It’s been quite the year for Hillsboro racer Chase Saathoff. Of the 105-plus races he entered, Saathoff finished first 86 times, with 18 other top six finishes and just two DNFs (did not finish).
But the biggest win of the season came in early October, when Saathoff committed to race under the Turner Racing Honda banner next year.
Saathoff has been working with Mike Turner throughout this year and traded in his Husqvarna for one of Turner’s Hondas at the Springfield short track race in September. He would take first in five divisions at the two-day event, winning the 250 Open and 251 to 450 on the Husqvarna on Sept. 2, and winning the Open Singles Amateur, 450 Amateur and All Star Singles on Sept. 3, on Turner Racing’s Honda.
Saathoff made his official debut for Turner Racing on Oct. 23 at RVA Flat Track in Ashland, VA, finishing fourth in the Open Pro-Am Feature and in the Expert Singles Feature. He will race again for Turner on Oct. 30, in Lima, OH at the RPM Promotions event.
In 2021, Turner Racing had three riders in the top 11 of the Progressive American Flat Track Single division, with Trevor Brunner finishing fifth, Cole Zabala finishing ninth and Henry Wiles finishing 11th. In addition to Saathoff, the team also added Morgen Mishler, who finished third in the final standings.
"As I’m starting to transition from amateur to pro there are some special people that I would like to thank one more time," Saathoff said in a Facebook post. "I’d like to start out with my mom and dad for believing in me all of these years and running me all over the country. Secondly, I’d like to thank Cory Texter for all of his support throughout the years and everything he does for the flat track community. Also I’d like to thank Shawn Trollard and Keith and Jill Singleton for helping me pretty much since day one. They have always been right by my side helping me and my family year after year. Lastly I’d like to thank anyone who has bought a t-shirt, paid an entree fee, or supported me in any way. I am very much looking forward to what the future holds and excited to be a part of Turner Racing in 2022 season.
Like his teammates, Saathoff is used to finishing at the top of the standings too. He took first in the 250-Open, 251-450 and Pro/Am at the Central Illinois Motorcycle Club on Sept. 6, and finished first in five more classes and second in another at the short track and TT races at Lucky Thumb Motorcycle Club in Deford, MI, on Sept. 11-12.
On Sept. 18, Saathoff finished first in the 450 Amateur and Open Amateur classes at Aztalan Cycle Club in Lake Mills, WI, with his sister, Sara, also coming out of retirement to compete in the Charlotte Kainz Memorial Race.
On Sept. 25, Saathoff raced at the Belleville Enduro Team TT track, picking up three wins in the 250 Open, 450 Amateur and Pro/Am classes.
In between the racing and school responsibilities, Saathoff was also a key member of the Hillsboro High School soccer team, starting at defender for the 2021 regional champs.
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