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“I want to be the greatest NASCAR driver of all time” is what Gray Gaulding is driving towards, but his racing passion hasn’t always been in NASCAR. Gaulding, who began racing at the bright young age of 3 on four-wheelers and dirt bikes, developed technical skills at a young age that the average youth never learns and now 17 yrs. later was the youngest driver in the 40 car field of the Great American Race, the DAYTONA 500 finishing 20th!.
After spending nearly 7 years racing on two wheels, Gray hung up his leathers for a fire suit to begin his stock car career when he received two Bandolero’s for his 10th birthday. After winning 4 of the 5 races that Gray competed in through the 2008 racing season, he knew he wanted to be in NASCAR. In 2009 Gray raced in 22 races winning 13 of them, along with the Winter Heat championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gaulding moved from the INEX Bandolero’s to the INEX Legend’s car Young Lion’s division in 2010 driving for Chase Pistone Inc. after winning 16 of the 47 races he competed in, winning the Race of Champions and National Race for Young Lions at Langley Speedway, as well as earning the Top Gun award along with the points championship at Concord Motorsports Park.
2011 started off on a high note for the youngster signing with Kevin Harvick Incorporated to race full time in the Pro All Stars Series. Competing in 15 super late model races and picking up a win at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, NC crowning Gaulding the youngest winner in super late model history. Gaulding continued to race in the PASS series for Coulter Motorsports in 2012 bringing Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on board as a full-time sponsor. Gray competed in 18 super late model races picking up a win along with 5 top-5’s, and 8 top-10’s.
2013-14 was Gray Gaulding’s rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and it started with a bang finishing 2nd in the inaugural Battle at the Beach on the Daytona Int’l Speedway’s back straightaway. Gaulding went on to capture 2 pole awards, the first at Richmond Int’l Raceway making Gaulding the youngest driver to do so in the K&N Pro Series East at 15 years, 2 months, and 15 days and Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA making him the youngest in the K&N Pro Series West at 15 years, 8 months, and 16 days. Gaulding also picked up a win at Phoenix Int’l Raceway making him the youngest driver to win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at 15 years, 8 months, and 30 days along with 5 top-5’s and 10 top-10’s.
2015 he made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville and on lap 243, Gaulding was running 3rd three-wide, and was turned around. Gray finished 19th.Gray recorded his best finish of the year at Canadian Motorsports, finishing 4th.March 23, 2015, Gray joined Red Horse Racing making his debut for the team at Martinsville where he Qualified 10th and finished 17th.Gray later joined Kyle Bush driving the No. 54 Tundra in three races at Mosport, Canada and Martinsville. 2016 Gray joined Jack Roush's driver development program and made his Xfinity debut in the No. 60 at Bristol, while also running another at Richmond. 2017-Gray made his Monster Cup debut at Martinsville, driving the No. 30 car.Gray joined No. 23 car for the 2017 season, driving in 33 races with a best finish of 9th at Talladega!
2018- Gray became the Youngest Driver in the field of the 60th Running of the DAYTONA 500 finishing20th.At Richmond in the fall of 2018 Gray made his 50th Cup Start at the ripe age of 20 years old!
Grays racing Highlights of his young 20 yr. old career are as follows- DAYTONA 500, Talladega 400 ,Brickyard 400, 2-Coke 600's (longest race in cup completing every lap), Bristol Night Race! and competing at every track on the NASCAR circuit!