LORETTA LYNN 2014 NATIONALS

Posted: August 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

I just got back from the Loretta Lynn Nationals in Tennessee….what a trip!

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The first day we drove 26 hours and stopped in Oklahoma to sleep and play.  It was SO HOT when we stopped!  We ate dinner and then went to a place where we squirted each other in the water boats, played pee-wee golf, and rode go carts.

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In the morning we started the rest of our drive to Tennessee but did stop in Memphis and had lunch on Beale St.

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We checked into our hotel in Tennessee and the next morning we got to go to the race track.  Dad and I walked the track and Mom got me all signed in.

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Some of my amazing sponsors hooked me up for the week of racing at Nationals.  Before I left the house I got a ton of goggles and shoes from Von Zipper and DVS.  We stopped at Honda KTM to get some last minute parts.  Jimmie from Fly Racing gave me the some awesome gear to race in.

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After spending time at the track we went back to the hotel and rolled the dirt bikes into our hotel room so we could put our new graphics on the bikes.

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The next day was race day and I was so excited.   In the first few races I had some suspension problems.  I needed to have my suspension worked on twice throughout the week.  It was really difficult to race each time with different suspension.  My Dad did a really good job of getting it close to what I needed during the race, but each time on the track we were making changes to figure out what would work best.  In my second race when my Dad changed my pipe he didn’t hook up the power valve.  Without the power valve the bike had no power and it was difficult to keep people from passing me throughout the race.  I finished the race in 19th place which is really bad, but not to bad without a power valve.  My Dad was so mad at himself but racing is a lot about skill and practice and even sometimes about luck….sometimes I fall, sometimes the bikes don’t run, and sometimes you get stuck behind a lapped rider….everything doesn’t always work together…..I love you Dad!

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In most of the races I did not have very good starts.  In one of the 65 open races I got a better start and came around the first turn in 7th place.  Within the first lap I was able to make some aggressive passes and make my way to the front.  I lead the entire race and as I was coming around the last turn to get the white flag I went down.  I tried to get up as fast as I could and get back into the race but I fell back to third place.  I tried to catch the two riders in front of me but when I fell I had broke my clutch lever and it was difficult to race hard without being able to use my clutch.  I did finish the race in 3rd place and was interviewed on the podium with Wes Kain

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There was 42 of the best riders on the line for each of my races and the entire event was so awesome.  I finished out the week with a few really good races and a few really bad races which brought down my overall race average.

65 10-11 Stock  – finished 7th, 5th, 11th for an overall    8th place finish

65 7-11 Open  – finished 19th, 3rd, 7th for an overall    9th place finish

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Throughout the week after the races we had some time to play.  One night they had a concert at the track and Jamie Lynn Spears performed.  One day when I had a really early race my family and I drove to Nashville to visited the Grand Ole Opry and we had dinner at Dicks Last Resort.   The concert was really fun, she sang some of her original songs and some current radio hits.  When we went to Nashville we walked downtown, to eat dinner and visited the Grand Ole Opry.  Dinner was so much fun, everyone that works there is really sarcastic and they make hats for you to wear that says something funny about you.  My hat said “My parents beg me to run away”…….lol

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My family went back stage at the Grand Ole Opry.  We got to see where the show Nashville is filmed, we saw all the dressing rooms the performers stay in, and I got to go on stage.  I got to stand on the circle wood floor from the original Grand Ole Opry and “pretend” like I was singing.

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I had so much support from so many of the most amazing sponsors throughout the week.  I want to thank everyone that supported me during Nationals and throughout the entire year.  First is my Mom and Dad, Grandparents and my entire family.

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The guys from KTM and the Orange Brigade

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Jimmy with Fly Racing

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Danno with Von Zipper and DVS Shoes

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The guys from Lucas Oil

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The guys from Pax Racing

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….and 51 Fifty Energy Drink, 2X Promotions, Americore SMX Scooters, FMF, Mika Metals, DT1, Terry Bostard, The Vaccarello Family, Gary and all our friends at home that kept checking in.

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After the last race my parents drove 36 hours straight home so my Dad could make it to work on time.

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See old posts from my past trips to Loretta Lynn Nationals:

2013 Loretta Lynn Nationals Part 1 of 2

2013 Loretta Lynn Nationals Part 2 of 2

2012 Loretta Lynn Nationals

 

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Comments
  1. grandma and grandpa says:

    Congratulations Hunter we are so proud of you. Keep up the good work. Love you.

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