Grant Galloway: Faith, Family, and NASCAR
by Seth Miller
Grace student Grant Galloway never imagined this year would bring him one step closer to realizing his life-long aspiration of becoming a NASCAR driver.
A few weeks ago, Grant was preparing for college and the beginning of his race season in the National Midget Series. Two weeks ago, he got the opportunity of a lifetime.“I went to Michigan International Speedway and met a marketing firm representative, who introduced me to Brad Daugherty’s team,” said Galloway. “The very next week, I was in Charlotte, N.C., testing trucks for JTG Racing, Brad Daugherty’s team. Next week, I am going to Iowa to sit in the pit box of SS Greenlight Racing and get to know my crew chief, Jason Miller, and spotter.”
Grant began racing at 9 years old in the Quarter Midget Series. After claiming the championship in the Light A Series, he drove in the Mel Kenyen Midget Championship for three years. After finishing second in the points standings in 2009, he drove in six races in the National Midget Series, three times finishing in the top three in those six races. In 2010, he ran full time in the National Midget Series and received an incredible opportunity to be selected as one of 12 drivers out of 1,500 applicants to compete in the Richard Petty Drivers Search.
“After I finished running the Kenyen series, Richard Petty called and invited me to compete in a drivers search,” Galloway explained. “Out of the 1,500 applicants, only 12 were chosen and I was one of them [and] the youngest. I ran on Concord Speedway and drove with a current NASCAR driver, Marcos Ambrose, and a former NASCAR driver, Brad Noffsinger. On the final day, I was given the opportunity to drive a car as fast as I could around Charlotte Motor Speedway and ran at 195 miles per hour. I finished in 6th place overall for the competition.”
In 2011, Grant received another unique opportunity as he was selected to be a Richard Petty Experience driver, a task that involved driving race fans around NASCAR tracks.
“Because of this opportunity, I pulled out of high school and, through all four years of high school, I did all of my schooling online,” recounts Galloway. “Last year, I traveled 10 months out of the year.”
His best racing years are still ahead of him as he prepares for a full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with SS Greenlight Racing next year. He will make his truck debut on Oct. 27 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. None of this could have been possible without the support of his family and his strong Christian foundation.
“Family has definitely helped me along the way and helped me overcome many speed bumps that have come up along the way,” he affirms. “We work together as a team. My spiritual walk with Christ is another reason I am where I am today. God has placed these opportunities in my life for a reason and has helped me succeed through them.”
Galloway has aspirations that aim higher than seeing his face on a box of Wheaties. “I am not just going for the fame of running NASCAR. I want to run NASCAR to have an impact on the people who watch it. I do not want to be known as the kid who is going for fame and money, but I want to be known for spiritual jewels. My overarching goal is to use this platform to further the Kingdom of God and make a positive impact on those in and around NASCAR.”