By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
North Dinwiddie, Va. — At one point, Tanner Gray and Erica Enders-Stevens could not stand either other. Gray is the Gray Motorsports Pro Stock driver, while Enders-Stevens is the Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Pro Stock driver.
Gray defeated Enders-Stevens in the final round of the inaugural NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park on Sunday. The 19-year-old went 6.595 at 208.81 mph.
Enders-Stevens, a two-time Pro Stock champion, fell with a 6.628 at 208.46 mph pass.
“Every time we match up with Erica it makes for some good racing, it’s a lot of fun getting to race the two-time champion,” Gray said. “It means a lot to get a win in my first time at the track, so it’s fun to get a win here in Virginia especially since it isn’t far from my home.”
Prior to this final round appearance, Enders-Stevens held a 4-3 advantage over Gray. She also had a 1-0 lead in final rounds over the teenager.
Gray was on top of the light, as he had the advantage early on. He then never trailed through the rest of the race.
He won by 0.0398 seconds, or approx. 12 feet. This was his seventh career win in 34 career races.
Gray surpassed his father’s Shane record, who had six wins in many more races.
His crew chief is Dave Connolly, a former Pro Stock driver, who was on the entry list for this race. Gray has won seven of the ten final rounds he has appeared the last two seasons.
Enders-Stevens, who is crew chiefed by Rick Jones, fell to 1-3 in final rounds this season. Her lone win came in Charlotte.
This was her first career final round at Richmond. She is 23 of 43 in final rounds in her career.
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