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NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Feels the Pressure of the Countdown
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Feels the Pressure of the Countdown
October 3, 2017
NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Gray Feels the Pressure of the Countdown
Denver, NC (October 3, 2017)- As the finale of the 2017 NHRA drag racing season approaches, so too is the pressure to perform. For Rookie Tanner Gray, he doesn't know what to expect. With five wins already under his belt, he just wants to win another national event.
"Coming into the countdown, I didn't feel any additional pressure. I mean winning Charlotte, which was the first race of the countdown, was big for our organization and I just approached it like any other race this season," Tanner Gray said.
"Now we are three races into the countdown and I can honestly say the pressure is on. We sit in the trailer after ever run and calculate our points, and different scenarios that could happen. We find ourselves rooting for guys we normally wouldn't to try and keep ourselves in the championship chase."
Race day at the Sixth Annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals this past weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL was the epitome of countdown pressure for the 18 year old.
He came into the day with the right mentality and the determination to win, but his race day hopes were short lived.
The Gray Motorsports team qualified sixth and would see Colorado native Deric Kramer as his opponent in the first round.
Race day would end right off of the starting line as Tanner would prematurely leave by two thousandths of a second giving the win to Deric Kramer.
“Today wasn’t our day to win," Gray said. "I am the hardest on myself when it comes to my performance off of the starting line. I just missed it today.”
The first round loss moves Gray to fourth in the championship chase, 94 points from the current leader Greg Anderson.
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team will take a weekend off and continue the championship pursuit at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas for the 22nd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series October 13-15. 
Statistic Junkie
Tanner Gray
          Pts         Events   Wins   Rup     Semi     Qtr.     1st rd.    Poles    DNQ   W/L
2017   4th            21           5        1           7          5           3              4          0      41-16
Best Time, Speed: 6.501 seconds, (2017 NHRA New England Nationals); 213.37 mph (Gatornationals 2017) Last event (September 29 - October 1, St. Louis): Qualified No. 6, First Round (Deric Kramer) 
Pro Stock Car 
1. Greg Anderson  2393 ----
2. Bo Butner          2390 -3
3. Jason Line         2317 -76
4. Tanner Gray     2299 -94
5. Drew Skillman  2208 -185
6. Erica Enders      2197 -196
7. Allen Johnson    2151 -242
8. Jeg Coughlin Jr  2148 -245
9. Chris McGaha  2122 -271
10. Vincent Nobile  2052 -341
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.