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Gray, Kraus split wins in K&N Series at SBS

SoVaNow.com / May 06, 2019
South Boston Speedway fans enjoyed a slam-bang, paint-swapping finish to the first of two NASCAR K&N Pro East 100-lap features Saturday night.

Tanner Gray emerged with the win in the first K&N race. Gray won by 0.320-seconds over Sam Mayer, with Max McLaughlin third, 0.892 off the pace.

Gray and Meyer battled on the white flag lap in overtime.

Spencer Davis, Ruben Garcia, Colin Garrett, Travis Milburn, Chase Cabre, Derek Kraus and Hallie Deegan rounded out the top ten.

Gray, looking very strong and averaged 79.933 mph.

The drivers got out to a clean start in the first race, with no yellows until lap 52. Garcia collided with the wall between turns three and four to bring out the first slowdown.

With 20 laps left, Mayer took over the lead, with Gray second. Mayer started sixth and worked his way through the field.

At lap 97, Drew Dollar made contact with the turn two wall, tightening the field. Dollar went to a backup car for the second race. Mayer certainly did not want to see that yellow.

At lap 101, the race resumed, featuring a bruising one-two punch between Mayer, who led briefly, and Gray.

Gray got the better of the final lap contact and emerged with the win, with Max McLaughlin third.

The race went overtime, completing 104 laps, with seven drivers on the lead lap at the end.

Gray, the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock drag racing champion, led over half the race, but had to survive a two-lap shootout to the finish with Sam Mayer and Chase Cabre after a caution flag flew on lap 97 for a mishap.

Gray and Mayer raced side-by-side after the final restart with Gray moving Mayer to gain the lead. Cabre, trying to make a run on Mayer on the last lap, made contact with Mayer’s car in the second turn and spun, opening the door for Gray to take the win.

Nick Sanchez started on the pole for the start of the second race after posting the fastest lap of the first race. He led the first 18 laps after Gray was black-flagged by NASCAR officials for jumping the initial start of the race.

SBS K&N NOTEBOOK: Gray had the quickest pole speed (96.147), a difference of 0.100 over second place qualifier Dollar. Garrett qualified fifth.

The touring series drew a respectable crowd, before a potent thunderstorm knocked out the second half of the race program until yesterday.

PURE STOCKS: Jordan Pickrel cruised to the win in the 30-lap Pure Stock race Saturday.

Pickrel won by 3.232 seconds over second place runner Nathan Crews. Austin Milam took third.

Jared Milam was fourth and Bruce Mayo finished fifth.

Pickrel averaged 77.716 mph in taking the checkered flag.



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