In the staging lanes with Dad and Mom
This year has been a different kind of year for me because I get to work on the Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Last year I didn't really do anything on the car; I just came here to hang out and watch my dad. But this year I'm part of the team. To be honest, it wasn't really my idea. My dad and my grandpa presented it to me, and I thought it was a really good idea. I said, 'Let's do it. It'll be fun.'
It was about mid-season when they brought me on, and I do the rear end of the car with Jason Laimonis. I help out any way I can, but it's fun working with Jason. We have a thing called the Back-Half Mafia that we stick to. That's our deal. But whatever they want me to do, that's fine with me.
I think a lot of people already know this, but before I was out here so much with my dad and the team, I was training at Club MX in South Carolina. I had an accident – I just came up short on a jump and it kicked my feet off. I crashed, and I shattered my kidney. I actually lost my right kidney, and I was out for eight months. After that, we made the decision not to go back to racing Motocross. That was a hard decision for me, but I've been playing with sprint cars and some asphalt circle track stuff, and really, I've just been trying to find something to do that I enjoy as much as I enjoyed Motocross. Racing is in my blood. It's what I'm drawn to, and I really don't like anything else like I like racing. It's where I'm comfortable.
Here lately I've been testing late model stock cars for SGR (Sharp-Gallaher Racing) and just trying to figure out something of a career path, just seeing what I want to do, and where I want to take it. I've been having fun, and who knows what will come of it.
As for drag racing, it's good to be out here with my dad and grandpa. I don't really know too much about drag racing, to be honest. I was always so involved with Motocross that I wasn't at the races as much as my brothers were. But I know the basics and maybe a little bit more, and it's fun. I like coming out here and supporting my dad and doing what I can to do help, but I'm not sure if I would ever race a Pro Stock car. I'm really drawn to the circle track cars, and I'm not sure if it's because you're in the car a lot longer or if it's more about the fact that so many things can happen. You've got people next to you all the time, people hitting you. It really gets my adrenaline going. I feed off of it. I like contact.
The Gray Motorsports Camaro about to make a run in Dallas. We qualified No. 3.
I will say that I miss Motocross a lot. I miss it every day. But I know that what happened is for the best, and I keep trying to build on that fact and stay positive about it. I miss it, and I miss all my buddies, but I still keep in contact with them. That keeps me going.
It's good to be part of this team out here. I get excited with the Gray Motorsports car does well. I like to see my dad and the do good, and we're starting to succeed more and more each weekend. It's getting good, and yeah, I do get excited when we go up there. I may not seem like it, but I do. It's just a good feeling to see all of the hard work pay off.
My grandpa, Johnny Gray, is saying that he isn't going to race full time after this year. He says he's going to spend more time watching us kids do our thing, and I'm excited that my grandpa is going to be with us more. A lot of people think it adds pressure to have somebody like him who has so much experience in all kinds of racing out there watching you, but I feed off of pressure. It's good. And I want him to come out and spend time with us. He already spends time with us, but it will be good to have him there even more. I can already tell that I'm going to enjoy it.
For now, we get to finish off this year. It's been great so far, and I think that with both my dad's team and my grandpa's, it's only going to get better before the year is over.