Youngest Driver in the Legends Million Confident about his Chances to Take Home Big Money
He may lack experience in a Legend Car, but 12-year-old Gray Gaulding has plenty of confidence when it comes to driving in the Legends Million July 15-17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Although this is Gaulding’s first year racing a Legend Car he is already one of the youngest drivers to ever win in a Legend Car, putting him in the same category with the likes of NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and Reed Sorenson. Gaulding’s first win came at Concord, (N.C.) Speedway in April at the age of 12 years and two months.
Not only is Gaulding one of the youngest to ever win in a Legend Car, he is also the youngest driver registered to compete in the largest grassroots race in history, the Legends Million.
This one-of-a-kind race will provide Gaulding with the opportunity to compete against the best Legend Car drivers in the world, all the while vying for his share of the $1 million purse.
“I am excited to race for all of that money,” said Gaulding. “I could have $250,000 just for me. Let me tell you that’s way better than a $10 allowance, but it’s going to be pretty hard racing all the pro drivers.”
Some may question Gaulding’s decision to race against so many experienced drivers but Gaulding thinks his age gives him an advantage and he can’t wait for the opportunity.
“I think I am the underdog right now, but sometimes being the underdog gives you an advantage,” said Gaulding. “I am going to put it all on them if I can. We are all fighting for the same thing. May the best man win!”
Growing up with a father who works in the NASCAR industry Gaulding has been around racing his entire life. At just 3 years of age, Gaulding first started racing motorcycles. At age 8, with encouragement from NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Jason White, he began racing Bandoleros and in his first year won a championship. At that point his family knew he was serious about racing, so they packed up and moved from their Virginia home to Statesville, N.C., in the heart of NASCAR country.
“I built a fifth-mile track in our backyard and got Gray a trainer,” said Gray’s father Dwayne Gaulding. “I knew if we were going to do this racing thing then we were going to do it right.”
Gray’s first experience in a Legend Car was at the Fun and Sun Winter Nationals at Orlando, (Fla.) Speedworld in February. He qualified on the outside pole and from that moment he had a new love for Legend Cars. To date Gaulding has raced in 26 events and taken home eight wins in a Legend Car.
With all the success he has had thus far, Gaulding someday hopes to make it to the big leagues of NASCAR and thinks the Legends Million is a great opportunity to further his racing career.
“I am excited that this race is going to be on TV,” explained Gaulding. “Being able to race in front of all these sponsors is great and you never know Hendrick Motorsports or somebody like that could be watching and discover a new driver.”
Competitors who register for the Legends Million must register in one of three divisions: Young Lions/Semi-Pro, Masters or The Legends Million, which is open to all drivers.
Each division will run heat races and an A-Main race, with the Legends Million A-Feature serving as the grand finale of the three-day event. The winners of the Masters and Semi-Pro/Young Lions division A-Main races will earn an unprecedented $30,000 and $25,000, respectively.
For additional information on competitor registration for the Legends Million, go online or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205.