I remember when the regionals for Loretta Lynn's amateur national championship would come up, I would get so extremely nervous!. But as time went on I gained more confidence and begin to understand what it felt like to lead and be the leader. So today I want to tell you guys about my first expert year at the infamous Lake Whitney motocross track in Waco Texas for the regional as an amateur expert.
At the time, I was racing for American Honda and HHR. Their support along with American Hondas was through the roof. My confidence was also through the roof. On Saturday they had 20 minute Moto's for the pros. I only had five Moto's on Saturday but won them all and convincingly fashion. But please don't think that I did not have competition. The competition was there, I was just on a high note in my career at this point. I was 17 and there was no one around that could beat me.
But of course the unexpected happened… It rained all night Saturday night. We were stuck with a mudder Sunday morning. Though I was not a bad mud rider, I was not the best on this particular day. Are they Sunday morning the win streak would come to an end. A friend of mine Colt Humphrey, straight up spanked my tail. That dude could race in the mud!! I continued to gauge off of Colts, but he was still pulling away and I was all alone in second place. Our next Moto of the day was coming in the track was beginning to slowly dry. This photo would be a little different. I caught in past Colt this time but got cross rutted up the face of a jump And got spit off with what should have been a weekend ending crash but got lucky and only slid down a grassy hill… That still had water on it! I print up and got back on my bike but was only able to salvage a second place in that particular Moto.
That would be the last Moto I would not be victorious in for the weekend. I even had a really cool Montceau where I was way out front and had lost my train of thought and ran off into standing water where I was passed for the lead but still caught back up and passed the leader to win that Moto as well. Everything seemed to be clicking for me this weekend and honestly I cannot think of a better feeling than winning 9 out of 12 Moto's at my regional qualifier for Loretto Lynn. I should have won a championship there that year but my summer would end one week later at Mammoth Mountain where I crashed coming down the hill and broke my collarbone.
Needless to say I had five weeks to heal up if I planned on racing Loretta Lynn's. I was able to get back on the bike five times before we left to travel in the box van to Tennessee For Loretta Lynn's dude ranch amateur national championship. The biggest and most extreme amateur national championship of the year and as of to date. But thankfully enough I was able to even participate in the biggest amateur national championship that lives for amateurs! That is a blessing in itself!