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NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Leading the Championship Chase After the Win at The Carolina Nationals
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Leading the Championship Chase After the Win at The Carolina Nationals
September 19, 2017
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Leading the Championship Chase After the Win at The Carolina Nationals
 
DENVER, NC (September 19, 2017) – Race day at the 10th Annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway provided more proof that the 18 year old Pro Stock rookie, Tanner Gray, has his sights set on one thing, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Championship.
 
Gray would muster through four competitive rounds of racing to capture the race win at home in front of his friends, extensive family, and most all of the Gray Motorsports  employees.
 
"I cannot thank my crew guys, the guys back at the Gray Motorsports engine shop, my mom and dad, and mostly my grandparents for all of their support, hard work, and dedication," the 18 year old said.
 
This race win would mark Gray's 5th win of the season and allow him to take over the 2017 Mello Yello Pro Stock Championship points lead for the first time this season. With only 5 races left until the champion is crowned, Gray will look to remain #1.
 
"Pro Stock is the most competitive class in NHRA," Tanner said. "A round can be won or lost by one-thousandth of a second. Our Gray Motorsports team has worked hard to compete in such a competitive class and I am so blessed to get the opportunity to showcase all of the hard work."
 
Gray took out some heavy hitters on his way to the top this past Sunday. He had to defeat past NHRA Pro Stock World Champions such as Erica Enders, Jason Line, and Greg Anderson to name a few.
 
"They say in order to be the best you have to beat the best," the event winner said.
 
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team will head to Maple Grove Raceway this weekend for the Dodge NHRA Nationals September 22-24, 2017.
 
Statistic Junkie
 
Tanner Gray
           Pts    Events   Wins R/U  Semi   Qtr.  1st rd.    Poles    DNQ   W/L
2017    1st        19               1         7        4                 4            0      40-14
 
Best Time, Speed: 6.501 seconds, (2017 NHRA New England Nationals); 213.37 mph (Gatornationals 2017) Last event (Sept 15 - Sept 17, Carolina): Qualified No. 1, Event Winner
Pro Stock Car 
1. Tanner Gray     2206 -----
2. Bo Butner          2181 -25
3. Greg Anderson  2171 -35
4Jason Line         2132 -74
5. Drew Skillman  2113 -93
6. Erica Enders      2092 -114 
7. Jeg Coughlin Jr  2084 -122
8. Vincent Nobile    2052 -154
9. Allen Johnson    2042 -164
10. Chris McGaha  2034 -172
 
 
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.