There aren’t many people who can say they’ve qualified for Loretta Lynn’s. Even fewer can say they’ve had the pleasure of winning a championship. But to win two, in the same year? A definite rarity. And anyone who’s in the category, must be prioritized, as their results gleam of composure, determination, and dominance; exactly what Stockton Stinebaugh set out to do, on his quest for titles at the beginning of 2017. Riding a wave of momentum like no other, he had a brief moment to chat with us here recently. Anxious to get a word in with one of Loretta’s hottest commodities, we were able to discuss his present day mentality, and what he hopes to become in the future.
We last talked prior to your regionals for Loretta Lynn’s; how was your first adventure racing the guys in the Schoolboy class? You almost came away with a bid in one of the most difficult divisions.
The Schoolboy class is no joke! My dad and I decided to sign up and race Schoolboy 2 just to go ahead and see what I was going to be up against next year. I surprised everyone with my performance, I would've made it if it wasn't for a crash in my first moto!
Migrating west, you went to Pala for the Southwest regional; summarize that weekend for us, were you looking to secure a spot in all classes, so you could choose the best fit for a championship run?
Yeah you know, I had an up and down weekend at Pala. I ended the weekend with three tickets and two number one plates. The goal was to get the job done in all four classes but I missed it by two spots in one class due to a crash.
Coming back to Freestone, for your final regional stop, how confident were you once leaving the track in Wortham? Did you have a feeling you could run the table from then on out?
Freestone was the following weekend. I won all 6 of my motos and my confidence level was at an all time high! I knew I had been the fastest rider at both of my regionals so far, so I was really confident I could get the job done at the Ranch!
What was your preparation like prior to Loretta’s? Who were you training with and what were you focusing on?
My training prior to Loretta’s was awesome. I spent the remainder of my summer out at Underground Training Facility with Zak Mashburn and Kyle Regal. The goal was to win both of my classes at the Ranch. We were mainly focusing on my endurance and consistency. We knew that I had the speed, all I had to do was be consistent and not get tired!
Describe your feelings upon arrival to Hurricane Mills; were you nervous or anxious?
Arriving at Loretta Lynn’s was definitely nerve racking for sure. I was fortunate enough to have a good group of friends around me that had been there before, and had given me some great advice! I was anxious for the racing to get started to hopefully add some more titles to my collection!
You absolutely rose to the occasion at Loretta’s, can you even put the week into words after claiming two titles?
Words can't even describe the feeling of winning two titles at the Ranch. I had my work cut out for me in both of my classes but in the end I pulled through and got the championships!
How long did it take for the feeling to sink in once all was said and done?
It actually took a while for it to all sink in. After I won, everything was going by so fast. Everyone was stopping by the pits saying congrats. My phone was blowing up with text messages and snapchats! My Instagram was gaining followers! Everything was just racing by! The first night I got home was when everything really set it. I was laying in bed looking at my number one plates and just knowing that all my hard work has paid off!
After that you went to The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City, how was your weekend there?
The Motoplaygroud Race is by far the best race of the year. They have the BIGGEST PITBIKE RACE IN THE WORLD, the sidewinder race, and many other awesome activities! These are all fun but my favorite is the Ambucs trike race. It was so humbling and an awesome event to be a part of!
Are you planning on doing any more nationals for the rest of 2017?
Mini-O’s will be my last big race of 2017.
So what’s the plan for 2018? Are you moving to the B class full-time?
I am really excited for 2018! I am making the move up to the "B" and Schoolboy classes. I am hoping to continue my success against even stiffer competition!
Who has helped you all throughout this year, and up to this point in your career?
I'd like to thank everyone for helping and supporting me. Without them none of this would be possible. My mom and dad, my mechanic Trevor, Scotty Haynes at Performance factory, Zak Mashburn, Kyle regal, Underground Training Facility, Maxima Yamaha, Premier Plumbers of Texas, Tim at Tld, 100%, Dunlop, Twin air, Blu Cru, Decal Works and anyone else I forgot, thanks!