14-YEAR-OLD TONY NOLEN RIDES TO MINT 400 VICTORY
Husqvarna rider wins Sports 201-300CC class en route to 11th-place overall Moto finish
Las Vegas,Nv. (Dec, 16, 2021) – The 2021 Mint 400, held Dec. 1-5 in Las Vegas, will forever be ingrained in the mind of up-and-coming rider Tony Nolen.
The 14-year-old added his name to the list of the next generation of desert racers when he rode his 2021 Yamaha YZ 250X to victory in the Sports 201-300CC class and an 11th-place overall finish in Moto.
“It’s just beginning to sink in what we were able to accomplish at the Mint 400,” said Nolen. “When you’re racing at an event, you’re so focused on doing what you need to do to have a good showing that you really don’t have time to think about what position you might finish in.
“I just focus on going out there and doing my best for the Nolen Motorsports crew, which works hard to give me the best bike possible, and our sponsors, who have faith in our abilities and support our efforts.”
Coming out of the 49th position on the starting grid of a field in which he was the youngest rider, Nolen quickly mastered the Las Vegas course to shoot up to 12th place overall during the first lap. Nolen maintained the position until the final lap, where he improved to 11th place among the 115 entries. In the process, he also scored a win in the Sports 201-300CC class.
“To be able to win my class and finish 11th in such a stacked field is very humbling. I’m thrilled to have been able to do well for my team and sponsors,” said Nolen, who receives support from Terrible Herbst, Patricks Signs, Rugged Radios, Moto Seat, BRP, Fasst Company, Schmidt Performance and Maxima USA.
Nolen, 14-year-old teammate Steven Wheeler, and the entire Nolen Motorsports team will have a busy off-season preparing to for next year. The team will announce its schedule and plans for the 2022 season in the near future.
For the latest news on Nolen Motorsports, follow the team on Facebook (@NolenMotorsports) or Instagram (@NolenMotorsports and @Antonio_Racer_212). For more information, contact Nikki Nolen, race manager, 702.292.6365, or Lhea Inzalaco, publicist, 480.299.9456.