Blasdell’s Jeffrey Shealy qualified to participate in 31st annual red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships from July 29 to Aug. 4 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.
Blasdell’s Jeffrey Shealy just made his dream come true as the 8-year-old dirt bike racer qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world.
He’ll participate in the 31st annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships from July 29 to Aug. 4 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch after taking on more than 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions.
Shealy, who attends Blasdell Elementary, has been riding since he was 5-years-old. With the help of sponsors such as 100 Percent, Oneal, Renthal, Bell, Amsoil, PR2, Motovest.com, EVS, Leatt, Dunlop, KTMParts.com and Factory Backing, Shealy has been given the opportunity to pursue his dreams, competing nearly every weekend at local and national tracks all over the country.
He will make the journey for this event to Tennessee along with his family. He is just one of the over 20,000 who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a berth into the national championship race at Loretta Lynn’s.
This will be Shealy’s second trip to Loretta’s as he went also in 2011 at the age of 5. Shealy is one of only two racers his age to make it in the 65cc ages 7-9 class, making them two the youngest participants in that division.
Most of America’s top professional motocross racers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta’s. The race is so prestigious, it can serve as springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career. In 2009, teenage stars Dean Wilson and Eli Tomac were awarded premier professional contracts for the 2010 season.