Denver, NC (October 18, 2017)- With two races left in the NHRA Countdown to the Pro Stock Championship, Tanner Gray remains focused.
This past weekend at the 32nd annual AAA Fall Nationals, the Gray Motorsports team was able to impress in qualifying by powering competitive elapsed times and qualifying in the number three position.
On race day, after a round one win and lowest elapsed time of the round, the Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro had proved it was ready to compete.
With rapidly changing weather conditions, the second round win would be more challenging. Brian Self would capture the win light after Gray would leave the starting line and shake the tires.
“My guys have worked so hard all year long to give me a great race car," Gray said. "I am so appreciative for everything that they do. Sunday wasn’t our day to win. Once we left the starting line the tires shook, the tail end of the car began to fishtail and I had to push in the clutch. I tried to stay in it for as long as I could to see if I could drive through it, but the car just continued to be unhappy.”
With two races left and 111 points out of first, Tanner has not lost optimism.
“Anything could happen in the countdown," Gray continued. "You had some heavy hitters go out early Sunday that can still leave the field open for a chance at the championship. Pro Stock is the most competitive class out here and we saw why today.”
The Gray Motorsports team will take the weekend off and resume the Championship chase at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway October 27-29.