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).