Cofield kid strives to excel in motorsports

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2006

COFIELD – While many kids are adventurous in nature, a climb up a nice sized tree is usually enough excitement for most first graders.

For six-year-old Jamari Hamilton, climbing trees is not nearly as exciting as racing around them on a four-wheeler.

Hamilton, a first grader at Bearfield Elementary School, is fast tracking through the world of competitive racing while most of his classmates are still obsessed with toy action figures.

&uot;I do like to play football,&uot; Hamilton said. &uot;Whatever I do though, I don’t like to lose.&uot;

Hamilton is the talent behind Team Full Throttle, the organization that consists of Hamilton’s father Sang, Terry Williams, Robert Chadwick and coaches Rob and Ron Wilder.

The group has been the driving force behind Hamilton’s ascension to prominence among his peers in the world of three and four wheeler racing.

Hamilton’s rise to prominence had an inauspicious beginning in the summer of 2005 when after racing on the street for a few months; the elder Hamilton took his young speedster to Brewer’s Raceway in Elm City, NC.

After forking over $500 in race fees, Jamari was disqualified in his first two races.

&uot;He was red lighted twice,&uot; Sang said. &uot;Five years old and he’s jumping the light, I couldn’t believe it.&uot;

Two weeks later on the same track, Jamari was clocked at 42 miles per hour before crossing the finish line.

&uot;After he topped the 40 mph mark, he said he didn’t want to race anymore,&uot; Sang said. &uot;About two months later he caught the race bug again.&uot;

Backed by several sponsors including, Chuck Gray of Homesavers in Virginia Beach, Va, and EGADS Printing, Jamari entered his first official race earlier this year in Petersburg Va, finishing seventh.

&uot;He was just trying to keep up with the other kids,&uot; Sang said. &uot;He had never competed before, but he stayed focused.&uot;

One month later in Dunwoody Va, Jamari cracked the top five.

Soon afterward, Jamari expanded his racing repertoire to &uot;Scambling&uot;, where the competitors race through wooded areas complete with ditches, ravines and even cliffs, which Jamari found out can be a problem.

&uot;We were watching the other kids come by and we didn’t see Jamari,&uot; Sang said. &uot;We couldn’t understand what had happened.&uot;

What happened was that Jamari had managed to take his bike off the side of a cliff along the course.

Luckily race officials spotted him and hurried to retrieve the young racer and his bike.

What did Jamari do after being rescued from the bottom of a cliff? He got back on his bike and finished in third place, in his first national level event.

&uot;He’s a tough kid,&uot; Sang said proudly. &uot;He’s a good kid as well, I’m very proud of him.&uot;

As much as Jamari is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the world of racing, he still has enough time to remain a six year old.

&uot;I don’t have a girlfriend, no way,&uot; Jamari said. &uot;I like to play football though!&uot;

Jamari said his favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys and that Cowboy receiver Terrell Owens is his favorite player.

Jamari’s passions also include gospel music, Tom & Jerry cartoons, pizza, beef jerky and of course his ‘grandma’.

The Cofield resident, who lives with his mother and siblings Chanay, Janae and Jaquari, is also a big fan of science.

&uot;Yeah, science is my favorite subject,&uot; Jamari said. &uot;I like math, but only a little bit.&uot;

On Sunday, Nov. 12, Jamari will be racing in Axton Va at a GPX combined event that will be televised on ESPN.

&uot;He’s really doing wonders,&uot; Sang said. &uot;Sometimes it’s easy to forget he’s still a kid.&uot;