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2013 NHRA: Shane Gray Set To Start From The No 2 Spot In Houston
Posted by: newsla on Apr 28, 2013 - 09:00 AM
2013 NHRA: Shane Gray Set To Start From The No 2 Spot In Houston

Raceday fields are set for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, and Pro Stock driver Shane Gray and his Gray Motorsports team established their car as one of the top qualifiers for the second consecutive weekend. Gray, who started third in Charlotte last weekend, moved up to become the No. 2 qualifier at Houston's Royal Purple Raceway.


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The Denver, N.C.-based driver was No. 1 after an abbreviated first session on Friday on which he raced to a remarkable 6.570 at 211.59 mph. Although Gray did not improve in the later session, he and his team showed consistency with a 6.573, 211.43. Although bumped down from the top spot by a thousandth, Gray entered day two with an optimistic outlook that wasn't dampened when rain washed away the final two qualifying sessions.

"I can't really say that I'm disappointed," said Gray. "We could have used the data, but the conditions weren't going to be any better, so we weren't going to speed up or improve today.

"We missed it a little bit on Q2 yesterday and felt we had the capability to run a low 6.56 that would have put us up in the No. 1 spot, but all in all, this weekend so far has been more than satisfying. It's fun to be out here now. It's no fun when you know you're going to get your butt whooped when you get here. We're continuing to see progress with the car, and we're real happy with the direction this program is going."

Gray, who cut his teeth in NHRA's sportsman ranks racing a Competition Eliminator B/A car, will line up in the first round next to another Comp racer-turned-Pro Stock competitor, Chris McGaha. The two have never met in eliminations but their respective fathers, Johnny Gray and Lester McGaha, raced together in Comp many years ago as the two families were based in the same region – Gray was raised in Artesia, N.M., and McGaha grew up in Odessa, Texas.

The first-round match between the second-generation drivers is the only challenge Gray has on his mind as he enters the sixth raceday of the season.

"I'm not even thinking about winning a race yet. We have to win first round first, and if we win first round, then we have to concentrate on second round. That's the approach we're taking, and if that gets us to the winner's circle with our Gray Motorsports Camaro, so be it."

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