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NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Looks to Remain On Top in Reading
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Looks to Remain On Top in Reading
September 21, 2017
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Looks to
Remain On Top in Reading 
DENVER, NC (September 21, 2017) – Coming off of a Mello Yello Pro Stock Countdown Event victory this past weekend, rookie Tanner Gray is looking to continue his winning ways at the 33rd Annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
This will mark the 20th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule and the second of six races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship standings.
The 18 year old Gray is currently number one in the countdown to the championship, holding a 25 point advantage on former points leader Bo Butner.
“Coming off of the win in Charlotte and getting thru the first race of the countdown in the number one position is the best scenario for our Gray Motorsports team," Tanner said. "Leaving #1 in the points puts our team in the driver’s seat heading into Reading this weekend. We hope to stretch the lead by earning qualifying points and round wins at Maple Grove.”
Even though this will be his first time competing at Maple Grove Raceway, he has experience on his side. Gray Motorsports crew chief Dave Connolly has won this event twice, once in 2007 over Kurt Johnson and then again in 2010 over Greg Anderson.
"I enjoy going to tracks that I haven't raced before. It gives Dave (Connolly) a fresh perspective on the track as I start making qualifying runs," Gray said. "We normally don't talk about the conditions and Dave's past experience at the tracks we go to. But, I know it helps him tune the car and gives us a leg up on the competition."
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.
The broadcast of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series can be found all weekend long on FS1. Friday, Sept. 22, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 2:30 p.m. (ET). Sunday, Sept. 23, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 1:30 a.m. (ET). And Sunday, Sept. 23, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 2:00 p.m. (ET). 
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.