Jake Scott has been racing snowmobiles since he was 12 years old, and now at the age of 18 he is leading the the overall points chase in the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series Pro Lite division.
Scott, who now lives in Minnesota in the winter after growing up in Port Jefferson Station, is atop the Pro Lite division with 356 total points heading into this weekend's race back in New York.
"It's not often a kid from Long Island leads the world’s premier snowmobile racing circuit overall points division in a pro class," said Pat Schutte, PR Director of ISOC [Inernational Series of Champions] Racing.
From racing at a young age, Scott progressed and won a few championships on the east coast and got an offer to ride the national circuit with Team Lavallee. Once he became a pro, the former Comsewogue High School student had to be home schooled.
"I wasn’t home enough and the teachers were getting mad," Scott said.
He bumped up to the pro lite class last year and continues to make his mark and improve through his incredible dedication.
"It’s a lot of rough training," he said. "Every single day you’ve got to dedicate your life to the sport. You get up and go to the gym and as soon as you're done with that you have to go straight to the track and ride and work on your weaknesses until its dark out. Then you go back to the gym, wake up and do it all over again."
Scott heads to the town of Salamanca in western New York this weekend, but hopes to head home for a few days after the race. He has had to adjust to small-town living after growing up on Long Island, as he now lives in a town of 156 people.
"I do kind of miss home," he said. "The traveling is fine, Ive always traveled my whole life but the small town part took a little bit getting used. If I want to go to a WalMart or anything I have to drive for an hour and a half."
The overall points leader is looking forward to closing out the season strong and holding on to the points lead as the winter winds down.
For complete standings, competitions, rules and more information on Scott and the AMSOIL Championship, visit ISOCRacing.com.