Tanner Gray Rebounds to win ARCA Menards Series race at Charlotte

Tanner Gray won the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday evening after rebounding from a flat tire and going a lap down.

He started strong, earning his second career pole and his second at Charlotte, in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. However, on Lap 34 he had to make an unscheduled pit stop due to a flat right-rear tire and went a lap down.

With 20 laps to go, Carson Kvapil had a two-second lead while Gray had methodically made his way back to the lead lap. Gray caught a break after a crash involving Con Nicolopoulos and Mitch Gibson as most of the lead-lap cars pit with 15 laps remaining in the race.

When the race resumed, Gray, who had stayed on the track during the caution and was now in the lead, held off Kvapil and won by a margin of 0.939 seconds.

Andres Perez finished third followed by Will Kimmel in fourth and Lavar Scott in fifth.

“To be able to come here and rebound the way we did is really cool,” Gray said. “We fought a little adversity in the beginning, cutting the right-rear (tire) down and going a lap down. To be able to execute a solid race and finish off those last few laps is really cool.

*Note: Gray finished 18th in Friday night’s Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

  • Race results:
Pos.Car No.DriverSponsor, OEMLapsDiff.
118Tanner GrayJGR Toyota100 –
282Carson Kvapil*Chevrolet Performace Chevrolet1000.939
32Andres PerezMax Siegal Inc Chevrolet1002.355
469Will KimmelWeddington Custom Homes-Accel Hydraulics1005.192
56Lavar Scott*Max Siegel Inc Chevrolet1005.343
655Gus DeanDRIVEN Trackside1007.275
720Dean ThompsonThompson Pipe Group Toyota1007.423
833Lawless Alan*Auto Parkit Ford1007.817
997Jason KitzmillerA.L.L Construction Chevrolet1008.342
109Sebastian AriasBrady IFS Chevrolet10011.265
1135Greg Van AlstCB Fabricating Ford10011.273
1225Toni BreidingerCelsius Toyota10012.836
1310Cody Dennison*Timcast.com Toyota10016.986
1473Andy JankowiakAcacia Energy Toyota10027.118
1522Amber BalcaenICON Toyota991 Lap
1612Ryan Roulette*Bellator Recruiting Academy/VFW Ford982 Laps
1727Tim RichmondImmigration Law Center Toyota982 Laps
1815Kris WrightFNB Corporation Toyota973 Laps
1988A.J. MoyerRivers’s Edge Cottages & RV Park/Ampere EV Chevrolet964 Laps
2099Michael Maples*Don Ray Petroleum LLC/Maples Motorsports Chevrolet946 Laps
2157Austin McDaniel*Brother In Law Motorsports Chevrolet9010 Laps
2206Con NicolopoulosPeterson Motorsports Ford8911 Laps
2375Hunter Deshautelle*Brother-In-Law Motorsports Chevrolet8713 Laps
2431Mitch Gibson*C&S Construction & Cabinet Designs Chevrolet7921 Laps
2503Alex ClubbRace Parts Liquidators Ford4555 Laps
2648Brad SmithCopraya.com Ford3664 Laps
2728Connor Mosack*Chevrolet/Silver Hare Development Chevrolet3070 Laps
2832Christian RoseBlue Wolf Cleaners & Degreasers Ford2872 Laps
2911Jayson Alexander*Constant Contact Ford2080 Laps

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Angie Campbell
Angie Campbell
A native of Charlotte, NC, Angela (Angie) was first introduced to racing by her father. An avid fan of NASCAR, she found a way to combine her love of racing with her passion for writing. Angie is also an award-winning member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Follow her on Twitter @angiecampbell_ for the latest NASCAR news and feature stories.


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