Team 851 Skaggs: The need for speed

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In Winters, 10-year-old Jordyn Skaggs is known as a stellar student, three sport athlete and a leader in school. In the world of UTV racing, Skaggs is known as Team 851 and is a force to be reckoned with.  Skaggs started UTV racing in May 2018 and has been in love with it ever since. She explained that her interest was sparked after she attended one of the Nor Cal SxS races with her father, Jerry Skaggs. Shortly after attending the race Skaggs was surprised with her first Polaris RZR 170. “We had just gotten back from Disneyland and my dad told me to go look in the trailer, so I went and looked inside the trailer and I saw it. I was so happy that I screamed,” said Skaggs. Since receiving her UTV, she has clocked 17 hours of seat time and has competed and placed in five races, taking second place overall in the series. Skaggs has competed in races in both Sparks, Nevada and Folsom and is currently preparing for a Lucas Oil Off Road racing series at the end of September in Los Angeles. It hasn’t taken long for Skaggs to make a name for herself in the world of racing. Competitors are already watching her and feel apprehensive upon her arrival at the race track. Skaggs has been riding quads since she was three years old and has no fear on the race track. She is looking forward to competing against over 20 other kids who have a passion for UTV racing.  “It’s actually really exciting when someone comes in fast and hits me from the side. I have also rolled several times, but I don’t really get scared,” Skaggs said. As Skaggs begins to get faster and embraces a “no fear” attitude, her parents and sponsors have provided her with the equipment and guidance to ensure her safety on the track. Skaggs passion for UTV racing is a full-fledged family endeavor.  Jerry’s extreme sport experience has allowed him to make an excellent spotter for Skaggs on the track. He is Skaggs’ eyes and informs her of the positions of her competitors and helps keep her safe. He lets her know when someone is getting close, while challenging her to overcome any self-doubt she may have while on the course.  “I am starting to get a little more nervous now that she is starting to get so much faster, but we have done everything possible to make sure she is as safe as possible while racing. Her mom gets way more nervous than I do” said Jerry. The Skaggs family takes racing very seriously and has been part of every aspect of achieving her goal of racing in the UTV World Championship. Skaggs carefully chose her race number 851, spent three months helping her dad remodel her UTV and has helped find sponsors to supply race parts and funding of other racing and traveling expenses.  “I chose 851 to be my racing number because when my dad raced his number was 85,” she said proudly. Skaggs plans to continue racing for a long time. To follow and support Skaggs on her journey to the Lucas Oil series in September and the UTV World Championship, visit her Instagram page, @851Skaggs.   ]]>

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