NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Takes The Pole In Seattle
KENT, WA (August 5, 2017) – After two days of qualifying, Pro Stock Rookie driver Tanner Gray takes the pole at the 30th Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals.
The efforts of the Gray Motorsports Valvoline Camaro team were seen through each qualifying pass both Friday and Saturday.
“Consistency is key,” Tanner Gray said. “Dave (Connolly) always tells me to maintain focus on the starting line. As long as I continue to hit the tree, I can count on my guys to give me the race car.”
Right out of the gate Friday afternoon, during Q1, the Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team put up some impressive numbers, 6.612 seconds at 208.75 mph. This was good enough to qualify 2nd right behind Gray Motorsports teammate Drew Skillman.
Q2, the same afternoon, The Gray Motorsports team would experience an engine malfunction resulting in a mid-track tire shake leaving Tanner Gray in the 3rd position. The team would regroup and prepare for Saturday’s qualifying.
“My Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team is out for #1,” The 3 time National Event Winner said. “I am a very competitive person and nothing is good enough until I am #1.”
Saturday’s Q3 pass would prove that the Gray Motorsports team indeed had what it took to be number 1. With an ET of 6.565 seconds at 210.24 mph, this pass was the best of the round and took the Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro to the top!
The fourth qualifying pass Saturday afternoon would not provide improvement for the Gray Motorsports team, but Q3’s efforts would be good enough to keep Tanner Gray in the number one spot.
“Our entire program has been going really well, the Skillman’s included,” the 18 year old said. “It all starts back at the engine shop where our Gray Motorsports guys are finding additional power to lead us to the front out here.”
Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 6. The event will be televised on FOX, including live final eliminations coverage starting at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, August 6. All times listed are local and are subject to change.
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr. 1st rd. Poles DNQ W/L
2017 3rd 15 3 1 5 4 2 1 0 28-12
Best Time, Speed: 6.501 seconds, (2017 NHRA New England Nationals); 213.37 mph (Gatornationals 2017)
Last event (July 28-30, Sonoma): Qualified No. 5, National Event Winner
Pro Stock Car
1. Bo Butner 1341 -----
2. Greg Anderson 11150 -191
3. Tanner Gray 1091 -250
4. Jason Line 988 -353
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr 940 -401
6. Drew Skillman 910 -431
7. Erica Enders 894 -447
8. Vincent Nobile 835 -506
9. C hris McGaha 593 -748
10. Allen Johnson 547 -794
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.