Kaverick Stewart holds up his 1st place plaque from Briar Cliff MX.
Qualifies for Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Six-year-old Kaverick Stewart of Petrolia, PA has been on a journey, not a long one, but a successful one. Kaverick started racing in August of 2020. Kaverick’s very first race ever was at Switchback MC in Butler, PA. Locally, Kaverick races at Switchback and Pymatuming Holeshot Raceway where they hold outdoor series races almost every other week. Kaverick was the overall champion of indoors this winter at Switchback MX for the four to six year old shaft drive limited class. This year Kaverick has raced at Switchback, Pymatuming, Doublin Gap, Pleasure Valley, Chillitown MC, and Briarcliff MX in Ohio.
Kaverick rides a 2020 Yamaha PW50 that was nationally built by Cyclewrx Racing out of Alabama. In just a year, Kaverick has come a long way considering last year he was on training wheels. Kaverick’s passion to race started with a bike given by a close friend to Kaverick’s father when he was a baby. Last year he wanted to ride it but had never ridden before. After few weeks of nagging to ride his father put him on it in a buddy’s field and Kaverick hasn’t looked back since. It was the beginning of Kaverick’s dirt-bike racing journey.
From day one, people kept telling his father “you better get him into racing because he just looks like a natural.” Last year Kaverick stayed local and did smaller races as a beginner and this year he has really focused on the bigger AMA races trying to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s, the biggest amateur national race of the year in Tennessee.
Kaverick competed in the area qualifier at Doublin Gap and High Point MX. Kaverick took 6th overall at Doublin and 3rd overall at High Point.
Kaverick raced in the Regionals at Pleasure Valley where he had issues in the 2nd moto and ended up 10th overall out of 40.
The weekend at Briar Cliff MX in Nashport, Ohio. Kaverick ended up 1st overall and Mideast Regional Champ, securing his spot at Loretta Lynn’s. Kaverick finished first out of forty-two competitors.
Kaverick trains at least once or twice a week with a local known pro rider and close friend of the family Tyler Martin out of Parker, Pa. He also uses Mad Mike Jones and Steve Roman MX School as trainers and has driven MX out of Ohio a few times.
Kaverick’s family has a close relationship with Switchback MX and uses their facilities to train when they are closed to the public. There is not a day he is not on his dirtbike riding no matter what the weather is. Many nights he has slept in his riding gear. Both parents are astounded at his ability at an early age. “Where he gets it from we have no idea because neither of us grew up around dirt bikes or racing, lamented his father who is a retired Army Engineer who medically retired in 2012 due to stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010.
When he is not riding, you can be sure to see Kaverick with a toy dirtbike in his hand making tracks in the dirt or riding pedal bikes. Anything with two wheels he rips it. His passion and dreams for dirtbike racing are incredibly awesome! He enjoys riding with all his little buddys or hanging out at the track watching racing. He rides every night of the week and the family’s weekends are spent traveling all over the eastern U.S to race.
Kaverick’s goal for Loretta Lynn’s isn’t to win, but to go and enjoy the experience for the week with his friends and family of racing.
Loretta Lynn’s is the biggest amateur national race of the year with only forty-two of the best qualifiers to race there. Getting to race at Lorretta Lynn’s place is not an easy feat. Their are nine area qualifiers all over different regions with the northeast being in Kaverick’s region. They take the top nine and some alternates from those races and they advance to regionals. At regionals, they take only the top six who get to advance and get their ticket to race at Loretta’s Lynn’s on August 2nd to August 7th this year. There are anywhere from 40 to 60 bikes per class at each race and at Loretta’s there will be forty-two on the gate and which will feature 3 motos throughout the week.
This year is the 40th anniversary of Loretta Lynn’swhich is at country singer Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. Kaverick’s family plans on making it a ten day vacation and hit up some tracks on the way down and spend some time with our local military family down around Fort Campbell, where his father was stationed.
Kaverick’s dream is to be one of the best dirtbike racer in western, PA and hopefully someday be on TV like his idol Ken Roczen.
Kaverick’s family will be having a Chinese auction at the next switchback day race on July 24th at......? to help raise funds to help him get to Loretta’s. His biggest fan also his little 4-year-old brother, Kolsten Stewart, will be in the pits right next to him cheering him on all week long as he is racing.
Kaverick would like to thank his sponsors for helping him get to where he’s at. Angert Hydrographics, Travis Cratty HVAC, Kriebel Excavating, Eldorado Welding, Hex Motorsports, Maskal Motorsports, TM Lawn Care, T Martin MX Training, mom and dad, Memaw and Pop Pop and Jones and Roman MX School.
Kaverick could also use a few more sponsors for the race. Kaverick says, “every little bit helps”. If interested you can contact either parent for more details. Bigger sponsors get their logo put on the custom graphics specifically being made for Loretta’s.
Kaverick is the son of Kyle Stewart from Eau Claire, PA and Ceanca Everetts from Fairview, PA where they have lived in Petrolia for the last six years. Kaverick attends Sugar Creek Elementary School and will be in first grade this coming school year.