A few weeks ago, Kaz Grala was suddenly and unexpectedly without a ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he’s been racing from the start of the season including the season opener at Daytona where he finished fourth. Within two weeks, Fury Race Cars became a race team giving Grala a four-race deal to keep him behind the wheel of the No. 61 and competing at Charlotte, Pocono, Michigan, and Iowa Speedway.
After getting his second top-ten in four starts, Grala acknowledged his team had to work at getting their result in the end at Iowa.
“We missed it a little bit today running about 14th to 16th for most of the race,” says Grala on pit road after the race. “But we made some good adjustments at the end and had a couple of good restarts and came in with a top-ten. So proud of everyone at Fury Race Cars, the Nettts Mustang was so sporty at the end and we were able to pull off a top-ten. Can’t be disappointed any day you’re in the top-ten, especially with the situation we’re in. So I’m pretty excited about that.”
With Iowa being the last of the four-race deal with Fury Race Cars, one has to wonder what happens next for Grala?
“That’s a great question,” says Grala. “I will spend this week trying figure the answer out to that.”
Stay tuned because Grala has a way of making the impossible, possible – on and off the track. When this four-race deal began at Charlotte in May, his expectations were modest as he didn’t expect the results they found in such a short timeframe.
“Not at all. No” says Grala about not expecting his success so quickly with Fury Race Cars. “I figured we’d be able to run top-20 at first and eventually get to the top-ten. But to get there in our first race and half of our four race finishes in the top-ten, I think speaks volumes to the talent and motivation of everybody on this team.”
With Fury Race Cars, Grala had two top-tens at Charlotte and Iowa with a 12th-place finish at Michigan and 16th at Pocono.
Let’s hope, Grala and Fury Race Cars can pull together more funding to keep his team on the track. It would be a shame for NASCAR to lose Grala’s talent because of a lack of funding.