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Tanner Gray was all smiles after earning his first career K&N Pro Series pole. (Matt Thacker/NKP/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Tanner Gray Speeds To First Career K&N Pole at SoBo

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Tanner Gray keeps flexing his muscle.

The 20-year-old Artesia, New Mexico native earned his first career K&N Pro Series pole award on Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway, wheeling his No. 15 DGR-Crosley Toyota around the Virginia short-track in 14.977 seconds.

“It was a pretty good lap,” Gray said, despite it being slower than his practice speed. “Track is super greasy right now. I feel like I left a little bit on the table trying to get to the gas to soon trying to get up off (Turn) 4. All in all, really good. We’ve had good speed throughout practice and we had good speed in qualifying. Looking forward to the race.”

RELATED: PRACTICE: Rookie Tanner Gray Quickest In South Boston

Gray has a career best finish of second, coming at Irwindale Speedway in a photo finish. He’s finished 12th (New Smyrna) and 10th (Bristol) in the K&N Pro Series East this season, and seems poised to do much better than that when the Twin 100s get underway.

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His DGR Crosley’s teammate Drew Dollar (15.077) will roll off second, with Rev Racing’s Chase Cabre third (15.139), Max McLaughlin fourth (15.183) and 2017 South Boston Speedway track champion Colin Garrett (15.192) rounding out the top five starters.

Championshhip points leader Sam Mayer, Spencer Davis, Derek Kraus, Nick Sanchez (making his first career start) and Ruben Garcia Jr. complete the top 10 starters. Hailie Deegan will start 15th after experiencing engine issues when going out to qualify.

Mason Diaz and Chuck Buchanan Jr. did not attempt a qualifying lap, and withdrew from the race prior to the session due to damage sustained in practice. Twin 100s Qualifying Results

The green flag for Race No. 1 of the Twin 100s at South Boston is scheduled to fly at approximately 7 p.m with Race No. 2 following shortly thereafter. FansChoice.TV will have live coverage of the event.

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Tanner Gray’s No. 15 Toyota has been on rails thus far at South Boston Speedway. (Matt Thacker/NKP/NASCAR)