Brownsburg, IN (September 3, 2017) – The Three Generations of Gray has become a phenomena at the 63rd Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana. All three Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro’s, driven by Johnny, Shane, and Tanner, did not disappoint when it came to on track excitement.
The single qualifying session Friday evening experienced the coolest weather conditions of all five rounds for the naturally aspirated pro stock class. The youngest of the three generations, Tanner Gray, would impress the crowd with an Elapsed time of 6.566 seconds at 209.88 mph. That run would make him the provisional #1 qualifier. Johnny and Shane Gray would make solid qualifying passes to sit 7th and 10th respectively in the competitive 16 car field.
“My Gray Motorsports guys have given me a consistent race car,” rookie sensation Tanner Gray said. “They work hard in the engine shop so we can remain at the top. I am very confident in my Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team and just need to continue to do my job off of the line and shifting down the track.”
As the weekend continued, #Gray3Gen, as they have been coined, would continue to put on a show for the Lucas Oil raceway fans. In the second round of qualifying Saturday, Shane Gray would participate in the Pro Stock Battle of The Burnout Contest. This addition to the weekend event was ultimately started due to Shane’s burnouts from the Brainerd National Event the previous race weekend. For his burnout, he would receive a standing ovation from the crowd and points towards the overall $5,000 cash prize.
“It’s a lot of fun doing big burnouts,” Shane Gray said. “The trash talking amongst the teams is at its all-time high which makes the competition even better.”
Track temps would grow hotter for the Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro team Saturday. Both Q2 and Q3 would not see improvement in elapsed time or speed causing Tanner to slide to the number two qualifying spot and Shane the 11th position.
The battle of the best burnout would continue during Sunday’s qualifying round four. Shane Gray would continue his smokey trend out to the 330 feet mark and receive crowd accolades. He would receive runner-up points for his performance.
“We are out here have a good time, working in some tires, and burning rubber,” Shane Gray said. “The fans love it and this is exactly what our class needs.”
Qualifying pass number four did not experience forward progress for the 3 generations of Gray.
The last opportunity at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals for qualifying progress would be the bonus Q5 session. This session would also feature the head to head matchup finale of Shane Gray and Deric Kramer for the pro stock battle of the burnouts.
Shane Gray put on an award winning performance but fell short to Kramer’s starting line smoke.
“My dad’s burnouts have been insane,” Tanner Gray said. “He was the one who influenced the entire competition and we were going out there to win it! A big congratulations to Deric. It was awesome.”
Q5 for #Gray3Gen would be uneventful leaving Tanner Gray in the second spot, Johnny Gray in the seventh, and Shane Gray in the twelfth position.
Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
FOX national broadcast and FS1 will televise finals coverage of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on FS1 with two hours of live coverage of eliminations starting at 11 a.m. EST, continuing live on FOX at 1 p.m. EST.
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