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Five-time Pro Stock Event Winner Tanner Gray Looking to Close the Gap at The Texas Motorplex
Five-time Pro Stock Event Winner Tanner Gray Looking to Close the Gap at The Texas Motorplex
October 12, 2017
Five-time Pro Stock Event Winner Tanner Gray Looking to Close the Gap at The Texas Motorplex
 
Denver, NC (October 12, 2017)- For Tanner Gray, as a five-time national event winner, having success at this weekend's 32nd annual AAA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis Texas is imperative in keeping his championship dreams within reach.
 
After a premature departure at last weekend’s event in St. Louis, Tanner got pushed back to number four in the countdown points race.
 
“Our championship run is not over," Gray said. "Yes, we had a fall back in St. Louis but our team still has the determination to continue to battle for this pro stock championship. I have all of the confidence in my Gray Motorsports team.”
 
The Texas Motorplex serves as the 22nd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the fourth of six races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
 
“Heading into the last 3 races of the countdown, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I have gotten the mistakes out of the way and realize what the pressure can do when you allow it to get to you. I have been blessed with great equipment that should not be put on the trailer by a first round loss, but I guess that’s racing!”
 
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.
 
The broadcast of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series can be found all weekend long on FS1. Friday, Oct. 13, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 6:00 p.m. (ET). Sunday, Oct. 15, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 2:30 a.m. (ET). And Sunday, Oct. 15, 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   4th           21            5        1            7         5           3                      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)