Joseph Tait is headed south again.

Tait, a 14-year-old from Wilton, has qualified for the 31st Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships July 29-Aug. 4 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The event is the largest amateur motocross race in the world.

Tait, who finished 19th overall in his class at last year’s championships, was one of the 1,386 qualifiers from nearly 20,000 riders who attempted to earn a spot in one of the 36 classes at nationals through area and regional contests.

“The amateur nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at the amateur nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”

The nationals’ track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground and contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers.

Tait, who attends Wilton High School, has been racing since he was five years old. With the help of sponsors such as Danbury Power Sports and John Capello Racing, Tait has won countless races in the last nine years and competes nearly every weekend at race tracks throughout the country. When not racing, he trains locally at Milford Riders Motocross Club in Milford.