The Big 13Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Posted by: Shane Gray, Gray Motorsports Camaro

My son Tanner had a birthday recently, and he is now officially a teenager. Don’t you all get used to this or anything, but since he’s growing up so fast, I thought it would be a good time to let him get on here and talk to you a little bit, maybe give everybody a little bit of his perspective about what it’s like on the road. Having my family with me is an important part of this whole deal, and even though they aren’t able to get to every single race, they’re there for most of them. That means a lot to me.

Before I hand this over, I wanted to tell you that Tanner and my oldest son Bryce had a really great weekend while we were in Charlotte at the 4-Wide race. While we were qualifying on Saturday, Bryce won a national MotoCross race which qualified him for the national amateur championships in Tennessee called the Loretta Lynns. He’ll go, and if he can do well there and for the next couple of years, then that’ll qualify him to get a pro card. When and if he succeeds at that goal, then we’ll start him at Anaheim for the Monster Energy SuperCross Series. Bryce is a man of few words, but he’s definitely talked in detail of his life goals and if that is what he wants to do, then I’ll do everything in my power to make that happen for him. My father has made what I want to do possible, and in turn, I have to do the same thing for those boys.

That same weekend, Tanner got second in a local race that he had entered. He’s younger than Bryce, and he’s doing his best and we’re real proud of him. We’re proud of all the boys. Amber and I got lucky in the kid department. Anyway, here’s Tanner.

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Me on my dirt bike
I like traveling to all the races, but when we are gone for two or three weeks, I’m ready to go home. I like my own bed, and you have nothing really to do at the hotel – just go in there and sleep or lay around. I like that I get to be together with my family, but sometimes we have to get away from each other because we can get on each other’s nerves.

When I’m at home and sometimes at the races I hang out with Cody, Greg Anderson’s son. We’re about the same age, and even though we don’t always like to do the same stuff, we get along pretty well. He plays baseball, and I like motocross. Someday, I want to race professionally. I race now all over the area around my house. I have a Yamaha 85. We went to Virginia not that long ago and I got to get a little bit of time on the racetrack during practice for a race my brother Bryce was running – it was a Loretta Lynn Qualifier.

We’ve been riding ever since I was little. My dad showed us Jr. Dragsters and we raced that for a couple of years, but then I went out and rode again and I started wanting to race. Once I got back on the dirt bike, I knew I wanted to give up Jr. Dragsters and only race dirt bikes. It took my dad a year or two to let me actually race – he was scared we were going to get hurt – but I feel comfortable, and it’s what I like to do. My mom thinks that if that’s what we want to do, then she should support us. Sometimes she’ll go out with us and watch us and get our stuff ready for us and tell us good job, or Jep from the shop will take us down to a few different places with our dirt bikes. It’s a lot of fun.

Sometimes we can bring our dirt bikes when we go to the races and take them out to tracks in the area, but most of the time at the racetrack I stay busy and run my RC car. It’s a Traxxas and we got it a couple of years ago at Seattle. We went into the hobby shop store and I saw it, and that’s all I could talk about the rest of the week. Me, Taylor and Bryce all got one, then they came out with the mini Slashes and we got those. I like the big Slash, but the little Slash is fun around the house. People always ask us where we got them and how much they are, and they’ll stop and watch us. One day I was running it a little too hard and I broke it, but you can buy all kinds of parts at the Traxxas place at the racetrack. If I break an A arm, it only takes like 10 minutes to fix.

I try to stay busy at the track and still pay attention to what my dad and Papa are doing, especially on Sunday. I always want them to win, but I’m okay either way. Sometimes at the end of the day we’ll go eat with the team or sometimes just the family, and I like to go to Olive Garden and get angel hair pasta with scampi sauce. I also have to do my school work at the track. At home we have a school room behind my dad’s shop and we go there every day. I learn algebra, geography, English, science, and bible. Sometimes we watch videos, and I have to take tests and do homework just like regular school. This is our first year doing it this way, and sometimes it can be hard but I’m getting As and Bs right now.

Well, I guess that’s all for now. I hope you liked this blog!