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2012 NHRA: Shane Gray And Big O Tires Service Central Camaro Team Refining The Combination In Seattle
Posted by: newsla on Aug 04, 2012 - 07:46 AM
2012 NHRA: Shane Gray And Big O Tires Service Central Camaro Team Refining The Combination In Seattle

Now that the first day of qualifying at the 25th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals has concluded, Shane Gray and his Gray Motorsports team can say with confidence that the significant changes that they made to their Big O Tires/Service Central Chevy Camaro just prior to the event were right in line with where they want to be: on the path to power.


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Gray, of Denver, N.C., raced to a 6.619 at a very pleasing 210.01 mph in the first session that placed them ninth quickest in the line-up with a speed that was sixth best of the round. In the second session, despite worsening air conditions, Gray clocked an improved 6.603 at 209.79. Gray will remain in the provisional No. 9 position and, because he was among the 12 quickest of the day, his time will hold through to tomorrow; he won't be starting from scratch.

"We're building," said crew chief Justin Elkes. "We've definitely been working on a few things, and the major changes that we made after the race in Sonoma last weekend really showed us something today – and we like what we saw. Now we just have to keep it going."

Tomorrow will bring a new day and quite possibly better – and cooler – conditions in the first session. For Gray, the possibility of improving even more with their fresh perspective is exciting.

"Oh, heck yeah I'm excited," said Gray. "Every time we go down the racetrack in this Big O Tires/Service Central Camaro, we uncover a little more of what we're after. It felt good to go out there and catch another glimpse of what we've been chasing all year.

"Tomorrow I expect that we'll see some more of that, and with this Countdown to the Championship deal getting closer and closer, we're appreciative of every step forward, big or small – it all counts. We'll be looking for a couple more steps tomorrow."

SATURDAY: 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., qualifying sessions
SUNDAY: 11 a.m., championship eliminations

SATURDAY: 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. (ET), delayed
SUNDAY: 6-9 p.m. (ET), delayed

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