Central Pennsylvania boy goes full throttle in dirt track motocross races
A central Pennsylvania boy is getting some attention in the world of competitive dirt bike racing.
On a typical weekend, Brody Haugh, a soon-to-be 8 year-old, can be found riding his dirt bike preparing for his next competition that could be anywhere up and down the East Coast as part of the Grand National Cross Country Series.
"We pretty much race every weekend beginning in March to after Thanksgiving, and we ride and train a few times a week," said Mike Haugh, Brody's father. "A lot of times we race twice a weekend running to a state for a race and then back to Pennsylvania for another."
According to his parents, Brittany Rowe & Mike Haugh, Brody first took an interest in riding dirt bikes when he was 2 years old and hasn't looked back.
"He got a dirt bike for his birthday, and a few weeks later we were taking the training wheels off, and he took it from there," Rowe said. "His dad used to race four-wheelers, and Brody just grew up around things that go fast and have wheels."
Known among other racers as "Mac and Cheese," Brody, who lives in Waynesboro, has already racked up a number of awards and titles in his young career racing the dirt tracks sporting his favorite number 813 on his 2021 Cobra 50cc FWE.
At 3 years of age, his parents took him to a local track until he was old enough to race in a sanctioned event. At the age of 4, Brody competed in his first race.
"He was kind of the underdog in his age group, but he was keeping up with the older kids," Haugh said. "He was doing really well at local events, and his first big win was in Florida, and he raced a national event and he actually lapped second place, that's when we knew that he had it," Haugh said.
Jeff Yentzer, owner of Doublin Gap Motorcross Park in Shippensburg, has had the chance to watch Brody become the rider he is today over the past 3 years.
"He has progressed very rapidly and is becoming a super fast driver, at his age that is very few and far in between," Yentzer said. "The best part about it all is that Brody always has a smile on his face whether or not he is winning; he is just a happy kid and loves what he is doing."
For Brody, racing is part of who he is, feeling like he is one with the bike. "The best part of racing is the jumps and the turns, it's just fun to get outside and ride," Brody said. "Jumping the bike, it feels pretty nice," I don't get butterflies or anything it's just cool."
Since then, Brody and his family have dedicated themselves to pursuing his passion.
"We support everything he wants to do, and whenever he feels his heart isn't in it anymore, then we will accept it. We just want him to be a kid and have fun and enjoy it. But right now his heart is 100% in it," Haugh said.
"I feel like during the work week is our time off, we are busier during the weekend," Haugh said of the family schedule. "There is a lot of maintenance and cleaning that has to be done to his bike to make sure that it's safe and ready for him to ride week in and week out.
"It's like a full time job taking care of the maintenance. It's actually been a tougher year than most trying to get parts due to plants shutting down from COVID. If he's practicing during he week, we almost have to have a spare of everything in case something breaks."
Over the years, Brody his gained a handful of sponsors that help him with everything he needs to compete as well as a handful of national titles that prove his dedication to the sport.
For 2021, Brody is second in points in his class in the Grand National Cross Country Series and has two wins in the 50cc 4-8 open class in MDRA motocross series and two wins D6 harescramble wins.
"We're very proud of him, and he knows his limits and what he can and can't do, and that's amazing at his age," Haugh said.
So far this year, Brody has competed in a handful of races up and down the East Coast on tracks that range from 1 to 3 miles.
In his free time, the the first-grader at Commonwealth Charter Academy enjoys being outdoors. "He really is a great student, and he loves helping others whenever he can," Rowe said. "He also snowboards in the winter, and he loves fishing, kayaking and remote control cars."
Brody plans to have a full summer ahead of him making strides to complete his goals of racing another full GNCC series, running in national motocross races, and winning another championship. "I want to become a professional some day."
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com.