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Mantua’s Hand family, which has a rich and deep history in motocross racing, added another memorable chapter to their edition on Saturday when David Hand qualified for the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National.
David Hand, 17, is a rising senior at Crestwood High School and also takes robotics and computer-engineering programs at Maplewood.
The Loretta Lynn’s National event is the largest motocross race in the world and this August will mark the 36th year of its existence. Presented by Lucas Oil, the official name for the national competition is the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. The event is hosted at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch (Hurricane Mills, Tennessee).
Hand was one of more than 22,000 hopefuls to qualify for nationals, which pairs the original pool of competitors down to just 1,446.
“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” event director Tim Cotter said. “A Win at Loretta’s gives a racer instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
Hand’s appearance at the national event will be on July 31-August 5.
Hand works for the Crestwood Local School District during the summer as a tech assistant. This will be his debut at the Loretta Lynn National.
His family has a deep-rooted history in the sport that spans 60 years. Hand’s grandfather Albert was the first to race in England, before moving to Canada, Chicago, Cleveland and then Streetsboro. Hand’s father Carl and his uncle Dave then passed the love of the sport to their sons.