Fort Dodge native will host Justin Brayton Shootout in Winterset

Submitted photo Justin Brayton, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, is shown here with his daughter, Parker.

Justin Brayton is a household name on the Supercross series, but the Fort Dodge native will never forget his roots on the dirt tracks of Iowa.

This weekend, Brayton will host his annual “Justin Brayton Shootout” in Winterset.

“Having my own event in Winterset is really cool,” Brayton said. “I wanted to have something at a track I grew up racing, and do something a little different with tons of cool awards for the kids.

“Giving back to my local racing community means so much to me, and to be around a lot of old friends that I grew up racing with brings back some great memories.”

The event will be four days, starting with practice runs on Thursday and Friday. On Friday night, there will be Pitbike and Pullstart mini bike races at 7 p.m.

There will be an Iowa Moto Series race (9 a.m.) on Saturday morning, and CRF125F race on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

The Best of the Midwest race will conclude the four-day event at 9 a.m. on Sunday. There will be over $15,000 worth of prizes handed out during the Shootout at Riverside Raceway.

Local Fort Dodge racers Izaih Clark, Gage Steburg, Jaden Wertz, Matt Surles-Davis, Degan Hepp and Ethan McMahon will represent Fort Dodge and the area.

“I love seeing the younger guys compete,” Brayton said. “It reminds me of my childhood and having a huge dream of one day racing professional Supercross. I think with me being from Iowa and living out that dream, it gives kids at this event some hope that anything is possible and that’s what I want my message to be to the kids.

“If you’re passionate enough and are willing to work extremely hard anything is possible.”

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, there haven’t been a lot of opportunities to be on the track. This event will give Brayton and the other riders a chance to get back to work.

Through the quarantine, Brayton has been recovering from a broken hand that he suffered the last time he raced on March 7 in Daytona.

“The last time I competed was in Daytona and that next week is when everything was canceled or postponed,” Brayton said. “It’s kind of ironic, but I broke my hand in Daytona and I was still able to finish 10th, but this time off has given my hand a chance to fully heal.

“I’ve been back on the bike for three weeks now, and feeling really good for whenever we go back racing.”

There will be a few precautions set in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Only track personnel, medics, participants, mechanics, crew chiefs, photographers, sponsors, guardians of minors and other people essential to the event will be allowed into the facility at Riverside Raceway.

For the safety of everyone involved, anyone experiencing any symptoms (cough, shortness of breath or fever) or feeling mildly ill, are asked to stay home.

There is a list of the measures being taken at the Justin Brayton Shootout on Riverside Raceway’s Facebook page.


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