Gray Gaulding

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Gray Gaulding
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Gaulding at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2019
Born (1998-02-10) February 10, 1998 (age 21)
Colonial Heights, Virginia
AchievementsYoungest winner ever in a NASCAR-sanctioned series (15)
Youngest winner ever in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (15)
Youngest Legend Car winner ever (12)
Youngest Legend Car Champion ever (12)
Youngest Asphalt Super late model winner ever (12)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
50 races run over 4 years
Car no., teamNo. 51 (Rick Ware Racing)
2018 position36th
Best finish34th (2017)
First race2016 Goody's Fast Relief 500 (Martinsville)
Last race2019 Food City 500 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
38 races run over 4 years
Car no., teamNo. 08 (SS-Green Light Racing)
2018 position108th
Best finish108th (2016, 2018)
First race2016 Food City 300 (Bristol)
Last race2019 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
17 races run over 3 years
2018 position116th
Best finish26th (2014)
First race2014 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2017 JAG Metals 350 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of October 19, 2019.

Gray Gaulding (born February 10, 1998) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driving the No. 08 Chevrolet Camaro for SS-Green Light Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Gaulding began racing motorbikes at age 4, and raced cars five years later. When he was 10, Gaulding received two Bandolero cars, and won in his first Bandolero race. At age 12, Gaulding was the youngest driver in a NASCAR Legends Division, and won a Legends car national championship, gaining sponsorship from firearm distributor GunBroker.com.[1] Also at age 12, Gaulding defeated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick at Harvick's karting track, which prompted Harvick to sign Gaulding to Kevin Harvick Incorporated's driver development program.[2] At 13, Gaulding became the youngest Super late model race winner, and was also the youngest driver to win the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Rookie of the Year Award.[3] After KHI shut down in 2011, he was released from the team's driver development program. When he was 14, Gaulding was volunteering at the Victory Junction Gang Camp when he agreed to five one-year contracts with Krispy Kreme as a sponsor.[2]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

Gaulding's No. 20 Toyota in the K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond International Raceway
Gaulding at Richmond International Raceway in 2013

In 2013, Gaulding ran the No. 20 Krispy Kreme Toyota in both the K&N Pro Series East and West.[4] He won the pole position at Richmond International Raceway at 15 years, 2 months, 15 days, becoming the youngest pole-sitter in NASCAR history, more than four months younger than Cole Custer, the previous record holder. In the season-ending Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaulding spun out Custer on the final lap to win,[5] becoming the youngest race winner in K&N series history at 15 years, 8 months and 30 days.[6][7] During the year, Gaulding was named to the NASCAR Next program, which highlights NASCAR's future stars.[8] In 2014, Gaulding was hired by NTS Motorsports to run full-time in the K&N East series.[9]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Gaulding joined NTS Motorsports in the No. 20, and ran eight races in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season;[9] he made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway.[10] On lap 243, Gaulding was running three-wide, and was turned around. Gaulding finished 19th.[11] Gaulding recorded his best finish of the year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, finishing 4th in the Chevrolet Silverado 250.[12]

On March 23, 2015, Gaulding was released by NTS Motorsports, and joined Red Horse Racing, making his debut for the team at Martinsville where he finished 17th.[13] He later joined Kyle Busch Motorsports, driving the No. 54 Toyota Tundra in three races at Mosport, New Hampshire and Martinsville.

Xfinity Series[edit]

In 2016, Gaulding joined Roush Fenway Racing's driver development program and made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the No. 60 at Bristol Motor Speedway, while also running another round at Richmond.[14]

For the 2019 season, Gaulding drove No. 08 Chevy for SS-Green Light Racing full-time. In April's MoneyLion 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, Gaulding finished a career-best second behind Tyler Reddick.[15]

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Later in the season, he attempted to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Martinsville, driving the No. 30 car for The Motorsports Group.[16] Gaulding joined BK Racing's No. 23 car for the 2017 season, driving in 33 races.[17] Gaulding was not approved to run the Daytona 500 due to lack of experience on larger tracks (1.5 miles or greater). On June 13, 2017, Gaulding was replaced by Ryan Sieg at Michigan.[18] Later in the month, Gaulding announced he had joined Premium Motorsports' No. 55 Camry for the Cup races at Kentucky and Loudon.[19] On June 5, 2017, BK Racing released Gaulding because of financial issues; however, he would later return to the team at Darlington. At Talladega, Gaulding survived a crash-filled race to post his career-best finish of ninth.[20] Gaulding would return to BK Racing in 2018. He has run every race contested so far, with a best finish of 20th, achieved at both Daytona and Texas. However after missing a few races, Gaulding will run the 99 for StarCom Racing at Michigan , presumably ending his relationship with BK Racing.

Personal life[edit]

Gray is the son of Dwayne and Kristin (Martek) Gaulding. A native of Colonial Heights, Virginia, Gaulding's father, Dwayne, was the vice president of operations at NTS Motorsports.[8]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points Position
2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Steve Urvan 3 1 1 2 1 109 27th
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Steve Urvan 14 0 3 8 1 456 8th
2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East NTS Motorsports 16 0 4 9 1 562 3rd
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NTS Motorsports 2 0 1 1 0 57 41st
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NTS Motorsports 9 0 1 1 0 243 26th
2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Red Horse Racing
Kyle Busch Motorsports
4 0 0 0 0 118 34th
2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series The Motorsports Group 2 0 0 0 0 6 48th
NASCAR Xfinity Series Roush Fenway Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 108th
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series BK Racing
Premium Motorsports
27 0 0 1 0 164 34th
NASCAR Xfinity Series RSS Racing 5 0 0 0 0 0 111th
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series BK Racing
Premium Motorsports
StarCom Racing
Rick Ware Racing
20 0 0 0 0 119 36th
NASCAR Xfinity Series NXT Motorsports 1 0 0 0 0 0 106th
2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rick Ware Racing 1 0 0 0 0 -* -*
NASCAR Xfinity Series SS-Green Light Racing 27 0 1 4 0 -* -*

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2016 The Motorsports Group 30 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN DOV CLT POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN BRI MCH DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR
39
TEX PHO
37
HOM
DNQ
48th 6 [21]
2017 BK Racing 23 Toyota DAY ATL
37
LVS
34
PHO
36
CAL
37
MAR
29
TEX
34
BRI
29
RCH
31
TAL
20
KAN
34
CLT
27
DOV
24
POC
29
MCH SON DAY RCH
35
34th 164 [22]
Premium Motorsports 55 Toyota KEN
35
NHA
35
CHI
38
NHA
33
DOV CLT
36
KAN
28
Chevy IND
24
BRI
31
15 POC
31
GLN MCH
BK Racing 83 Toyota DAR
36
TAL
9
MAR
31
TEX
40
PHO HOM
2018 23 DAY
20
ATL
36
LVS
33
PHO
34
CAL
32
MAR
36
TEX
20
BRI
31
RCH
35
TAL
24
DOV
30
KAN
29
CLT
31
POC
33
MCH
31
SON
30
CHI
31
DAY KEN NHA 36th 119 [23]
Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy POC
QL
GLN
StarCom Racing 99 Chevy MCH
33
BRI
40
DAR IND LVS
Rick Ware Racing 52 Ford RCH
40
CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
2019 51 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI
36
RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 58th* 01* [24]
– Qualified for Ross Chastain.
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2018 BK Racing Toyota 34 20

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2016 Roush Fenway Racing 60 Ford DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI
13
ROA DAR RCH
13
CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 108th 01 [25]
2017 RSS Racing 38 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV
34
111th 01 [26]
93 CLT
39
KAN
39
TEX
33
PHO
40
HOM
2018 NXT Motorsports 54 Toyota DAY
38
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 108th 01 [27]
2019 SS-Green Light Racing 08 Chevy DAY
34
ATL
16
LVS
12
PHO
16
CAL
16
TEX
21
BRI
15
RCH
17
TAL
2
DOV
20
CLT
14
POC
20
MCH
16
IOW
14
CHI
14
DAY
8
KEN
15
NHA
17
IOW
14
GLN
15
MOH
14
BRI
6
ROA
29
DAR
15
IND
13
LVS
7
RCH
22
CLT
29
DOV
18
KAN
17
TEX PHO HOM -* -* [28]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2014 NTS Motorsports 20 Chevy DAY MAR
19
KAN CLT DOV
21
TEX GTW
20
KEN IOW ELD
20
POC MCH BRI
23
MSP
4
CHI NHA
16
LVS TAL MAR
14
TEX PHO
17
HOM 26th 243 [29]
2015 Red Horse Racing 7 Toyota DAY ATL MAR
17
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI 34th 118 [30]
Kyle Busch Motorsports 54 Toyota MSP
11
CHI NHA
10
LVS TAL MAR
21
TEX PHO HOM
2017 Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI
25
NHA
25
LVS TAL MAR
31
TEX
27
PHO HOM 95th 01 [31]
2018 Beaver Motorsports 50 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI
DNQ
MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 116th 01 [32]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2013 SS-Green Light Racing 20 Toyota BRI
6
GRE
10
PEN
2
RCH
24*
BGS
8
IOW
6
LGY
17
COL
14
IOW
23
VIR
5
GRE
3
NHA
8
DOV
21
RAL
15
7th 456 [33]
2014 NTS Motorsports Chevy NSM
7
DAY
7
BRI
2
GRE
11
RCH
11
IOW
17
BGS
6
FFL
5*
LGY
18
NHA
8*
COL
15
IOW
11
GLN
18
VIR
4
GRE
3
DOV
8
3rd 562 [34]
2015 NSM
3
17th 282 [35]
Precision Performance Motorsports 12 Toyota GRE
2
BRI
11
IOW
21
BGS
5
LGY
4
COL
17
NHA
7
IOW GLN MOT VIR RCH DOV

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2013 SS-Green Light Racing 02 Toyota PHO
6
S99 BIR IOW L44 SON CNS IOW EVG SRP MMP SMP AAS KCR
21
PHO
1
27th 109 [36]
2014 NTS Motorsports Chevy PHO
29
IRW S99 IOW KCR SON SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR MMP AAS 41st 57 [37]
20 PHO
2

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2016 Lira Motorsports 38 Ford DAY
9
NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 100th 185 [38]

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