Behind the Wheel Podcast Episode 14: NHRA Champs J.R. Todd and Tanner Gray

Image courtesy NHRA Media
Behind the Wheel Podcast: NHRA Champs J.R. Todd and Tanner Gray
Image courtesy NHRA Media

A very special holiday is upon us, and three NHRA drivers have a great reason to celebrate. In our latest edition of Behind The Wheel podcast, we caught up with the two young drivers who proved that nothing could stop them from earning their first ever NHRA world championship in 2018.

For those who followed this season closely, you know that one division was a wrap shortly after the Countdown to the Championship began. While no other Top Fuel drivers were able to catch Torrence Racing’s own Texan marauder Steve Torrence, who earned the 2018 Top Fuel world championship prior to the Auto Club NHRA finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions were still up for grabs.

Tune in below to let Kalitta Motorsports’ newest Funny Car world champion, J.R. Todd, tell you how he was able to take down 2017 Funny Car world champion Robert Hight to finally obtain the one thing for which he has worked 26 years.

Todd wasn’t the only NHRA young gun to earn his first championship. That’s right, you guessed it : We also caught up to the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray. Gray may have come up short last season, but after making his decision to move on to NASCAR in 2019, the Gray Motorsports racing phenom found his way to the top of the Pro Stock ladder.

Let this 19-year-old hotshot tell you how he was able to pull off this amazing feat as well as what his bright future in racing is going to look like.

To find out more about the NHRA, as well as check out the 2019 schedule, visit And happy holidays from all of us at!

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1 Comment on Behind the Wheel Podcast Episode 14: NHRA Champs J.R. Todd and Tanner Gray

  1. Hey Ellen. Help this old 61year old man get a sponsorship for his PRO MOD. Send everyone to Eddie Fast PRO MOD motorsports on Facebook waiting for you. I’m a disabled man of over 30 years and finally have my PRO MOD. Never give up I sure won’t. One way or the other someone’s going to step up and sponsor me just because there Blessed enough to Just do it.

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