Moya The Cheetah Tops Record At Kentucky Speedway
June 13, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
From the Burtons and Waltrips, to the Labontes and the Bodines, racing runs in some families’ blood. And now there are the infamous cheetahs Nyana and Moya. Say what?
Moya, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Ambassador, was clocked chasing a stuffed toy for 100-meters in just 6.6 seconds at Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday morning. The time was just good enough to beat big brother Nyana’s 6.8-second time set in Cape Town, South Africa, last year.
The run, which puts Kentucky Speedway in the Guinness Book of World Records, was the first part of a weeklong ceremony officially opening the gates to the newest speedway.
Later this week the speedway will host a concert by rock legend Joe Walsh and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday. Darrell Waltrip will serve as the grand marshal of the weekend ceremonies.
The times achieved by the endangered cheetahs, the fastest land animals, easily beats the best times run by humans.
In June of 1999, Maurice Green of Kansas broke Donovan Bailey's world record, running the 100-meter in 9.79 seconds at an international track meet in Athens, Greece.