MORRISON, CO (July 23, 2017) – Race day at the 38th Annual Mopar Mile High Nationals featured hot racing conditions and a full house. For NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray, these race conditions were optimal and the race day strategy was the only thing left to execute.
The round one matchup would feature Jason Line verse Tanner Gray. Friendly rivalry poked fun in the staging lanes, but the competitive undertone was strong.
The better round ET would go to Tanner Gray, but Line would ultimately get the stripe on a holeshot. Gray’s .029 second reaction time to Line’s .005 second reaction time wasn’t good enough to snag the win.
“Losing on a holeshot to Jason (Line) is not my ideal way to end race day,” the 18 year old two time National event winner said. “My guys gave me the power that I needed and I just missed the tree.”
The Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway marked the first stop of three for what is considered the western swing.
“I am looking forward to racing the western swing as opposed to watching my dad as I have done in the past,” young Gray says. “This is not the way I wanted to start it, but I will assure you my car is good enough to end in the winner’s circle.”
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team will pack up and head to the second stop on the swing which is in Sonoma, California for the 30th Annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals July 28-30.
This is the 15th stop on the 24-race NHRA Mellow Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr. 1st rd. Poles DNQ W/L
2017 3rd 14 2 1 5 4 2 1 0 24-12
Best Time, Speed: 6.501 seconds, (2017 NHRA New England Nationals); 213.37 mph (Gatornationals 2017)
Last event (July 21-23, Denver): Qualified No. 10, First Round (Jason Line)
Pro Stock Car
1. Bo Butner 1240 -----
2. Greg Anderson 1066 -174
3. Tanner Gray 976 -264
4. Jeg Coughlin Jr 931 -309
5. Jason Line 888 -352
6. Erica Enders 863 -377
7.Drew Skillman 823 -417
8. Vincent Nobile 781 -459
9. Chris McGaha 540 -700
10. Allen Johnson 514 -726
Tanner Gray, at the age of 17 years old, won his first NHRA Pro Stock national event on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This accomplishment made Tanner Gray the youngest driver ever to win a NHRA professional event. He has since had a birthday, April 15, and is currently 18 years old.