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Racer Interview: Joe Stahl

August 01, 2014

Amateur racers are the backbone of AMA ATV racing nationwide. We asked 30-year-old racer Joe Stahl of Russiaville, Ind., why he gets out when he can to race in the AMA Extreme Dirt Track Series.

 AMA:  In what classes do you 
 JOE STAHL:  I race in Pro, Pro-Am, and Pro-Am Unlimited.

 AMA:  Who was your toughest competition in 2013 and why?
 JS:  Anyone who races in the Pro, Pro-Am and Pro-Am Unlimited class. I mean, these are the best guys in the country so you can never count them out. All are great guys and I’m looking forward to being on the track with them again.

 AMA:  What was the most heart-breaking thing to happen to you during the 2013 season?
 JS:  The most heart-breaking thing that has happened to me in 2013 was not being able to make it to every round and see all my friends and my racing family.

 AMA:  What was your first race?
 JS:  My first race was in a go-kart and I was 4 years old. I thought I was on top of the world being out there racing like some of my idols.

 AMA:  What do you like about racing ATVs?
 JS:  What I like most about ATVs is that you can race such a variety of disciplines. I mean, if you have the equipment you can race TT one weekend then cross country the next and hit a MX race in there also.

 AMA:  What are your plans for this year? 
 JS:  My plans are to make every round of nationals and start doing some local XC races. What I am doing to get ready is the normal thing of doing a quad build and hitting the gym to get into shape. I will race the same classes. 

 AMA:  What do you do in your free time not related to ATVs?
 JS:  I like going to shooting ranges and also play paintball. I really don’t do a lot because if I am not at the track or at my shop I am at home with my kids and spending time with them. 

 AMA:  Who would you like to thank for supporting your racing?
 JS:  I would like to thank my mom for always being at the races with me and also Kim and Alex Ernst for letting me ride with them to a few rounds (it’s always a fun trip with them). I would like to thank all my sponsors: Moto-Xperts, Dragon Racing Fuels, PEP shocks, Hinson Clutch Components, Lone Star Racing, Joe Stahl Racing, O’Neal, Spider Grapixs, WebCam racing cams, Red Line Oil, EVS, ODI grips, SMX Optics, Pivot works, Vanilla Gorilla Racing, GoPro, Close Encounters Whitetail Outfitters of Ohio. Without their support none of this would be possible.

 AMA:  What advice would you give others who want to race ATVs?
 JS:  Just go race and make sure you have fun. Follow your dreams. It takes hard work and dedication.

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