Track: Five Flags Speedway, 0.5-mile oval
Race: 2 of 20
Event: Pensacola 200 (200 laps, 100 miles)
Entries: No. 54, Tanner Gray
Schedule: Saturday, March 9
7:00 p.m………..Race (MAVTV) (all times ET)
MOORESVILLE, NC (March 7, 2019) — DGR-Crosley will head to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. this weekend for the second race of the ARCA Menards Series (ARCA) season. Nineteen year old, Tanner Gray will make his ARCA debut driving the team’s No. 54 Gray Motorsports/Valvoline Toyota Camry.
Gray joins DGR-Crosley this season after coming off a successful stint in the NHRA drag racing scene where was crowned the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion. While the Mooresville, N.C., native will be making his first-career ARCA start, he has two other stock car races under his belt this season. Most recently Gray competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway with DGR-Crosley where he started in the eighth position and finished 12th after running in the top-five for a majority of the race. He also competed in the Red Eye Super Late Model Race at New Smyrna Speedway earlier this year.
Gray and his No. 54 DGR-Crosley team recently participated in a test session at Five Flags Speedway where he was able to get some experience running laps at the half-mile track. Although Gray will be sporting Rookie stripes on the track, he will be surrounded by a wealth of experience through his team. Crew chief Seth Smith, who has a K&N Pro Series East Championship title and NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series experience, will call the shots atop the pit box for Gray, while Paul Griffin will be on the spotter stand.
DGR-Crosley has competed in nine ARCA races since its inception in 2018. In those races, the team has secured two Pole awards, three top-five finishes and has an average finish of ninth-place. Gray will look to secure DGR-Crosley’s first ARCA win this weekend in Pensacola.
The ARCA Pensacola 200 will be broadcast live on MAVTV beginning at 7:00 p.m., ET.
Gray on Pensacola: “We had a good test session down in Pensacola a few weeks ago. With it being my first time there it took me a while to get comfortable, but once I learned my way around the track, we figured out a lot as a team and got the car dialed in for this weekends race. I’m really looking forward to heading back down to Pensacola and working with all the guys at DGR-Crosley. I definitely think we are going to have a solid car with good long run speed and hopefully, we will come home with a solid finish.”