He got his first dirt bike as a Christmas gift when he was a year old. Next week, at age 6, Dylan will race among the best in the world at the 28th annual Air Natiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Dylan has been racing for three years and has regularly finished at the top of his division for the last two.
Dylan, son of Eddie and Jessica Proffitt, said he practices almost every day on a track his family set up for him near their home in Gracey. He said he likes hitting jumps the most, and he’ll be doing that at the same time as approximately 40 other racers at the national championship.
This national event, held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground, is the largest of a few national events held each year, Eddie said.
Eddie said he’s raced motocross since 1989, and Jessica’s father also raced, so Dylan’s interest in the sport is natural.
“He’s pretty much taking over where I left off,” Eddie said. “He loves it.”
“It’s in the family,” Jessica said.
Over 20,000 riders competed this year for a chance at 1,386 qualifying positions for the nationals at Loretta Lynn’s. The event will feature a wide range of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as Dylan’s group all the way to a Senior division for riders over 50. Dylan is one of two racers from Kentucky to qualify for the event.
“The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” Event Director TIm Cotter said in a press release. “A win at the Amateur Nationals can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
Dylan races motocross during the summer and woods races in the fall and winter.
Eddie said Dylan usually races against anywhere from five to 12 riders in his 4-6 age group. At larger regional events, Dylan is usually part of a full gate of 40 riders, where he typically finishes in the top seven, Eddie said.
With very few local tracks, Eddie said the family travels pretty much every weekend during the racing season. Dylan races all across Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi and Alabama.
While the race isn’t the only thing on Dylan’s mind – “I’m lucky, I get to miss a few days of school,” he said – he said he thinks he might win.
Dylan said he’s also looking forward to getting his license to race professionally ... 10 years from now, when he turns 16.