is to medal, he said. The X Games race will be on a relatively short track, and that's his specialty. He said that isn't necessarily the case for his sister — she's at her best on longer tracks — but that doesn't mean people should overlook her, either.

"Shayna's as fast as anyone, on her day," he said.

Last year was her rookie year, and it was a notable one.

"She's the only female to win an AMA race — and she's won eight of them," he said.

A few years older, Cory's a little more of a veteran. But this is the biggest event he's ever done, he said.

They're two of 24 competitors in the flat-track event at the X Games. Qualifying rounds on Thursday will cut that number down to 12 for the medal race. In Thursday's races, Shayna's riding the No. 52 bike, while Cory will sit astride the No. 65.

— Reach Sean Philip Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.