Tahlequah racing trio

Cody Hess (left), Ace McCarthy (center) and Jase Fisher (right) all qualified for the Ponca City Grand National Championships. The championship begins on Monday and continues through August 1.

The local trio of Ace McCarthy, Cody Hess and Jase Fisher will travel to Ponca City next week for the Ponca City Grand National Championships. The event is the second largest of its kind in the nation.

McCarthy is a recent graduate of Tahlequah High School.

He will not be racing due to an injury, but did qualify in both the 125 2-stroke class and the 250 intermediate class.

Hess will be a junior at THS. He will be competing in the 250 stock and 250 modified classes.

Although people often just see the finished product of the racers on the track, Hess says there is a lot of work that goes into racing motocross.

“You have to eat right, sleep right and run,” said Hess. “It takes a lot of discipline.”

His primary sponsors are MSR, Protaper Bars, Scott Goggles and Sunstar.

Another big supporter of Hess’ is his father, Fred. Though expensive, he sees motocross as an excellent way to be with his son.

“There is no better way to spend time with you son,” Fred said.

Fisher is a 15-year-old sophomore-to-be at Keys High School. He will be racing in the 85cc, 14-16, stock and modified events.

Fisher’s sponsors include MSR, Performance Cycles, Jimmy Houston Marine, Super Spray Car Wash, Venture Drilling. Fisher also wanted to give special thanks to Ace McCarthy, Michelle McCarthy and Dr. Rotton DeLoche.

Much like Hess, Fisher’s father, R.B., dedicates a lot of his time to his son’s young motocross career.

“It’s a yearlong process,” E.B. said. “You get to be involved in the sport with the kids.”

Fisher made it out of qualifying and into the main two years ago and was running in fifth place, but an accident derailed his chances of a high finish.

“All of the kids goal is to make it to the main,” said Fisher. “We want to put on a good show and help out our friends and sponsors.”

At Keys, Jase has played other sports, including wrestling last year for the Cougars.

The Ponca City Grand National Championships will begin on Tuesday.

It continues through Saturday, August 1.

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