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Clark headed to Loretta Lynn’s

Submitted photo Izaih Clark of Fort Dodge will be back in Tennessee for the 10th straight year this week to compete in the annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.

HURRICANE Mills, Tenn. — For nine years, Izaih Clark has competed at one of the most prestigious racing events in the country.

This time around, the Fort Dodger will have his pro license in tow.

Clark, a 2019 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, competes this week in the 39th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship — presented by Lucas Oil — at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch.

The event starts on Monday and runs through Friday.

Clark is entered in the Open Pro Sport and 250 Pro Sport divisions.

Qualifying for his 10th consecutive Loretta Lynns wasn’t easy, as Clark dealt with some adversity and had to travel around the country to advance. Clark pushed three different qualifiers, dealing with a crash, a motor blowing up and a broken-down van all through the process.

He had qualifying events in Iowa, Texas and Indiana.

“It was a little rough at regionals; we had to go to Winterset, then Texas, and to Indiana,” said Clark, who rides a Honda. “But I’ve been riding good and I’ve felt great on the bike all along.”

Clark loves to compete at the historic event.

“It didn’t go very well last year. I blew up two motors,” Clark said. “This is a huge national competition, and it takes so much just to qualify for it. You have to work really hard. You’re facing the best of the best once you get there.”

Clark earned his Supercross (indoor) pro license earlier this year.

“I’ve been training down in Oklahoma,” Clark said. “I’m just trying to get better.”

Clark has yet to compete in a pro event, but has plans to compete in at least one this season before diving into the circuit full-time.

“I’m hoping to compete in one this summer,” Clark said. “I think to will be really cool, and I want to see where I stand. I’ve got a lot of work to do.

“I just want to see what I need to do to get better.”

After competing in Tennessee, Clark plans on “taking a little time off to let a few injuries heal.”

Clark knows through all the travel, events and competition, having a strong support system is a motivational tool.

“My family are all huge race fans,” Clark said. “It’s pretty cool to be able to ride with them down the road.

“They support me all the time. It’s sweet having them around.”

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