Van Buren senior Wesley Mizell qualified for the 33rd Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships to be held at Loretta Lyn’s Ranch in Tennessee.
This was Mizell’s first attempt to qualify for the national event.
"I’m very excited about this," said Mizell. "This has been my dad and my goal since day one."
Mizell will join 1,446 other hopefuls July 27-Aug. 2 for the competition. More than 20,000 participants spent the last four months qualifying for the event with only the top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earning a berth to the national championship.
The national qualiying program consist fo 52 area qualifiers (Februrary-May) and 12 regional championships (June).
Mizell has been riding since he was four years old.
His dad, Keith Mizell, used to race and it has been a passion that the family has shared. The elder Mizell has been a great help as Wesley grown as a racer.
Mizell has pursued his dream of racing with the help of of parents and sponsors. He has won several races in the last 12 years and competes nearly every weekend at Raceday Park (near Poteau), state race events and arenacross.
Mizell has won severa Liquid Nitro Arenacross races, some state events and several others.
To get ready for the national event, Mizell has also been working out with a physical trainer four days a week to get in shape.
"You have to almost be in unreal shape to compete," said Mizell. "I’ve been working out non-stop for nearly a month and I’m still not sure that I’ll be 100 percent"
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles "designed to test the skills and stanima of the racers." It has been the home of the annual event since 1982.
The national event has served as a launchpad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey.
The event became part of the Red Bull Signature Series and recieved coverage on NBC in 2012 with live coverage in 2013. The event will be streamed all week online at racerTV.com.
Raceday Park, Anco Tool & Die, athletic trainer Adam Harvin, parents Keith and Angelia, grandparents Rita and Larry Hilbern, and Susan and Ken Billingsly, Rainbow Honda, Fat Albert’s Motosports, Pro-Action of Arkansas, Alias, 100% (goggle manufacturer), First Place Graphics, Pro-Taper, Dunlop Tires, Poor Boy Tire, Exotic Tan and others.