The Gray Motorsports team is getting ready to head over to Las Vegas for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, and it definitely looks like it's going to be a very busy weekend for us.
I have to send out a big thank you to everyone who voted for me to get into the K&N Horsepower Challenge. That was huge for our team, and it was a very big deal for me to have the support of the fans, especially since I haven't been in the driver's seat for the past few years. It's an honor to race in this competition with my teammate, Shane Gray, and I hope everyone knows that I am very grateful and I hope to make you all proud.
This race is going to be very special for our team for a few reasons. Obviously, we get to race the K&N Horsepower Challenge, but we also get to go back to Las Vegas and a track where Shane just came off a big win last October. We've both been to the winner's circle there before, and we have two of the toughest draws for the first round of the shootout (Shane has Jason Line and I have Allen Johnson), but I feel if we play our cards right, we should be running each other second round and one of us can go on and win this thing.
I feel like we may even have a shot at doubling up, and having that confidence in the team that surrounds you is a good sign. I wouldn't want another team behind me right now, that's for darn sure.
I can't wait to get to Vegas and race in this deal, but once the trucks were all loaded up and left the Gray Motorsports shop headed west, I went down to where I keep my motorhome and started thinking about de-winterizing it. Yep, I'm thinking about a bracket race that is scheduled the weekend between Vegas and Charlotte. You would think after being on the road and gone as much lately as we have been, the last thing I'd want to do is spend a weekend off at a bracket race, but I'm definitely considering it.
I might have to get my Chevy II up and ready and try to hit a couple. I'm not saying I'll hit every one, but there are definitely three or four key bracket races I'd like to be part of, and there are some good races I'd like to get to throughout the year. Maybe a half-dozen or so.
I just really enjoy the atmosphere and the folks out there. That's where I grew up, and I do miss it. I love Pro Stock racing, but it's a different atmosphere all together when you go to these bracket races. It's laid back, and you have a chance to enjoy the company of the other racers.
I like driving this Chevy II. I only ran it three or four times last year, and I runner-upped with it in a 10-grander in South Georgia so for only having it out a few weekends, I was very happy with it.
I'll try to keep you all updated on how things go on that end of things, but obviously the main focus is making progress with our Gray Motorsports Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaros and the COPO Camaros in Stock Eliminator. We're still working on a whole new Gray Motorsports website, but you can always find updates and pictures and stories on our Facebook pages: Facebook.com/GrayMotorsportsShaneGray, Facebook.com/GrayMotorsportsJonathanGray and Facebook.com/DaveConnollyRacing. See you out there.