SALEM – Salem’s Carder Miller, a seven year old dirt biker rider, has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world. Miller will compete in the 30th Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Miller races a 50cc Cobra Junior dirt bike. The son of Bo and Lindsay Miller, Carder began riding dirt bikes at the age of two and began racing just a short time ago. Carder played bitty football for the Glenvar Youth Boosters this past season and last November, when his season was over, he said he wanted to start racing dirt bikes.
Beginning the weekend of Thanksgiving and until March he raced an Indoor Arena Cross series through Victory Sports, where the Millers traveled to North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Carder ended the indoor season beating over 30 other kids to finish second in the 50 cc oil injected class, third in the 4-6 stock class, and fourth in the 4-8 years old Open class.
In March Carder began racing outdoors, traveling to Richmond, Maryland, Virginia Beach, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, and New York. He currently is leading the District 13 in points in the 4-6 year old stock class.
In his quest to compete in the National Championships, Carder competed in three separate area qualifiers, in which he had to finish in the top 8 in an area to make it to a regional. Carder qualified for three regionals, the SouthEast, MidEast, and NorthEast. He competed in the SouthEast, in Blountville, TN, and the MidEast regionals, in Jacksonville, OH, and failed to make the top seven to earn a spot in the National Championships.
The Millers then then drove their motorhome to Richford, New York for Carder to have one last shot in the NorthEast regional. Carder ended up winning the NorthEast Regional Championships by beating 33 other riders. Carder’s win give him the right to compete in the 30th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships.
Carder is one of 42 kids in the entire country to make it to Nationals in the 50cc 4-6 stock class. The Millers are leaving on Wednesday of this week to drive to Hurricane Mills, TN for the week long championships.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners, and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers.
“The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said event director Tim Cotter. “A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
Carder is sponsored by Star City Powersports, Triple A Powersports, Miller Brothers Racing, and Powerband Suspensions.