Alyssa Droog qualifies for motocross nationals
By Jay Davis
Alyssa Droog of Mobridge is headed for the biggest event of her racing life on Sunday. Droog qualified for the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship by taking second place at the North Central Regional in Walnut, Ill., on Saturday and Sunday.
“I’m mind-blown right now,” said Droog. “It doesn’t feel real right now.”
Her odyssey started a couple days before Mother’s Day when she decided, at the last minute, to compete in the North Central Area Qualifier in Little Falls, Minn.
“I decided to do it two days before,” said Droog. “We were in a scramble to get ready.”
There were 10 women racing in Little Falls. Droog needed to finish in the top eight and came in fourth.
Then it was off to Illinois for the regional. There were 33 women this time and just three races for the top six riders to qualify. Coming in second gives Droog a shot at a good seeding at the national championship.
“This is making a dream come true,” said Droog.
The national championship will be July 27 through Aug. 2 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Hills, Tenn. Droog will race in a field of 42 racers.
Droog said she cannot compete in these races without the help of her sponsors. They are K&K Auto Parts, Arrowhead Motors, Hammer’s Honda and Kent Lahren Ranch of Mobridge, Premier Equipment of Mobridge, Isabel and Huron, Biegler Equipment of Timber Lake, Campbell County Collision and Orth Hay Grinding of Herreid, Art’s Body Shop of Eureka and K&R Auto Body of Lemmon.
“It is very important to me that they know I appreciate all their help,” said Droog.