POTSDAM - Chase Sessions of Potsdam just made his dream come true. The seven-year old has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 31st Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynns Ranch.
Sessions, who races in the 50 cc class, took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions.
Most of Americas top professional motocross stars, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynns. The race is so prestigious that in 2009, teenage stars Dean Wilson, from California, and Eli Tomac, from Colorado, were awarded premier contracts for the 2010 season.
Chase Sessions, who attends Norwood-Norfolk Elementary School, has been racing since he was five years old.
He has won 25-1st places and six second place positions in races in the last two years He competes nearly every weekend at Upstate MX tracks near Syracuse. He is just one of over 20,000 young riders who spent the last four months qualifying for the event.
Sessions is one of the top finishers in the area and regional qualifiers to earn the berth into the National Championship race at Loretta Lynns. It is here where Sessions will compete with 43 racers in the U.S. in an attempt to gain a rank at the Nationals.
The qualifying system cumulates in the National Final (first week of August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynns Ranch and Campground. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skill and stamina of the racers.
Sessions will take the long journey to Tennessee along with his parents Amy LaCroix and Harry Sessions, grandparents Jay and Sandy Harris, and siblings and Uncle Wade Sessions.
The race runs July 29-Aug. 4.
This is blessed opportunity for Chase and he needs assistance for lodging, food, travel expenses, racing costs and entry fees. Chase is reaching out for sponsors too help make his dream come true, says Amy LaCroix.
He is a very determined seven year old with a lot of heart who loves motocross racing. Chase has said on many occasions I was born to ride!He would greatly appreciate any donations that would help him get to the race to compete in the National.
Donations and a wish of good luck can be sent to Chase Sessions at 941 Old Market Road, Potsdam, N.Y., 13676. Chase and his family send their heart felt gratitude and a sincere thank you for any donation or support.