The Student News Site of Anderson High School

Anderson Student News

Breaking News

Anderson Student News

Anderson Student News

Freshman races sedans at Anderson Speedway

While many Anderson High School students are just learning to drive, freshman Colson Gray feels most comfortable behind the wheel of his Crown Victoria. Colson has been racing since elementary school. Gray won the championship last year in the Crown Vic category. 

This was Gray’s first year placing first in season points at the local Anderson Speedway. He was fighting with Owen Aaron for the title. By the end of the season, Gray pulled out in first with 14 seasonal points. 

Racing is not the safest activity. Racers at Anderson compete on a figure-8 track. Gray was hit where the track intersects in September by Michael Phipps. Despite this, Gray was uninjured and maintains a positive attitude about the crash. “It was fun,” he said. 

Gray can’t do all of this alone. He has the help of a sizeable pit crew. Some people that help get the cars ready are Colt Gray, Matt Tharp, Jordan Tharp, Rickie Tharp, Jaden Tharp, Gaige Hulett, Jack Gray Josh Tharp. Gray also has a group of people that turn out to cheer for him. Some of these are Janis Gray, Jami Rushelle, Mellisa Tharp, Chloe Tharp, and Ashly Tharp.

Gray’s stepbrother got him into racing. His first race was sometime in 2016. “I have most definitely improved since my first race,” Gray said. He couldn’t give any advice to newcomers coming into the Crown Victoria category because last year was his first year.

In the past, he raced quarter midgets, a smaller version of the sprint car. The major difference between quarter midgets and Crown Vics is that, with Crown Vics, you can use the mass of the car to position yourself. 

Gray is excited to get on the track next year. When asked if he saw professional racing in his future, Gray said, “Most definitely.”



Donate to Anderson Student News

Your donation will support the student journalists of Anderson High School . Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Gaige Hulett
My name is Gaige. I am a photography/newspaper student. Some things about me are that I like to ride around town on my BMX, I like to hang out with my friends and I drive race cars almost every weekend. I like to listen to music when I’m doing something or working on something. I think I'm a more athletic person than a lazy person. I don’t like certain subjects in school cause I would rather have a fun teacher than one that’s not fun.   Some things I like are long bike rides at night. I also like the skate park. I used to go to Florida almost every break we get from school to go see family. I mostly took this class because I like to take pictures.   Over summer me and my friends would go to Walmart to mess around but never do anything to break stuff. I don’t really care what people have to say about me. I would rather do me than worry about other people and what they have to say about me. It’s easy to make friends for me cause I just be myself instead of trying to fit in. The longest friendship I have is 10 years.
Donate to Anderson Student News