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Gray has Butner’s final round number

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Rookie sensation and Gray Motorsports/Valvoline Pro Stock Chevy Camaro driver Tanner Gray picked up his fourth Wally of the season. He won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn.

He defeated points leader Bo Butner in the final round. Gray went 6.610 at 208.04 mph for the win over Butner’s 6.629 at 207.85 mph.

Tanner Gray (Photo by the NHRA)

Tanner Gray (Photo by the NHRA)

“I’m not sure what my team has done but they’ve got a handle on this car the last few races,” Gray said. “They got something going right for them over there. They’re making my job a whole lot easier and I’m just blessed to be able to sit in the driver’s seat.”

In prior events, Gray has had Butner’s number, as the rookie leads 3-0. Also, Gray has beat Butner for three of his wins.

Gray had the starting line advantage and never trailed in getting the Wally. He won by 0.0408 seconds, or approx. 12 feet.

Despite the loss, Butner has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Countdown to the Championship.

“In reality, it’s great to be No. 1, but you finish the regular season top 1-4 and I think you have a really good shot of going on to win the championship,” Butner said. “Maybe it’s something less I have to worry about, though. I can just go to Indy, race, and have a good time. It’s going to be fun, and my goal is to go, qualify well and win.”

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