Tanner Gray Fought Handling at Race

Saturday, June 26

Track: Pocono Raceway, 2.5-mile triangle

Race: 13 of 22

Event: CRC Brakleen 150 (60 laps, 150 miles)

Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150

Start: 17th

Finish: 16th

With no practice or qualifying, Gray started the race from the 17th position. A wreck immediately after the green flag reset the field and he would restart in 15th. The Ford Performance F-150 built tight over the long run and he faded to finish 21st in Stage 1.

The team pitted during the stage break for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment and would restart in 14th. Gray quickly moved into 12th and maintained position there throughout much of Stage 2.

Crew chief Seth Smith called the Ford driver into the pits with three laps remaining in the stage to try and gain track position for the start of the final stage. The pit crew gave him four fresh tires and fuel and he rejoined the field to finish Stage 2 in 23rd.

With the leaders pitting during the stage break, Gray was scored in third and chose to restart in the outside lane which lined him up sixth. He battled within the top-10 for the first half of the final stage, but tight handling conditions caused him to fade over the long run and he was in 13th when caution flag waved with nine laps remaining.

Green flag action resumed with six laps to go in the race and Gray fought hard for each position throughout the closing laps and finished in the 16th position.


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