Ron Gray Racing Career and Highlights
I started competitive drag racing in the fall of 1983. Prior to my drag racing career, I grew up helping my Uncle Richard Druschel with a round track car that was probably the single biggest influence that got me started in racing. As my racing ambitions grew, Gary, John and Art Fenice, owners of J&A Auto in Pickerington, Ohio, helped me get started in my 1968 Dodge Dart. They helped me build the car, that started as a 318 cubic inch streetcar owned by a little old lady in Picktown, into a 440 cubic inch Drag car. I finished the car in the fall of 1983 and began the drag racing learning curve in 1984. By the end of 1984 I was hooked and was racing every chance I got.
In 1985 I decided to race for points at National Trail Race Way in Kirkersville, Ohio, which is now my home track. I was named the most improved driver in 1985 as I won the Pro Eliminator points Championship. In 1986 I finished in the top five in points and won the "Night under Fire Race", which is an event held every year at National Trails. Again in 1987 I won the Pro Eliminator points Championship. I sold my car in 1988 and took a leave from the sport for several years. It was a hard decision but with a growing family of my wife Debbie and son Jason it was time to take a break.
I would drive cars whenever I got a chance, but they were few and far between. In 1989 I helped my brother, Duane Gray, build a 1963 Plymouth Fury. It took a couple of years to get the car finished but in late 1991 it was ready for the track. We tried it out and the car ended up running in the Mid 10's. My brother drove the car primarily, but in 1992 on one Wednesday night he had to work and I got my chance to drive. I made the most of the opportunity as I went 7 rounds and won all the money. My brother sold me the car in 1994 at a price that only a brother would and it gave me an opportunity to get back into racing. I race it as a hobby at this point but still try to get to the track whenever I can. I am looking forward to doing a lot of racing in the near future with my family and friends. See you at the track!