Mixed Qualifying Results for Service Central Racing Teams
The news for the Service Central Racing teams was mixed at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Shane Gray qualified 13th in Pro Stock while his father, Johnny Gray, failed to qualify for Sunday’s 16-car Funny Car field.
Shane was on the outside looking in going into the fourth and final qualifying session Saturday but his quarter-mile run of 6.673 seconds at 206.86 mph lifted him to the No. 13th starting position. He will face Jason Line in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations.
“We have to get better because we have a big task in the first round,” said Shane Gray. “Jason is a tough competitor – he is second in points. But if we can iron out our problems, I think we can give him a good run. I look forward to the challenge.”
Johnny’s Service Central Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car struggled all weekend, as the team battled difficult and changing track conditions, while integrating some new parts. Despite the difficulties, Johnny remains optimistic.
“I’m still excited about this car and about this team,” he said. “Nobody likes to DNQ (did not qualify), but no one feels worse than me about what happened here. Everybody on this team gives their all on every run and everyone feels terrible about what happened.
“This, though, was just a small stumbling block for the Service Central team. Trust me, we’ll be back!”
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