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Gray gets the Pro Stock top spot at Brainerd

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Rookie sensation Tanner Gray is the Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier in his Gray Motorsports/Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro with a 6.607 at 208.17 pass at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. He picked up the top qualifying spot following his pass on Friday.

This is his third No. 1 qualifier of his career, all this season. Gray will receive a bye in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday.

Tanner Gray (Photo by the NHRA)

Tanner Gray (Photo by the NHRA)

“All my guys have given me great equipment,” he said. “In racing, it’s not so much about the driver anymore, it’s about the equipment you have behind you. I’ve been blessed to be put in some awesome equipment. I’ve done a small part; just let go when you see the light and push or pull. The guys have given me a fast race car. Hats off to them, they’re the reason behind all the success.”

Points leader and KB Racing driver Bo Butner, who drives the Jim Butner’s Auto Chevrolet Camaro, qualified second with a 6.617 at 207.69 mph pass. He’ll face Dave River in the first-round of eliminations after he went 6.969 at 197.28 mph in his Chevy Cobalt.

Allen Johnson, the driver of the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart, qualified third with a 6.622 at 207.18 mph. He’ll face Mark Hogan in the first-round after he went 6.838 at 201.49 in his Pontiac GXP.

Jason Line, Butner’s KB Racing teammate and Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored driver, qualified fourth in his Chevy Camaro with a 6.627 at 207.59 mph pass. He’ll face John Gaydosh Jr. in the first-round after he went 6.745 at 205.47 in his Chevy Camaro.

Drew Skillman, the Ray Skillman Chevrolet driver, qualified fifth in his Chevy Camaro with a 6.628 at 208.65 mph pass. He’ll face Alan Prusiensky in his Dodge Dart after going 6.716 at 205.60 mph.

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