Petersen of NSP wins region qualifier on Father’s Day
Will compete at nationals in August
Cash Petersen, a 12-year-old amateur dirt bike standout who attends North Shore Plaza Elementary, gave his father Tony a very special gift on Father’s Day Weekend.
The Petersens were in Texas over the weekend where Cash competed in the Freestone Youth Regionals in Wortham. In the 65 CC (cubic capacity) modified open class, Petersen won first place in the 10-11-year-old division on Sunday, and also took sixth in the 65 CC stock class in the same age division.
By virtue of these two placings, Petersen qualifies to compete in both events at the Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. The meet will take place from Aug. 2-7 in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. This will be the second time in Petersen’s young motocross career that he will compete at nationals.
According to Tony, both he and Cash expected to qualify for nationals in both events. However, Petersen’s outright victory in the open class was a thrilling experience for the father and son duo.
“Cash is not a real emotional person, but he was pretty pumped up about winning the race for sure,” Tony Petersen told The Minot Daily News. “He worked really hard for this, no question. It was very hot and humid out there the whole weekend, and it takes a toll. It was an exciting but exhausting weekend, but one of the best Father’s Day presents I could ask for.”
Before heading off to nationals, the young dirt biker plans to compete in local races in Williston and Dickinson before heading off to his training camp in Purcell, Oklahoma on July 15. There, Petersen will receive further instruction from Gregg Albertson of GAME MOTO Coaching in preparation of the national competition.
Looking ahead to the big meet in Tennessee, Cash believes a top-18 finish is well within his grasp. Meanwhile, Tony believes his son can place even higher.
“I definitely think he has it in him to get into the top-12 at nationals,” Petersen says of his son. “The last time he was in nationals, he competed as a nine-year-old and it was a fun experience. This time around, I think he is much more competitive and he has obviously matured a great deal since then,” he adds.