Tanner Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion
Tanner Gray will have a busy day on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. He’ll be running 100 laps in the ARCA Menards Series race at 2:30 p.m., and then climbing into his Ford F-150 to run another 150 laps in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at 6 p.m. that evening. Gray is hoping the laps he makes in the afternoon will carry over to the truck race in the evening.
This will be his first start at Kentucky in both series. With no practice or qualifying in the Truck Series, the ARCA race is a great opportunity for the rookie to get a feel for the track. When the season began, Gray was only scheduled to compete in four ARCA races, but he keeps adding to his schedule at tracks where the extra track time can help his performance in the Truck Series. So far this season he has made four starts in ARCA with one top-five and one top-10 finish, which came when he finished fourth at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in March.
This weekend Gray’s No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion will be a car he has not raced yet this season. It was a new car in 2019, but was rebuilt as a Ford in the off season.
Gray on Kentucky: “I’m excited to run the ARCA race at Kentucky before the Truck Series race on Saturday. With no practice or qualifying on the truck side, having the extra seat time in the ARCA car is a huge help to me. Obviously, the truck races differently than the car, so not everything carries over, but getting to learn the track and the lines is a big help. There is only so much you can learn from watching film. You have to be able to feel it in the seat and the ARCA race will give me that experience. Plus if we can win, that would be pretty awesome too.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!