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NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Looking to Take Back Number One Spot
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Looking to Take Back Number One Spot
September 28, 2017
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Looking to Take Back Number One Spot
 
DENVER, NC (September 28, 2017) - For NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray, becoming the 2017 Mello Yello Pro Stock Champion is the highest priority. Driving for a championship caliber team and with power provided by the Gray Motorsports engine shop, he heads into this weekend’s Sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.
 
This event will mark the 21st of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the third of six races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
 
Gray, in his Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS, sits third in the championship countdown only 42 points behind current Pro Stock points leader Bo Butner.
 
“I am not worried about being in third," the 18 year old says. "We are right where we want to be. We are one point out of second place and a little over 2 rounds out of first. We still have 4 races left and there is the possibility of a lot of movement in the countdown. My guys have the experience that we need to secure a championship and I am confident in their experience.”
 
“Our car has been running great all season," Tanner continues. "We are more confident now, than at the beginning of the season that our Gray Motorsports power has what it takes to get it done. Winning the championship is our main focus and we can only get there one round win at a time.”
 
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1:15 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.
 
The broadcast of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series can be found all weekend long on FS1. Friday, Sept. 29, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 6:00 p.m. (ET). Sunday, Oct. 1, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 2:00 a.m. (ET). And Sunday, Oct. 1, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 2:00 p.m. (ET). 
 
Statistic Junkie
 
Tanner Gray
           Pts         Events   Wins   Rup     Semi     Qtr.        1st rd.    Poles    DNQ   W/L
2017   3rd            20          5           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.