Youngster joins family on track
HUNTINGTON -- Before 7-year-old Braxton Brown of Lowell, Ohio, learned how to walk, his grandpa purchased a motorcycle for him.
Before he learned to ride a bike with training wheels, he already knew how to race around a track on his own motorcycle, just like his motocross racing uncle and his expert gift-giving grandpa.
And, before he began the second grade, he became the 2012 Loretta Lynn's Amateur Motocross Champion in the 50cc stock shaft drive division for 4 to 6-year-olds.
When he came to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena with his family for the 2013 West Virginia Indoor MX Championship, he was ready to race in a new division, as an older, more mature rider.
At least, that is what his parents are working on.
"Right now, the biggest lesson we're working on is that you can't win them all," said Ashlee Grubb, Brown's mother. "He has learned so many life lessons from racing, but he's still a kid. He still is learning."
Part of Brown's motocross-related lessons come from earning the goodwill of his parents in order to continue racing. He does that by keeping his grades up, doing his chores -- specifically, cleaning his room -- and being nice to his sister, Jayden Brown, who is his biggest fan, said Grubb.
There was never really any question as to whether or not Grubb's kids would be allowed to participate in motocross, as it was something that was part of her family life growing up.
"It was a no-brainer," she said. "He just took right to it. He learned to ride an actual bicycle years after he had been riding a motorcycle, so he could play with his friends."
In between school, chores and friends, Brown's family travels from race to race with him, including this weekend's indoor championship, which wrapped up Saturday night.
Thousands of people came to Huntington to watch more than 200 riders spin up a little dirt, said Veronica Hordubay, marketing and sales manager for the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
About 1,200 cubic yards of dirt were used to construct the race track that features double, triple and tabletop jumps to keep the race interesting, said Drew Wolfe, event promoter for Athens, Ohio, based Action Sports.
"We always just really hope to give everyone, the racers and the crowd, thrills and an old-fashioned good time," said Wolfe. "We do what we can to encourage exciting races to make sure the crowd gets to watch a good, exciting event."
Until the next race, Brown and his family will be making the rounds around the practice track and studying, cleaning and revving up for the next race.
"Riding is fun and exciting," said Brown. "It's so fun because you get to go fast. It's more exciting when you get to win."
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