Wabash High School sophomore Aidan Patton recently achieved a “lifelong goal” of making it to the Amateur National Motocross National Championship, according to parents Elizabeth and Travis Patton.

Travis Patton said the journey starts with area qualifiers all over the country.

About 20,000 racers try to qualify. The field is narrowed down to racers that qualify in the top six of their class. The top six from each qualifier then move on to the regional championship.

The top six from the regional championship then move on to the national championship.

Out of 20,000 racers that start this journey, only 1,100 make it to the National Championship.

Each class has 42 racers.

“Those 42 racers are the best racers in the country,” said Travis Patton.

The Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship takes place from Aug. 3 to 8 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Lynn’s sister, Crystal Gayle, grew up in Wabash.

“Only takes one week, but that one week will create a lifetime of memories for those who attend. From the moment you leave your driveway, to pulling through the front gates of the facility, all the way down to your last moto and the closing ceremonies, you’ll feel a certain magic that follows every step of racing at the Ranch,” according to MX Sports.