DR: When did you first start riding?
TB: I first started riding when I was about five, and I had a PW80. I started racing when I was about nine years old.How did you get into racing?
We went to a supercross, and my mom decided we were going racing. My dad wanted me to race before then, but my mom wasn't into it. It took just one supercross, and she was all about it.What allowed you to progress so quickly with your racing?
I started racing at Gorman and L.A. County Raceway, and that went really well, but I seemed to become a lot faster once we started racing . The classes are deeper there, and racing with those guys made me better.How long was it before racing became serious?
My third year racing, we went to Ponca City for the National; I knew then I wanted to take things more seriously and wanted to race all the time. I was able to progress, and now it is all I think about.As seriously as you take racing, is it still fun for you?
Oh yeah, it's still tons of fun, but it's definitely a job now and something that 100 percent. I work as hard as I can at this; you have to if you want good results.What does your weekly program consist of?
I'm homeschooled now, so on Mondays I go to school and turn in all my work for the week and bring home new . After I leave school, I try to get some of my homework done. On Tuesdays, my mom takes me to I-5MX, and I ride for most of the day. On Wednesdays, I do school work for about four hours and then ride my bicycle or my 50. Thursdays, I go with my dad to Glen Helen or RaceTown 395. On Fridays, I try to kick back and hang out with friends if I can. That's really important to me.What is it like being homeschooled?
I recently began homeschooling for the ninth grade. I do my work and get it done when I need to-I should probably get it done a bit sooner than I do. Being homeschooled gives me the opportunity to ride at least twice during the week, and take the time off to go to all the big Nationals during the year.What is your main focus for the year?
Winning Loretta Lynn's. I will be racing the 14-16 Mod and Supermini .Words with the head of the house: MomDR: So you were the one who allowed Travis to get into racing?
TB: Yeah, Travis had been riding since he was about five, and I never planned on his racing. There were two things I didn't want him doing: playing football and racing motocross. We all went to a supercross, and after that I was hooked. My husband said Travis would be really good at this, so we bought him a KTM 65 and he raced for the next year at Gorman.What is the hardest part of being a minibike parent at this level?
Watching your son go out on the track, and seeing him go as fast as he can every lap. I turn my back when he is on the starting line; after he gets through the first turn, I start watching.How do you manage all the time spent away from work?
I'm fortunate to have my own business, but it's really hard to make it all happen. I feel that if Travis is giving 100 percent, then we have to give 100 percent, too. It's tough, but we make it work. At the level he is , we are also very excited for him, and that makes us all work that much harder to be able to do this.Even though you and your husband have good jobs, is it hard financially to race at this level?
It's very hard financially, but we have great support, which helps tremendously. Without some of Travis' sponsors, we would not be able to race as much as we do. Basically, it's just opening the checkbook and using credit cards, and paying the bills when they come. We feel that in this sport if you want to be the best, you have to have the best .Do you think some parents push the whole racing thing too far?
Oh yeah! When we first got into this sport, we saw a few dads who were just awful. The kids know what they're doing, and they know they need to be up front. But I think there are a lot of dads who try to live through their sons, and that adds unneeded pressure. Everyone makes mistakes, but it gets old seeing some of the things parents do. There are a few dads I don't care to be around because it just takes away from what we are doing.Do you think racing at this level makes it difficult for Travis to be a kid?
I thought that about two years ago, because we were going to the races and he was missing school dances and wasn't able to hang out with friends on weekends. He went through about a six-month period of wanting to just hang out with friends, so as a family, we sat down and asked him if he wanted to just race on a part-time basis. After he gave it some thought, he told us he wanted to race. I really don't think he feels he has missed out on anything as far as being a kid. In racing, we have met great people and gone to great places. Motocross is very social for us, and Travis still has his friends back home.