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NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Makes Quarterfinal Appearance At Maple Grove
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Makes Quarterfinal Appearance At Maple Grove
September 25, 2017
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Makes Quarterfinals Appearance at Maple Grove
 
DENVER, NC (September 25, 2017) - This past weekend at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals, NHRA Rookie Tanner Gray continued to add to his round wins and overall successful season. Saturday and Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA saw sold out crowds and warm temperatures.
 
The 18 year old racer would qualify third heading into Sunday's race day. This would mark the second race day in a six series playoff in the Pro Stock Mello Yello Championship race.
 
First round at Maple Grove, Tanner Gray would go head to head with part time driver Larry Morgan. The Gray Motorsports horsepower would outrun Morgan giving Gray the first round win.
 
“It’s now the second week of the countdown and this is the type of pressure I thrive on," Gray said. "The competition is heating up and I’m thankful to get to compete with the equipment and the team I have.” 
 
The second round matchup would feature a repeat of the previous Carolina Nationals final; Tanner Gray versus longtime family friend and World Champion Greg Anderson.
 
The race was over by the time Gray made it to 330 feet. His Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro would shake the tires, allowing Anderson to take the stripe.
 
“I am so thankful for my guys," Tanner said. "They work hard to continue to provide me with the best possible car on race day. Even though today wasn’t our day, we still have a lot of racing left in the countdown.”
 
The Gray Motorsports team will head to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL this weekend September 29 - October 1 for the third event of  the six race Mello Yello Championship Countdown to the Championship.  
 
Statistic Junkie
 
Tanner Gray
            Pts         Events   Wins   Rup     Semi     Qtr.     1st rd.    Poles    DNQ   W/L
2017    3rd            20           4         1           7          5            2                      0      41-15
 
Best Time, Speed: 6.501 seconds, (2017 NHRA New England Nationals); 213.37 mph (Gatornationals 2017) Last event (September 22-24, Reading): Qualified No. 3, Quarterfinals (Greg Anderson) 
Pro Stock Car 
1. Bo Butner          2307 ----
2. Greg Anderson  2266 -41
3. Tanner Gray     2265 -42
4Jason Line         2217 -90
5. Drew Skillman  2169 -138
6. Erica Enders      2144 -163
7. Allen Johnson    2119 -188
8. Jeg Coughlin Jr  2116 -191
9. Chris McGaha    2067 -240
10. Vincent Nobile  2052 -255
 
 
 
 
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.