For 15-year-old Chase Saathoff, the Panhandle Clash World Championships weren’t just a chance to get some more racing in, it was an opportunity for the Hillsboro High School freshman to get some driving hours in as well during the 750-mile trip to Pensacola, FL, on Dec. 10-12.
Once he and his father Mike made it to the Sunshine State, Saathoff showed the form on the dirt track that has made him one of motorcycle racing’s top prospects.
In four rounds, racing in three divisions, Saathoff scored eight wins, sweeping the 450 Amateur and Open Amateur divisions.
The first of the two wins came at the Escambia County Equestrian Center on Dec. 10, where Saathoff added a fourth place finish in the Pro/Am to the two wins.
Day two took the Sathoffs to the Pensacola Dirt Track, where Chase persevered through two “soil samples” (wrecks) in Pro/Am to take fifth, in addition to the two wins.
The final day of the event had Saathoff racing twice in each of the three divisions, first in Super TT, then on the 3/8ths mile track at Southern Raceway. Saathoff opened up with two more wins on the TT course, and a 12th place finish in the Pro/Am after another wreck.
On the short track, Saathoff put the finishing touches on his two Panhandle Clash World Championships with his fourth win in the 450 Amateur and Open Amateur classes, while finishing a little further back in the pack in the Pro/Am.
The success in Florida was just another feather in the cap for Sathoff, who won a pair of AMA Flat Track Grand Championships and two AMA District 17 titles earlier in the year.
The Saathoffs will be back in Florida later for the Winter Throwdown, presented by American Flat Track champion Cory Texter, on Jan. 11, at Callahan Speedway in Callahan, FL. Saathoff has been a member of Texter’s amateur team and has been selected as captain of the team the last two years.