NHRA Pro Stock star Tanner Gray is switching his focus to NASCAR in 2019 according to Matt Weaver with Autoweek.
Gray is the current Pro Stock points leader and is coming off a massive win at the US Nationals over Labor Day Weekend. The 19-year old has taken Pro Stock by storm and ruffled some feathers along the way. A massively talented teenager with a brash attitude and enough self-confidence to make Jake Paul seem emo.
The DGR-Crosley team will be fielding cars for Gray in 2019. There was no mention of which series Gray will compete in but DGR-Crosley currently fields cars in the K&N Pro Series, Camping World Truck Series, and Late Model series. Gray has previous experience in late models before focusing on NHRA.
According to Weaver, the switch was spearheaded by Gray’s desire to give stock cars another shot.
NHRA’s Pro Stock Series has seen a decline in recent years especially after switching to fuel injection in 2015. There was a plan to cut the field from 16 cars to 8 at select events in 2018 however that was shelved.
Gray has 11 career wins in nearly two complete seasons of racing. In 2017 he won 5 races, the most ever for a rookie. In 2018 he has 6 wins and the season isn’t over yet. Gray is stepping away from Pro Stock at the top of his game.
It’s a brutal blow to the health of the Pro Stock series but one that will certainly make Jason Line and Greg Anderson smile as they look to get back to their dominating ways.
When DGR-Crosley announces Gray’s schedule we will let you know. Everyone will be interested to see how a drag racer transitions to NASCAR.
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