Shane Gray defeats Dave Connolly in the PS final at the U.S. Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: September 1st, 2014 at 5:20 pm EST

Shane Gray is the first member of the Gray racing family to win the U.S. Nationals. It was a showdown of Gray Motorsports cars in the final round.

Gray was facing teammate Dave Connolly. Off of the starting line, Connolly’s car broke, as Gray raced by.

Shane Gray (Photo by NHRA)

Shane Gray (Photo by NHRA)

Gray went 6.641 seconds to Connolly’s 27.45. Connolly was averaging 6.614 in the previous three rounds.

“I don’t know what to say,” Gray said. “I’m speechless. It’s awesome. I want to say thank you to everyone involved at Gray Motorsports.”

Connolly is now 1-2 in final rounds this season, losing to Erica Enders-Stevens and today’s loss. He was also the Indianapolis runner-up in 2006.

Connolly won his previous Indianapolis attempts in 2007, 2008, and 2012. Gray now has three career wins, including the first U.S. Nationals wally.

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