For Kaz Grala, starting young has been a recurring theme throughout his racing career...
As a native of Boston, Massachusetts, Grala got his start racing go-karts at F1 Boston when he was four years old, winning multiple championships. At the age of 10, he began racing Bandoleros, winning the Outlaws Summer Shootout championship in 2011. In 2012, Grala won 15 races and the Winter Heat Championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Legend Car Pro Division.
Grala’s stock-car racing career kicked off in 2013, when the then 14-year-old driver competed in the UARA-STARS Series, becoming the youngest winner in series history at Hickory Motor Speedway.
The following year, he ran in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, where he became the youngest driver ever to compete in an International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) event. Also in 2014, he competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and won events at two historic racetracks: Martinsville Speedway and Caraway Speedway, where he became the youngest NASCAR winner in track history.
In 2015, Grala drove for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Super Late Models and became the youngest winner in KBM’s history, leading 131 of 150 laps en route to victory from the pole at South Boston Speedway.
In 2016, Grala competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. At the age of 17, Grala was the youngest driver ever to compete in the 24 Hours of Daytona. Later that season, Grala made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway, running a part-time schedule throughout the year.
The following season, Grala made his first full-time effort in the Truck Series, kicking off 2017 with a win from the pole in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. In addition to securing the title of youngest driver in NASCAR history to win a race at Daytona, Grala’s victory locked him into a spot in the Playoffs (the youngest driver in any series to do so) for the Truck Series in 2017. Grala ultimately finished the season seventh in the championship standings.
In 2018, Grala made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, scoring a fourth-place finish in the season opener. Grala currently drives the No. 61 Ford Mustang for FURY.