41st 51cc (7-8) AMA Class 2 1998
29th 51cc (4-6) AMA Class 1 1999
23rd 51cc (7-8) AMA Class 2 2000
9th 51cc (7-8) AMA Class 2 2001
23rd 51cc (7-8) AMA Class 2 1998
42nd 51cc (4-6) AMA 1 Stock 1997
14th 51cc (7-8) AMA Class 2 1998
3rd 51cc (4-6) AMA Class 1 1999
7th 51cc (7-8) AMA Class 2 2000
2nd 51cc (7-8) AMA Class 2 2001
As you can see, most of the riders listed above did not take home championships in the 50 ranks, and none of them were dominant in all of their 50 Class races. Yes, Millsaps, Alessi and Stewart got some Ws, but even that didn't guarantee their success. Other 50cc Class titles during the era the above riders raced in belong to names like Shawn Rife, Cameron Smith, Brandon Large, John Maleske, David Whitcraft, Chris Considine and Trevor Reis. You might recognize a few of those names, but, by and large, they haven’t continued down the path to motocross stardom.
Taking it even further, guys like Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, Kevin Windham, Justin Barcia, Jake Weimer, Blake Wharton, Andrew Short, Ivan Tedesco and Ricky Carmichael didn’t even enter any 50 Class races at Loretta Lynn’s.
Since your four-year-old probably can't read yet, you'll have to pass some words of advice on to them. Don't give up on your dreams just because you're not dominating all the other four-year-olds. Some of the top riders in the world didn't give up, and look where they are now!