Las Vegas, NV (October 30, 2017 )- Race day at the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals for the Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team was an opportunity to close the championship points gap between number one and numberfour. This pursuit is the first of its kind for Rookie pro stock driver Tanner Gray.
Round one Sunday, Tanner Gray would matchup with part time driver Alex Laughlin. Laughlin had Gray off on the line, but Gray would ultimately use the Gray Motorsports power to outrun Laughlin.
“I am very blessed to have awesome equipment that was able to pull me out that run,” Tanner said. “Sometimes I am able to pull out the win, sometimes it’s the car, but what we prefer is for both to happen at the same time.”
The first round win would pair Tanner Gray with Gray Motorsports teammate Drew Skillman in round two. Both drivers have equally prepared equipment and the winner of this race came down to driver that would leave the starting line first.
Skillman was able to pull it off by leaving six thousandths of a second before Tanner. This would ultimately give him the win at the stripe.
“It was a great race between Drew (Skillman) and me in the quarterfinals,” Gray said. “I cannot be disappointed in myself or my team. I am really proud of my Gray Motorsports guys. After the weekend that we had in qualifying, to come out and run a 6.68 and a 6.69 in competition is pretty stout.”
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team will test Monday October 30 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and then enjoy a weekend off until heading to Pomona California for the final race of the season at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Dragway, November 10-12.