MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Photo Courtesy Marc Gewertz/NHRA –DGR-Crosley announced today that they have added NHRA Drag Racing standout Tanner Gray to their driver roster for 2019. Gray will compete full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, as well as run select K&N Pro Series West and ARCA Racing Series events throughout the season. Tanner’s younger brother, Taylor Gray, will also race full-time in a Late Model Stock Car for DGR-Crosley in 2019.
Tanner, who is currently the top contender for the NHRA Pro Stock Championship in 2018, has competed in the series the last two seasons. He has collected 11 Pro Stock national event wins and made his mark by becoming the youngest winner in NHRA history at the age of seventeen. While the 19-year-old has excelled in drag racing, he encompasses a wealth of racing experience throughout his young career from running micro sprints on dirt to racing late models on asphalt.
“I’m excited to get back to what I grew up doing. Everyone wants to know why I am transitioning to stock cars, but really, drag racing is newer to me than stock car racing. I grew up racing micro sprints, then outlaw karts at Millbridge [Speedway] and some late model stuff with LFR. Stock car racing was the plan all along for me,” said Tanner.
“Overall, I feel like NASCAR provides more of a future for younger people, and that was the main reason for my decision. I love racing, and with the NHRA, you show up for three days and you’re guaranteed four runs for six seconds. That’s not a lot of seat time. I wanted something that had more dependency on the driver and something that provided more time behind the wheel. I toured the shop with David [Gilliland], and we just felt like their program was the right choice for both Taylor and I.”
The youngest Gray, Taylor, made his stock car debut earlier this year at Hickory Motor Speedway. Less than two months behind the wheel and he found his way to victory lane in a limited late model. Before racing late models, the 13-year-old Mooresville, N.C., native raced outlaw karts.
“We’re super excited to have Tanner and Taylor on board for next year,” said team co-owner David Gilliland. “They come from a great racing background, and both boys have shown they have the natural talent and ability to achieve success in motorsports for many years to come. We started our driver development program for situations exactly like this. It’ll be fun to get them in our equipment and watch them prosper and grow within the sport in the coming years.”
DGR-Crosley will compete in late model stocks, super late models, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2019.
CREDIT: Team PR