The GXP in Englishtown
My dad, Johnny Gray, has been at this for so many years, and it was awesome to see him win in his Service Central Funny Car in Englishtown. Now he has two wins under his belt in the professional class, and I really think he’s going to win more this year. With the way his crew chief Rob Wendland and those guys have everything running over there, it’s just a matter of time.
You always want to win, but when I see my dad do something like that, it just makes me want to dig harder. He was at the Gray Motorsports shop last week, and he shed a lot of good ideas on our program. We all feel like we’re headed in the right direction, and we have some exciting things in the future. Shoot, we’re just going to dig hard.
After Englishtown, me and the guys all sat down and had a conversation as a team and we said, you know what, we’re never going to get the Camaro to a race until we get it out and really test it. We knew we needed two good days, so we took it out to Rockingham and sure enough, we had two great days of testing.
A photo taken by my crew chief Justin Elkes after a great day of testing in Rockingham.
It went very well, and I sure enjoyed driving the GXP, but it’s awesome to think about racing the Service Central Camaro in Pro Stock – Stock being the key word. You can actually go down to the Chevrolet dealer and buy a Camaro, and that’s just neat. The Camaros are the wave of the future. Besides all that, it’s just a really cool-looking car. I’m pretty excited to bring it out in Bristol for the first time and see what we can do at the Thunder Valley Nationals. I feel totally confident that the car is as good as, if not better than, the car I just got out of.
I have a new attitude. I’ve been doing some soul-searching and looking around, and you know what? There are a lot of people who have it a whole lot worse than me in life. I’ve been frustrated with our program, but I’m going to look at this from a different perspective. There are a lot of folks out there that suffer and have way bigger problems than I have – heck, the only problem I have in life is that my racecar isn’t quite as fast as I want it to be right now, and that’s really nothing to gripe about.
I guess you could say that I kind of slapped myself in the face and told myself that I need to appreciate what I have and what I’m doing. There are a lot of people out there who would gladly take my seat even if we can’t qualify on the pole. I’m changing my attitude, and I’m getting myself moving in a new, positive direction.
We’ve got a lot of reasons to be excited heading into this race, so we’re going to go to Bristol with a new car and a new attitude, and we’re going to do the best we can.