Twenty racers who earned national championships were presented their AMA National No. 1 plates at the conclusion of the 2016 Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship on July 6 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill.
“The talent at this event is always first-rate,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Racers definitely brought their A-game to battle for an AMA National Championship, and 14 competitors took home that recognition in 20 different classes.”
Jarred Brook, of Gympie, Australia, earned the 2016 AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, established in 1997 to recognize the rider best prepared for the professional ranks, based on performance at the event.
“This award means the world to me,” Brook said. “It’s unreal! I’m stoked! I came here planning to at least be in the top 10. This is my first time in America, and pretty much the first time racing with this sort of set up. My plan was to simply make the mains. In my future, I plan to go pro.”
Jeremiah Lindberg from Cambridge, Minn., captured the 2016 AMA Fast Brain Award, which recognizes a young racer whose motorcycling talents are matched by classroom performance.
The AMA Fast Brain award includes an educational scholarship that is funded by contributions from AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Werner of Bill Werner Racing, Zanotti Racing’s Dave Zanotti, AMA Life Member Stan Simpson, Tom Seymour of Saddlemen motorcycle accessories, AMA supporter and friend of the AMA David Coovert and other anonymous donors.
“This means a lot to me, because grades have always come first and racing second in my life,” Lindberg said. “So, I am glad that I got an award that recognizes that education is important.”
In addition to racing for AMA National No. 1 plates, the top racers competed for AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year and AMA Vet/Senior Dirt Track Racer of the Year honors.
This year’s AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year is 10-year-old Tyler Scott of Emmaus, Pa.
“This award means a lot to me,” Scott said. “I put in a lot of hard work. I got that from my mom and dad.”
Scott said he will probably stay in 85cc competition for two years, then move into the 250s.
The AMA Vet/Senior Dirt Track Racer of the Year award went to Dallas Mayer, 54, of Carbondale, Ill.
“It was quite an accomplishment for me to win this year,” Mayer said. “I was on top of my game. We had a lot of rain, so, I skipped on mowing the grass and a lot of chores, so I could practice for this event. I felt real confident coming in this year, and it worked out for me.”
The 2016 Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship included competition in all four disciplines of dirt-track racing: short track, half-mile, mile and TT. Points earned in each discipline determined the national champions in each class.
The 2016 AMA national champions from the event are:
50cc DTX Sr. (7-8): Bradon Pfanders (No. 88 on a KTM) from Bethlehem, Pa.
50cc DTX PW Shaft: Trevor Tidwell (No. 72 on a Kawasaki) from Emmaus, Pa.
50cc DTX PW (4-8): Bradon Pfanders (No. 88 on a KTM) from Bethlehem, Pa.
65cc DTX (7-11): Chase Anderson (No. 3 on a Kawasaki) from Caseyville, Ill.
65cc Modified (7-11): Tyler Scott (No. 70 on a Kawasaki) from Emmaus, Pa.
85cc DTX (7-11): Tyler Scott (No. 70 on a Kawasaki) from Emmaus, Pa.
85cc DTX (12-15): David Kohlstaedt (No. 4k on a Honda) from Puyallup, Wash.
85cc Modified (7-11): Tyler Scott (No. 70 on a Kawasaki) from Emmaus, Pa.
85cc Modified (12-15): David Kohlstaedt (No. 4k on a Honda) from Puyallup, Wash.
250cc DTX: Dallas Daniels (No. 1 on a Yamaha) from Mattoon, Ill.
250cc Modified: Dallas Daniels (No.1 on a Yamaha) from Mattoon, Ill.
201-250cc: Hunter Brooks (No. 56 on a Yamaha) from Escalon, Calif.
251-500cc DTX: Jarred Brook (No. J21 on a KTM) from Gympie, Australia
450cc Modified: Jarred Brook (No. J21 on a KTM) from Gympie, Australia
450cc Open Singles: Jarred Brook (No. J21 on a KTM) from Gympie, Australia
450cc Open Modified (Single and Twin): Jeremy Orr (No. 22a on a Honda) from Hulmeville, Pa.
Veteran 30-plus: Thomas Englehart (No. 73f on a Honda) from Newark, Ohio
Senior 40-plus: Dallas Mayer (No. 33 on a Honda) from Carbondale, Ill.
Super Senior 50-plus: Dallas Mayer (No. 33 on a Honda) from Carbondale, Ill.
Women (12+) 250cc-Open Single: Sara Saathoff (No. 19 on a Yamaha) from Hillsboro, Ill.For more information: www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Racing > Dirt Track.