Local motocross racer headed full-throttle toward Nationals

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PETERSBURG, N.Y. -- Scott Phelps of Babcock Lake, N.Y. will soon attain a lifelong goal, as the 37-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the 28th annual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Phelps competed against over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions - becoming one of 42 in the country to qualify in his class. Most of the top professional motocross racers - including Travis Pastrana, James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath - have all won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s.

Phelps has won multiple class championships and competes nearly every weekend at Central New York Motorcycle Riders Association races, and Grand National races whenever possible. He has also won hundreds of races and titles in a career that began at age 13.

In 1994, Phelps rode the GNCC AA circuit for one season and finished in ninth place overall. Despite taking time off due to other responsibilities, Phelps has never lost the joy of racing and the desire to win, with a long time goal of qualifying for the Loretta Lynn.

Last year Phelps had qualified for the Loretta Lynn, but he fractured his C-5 and C-6 vertebra just three days before heading South for the event. The dream of participating in the race was put off for another year.

Phelps become one of 20,000 competitors that spent the last four months racing through area and regional qualifiers to earn a spot in the national championship race.


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