It was another impressive showing on Friday night for Kaz Grala. Grala was in contention at the end of a hot Daytona night, which is all he needed. Gala’s right rear tire went down when the field was coming to the green flag for a late-race restart. A caution saved his race as he was trying to outrun the leaders to stay on the lead lap but for Grala, it was all about that final restart.
“It was pretty hectic on that last restart,” said Grala. “We were right behind the 24, but with eight laps to go I actually got a flat right-rear tire coming to the green. I had to pit as the field took the green, but luckily we got a caution after that. We restarted 15th and made a couple decent moves to get up to fifth. I think that’s a really, really good recovery for our team considering the trouble we had late in that race. I’m just really proud of everyone at Fury Race Cars, Ford Performance and huge thanks to Kiklos and Marlowe’s Tavern for jumping on board and allowing us to do this race. I had a lot of fun today. I love plate racing and two races here this year and two top fives. I’ll take it. That’s really good for our team.”
Kiklos came on board to save his race this weekend, but according to Grala, he’s in the same boat he’s been in for a while this coming weekend at Kentucky.
“Right now, our future is unsure. We don’t have the Kentucky race sold yet, so I’m not sure if we’ll be out there next week, but good runs like this always help try to sell more races going forward. Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue running at least some this year.”
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The combination at Fury Race Cars seems to be a good one for the team and Grala. His average finish for the first part of the year with JGL was 22nd. Since they closed shop and he (and some JGL cars and team members) moved to Fury (a new team with his dad and Tony Eury Jr.) his average finish has been 15.5 and he has just been visibly running closer to the front on a more consistent basis. They had some misfortune near the end of the race last night when they had to pit for a tire going down, but came back and finished fifth. Great underdog story, keep up the good work!