Valley 14-year-old sets sights on biggest motocross competition

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by Jayson Chesler

Video report by Tim Ring

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- At the age of 14, Carrie Killebrew is already among the best in the nation at motocross. With a constant focus on the sport and a demanding travel schedule, the West Valley teenager certainly doesn't live a typical life.

"This year I went to Texas," Killebrew said. "Last year I went to Oklahoma, Tennessee, a lot of California."

Such is the life of a motocross champion. Killebrew first appeared on 3TV in 2011 as a little girl making big news on the motocross circuit. Now a teenager, the records keeping falling for Killebrew.

"My goal right now is to race X-Games next year and win Loretta Lynn's title," Killebrew said.

The Loretta Lynn is the biggest amateur motocross event in the country, essentially the Super Bowl of motocross. Over 30,000 racers across the country attempted to qualify. Only 1,800, including Carrie Killebrew, made it.

"We're going, and we're going to do our thing and see what happens," said Carrie's father Kyle Killebrew. "We know that she's capable of being on the podium and she'll be the youngest one on the podium right now."

Carrie Killebrew is a three time Southwest regional champion, so she's certainly qualified for nation-wide races like the Loretta Lynn. Getting to the race, however, takes resources. Killebrew's parents plan on setting up a website to help get her to Nashville.

"My parents are definitely my biggest supporters and sacrifice a lot," Killebrew said. "We have our family discussions about what our plan is and what we have to do to get to the races and stuff. I obviously couldn't do it without them."

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch starts on July 29.

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