Taylor Gray Battled A Loose Hot Rod At Phoenix

Friday, November 5

Track: Phoenix Raceway, 1-mile oval

Race: 22 of 22

Event: Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps, 150 miles)

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance F-150

Start: 26th

Finish: 29th

Taylor Gray battled a loose handling truck and qualified 26th for his first career NCWTS start at the 1-mile oval.

The 16-year-old was up to 18th in the opening five laps of the race before his drive leveled off and he settled in.

On the final lap of Stage 1, a flat right rear tire caused the No. 17 to spin to the inside wall and finish the stage in 27th. After pitting to change tires, Gray was officially scored two laps down to the leader.

Chad Johnston called for a second stop down pit road for trackbar adjustments and the Ford Performance driver rejoined the field in 33rd.

Gray lost a third lap to the leader late in Stage 2 and ultimately finished the stage in 32nd.

Over the course of the final stage of the race, Gray earned three positions to finish in 29th.


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