NHRA's Shane Gray & Son Racing 600cc Sprint In PA This Week

Date: 7/14/2015 1:17:35 AM



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NHRA's Shane Gray & Son Racing 600cc Sprint In PA This Week


Lewisberry, PA -  NHRA Pro Stock drag racer Shane Gray and his 16 year-old son, Tanner, are heading to Pennsylvania this week as Tanner prepares to make his debut in a powerful 600cc Micro-Sprint at three of the Keystone State's ultra-competitive Clay ovals.


  Shane Gray, the son of longtime NHRA competitor Johnny Gray, is heading to Lewisberry, PA on Tuesday, July 14, with his son to "get schooled" in the world of 600cc racing. The educational session will end on Wednesday afternoon when the Grays, along with Hyper Racing employee Chris Snyder, load up their brand new Hyper/Adams Yamaha R6 and head to the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds for some wingless 600 competition.


  "They want to get Tanner some experience and seat time against the best in the business; that's why they're coming to Pennsylvania," said Snyder.


  Tanner Gray, the middle of Shane's three sons, started driving a Junior Dragster when he was eight years-old. He gravitated towards dirt bikes, however, before discovering the excitement and speed of Mini Outlaw Karts on dirt ovals. He's been wheeling the winged and nimble little racing machines at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina with a fair amount of success. Now it's time to climb the next rung on the ladder of high speed adventure.


  Tanner, his dad, and Snyder will tow the new Hyper to Action Track USA on Wednesday, then travel to Trail Way Speedway near Hanover on Friday. Their 600cc vacation will wrap up on Saturday at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, PA.


  One month ago, in a blog on NHRA.com, Tanner wrote that, while his family has been involved in drag racing for many years, he is "pretty committed to turning left" and loves dirt track racing.


  He recently met Brad Noffsinger at an NHRA event in Charlotte. Noffsinger later came to Millbridge to watch Tanner race his Mini Outlaw Kart, and the two worked out a driving program for Tanner that includes racing a Ford Focus Midget and competing at the Tulsa Shootout during the winter months.


  First though, is this week's crash course - perhaps that's a bad way to describe it - and trial by fire at three of PA's most competitive 600cc Clay playgrounds against arguably some of the very best drivers the division has to offer.


  Shane Gray, 43, is a four-time winner on the NHRA's Pro Stock tour. His initial victory came at Pomona in 2010, but his biggest win came last season at one of the series marquee events in Indianapolis. He ended the year fourth in the Mello Yello Pro Stock point standings.

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