Kaz Grala Delivers a Hard-Fought Top-Five Finish
Kaz Grala captured an impressive top-five finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America following a gutsy performance in the No. 21 HotScream Chevy.
After starting in 11th, Grala and his RCR team used raw speed and an aggressive pit strategy to work the HotScream Camaro to the front of the field. Lining up fourth at the beginning of Stage 2, Grala quickly jumped up to second and began a heated battle with the season’s winningest NXS driver Christopher Bell, with whom Grala had also raced side-by-side in the opening segment. The two fought intensely until the end of the stage, when Grala once again hit pit road for a strategic, fast stop. Unfortunately, Grala was forced to make a second, unscheduled stop, which lined him up at the back of the field for the start of the final stage. Grala fought his way from 38th to 11th over the course of that run, and when the green flag waved with just three laps remaining, he was scored ninth. Grala ran his fastest times of the race in the closing laps, catapulting him up to fifth before the checkered flag waved.
"I'm really excited about the day we had here at Road America. We came home with a top-five finish, and for me, that's pretty good considering mid-race we had to make an unscheduled pit stop. To come from the tail end of the lead lap there, all the way back up to a top-five finish, is really good. It says a lot about my crew chief, Justin Alexander, and our HotScream team. We don't give up. RCR builds some fast race cars, and we showed that today. The only bittersweet thing is in the middle of the race, we had a really good battle with the 20 car and I think we were as good as he was. Depending on who hit their last adjustment just right, I think we would have had a shot at beating him. I know that we had speed to contend up front, but a top-five finish is still a really good day for us. I can't thank everyone at RCR for the opportunity to race for them this year. I learned a lot and gained a ton of experience."