ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (June 11, 2017)- For NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray, the 48th Annual NHRA Summer Nationals did not go as well as planned and will go down in history as merely a stat for his rookie record book.
Tanner Gray who qualified his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS #2 overall on race day would have a first round matchup with #13 qualifier John Gaydosh. The race came down to the driver with the best reaction time at the starting line. Gray had a reaction time of .047 seconds to Gaydosh's .039 seconds ultimately giving Gaydosh the holeshot victory.
“Losing on a holeshot is unacceptable," Tanner Gray said. "I pride myself on being able to perform on the starting line and my lights this weekend do not reflect my best performance. Congratulations to John (Gaydosh) on a job well done.”
This is the first time this season that Gray has lost first round. After this initial loss, Gray would express pure passion at the top end of the racetrack by slamming the door of his 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS and walking back to the pit instead of riding with his teammates.
"I needed this time to reflect and cool off," the Two Time National Event Winner said. "I thought I had the stripe, only to find out I got beat on a holeshot."
Tanner Gray will have to brush off this first round loss and begin preparing for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals this upcoming weekend, June 16-18, 2017 at Bristol Dragway in which he will race side by side with his Father Shane Gray.
“I look forward to racing this upcoming weekend in Bristol," Tanner Gray said. "I consider Bristol Dragway, my home away from home since it is only a few hours away. I have never raced on the track before, but have many memories watching my dad and grandpa race there. Racing with my Dad (Shane Gray) will be a great way to celebrate Father’s Day.”