Taylor Gray will be making his first career start in any series at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway tomorrow in the No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion. Coming off a seventh-place finish at another fast half-mile track last night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Gray is ready for Winchester. He feels confident much of what he learned at Bristol last night will apply to tomorrow’s race as well.
Gray ran well in his first start at Bristol last night, especially considering the rookie had never turned a lap there. The scheduled practice was canceled due to rain, so he spent the first part of the race getting a feel for the track and finding his marks. He finished seventh despite having a right-rear tire going down in the closing laps of the race.
In 13 ARCA Menards Series starts this season (including East and West starts), he has achieved seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. In the two races where he was not in the top 10, he finished 11th. He is 11th in points despite only running nine of the 16 races this season since the 15-year-old rookie is not eligible to compete at the larger tracks.
The ARCA Menards Series ARCA 200 presented by Crosley Brands from Winchester Speedway will be run on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on TrackPass on NBC Gold and tape delayed on MAVTV at 6 p.m. The 200-lap race will have two race breaks on, or near laps 75 and 150.
Gray on Winchester: “I can’t wait for the race at Winchester tomorrow. I’ve never been there, but that looks like a really cool track and it will be a lot of fun. We had a solid race at Bristol last night and I think a lot of what I learned there will carry over to tomorrow’s race. We’re racing a different Ford Fusion, but I know it will be just as good since Blake (Bainbridge, crew chief) and the DGR-Crosley guys always bring fast Fords to the track. “
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!