Teenager Gray defeats Coughlin Jr. to win at the Texas Motorplex

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tanner Gray is in his final few racers driving a Pro Stock car in the National Hot Rod Association. At least for now, he is moving to NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East once the 2018 NHRA season is complete.

The Gray Motorsports driver defeated JEGS.com/Elite Performance Pro Stock veteran Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the final round of the 33rd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The 19-year-old captured the Wally and a Cowboy Hat with a 6.622 at 207.62 mph pass.

Gray Motorsports Pro Stock driver Tanner Gray racing on Sunday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

Tanner Gray racing on Sunday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Coughlin Jr. went 6.636 at 207.82 mph in his runner-up effort.

“We’ve been struggling with qualifying it seems like,” Gray stated. “Really, for whatever reason, we’ve been able to pull it out on Sunday. Some of it being luck while others its just making good runs and beating the other guy in the lane. It’s awesome to have the group of guys that I have around me.”

In prior events, each driver had won three times against each other. However, Gray is perfect against Coughlin Jr. in final rounds, as he is 3-0.

Gray had the starting line advantage. As the race progressed, he would never trail. He won by 0.0205 seconds, or six feet.

This is Gray’s seventh win of the season. In addition, it is his 12th Wally in his career.

With only three races left in the Countdown to the Championship, this could be the final Wally for the teenager before he makes the switch to NASCAR. He is also the points leader going into zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina next weekend.


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