Let Me Tell You About This Race: Chase Saathoff
Every rider who has advanced to the Progressive American Flat Track ranks has competed in so many races throughout their life, it’s virtually impossible for them to recall every last one. However, some races are simply unforgettable, whether due to triumph, disaster, excitement, chaos, or hilarity.
In this series, we’ve asked a number of the world’s greatest dirt trackers to tell us about one particular race that stands out in their memory be it a Progressive AFT Main Event, a regional amateur race a decade ago, or simply an epic backyard barnburner.
This week it’s 2022 Progressive American Flat Track Rookie of the Year Chase Saathoff, who looks back on his shining moment as an amateur:
I have a few good stories, but this is my favorite.
On the last day at the 2021 amateur nationals, I was leading the overall points in three of the four classes. And in the fourth class, I was tied with Tyler Scott. All I had to do was win that Main Event, and I’d secure all four championships.
For most of that day my team and I struggled with bike setup, but we didn’t give up. In my second to last Main on my mod bike, we found a wheel and gearing combination that worked really well. Unfortunately, in the last main event, I was on my stock bike.
So as soon as the mod race was over, I pulled the bike into the pit and Keith Singleton, Shawn Trollard, and my father went to work. They quickly switched the wheel from my mod bike to my stock bike. Meanwhile, I had Dallas Daniels and Max Whale helping me with line choice and such.
I made it to the line with almost no time to spare but still pulled a holeshot. I’m pretty sure Tyler and I passed each other every lap of that race until the last lap where, unfortunately, Tyler fell.
I took the checkered flag to win all four championships and earned the Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award.
Racers Are People Too, Chase Saathoff Edition
Favorite Food: Burrito bowl from Lomas del Sol
Favorite Restaurant/Stop on the Road: Chipotle
Favorite Band: System of a Down
Favorite Song: “Superhero”
Favorite TV Series: Family Guy
Favorite Movie: Talladega Nights
Favorite Hobby that Doesn't Involve Wheels, Engines, or Racing: Bowling