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Gray Motorsports 17th Annual Thunder Valley Nationals Event Recap
Gray Motorsports 17th Annual Thunder Valley Nationals Event Recap
June 19, 2017

NHRA Father/Son Team Light up

The 17th Annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals


BRISTOL, TN (June 19, 2017) - Race day at the 17th Annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals was filled with celebratory smiles even before eliminations began Sunday for the Gray Family. Grandfather Johnny, Son Shane, Son Jonathon, and Grandson Tanner Gray all took part in the special pre race Father's Day track walk as well as a high school graduation ceremony for Tanner Gray.


“It was a great experience to share my graduation with the fans,” Tanner Gray said. "I know today will be a very special memory for the entire family."  


Round 1 of eliminations featured Gray Motorsports versus KB racing. National Event Winner Shane Gray would face World Champion Jason Line, as Youngest Driver to Ever Win a National Event Tanner Gray, would line up against World Champion Greg Anderson. Both Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro's prevailed and moved on to a Father/Son matchup round 2. 


“Coming into eliminations today, I knew Greg (Anderson) was going to be tough to beat," Tanner Gray said. "“I am excited to line up against my dad, especially on Father's Day. Would be even better to get the win!”  


The Gray Family quarterfinal match up could have came straight out of a storybook. Father versus son on Father's Day. The last time Shane and Tanner Gray met during eliminations was first round of the NHRA Southern Nationals of which the win light would go to Tanner Gray.  


“Tanner (Gray) and I met first round in Atlanta and unfortunately he beat me." Father Shane Gray said. "I am looking forward to beating him.” 


The win light was robbed yet again from Father Shane Gray. Shane Gray's package was no match for the young 18 year old.


"He (Tanner Gray) is a tough competitor and it was a great race,” Shane Gray said.


Semi finals of the Thunder Valley Nationals featured Tanner Gray versus Alex Laughlin, who is running a limited schedule due to funding. The race was over at the starting line when Tanner Gray would prematurely leave by -.001 seconds giving the win light to Laughlin.


“Well that’s not how I wanted to end the day," The Youngest Gray said. "I thought I nailed the tree, and unfortunately I was too early.”


The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team will continue the pursuit of the 2017 Mello Yello Championship this weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk Ohio June 23-25, 2017. 


Tanner Gray

              Pts          Events       Wins       Rup        Semi      Qtr         1st rd     Poles     DNQ       W/L
2017       3rd             11               2             1               5           2              1             1           0         22-9
Best Time, Speed: 6.501 seconds, (2017 NHRA New England Nationals); 213.37 mph (Gatornationals 2017)
Last event (June 16-18, Bristol): Qualified No. 1,  Semi Finals (Alex Laughlin)
Shane Gray
                  Pts          Events       Wins       Rup        Semi      Qtr         1st rd     Poles     DNQ       W/L
2017          9th             8              1             0               1           5              1             0           0            11-7

Best Time, Speed: 6.484 seconds, (2014 Reading); 214.45 mph (2014 Englishtown)
Last event (June 16-18, Bristol): Qualified No. 10, Quarter Finals (Tanner Gray)
Pro Stock Car                                                   
  1. Bo Butner                   945     -----
  2. Greg Anderson           835    -110
  3. Tanner Gray              830    -115
  4Jeg Coughlin Jr          766   -179
  5. Jason Line                  702    -243
  6. Erica Enders               657    -288
  7. Vincent Nobile            617    -328
  8. Drew Skillman            536    -409
  9. Shane Gray                434   -511
 10. Chris McGaha           421    -524