Kaz Grala Shows Speed in No. 21 HotScream Camaro at Dover

Kaz Grala Shows Speed in No. 21 HotScream Camaro at Dover

"It was a fun one at the Monster Mile, but unfortunately we didn't get the finish we deserved. We had a really fast No. 21 Hot Scream Chevrolet Camaro, but we couldn't get the track position today. We had various issues leading up to the major issue we had with the No. 23, when we spun with about 40 laps to go. We went a lap down and fought our way into the free pass position, but never caught another caution to get back on the lead lap. This team fought all day, and we had top-10 speed. I think if we ever got the track position, we could of run in the top five. It's frustrating, but we'll move onto the next one. I know everyone on this No. 21 team is ready and able to get the job done."

NASCAR Xfinity Series Preview:  Dover International Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series Preview: Dover International Speedway

Kaz Grala and the No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet Camaro at Dover International Speedway ... Kaz Grala has one previous NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Dover International Speedway, as well as two NASCAR Truck Series starts. The 20-year-old driver finished in the top 10 for both of his Truck Series events, with a best finish of second coming in 2017. Grala also has made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at the Monster Mile and finished second in debut start there.

 About HotScream ... HotScream takes two concepts, dessert and spicy food, and combines them to form a product that can only be described as 'HotScream The Spicy Ice Cream'. By taking ice cream with its cool creaminess and incorporating a spicy swirl, HotScream has created a new taste sensation, one that almost defies one's own senses. At first, you taste the pureness of the vanilla, followed quickly by the sweetness of one of seven flavor swirls. As you continue to enjoy HotScream, things change: You feel a warming sensation that starts in the back of your mouth, creating a rush that only can come from spicy foods. The warming continues to linger but doesn't engulf your mouth with fire. Taking another bite, you again taste the cool, creamy vanilla and the respective flavor profile while the heat dissipates, only to come back time and time again. HotScream is currently available at ACME Markets, Big Y, select ShopRites and Stop & Shop, and will be rolling out to 400 Walmart locations from Maine to Texas by Friday, May 3. For more information, visit HotScream.com. 

HotScream Sampling ... HotScream is now available in 100 ACME Markets in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Grala will meet fans and hand out samples at the Smyrna, Delaware location (just 15 minutes from the track) on Friday, May 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET. 

Meet Grala ... Fans can also meet Grala when he visits the Autism Delaware booth in the Fan Midway at Dover International Speedway for an autograph session beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 3.

 

KAZ GRALA QUOTE:

What are your thoughts as you return to the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro and head to Dover International Speedway this weekend?
"Not only is Dover my favorite track, but it has also been a really successful one for me in the past. I've finished second there a couple of times, so now it's time to finally grab that top spot and put our No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet Camaro in Victory Lane. I have learned a lot in my first two starts with RCR, and now I feel like it's our time to capitalize on the speed we've had with the No. 21 team. The organization has a lot of momentum from Talladega, so now it's our turn to go out there and prove what we can do."

Kaz Grala Has Strong Showing at Richmond Raceway in No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet

Kaz Grala Has Strong Showing at Richmond Raceway in No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet

"We were a yo-yo for sure. We started in the back when rain canceled qualifying, but the opening stage went really well and we passed a lot of cars with the No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet Camaro. We were definitely a top-five car, which was pretty good and I was excited about that. Unfortunately, on one of those late restarts I just got into Turn 1 and rolled through with everyone else, lost the nose and tagged the No. 9 car. It was a frustrating end to the day, but it was a really solid day and something we can build off. We gambled a bit near the end of the second stage, but I think it all played into our favor. The HotScream Chevrolet Camaro was really good tonight, especially on the long run - that's all you can ask for. It is tough with a part-time schedule, because you have to go for it at the end and can't give anything up, but there is a fine line there as well. I will have to settle down and be a little more patient even when I'm not in the seat every week. I am really looking forward to our next race together. I feel like crew chief Justin Alexander and I now have great communication and we definitely had the car dialed in tonight. I think we can do big things moving forward."

NASCAR Xfinity Series Preview: Richmond Raceway

NASCAR Xfinity Series Preview: Richmond Raceway

"I feel really confident going into Richmond Raceway with the No. 21 HotScream team. We learned a lot about each other at Texas Motor Speedway, and definitely showed some strengths that we can build on. RCR already has a great baseline for Richmond, so I think our focus this weekend is going to be keeping up with the changing track conditions and making sure we are proactive with our adjustments. Luckily, my crew chief, Justin Alexander, has had some great success at Richmond in the past, so I'll be looking to him for guidance throughout the day on Friday. Tire management over the course of a run has always been one of my strong suits, so I am looking forward to putting this No. 21 HotScream Camaro up front and hopefully capitalizing at the end of the night."

Kaz Grala and the No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet Team Show Speed at Texas Motor Speedway Despite Late-Race Contact with the Wall

Kaz Grala and the No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet Team Show Speed at Texas Motor Speedway Despite Late-Race Contact with the Wall

"We had a much better HotScream Chevrolet than our finishing position shows today at Texas Motor Speedway. We were on a fuel-saving strategy and were set to finish the race in the top-five before the caution came out with about 12 laps to go. Even after that caution, we were in position to still earn a top-10 finish but I got a huge push and ran into the wall a little bit. We just got tight and I was trying to make something stick. It was still a good day for us even though it's not quite where we thought we were yesterday after posting top-five lap times in practice. I will get better. This race definitely helped me get back into the swing of things after being out of the car for so long."

NASCAR Xfinity Series Preview: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series Preview: Texas Motor Speedway

How does it feel to be making your first start with RCR this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway?
"It has been far too long of an off-season for me, but Texas is finally here. RCR has been off to an impressive start this season, and that gives me a lot of confidence going into this weekend. I've been working with my crew chief, Justin Alexander, and the No. 21 HotScream crew over the past couple of weeks preparing for this race, so I feel as ready as I could possibly be, especially considering I haven't been in a stock car in over four months. This weekend is all about building chemistry with the team and getting reacclimated to the Xfinity cars, but I also don't think it's unrealistic to think we can go out there and contend for the win. I'm ready to finally put my helmet back on and get back to doing what I love."

Kaz Grala Joins Richard Childress Racing

Kaz Grala Joins Richard Childress Racing

“This is definitely the biggest opportunity I’ve had in my career,” said Grala. “Running for a powerhouse team like RCR is a dream come true, and one I plan on making the most of. With only a limited number of races to make an impression, I’m ready to get to work and lay it all on the line.”

 No. 80 BMW Unveils Historic Tri-Colored Livery In Honor of IMSA’s 50th Anniversary

No. 80 BMW Unveils Historic Tri-Colored Livery In Honor of IMSA’s 50th Anniversary

“It's going to be surreal driving such an iconic paint scheme up the high banks of Daytona. The history of BMW in our sport is so rich; there's no doubt we will have a lot to live up to this weekend. It's amazing to have this opportunity from a powerhouse manufacturer. We hope to make them proud on Friday when we take the green flag in their colors.”

Kaz Grala and Aurora Straus Partner with BMW, BimmerWorld at Daytona

Kaz Grala and Aurora Straus Partner with BMW, BimmerWorld at Daytona

“I'm pumped to get back on track at Daytona behind the wheel of an IMSA car,” Grala said. “I've had success there on both the road course and the oval, and it has easily become one of my favorite tracks in the country. Though I have competed in the Rolex 24 twice since then, I haven't driven in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in five years -- so I'm sure it will take a few laps to get readjusted to the car. Unlike my stock car, I'll be working with an anti-lock braking system, traction control, and advanced electronics all while paddle shifting, which totally changes the driving style needed to get the most out of the race car. I've known Aurora for years, and am eager to co-drive with her for the first time. We are going to have a blast going for that top spot.”

Kaz Grala Reflects on 2018 Season Following Homestead Finale and Looks Ahead to 2019

Kaz Grala Reflects on 2018 Season Following Homestead Finale and Looks Ahead to 2019

“It feels good to have finished out the season at Homestead and put a period on this really wild year. This season did not play out the way any of us expected it to, but this has been the most fun I’ve ever had racing in my entire life. I’m so happy that we’ve had so much success so quickly. I’m proud of this team and I’ve enjoyed working with each and every person on it. Hopefully we’ll be racing next season; we’re still looking for sponsorship, but so long as we are racing, I’m sure we will only get better. We didn’t have the run that we would have wanted this weekend, but we had new sponsor Hot Scream on the car, and we hope to continue that relationship into 2019. Overall, we have a lot of positives to look back on in 2018 and a lot to look forward to next season.”

Kaz Grala Closing Out 2018 at Homestead by Welcoming Hot Scream to NASCAR

Kaz Grala Closing Out 2018 at Homestead by Welcoming Hot Scream to NASCAR

“First of all, I’m really glad that we get to close out the season by welcoming Hot Scream to our team for the season finale. Homestead-Miami Speedway is unquestionably the most challenging track on the NASCAR schedule. The track surface tests the teams in ways that are entirely unique to Homestead, and has a way of separating the best cars and drivers from the rest of the pack. It's the perfect place to settle a championship, and the perfect place for FURY to showcase its capabilities while competing against the best teams in the sport. It's been over a month since our last race, and I haven't raced on an oval at all in four months. I'm more than ready to finally get back on track, especially at my all-time favorite intermediate track. This year has been a roller-coaster ride so far, and I can't thank everyone at FURY enough for sticking behind me and working so hard to have the success that we've had so quickly as a team. Hopefully we can end our wild 2018 season with the perfect finale race this weekend at Homestead.”

Grala Earns Fifth Top-10 Finish of 2018 at the Charlotte ROVAL

Grala Earns Fifth Top-10 Finish of 2018 at the Charlotte ROVAL

“It was a heck of a day here at the ROVAL. We brought home an eighth-place finish, surrounded by some great company in the top 10. I was tight in the center and lacking lateral grip during the first two stages, but the handling really came to me towards the end; we clearly had a long-run car. Today was probably one of our stronger days as a team. I am really, really proud of FURY Race Cars and what we’ve done this year. We earned a top 10 when we made our debut as a team at this track, and it meant a lot to come full circle and earn another here. I hope this isn’t our last race of 2018, but it wouldn’t be a bad note to end the season on.”

Speed Sport: Grala & Fury Coming Full Circle In Return To Charlotte

Speed Sport: Grala & Fury Coming Full Circle In Return To Charlotte

“I think in the first 10 races of the year I learned a lot about driving Xfinity cars, the way you have to race them and how you have to manage your equipment … a lot of the big, more general points and lessons,” Grala explained. “Since we’ve become Fury Race Cars, I’ve been able to focus more on the details and learn how not to make mistakes, how to execute on pit road, how to restart properly … things like that.”

FURY Returns to its Debut Track to Contend in Inaugural ROVAL Event

FURY Returns to its Debut Track to Contend in Inaugural ROVAL Event

“I'm not really sure what to expect at the ROVAL; I don't think any of us know what to expect. It's not too often that you see a bunch of Cup Series drivers tear their cars up, especially in a test, like they did earlier this year. I think seeing that has us all on edge a little, but the great part is that we're all on an even playing field. The rookies and the veterans this week will be learning together, so it's really anyone's game. From what I've heard, minimizing mistakes on the track and in the pits will be key. We have to make it to the end with the car in one piece if we want a shot at it, and that's been one of our strengths so far this year. I'm excited to be in the first ROVAL race ever, and I’m very optimistic about our chances of contending.”

 Grala Fights His Way Through Field Twice at Road America

Grala Fights His Way Through Field Twice at Road America

“Today was a solid day for our Fury Race Cars team. Our IT Coalition Ford Mustang had the speed to fight our way through the field twice, and our pit crew did a great job. My crew chief Shane Wilson made really good adjustments on pit road; we kept getting better and better and we were on our way to a potential top five by the third stage. After we wound up in the sand trap in Stage 3, we fought really hard in the remaining laps to ultimately grab an 11th-place finish. Road America is a blast.”

Grala Hoping to Make a Statement with Successful Run at Road America

Grala Hoping to Make a Statement with Successful Run at Road America

“I've never raced at Road America before, but I've run many laps there on iRacing. It's one of my favorite road courses to run online, so I already feel like I know it well. We haven't had the speed we've wanted on the road courses so far this year, so we've made some improvements to the car and definitely done our homework for this weekend's race. I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing if everything we have done helps, and hopefully be able to get up there and contend for the win. We don't have too many more shots this year to make a statement, so every lap is becoming more and more critical for my future in 2019 and beyond.”