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Taylor Gray (racing driver)

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Taylor Gray
NationalityUnited States American
Born (2005-03-25) March 25, 2005 (age 15)
Artesia, New Mexico
Related toTanner Gray (brother)
Shane Gray (father)
Johnny Gray (grandfather)
ARCA Menards Series East career
Debut season2020
Current teamDGR-Crosley
Car no.17
EngineFord
Crew chiefBlake Bainbridge
Starts0
Wins0
Poles0
Previous series
2019-2020
2018
CARS Late Model Stock Tour
Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model Series
Last updated on: March 24, 2020
ARCA Menards Series career
Debut season2020
Current teamDGR-Crosley
Car no.17
EngineFord
Crew chiefBlake Bainbridge
Starts0
Wins0
Poles0
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Taylor Gray (born March 25, 2005) is an American professional racing driver. He currently competes in both the ARCA Menards Series East and the ARCA Menards Series in the No. 17 Ford for DGR-Crosley as well as in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour.

Racing career[edit]

Gray made his debut in a late model in March 2018 at age 12, driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model Series. He had an impressive showing, finishing sixth in the race.[1] Two months later, he returned to Hickory in the same series and won his first late model race after running in either first or second place for the entire race.[2]

Both Taylor Gray and his brother were signed by DGR-Crosley in 2019, with Tanner driving full-time in the K&N Pro Series East and Taylor driving full-time in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour since he was under the age of 15 and therefore not eligible to compete in a NASCAR series at that time.

In his season racing in CARS, Taylor Gray picked up a win at Hickory Motor Speedway in just his second start,[3] which meant he now had two wins at the track. Gray ended the year ninth in points, competing in all but two races which he skipped mid-season. Additionally, he entered the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race at Martinsville, where he flipped and his car came to a halt upside down, but he was uninjured in the crash.[4] Just a few weeks later, he was already back in action, again at Hickory, where he ran the Whelen All-American Series' Fall Brawl event. Gray would have an outstanding performance, leading all 200 laps in the race en route to the win,[5] and this put him with a total of three wins there at only age 14.

On December 18, 2019, it was announced that Taylor would drive all races in the ARCA Menards Series East (formerly the K&N Pro Series East) in 2020 with DGR in their No. 17 Ford (the team switched manufacturers from Toyota) once turning 15 on March 25th of that year. In addition, he will run the nine races of the 10-race ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown that he will be able to compete in after he becomes eligible to race in the series.[6] His older brother subbed for him at the season-opener at New Smyrna, and Bubba Pollard was announced to fill in at the following race at Five Flags. However, the Five Flags race along with all others through the month of May were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, which means Taylor will be 15 when the rescheduled race is run and eligible to compete in it after all. DGR has yet to announce who will drive the No. 17 car at that one race as a result of this, but since Gray is running full-time for the championship, they presumably would move Pollard to a second car for the team, which has been announced to be fielded in select races sometime in the season for Tanner Gray.[7]

Gray also returned to the CARS Series part-time in 2020, winning their season-opener at Southern National Motorsports Park.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of Tanner Gray, who also drives for DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. He is also the son of Shane Gray, an NHRA driver, and Johnny Gray, a Funny Car driver.[1] One of his hobbies is wakeboarding.[9]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series East[edit]

ARCA Menards Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 AMSEC Pts
2020 DGR-Crosley 17 Ford NSM FIF BRI NSH TOL BLN DOV NHA -* -*

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts
2020 DGR-Crosley 17 Ford DAY PHO SLM TAL CLT MOH MCH CHI POC IRP ELK IOW GTW MAD GLN ISF DSF BRI MEM KAN -* -*

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Taylor Gray Makes Stock Car Debut in Impressive Fashion". Speed Sport. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  2. "Gray Scores First Career Late Model Victory at Hickory". Speed51.com. May 15, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  3. "Taylor Gray Scores First Win at Hickory Motor Speedway". Speedway Digest. May 13, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  4. Weaver, Matt (October 6, 2019). "VIDEO: Taylor Gray unharmed after flipping a Late Model at Martinsville". Short Track Scene. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  5. "Taylor Gray Dominates Fall Brawl at Hickory Motor Speedway". DGR-Crosley. Leading Edge Marketing. October 22, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  6. Tomlinson, Joy (December 18, 2019). "Taylor Gray Running Full ARCA Schedule for DGR-Crosley". Frontstretch. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  7. Page, Scott (December 16, 2019). "Gray set to run full Truck series schedule in 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  8. Weaver, Matt (March 7, 2020). "Taylor Gray snookers and outduels CARS Tour elite at Southern National". Short Track Scene. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  9. "About-Taylor Gray". Taylor Gray Racing. Truex Management Group. Retrieved March 24, 2020.

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