Friday, July 9
Track: Knoxville Raceway, .5-mile dirt oval
Race: 14 of 22
Event: Corn Belt 150 (150 laps, 75 miles)
Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150
Gray started the inaugural Truck Series race at Knoxville from the 27th position after starting and finishing in sixth in the first qualifying heat race.
The Ford driver had advanced up to 22nd when the caution flag waved on lap 15, but lost some ground during the next run and was back to 29th when another caution came out on lap 30. He would finish Stage 1 in 28th.
The team chose to pit during the stage break for tires and an adjustment to the right rear to help with forward drive. After restarting 28th for Stage 2, the Ford Performance F-150 was back up to 24th by lap 60.
A yellow flag late in Stage 2 meant Gray had to restart in the less desirable outside lane and fell to 28th, but he was able to gain two positions and finish the stage in 26th. He pitted again for tires and adjustments at the break.
Gray started the final stage from 28th after a few tracks stayed out during the break. He was up to 21st when the caution waved on lap 105 and was in 17th when the caution waved on lap 115.
When the yellow flag was displayed yet again on lap 139, the 22-year-old driver was in 13th. The race resumed with five laps remaining, but a quick caution came out and he was up to ninth.
The ensuing restart was a green-white-checkered scenario and a multi-truck pileup on the restart left the No. 15 F-150 battered and unable to continue. Gray was credited with a 31st-place finish.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!