Connor Judy got hooked on motocross racing and then hooked his two younger brothers too.
Judy, 7, entered his first motocross race two years ago at the Oldham County Fair and hasn’t slowed down since. A neighbor told Connor about his son’s involvement in motocross racing. Judy received his first backyard quad for Christmas. Jodie Judy, Connor’s mother, said her son rapidly showed an interest in racing.
“It’s actually still out in the shed,” Judy said. “He rode that thing and rode that thing until he literally rolled it and broke all the plastic off it and blew it up. Once he did that, we decided, no, he must be serious. He wants to do it and we bought him a newer quad.”
Steve Judy has coached T-ball in Campbellsburg for four years. When he isn’t coaching during the week, he packs the family up along with Moto, the brittany spaniel the Judys rescued from the 2011 puppy mill bust and tows everything to the track.
“Connor plays rookie ball and Logan plays T-ball through the week and we leave for the racetrack on Fridays,” Judy said. “I live for my kids. He did 15 races last year in the Kentuckiana Motocross Circuit. We race in Kentucky, Indiana and will in Illinois. We practice Saturdays at the tracks. Races start at 9 or 10 in the morning on Sundays and we get home in the evening Sunday nights.”
Connor finished last year in the Kentuckiana Motocross series with 1st in the 51 cc Open class (4- to 8-year-olds) and 1st place in the Quad Kids (6-11-year olds) at the Nikota Motorsports track. He finished the overall series 1st in the 51 cc lites division, 3rd in the 51 cc open and 1st in the Quad Kids division.
Racers accrue points similar to NASCAR and Judy currently stands in 1st place in the 51 cc Expert (7-8-year olds), the 51 cc Open and Quad Kids divisions for 2013.
He raced at the Henry County Fair last week placing 2nd on his Cobra 50 dirt bike.
“People kept telling us to get him on a dirt bike because a dirt bike won’t roll on him if he has a wreck,” Judy said. “There’s no money limit on safety for us. He has wrecked before and if he didn’t have his chest plate on, I’m sure the quad would’ve crushed him.”
Steve Judy said he doesn’t want his kids to live in a bubble, but he spares no expense when it comes to safety.
“As long as I buy all the protective gear for the head, chest and the gloves and my son enjoys doing it I’m not going to push him,” Judy said. “It will upset if he gets hurt and if he told me he didn’t want to do it anymore that would be fine. I’m not going to push him to do it, but he enjoys it. It keeps him out of trouble and he keeps his grades up.”
Judy’s younger sons Logan and Braden both have interest in racing. The couple said their boys don’t sit around and play video games —they stay active riding in the dirt.
“I don’t want to say we don’t allow our kids to play video games because they have just as many video games as other children. They have the Xbox and Playstations Gameboys,, but they would rather be outside riding on their bikes. They would rather be at the track riding,” Jodie said. “Even Logan and Braden, who don’t race as much as Logan are like that. I want them to be active that way their grades stay up and they stay out of trouble. Connor knows himself that if his grades don’t stay up at school there’s no racing come the weekend.”
Connor Judy just loves racing.
“It’s fun. I like passing people,” Connor said. “I want to do Supercross when I’m older that’s where all the pros race.”
Judy’s racing career has garnered the attention of sponsorships like Big O Tires and Advance Auto Parts of La Grange, Paul’s Cycle Shop of Louisville and Gateway Cycles.
“I go through about five or six cases of brake cleaner after each race,” Steve Judy said. “His dirt bike has to be taken apart after each race and cleaned. They have to have fresh oil. Gateway helped Connor basically get a new dirt bike. We couldn’t do it without them.”
Logan Connor, 5, raced his quad at the Henry County Fair and youngest brother Braden, 3, will compete soon in an indoor circuit.
Visit goo.gl/zDpHg to follow Connor Judy’s 2013 race results.