“Everyone in the family rides, and he just took an interest in racing,” said Justice’s dad, Justin Shrewsbury.
So, I guess you could say four wheeling is in Justice’s blood. He was only three years old when he started riding.
Justin laughed and added, “Yeah, that is a little young, but I was raised where I had a dirt bike before a bicycle, so that is kind of normal in our family.”
“I didn’t know what to do. But whenever my dad told me this is the gas and those were the breaks, I understood it. And I just started riding,” said 8-year old Justice.
As a natural rider, it made sense to enter his first competition at age 5 in his hometown of Pueblo. His first time set the tone, his name is one you need to know.
“He took second, that was the best place he took that weekend. For his first race, in front of a crowd and being in a stadium it was pretty impressive to me,” Justin added.
“It’s kind of scary because it was the real first time I was on a track. Then I realized going through the reps I was going too fast, so I realized I had to roll them on that bike and it worked out good,” Justice said.
Even with early success, that doesn’t minimize how nerveracking it can be Shrewsbury’s dad, Justin, as he watches from the sidelines.
“It is scary my eight year old goes out on a track and jumps forty feet through the air and drives forty miles an hour around a track,” Shrewsbury said. “He races the fourteen and under class, and he is the youngest kid in that class. So, he is racing against twelve year olds and fourteen year olds. These kids are getting ready to turn amateur.”
The age gap doesn’t phase Justice.
“His last championship was that fourteen and under class. Those kids probably started riding before he was born,” said Justin.
His mindset is pretty simple.
Smiling, Justice said, “It is kind of like when you go to practice but you are verse a lot of people.”
Justice could become a professional as early as sixteen, but his dad knows that is quite a few years away. So for now, he hopes his son just continues to have fun.
“I mean he is just eight years old, it is just fun to him, you know what I mean. I don’t even think he realizes what he is doing and how good he is. Most of the time he just gets to go hang out with his friends and go ride his bike,” Justin said.