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NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Starts Championship Hunt at The Carolina Nationals
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Starts Championship Hunt at The Carolina Nationals
September 14, 2017
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Starts Championship Hunt at
The Carolina Nationals
Denver, NC (September 13, 2017) –In the first 18 races of 2017, Tanner Gray has displayed anything but a rookie performance during the regular NHRA race season. Compiling four wins in five final rounds and three number one qualifier spots, he sets his eye on the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Championship.
 
The chase begins this weekend at the 10th Annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. This event is the 19th of 24  in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. It also marks the first event of a 6 series playoff in which Gray currently sits second in points.
 
“It is crucial to get a good start this weekend," the 18 year old said. "Every qualifying bonus point and round win is extremely important in order to have a chance to win the championship. Coming into the countdown as the number two seed gives me confidence heading into the weekend, but once the cars go down the track and the points begin to tally up, it doesn’t matter where you started, it only matters where you finish.”
 
In addition to the start of the countdown, Tanner Gray will premiere a new look to his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro. The car will feature an all-white base paint scheme with his NHRA competition number on each door. "Growing up at the circle track, it was always required to display our number on each door of the car," Gray said. "This car takes me back to my roots in racing as I chase this championship." 
 
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:45 and 5:15 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Sept. 15, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. (ET) Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 17. All times are local and are subject to change.
 
The broadcast of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series can be found all weekend long on FS1. Friday, Sept. 15, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 6 p.m. (ET). Sunday, Sept. 17, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 2 a.m. (ET). And Sunday, Sept. 17, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. (ET). 
 
Statistic Junkie
 
Tanner Gray
          Pts    Events   Wins R/U  Semi   Qtr.   1st rd.    Poles    DNQ   W/L
2017    2nd        18         4      1         7       4                 3             0      36-14
 
Best Time, Speed: 6.501 seconds, (2017 NHRA New England Nationals); 213.37 mph (Gatornationals 2017) Last event (August 31- September 4, Indianapolis): Qualified No. 2, Semi Finals (Drew Skillman)
Pro Stock Car 
1. Bo Butner          2100 -----
2. Tanner Gray     2080 -20
3. Greg Anderson  2070 -30
4. Drew Skillman  2060 -40
5Jason Line         2050 -50
6. Erica Enders      2040 -60 
7. Jeg Coughlin Jr  2030 -70
8. Vincent Nobile    2020 -80
9. Allen Johnson    2010 -90
10. Chris McGaha  2000 -100
 
 
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.