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Gray graduates during the pre-race ceremony on Sunday

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Sunday in the pre-race ceremonies, Pro Stock rookie sensation Tanner Gray will receive his Certificate of Completion at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn at Bristol Dragway. The pre-race ceremonies will start at approx. 10 am.

He will be wearing his cap and gown, as the 18-year-old receives his high school diploma in front of his father and fellow Pro Stock racer Shane Gray, mother Amber Gray, Grandparents Johnny and Terry Gray, among other family and friends.

Tanner Gray (Photo by the NHRA)

Tanner Gray (Photo by the NHRA)

“I am excited to get to share my personal achievement with my friends, family and fans,” Gray said. “I am a pretty shy guy when you get to know me, so this is a pretty big deal for me.”

Instead of attending a normal high school, Gray attended the On Track School. It’s an accredited curriculum school in California.

“On Track School academic programs blend the best of modern technology and innovation with traditional, research-based academic approaches,” Ms. Molly Stith, Tanner’s learning coach said. “Most students, who participates in this home school program find themselves juggling professional careers, such as Olympic gymnastics, BMX riders, and race car drivers to name a few. I am privileged to have watched Tanner [Gray] grow up into a smart young man and am so proud of his accomplishment.”

Not only will this race be special as Tanner will be graduating at the national event, his father will be returning in his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro.

“This weekend is more than just racing our Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro,” Shane Gray said. “Not only is it Father’s Day, but it is my son’s [Tanner Gray’s] graduation and he deserves all of the support both on and off the track for this accomplishment.”

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