Denver, NC (October 25, 2017)- Returning to the site of where Tanner Gray earned his first 2017 win as well as the title of youngest driver in NHRA history to win a national event, the rookie likes his odds for this weekend at the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"We've had really great success in Vegas," Tanner said. "My dad (Shane Gray) won this race last year, and I won this race in the spring. We have the same crew, and a proven competitive race car. As long as I can do my job on Sunday, we should end the day with a win!"
This weekend's event marks the 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the fifth of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. Gray currently holds the number four position, and is only 111 points from number one.
“With 2 races left, our Gray Motorsports team has to throw whatever we have at winning this championship. We have to be able to capitalize off of every opportunity to get those points. This weekend is critical. We cannot have any mistakes if we want to keep our championship hopes alive.”
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.
The broadcast of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series can be found all weekend long on FS1. Friday, Oct. 27, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 6:00 p.m. (ET). Saturday, Oct. 28, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 3:00 p.m. (ET). And Sunday, Oct. 29, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 4:00 p.m. (ET).