NHRA Driver
Johnny Gray
Gray
  • Date of birth:
    March 20, 1953
  • Hometown:
    Carlsbad, N.M.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Gray Motorsports Charger
  • Crew Chief:
    Rob Wendland
  • Career Wins: 10
    FC: 7 TAD: 1 TAFC: 2
  • Career Final Rounds: 22
    FC: 16 PS: 3 TAD: 1 TAFC: 2
  • Career Best E.T.:
    4.010
  • Career Best Speed:
    319.45
Career Highlights
  • 2013: Raced to four victories, including wins at Gainesville and Norwalk; Qualified No. 1 at Phoenix; Advanced to the Countdown to the Championship for the fourth time in his career
  • 2012: Won two events (Englishtown, Sonoma); finished a career high in Funny Car points with his sixth place finish; made the Countdown to the Championship for the third time in his career
  • 2011: Raced to first career win at Brainerd; posted career bests for time and speed; finished 11th in the Funny Car points standings
  • 2010: Made second straight Countdown to the Championship appearance in Pro Stock; Had runner-up finish at Seattle and four semifinal finishes for the year
  • 2009: Recorded career-best time and speed; Finished a career-best ninth in Full Throttle Series points standings
  • 2008: Recorded career-best time and speed; Returned to Pro Stock racing after spending several years in the Funny Car ranks
  • 2006: Competed in one Funny Car race
  • 2004: Competed in final six races of the season in Funny Car; Qualified for Indianapolis
  • 2003: Posted runner-up finishes at Pomona 1, Atlanta and Indianapolis in Funny Car
  • 2002: Finished 10th in Funny Car points; raced to three semifinal finishes
  • 2001: Finished 13th in first full season of racing; Advanced to three semifinals
  • 2000: Qualified eighth in his first run while tuning the car by himself
  • 1999: Bought first Funny Car from Paul Smith's racing school; Earned his nitro Funny Car license
  • 1998: NHRA Division 7 Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion
  • 1997: NHRA Division 5 Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion
  • 1996: Finished sixth in NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster national point's standings
  • Competed in seven different NHRA eliminator categories during his career
  • First driver to exceed 200 mph in a gasoline-powered car
  • Made the first Comp Eliminator runs in the 6.70's and 6.60's
  • Finished in the top five in NHRA Federal-Mogul Funny Car national point's standings twice ('97,'98).
  • Has won three NHRA national events; one in Top Alcohol Dragster and two in Federal-Mogul Funny Car.

Personal
  • Spouse: Terry
  • Sons: Shane (5/9/72), John (6/15/81)
  • Height/weight: 5’11”, 208 lbs
  • Hobbies: Bass fishing, golf, and riding Harley-Davidsons
  • Has earned three national event wins in Lucas Oil Series competition, including one in Top Alcohol Dragster and two in Top Alcohol Funny Car
  • Claimed Division 7 TAFC title in 1998 and Division 5 title in 1997
  • Son Shane Gray competes in Pro Stock

 
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