Gray Takes Home Anderson Prize in Modified Action

Michigan driver Buddy Gray made the seven-hour trip to Anderson pay off by winning the 50-lap Midwest Modified Tour feature. A strong field of 27-cars were on hand with Gray starting on the outside of the front row after the inversion and redraw. Gray jumped into the lead at the start and was chased the entire distance by Bubba Smith and Brian Nester. The race was only slowed twice by the caution flag for a spin by Greg Fullarton and then when the fifth and sixth place cars of Jeremy Cooper and Kale Asztalos got together on the back straight. Gray would never surrender the preferred racing line in the low groove at Anderson and Smith was not able to power around on the outside. At the checkered flag Gray won by 1.5 seconds after pulling away from the field in the closing laps.

“We’ve been struggling this year and working hard on the car,” Gray said. “It feels good to finally win one against these guys.” Gray said he was at Anderson Speedway once before in his career and didn’t finish that race. “When you know the field is this tight, you can’t make mistakes,” he said of the 21 cars in the field that qualified within one second of each other. “I just told myself don’t make mistakes.”