DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY II

No. 61 Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ford Mustang

 

Start: 38th

Stage 1 End: 13th

Stage 2 End: 17th

Finish: 5th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 105/105

Driver Standings: 14th

Points Behind Playoff Bubble: 44

  • Kaz Grala came from a 38th-place starting spot to finish fifth at Daytona International Speedway
  • Grala started 38th because qualifying was cancelled due to weather, which resulted in the field being set per the NASCAR Rule Book
  • With less than 10 scheduled laps to go, Grala was about to go back to green from the eighth position when he had a right-rear tire go down, forcing him to miss the restart and dropping him back to 25th on lap 94
  • Grala gained 10 positions in the final two overtime laps of the race
  • This was Grala’s first top-five finish with Fury Race Cars and second top five of 2018
  • Grala has finished in the top five in every start he has made at Daytona in any series
  • He finished fourth in the 2018 season-opening Xfinity Series race at the superspeedway in February
  • The 19-year-old Boston native earned his first NASCAR victory at Daytona in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017
  • Grala’s combined average finish at Daytona in three starts (both NXS and NCWTS) is 3.33

“This race was really wild at the end. We were running eighth during the second-to-last caution, but 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 shortly after that. You know it's going to be hectic on an overtime attempt in any plate race, and I knew I wasn’t gonna lift, so I just stayed in line and got as many positions as I could, ultimately racing up to fifth. Getting a top-five finish was really satisfying. This is our first top five with Fury Race Cars, but I feel like we’ve had speed all along since we became the No. 61 team, so this was a long time coming. Racing at a superspeedway, where it’s aero dependent and motor dependent, running with the top guys and getting a good finish is really exciting for us. I’m just really proud of everyone at Fury Race Cars and Ford Performance, and I owe a huge thanks to Kiklos and Marlow’s Tavern for jumping on board and allowing us to do this race. 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 this year.”