Second day of qualifying cut short for Shane Gray and NTB Big O Tires Chevy Camaro
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The second day of qualifying for the 58th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals was cut short for the Pro Stock drivers when weather pushed the later session well into the evening and created conditions that were not conducive to navigating the 1,320 feet of asphalt.
The first few Pro Stock cars in the qualifying order were able to make passes in the second session, but NTB/Big O Tires Chevy Camaro pilot Shane Gray was among those farther back in the pack who would have to wait another day to try their hand. As the evening wore on, the dew point rose to 72 and the air temperature dropped to 73 degrees Fahrenheit, and with humidity at 95%, dew began to form on the racing surface and create a hazard.
"We hustled to change engines between the first session today and the night session," said Gray. "We really were looking forward to getting out there and seeing if we could improve. But the weather didn't exactly cooperate. Heck, the way the radar looked earlier, we're just glad we got to get one run in. Every run we get to make before eliminations is another opportunity to get better.
"Tomorrow, if the weather holds out, we'll get another two shots at this track. And then we'll just have to see what Monday holds for this NTB/Big O Tires Camaro. My guys have been working hard, and we're excited as heck to be out here at the U.S. Nationals. We're looking forward to a new day."
Gray is currently 9th in the Pro Stock qualifying line-up with a 6.674 at 206.70 mph as his best time yet this weekend.