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July 24, 2013

Shenango boy moving on in motocross championships

NEW CASTLE — Shenango Township’s Connor Sheirer is moving on.

Sheirer, age 7, qualified for the 32nd annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Tennessee. The event is the largest amateur motocross race in the world.

Sheirer took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,446 qualifying positions.

Last year, the race became part of the Red Bull Signature Series, airing race coverage on NBC for the first time via tape. This year, the coverage of the Red Bull Signature Series will air live from Loretta Lynn’s on NBC for the first time.

Sheirer, who attends Shenango Elementary School, has been riding since he was 4. He competes nearly every weekend at Switchback Raceway, but he’s raced at tracks such as Pymatuning Holeshot, High Point, Pleasure Valley, Sunday Creek and Fast Traxx. Last fall, Sheirer took third at the Allegheny Cup, Pennsylvania’s premier 50cc race at Rocket Raceway in Three Springs. Sheirer qualified for the Motocross Championships at the regional championships at Unadilla, N.Y.

The championships are set Monday through Aug. 3. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a berth into the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There also are classes for women and classes for both stock and modified bikes.

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 stamina of the racers.

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