"I'm an adrenaline junkie. I like the rush."
12-year-old Mazey Knox is all about speed. It's fitting for the country's number two BMX racer as she competes at the Midwest Nationals in Rockford.
It's something she's grown to love and excel at in such a short period of time.
"I just like going fast and I've always liked going fast," said Knox. "I like bikes. I've always liked bikes, all types of motorcycles and cars, I've always liked that. It's just something different from anyone else."
The Belvidere native has made a name for herself far from the Stateline.
In just four years of riding, Knox has won the state championship, she has been victorious at countless national events, and she has even garnered sponsorships all while representing her home track.
"On a local level, we watch these youngsters come out and they have their first day, they're wiggly wobbly like all of us," said Jake Karau. "To watch them mature and get better and better, that's what it's all about. It's family."
As the track director, Karau has watched racers like Knox grow into winners and while the 12-year-old travels the country in search of BMX glory, she does not forget where she comes from.
"I'm very proud of our facility because it's come up so well over the years and I'm just proud to call this my home track and I always have been."