EPPING, NH (June 3, 2017)- Friday's qualifying efforts deemed successful for teenage phenom Tanner Gray at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire. His first pass out Q1 Friday afternoon sent him straight to the top with an ET of 6.518 seconds at 212.03 mph.
“My guys have been working really hard to find additional power for our Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro." Gray said. "Preliminarily qualifying number 1 shows that we are progressing.”
Again Q2, the Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS continued to run impressive numbers with an ET of 6.520 seconds at 211.86 mph. His #1 spot was valid until surpassed by Erica Enders Stevens, sliding him back to the number 2 spot.
“After 2 qualifying passes, my guys have shown consistency," the two time national event winner said. "Our Gray Motorsports power is there. I am looking forward to qualifying tomorrow and know we have what it takes to qualify number 1."
Q3, Saturday afternoon was less than eventful for Tanner Gray. Immediately leaving the starting line, the tires spun and Gray was left to coast down the strip.
The Gray Motorsports team would then regroup in preparation for Q4.
The suspense was high as Gray was the second to last pair to run during Q4. Again, this 18 year old rookie would make history as he reclaimed his first ever pole position with an ET of 6.501 seconds at 212.09 mph.
"That’s probably the closest to perfect I’ve ever been," Tanner Gray said. "I think that the whole team has a pretty stout rhythm. Can’t really asked for much better at all. I’m really excited, but at the end of the day #1 qualifier doesn’t mean much. If you don’t have the yellow hat at the end of race day then you didn’t do anything."
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS team will be featured during 3 hours of finals coverage beginning Sunday on FS1 at 4:30 p.m. (ET)