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Six-year-old motocross rider from KCK advances to nationals

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It's been said that success knows no age restrictions. One aspiring motocross star from KCK is already racking up victories, but he hasn't started the second grade.

The Cook family from KCK calls their dirt bike trailer ride "The Toy Hauler." Six-year-old Brody Cook comes to play in it 30 weekends per year.

For the second straight year, Brody has qualified for the Amateur National Motocross Championship where he'll ride his 50 CC dirt bike against other kids aged four to six. Brody wants to win it all, going as fast as 45 miles per hour over rough terrain.

Don't let his age fool you. Cook has won as many as 50 races on the local and regional level -- and it was a Christmas gift that got it all started.

"At the age of two, my son sat on Santa's lap and asked for a dirt bike," Mindy Cook, Brody's mother, said. "Santa always answers."

"You go really fast and it just makes you feel good," Brody said.

Brody's first ride came at 18 months old, when the family bought him his own four-wheel ATV.

Nowadays, the challenges are bigger, but Brody still advances to nationals for a second year in a row, during the summer before he begins second grade in Wyandotte County.

"It's really fun to do all the jumps and all that," Brody Cook said. "(He gets) a little bit nervous because you think you're going to wreck and all that."

His skill is easy to see. The Cooks' backyard track is smaller than the official size, but Brody takes turns and jumps with run-and-gun expertise.

"He's a very determined child. If he wants to do it, he's going to do it," Mindy said.

"I'm really proud because I've made it to a lot of nationals and stuff," Brody said.

Mindy said Brody finished 38th in last year's nationals, but he had to ride the event while still recovering from a broken wrist. She says if he were to win this year's nationals, it would be a racing family's dream come true.

The Cooks will set out next week for nationals, where Brody hopes to win his division. That event is held each July at a resort in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

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