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Opstad student is motocross ace
Elementary School first-grader has one particularly unique hobby: he races
Better yet, young Dylan consistently wins the events he
participates in, known as "motocross."
According to parents Brian and Barbra Naud, Dylan entered his
first event in Kent in October 1998 and managed to place third out of nine
racers. Apparently, he enjoyed it because over the following year, he raced
in multiple events at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, the
Tacoma Dome, Pasco, and Salem, Ore.
Earlier this year Dylan upgraded to an Italian LEM LX2 Super
motorcycle. During the 26th annual Dealer's Challenge the weekend of July
17-18, he took first place in all three events. His success resulted in his Pee Wee
4-6 team finishing the contest in ninth place, out of 23 teams competing.
This month he raced in the Seattle International Raceway Friday
Night Holeshot series, competing in both the 4-6 and Gran Prix events. He
finished with a third place in the 4-6 race and second place in the latter event.
Afterwards, Dylan's parents rewarded him with a new 1999 King Cobra
50-cc motocross cycle. According to his mother, the King Cobra is "the
best on the market for 50-cc racing."
Racing is expensive, even at this young age, and fortunately the
Nauds have received the support of several local companies, including
Weber Construction of Snoqualmie, Innovation Sports of Irvine, Calif., and
North Bend Retriever Kennel, The Welding Shop, Somerset Auto Glass,
Cycle Path, and Texaco, all of North Bend.
Next on the schedule for the young racer is the Washington Series,
which commenced last weekend. If experience, determination, dedication
and prior performance are any indication, Dylan should be adding to his
substantial trophy collection in no time at all.