Dallas Daniels heads into 2021 sporting the number-one plate on his Estenson Racing prepped Yamaha YZ450F. Although he didn’t qualify for the Main Event at last year’s season opener at Volusia Speedway, he came back swinging with a thrilling victory at the Volusia Half-Mile II. As the season progressed, the young phenom dominated the stacked AFT Singles class, launching a six-race win streak and a total of eight victories to secure the crown a weekend early at the Charlotte Half-Mile.
Daniels made his pro debut mid-season in 2020. The fast kid from Mattoon, Illinois, quickly rose in the ranks with a dominant win at the Peoria TT. He then went on to back it up with two more podiums to finish the year just outside the top 10, earning Rookie of the Year honors in the class.
Like his teammate on the Twins team, JD Beach, Daniels also pulled double duty in American Flat Track and MotoAmerica in 2019. While awaiting his AFT Singles debut after his birthday in June, the fast kid from Illinois was a title contender in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup. He stood on the podium nine times, including his first career win at the Utah Motorsports Campus.
Even before he made it to the professional ranks, the young Daniels already turned a lot of heads. He made history by being the first rider to earn the prestigious amateur accolade of the Nicky Hayden Horizon Award during the same year in both flat track and road racing. He also was named the 2018 AMA Athlete of the Year from Grand Championship events.