By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
It was an all-Gray Motorsports Pro Stock final round at the seventh annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Tanner Gray defeated Drew Skillman.
Gray went 6.567 at 211.06 mph to claim the Wally. Skillman, who has announced he will not race full-time next season, went 11.409 at 78.68 mph in the losing effort.
“During qualifying we didn’t run as well as we thought we should have,” Gray said. “We made nice runs, but we never got aggressive enough. It was cool to see everyone come in with their head on straight and fight back to get a win. I felt like all of us did a really good job of just going round-by-round.”
This is Gray’s first win in the Countdown to the Championship. While it was Gray’s first win, Skillman has two runner-up finishes in the first two races.
Skillman lost to Vincent Nobile last Sunday at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa.
Gray had a 10-4 advantage over Skillman in prior rounds. However, this was the first-time they faced each other in the final round.
The teenager had the lead off of the starting line. He then never trailed over the course of the rest of the race.
Skillman had severe tire shake after the starting line. This is Gray’s sixth win during the 2018 season.
He now has 11 career wins.