Shane Gray working towards starting position in NTB Service Central GXP at Gateway Motorsports Park
MADISON, IL – Pro Stock driver Shane Gray is not disheartened to be on the outside of the quick 12 on the first day of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis. Every ounce of progress for the NTB/Service Central Racing team is a gem of hope as the persistent group heads toward the end of a trying season, and they are eager for the second day of the event to work their way into the field and earn the right to race on Sunday.
In the first session of qualifying, Gray went A to B down the racing surface and clocked out at the far end of the track with a pleasing and quick 6.585 at 210.24 mph. The field was speedy, and Gray's time ended up just on the outside; the second-generation racecar driver was 13th as the second session approached.
The team determined that the tune-up was a bit soft and made adjustments, but in the second session it was shown that the adjustments were perhaps a bit too far in the opposite direction and over-powered the track.
"It just stuck the tires, got up on the wheelie bars, and shook," explained Gray. "So we'll go back a little bit and try to capitalize on our mistakes. This NTB/Service Central Pontiac has only been back on the track for two races now, but she's coming around. We still have a little taming to do, but we'll get it."