Success in Wine Country for NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray
SONOMA, CA (July 30, 2017)- Race day at the 30th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals was full of excitement for Rookie Pro Stock Driver Tanner Gray.
The first round matchup saw Tanner Gray verse New Jersey native, Alan Prusiensky. Tanner Gray would be first to the finish line getting the round win for his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team.
“Our Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevy Team has been struggling the last couple of races and it feels good to have a round win on Sunday” said the young Tanner Gray.
Tanner Gray’s advancement to the quarterfinals would be a repeat of last weekend’s round 1 Mile High Nationals, where KB driver Jason Line took the stripe over young Gray on a hole shot. Tanner Gray was determined not to allow this to happen again. Gray was .017 seconds to Line’s .044 second reaction time, ultimately adding to the overall wining package of Tanner Gray.
“Lining up next to Jason (Line) is always tough,” Tanner Gray said. “He has schooled me on the tree and today I redeemed myself against him.”
The Semifinal round featured all Gray Motorsports Power. Teammates Tanner Gray and Drew Skillman were competing not only for the round win, but for pit area bragging rights. Skillman would beat Gray off of the starting line, .022 seconds to .036 seconds. Skillman would unfortunately shake the tires mid track allowing Gray to pick up the stripe with an ET of 6.581 seconds at 210.21 mph.
“Drew (Skillman) has won the last two events,” Tanner Gray said. “I was most nervous lining up against him because I know how lethal he has been on the (Christmas) tree and the power that he has under the hood.”
This misfortune for Skillman catapulted young Gray into the final round where he would meet point’s leader Bo Butner. Tanner Gray would get the win over Butner by .004 seconds to claim his 3rd National event win of his rookie season.
“I never show up at a racetrack not thinking it’s not my day,” now three time National Event winner Tanner Gray said. “My dad has given me a great race car, even when it doesn’t show during qualifying I know they have my back on race day. I’m just happy to be (in the winner’s circle).”
The winning Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team will pack up and head to what will be the 3rd of 3 stops on the western swing, the NHRA Northwest National in Kent, WA. Aug 4-6.