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NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray is Ready For Race Day At Maple Grove
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray is Ready For Race Day At Maple Grove
September 23, 2017
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray is Ready For Race Day at Maple Grove
MOHNTON, PA (September 23, 2017) - NHRA Rookie Tanner Gray continues to amaze sold out crowds with his on track performance at the 33rd Annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. With 4 consistent qualifying passes, he will begin race day in the number 3 position.
The countdown to the championship Friday qualifying passes for the Gray Motorsport Valvoline Camaro team saw warm temperatures and did not lack in competition. The competitive 16 car field came out swinging during both sessions seeing a shake up in qualifying positions. Tanner Gray and Co. would put up their fastest pass of qualifying with 6.565 at 210.44 mph ultimately leaving the Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team qualified 3rd.
“I wouldn’t say that my team is feeling the pressure now that we’re in the countdown," Gray said. "I think we are all on the same page. We know that the biggest competition is ourselves, and we need to remain focused in order to bring this championship home to Gray Motorsports.”
Saturday at Maple Grove Raceway saw a sell out crowd. With championship points on the line, the on track excitement would not disappoint NHRA fans. The Gray Motorsports team would put up impressive numbers yet again in Q3 and Q4 holding on to the number three qualifying position.
“We have great equipment," the 18 year old said. "Our guys put in work back at the Gray Motorsports engine shop. They are constantly finding power and our results out on the track are showing that. My Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro is running really consistent which makes me look good as a driver.”
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. The broadcast of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series can be found 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.