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Kaz Grala Earns First NASCAR Win; Youngest Winner In Race History
Posted by: newsla on Jul 09, 2014 - 02:57 PM
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Kaz Grala Earns First NASCAR Win; Youngest Winner In Race History


On Independence Day, Boston-native Kaz Grala raced his way to his first victory in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rusty Harpe Memorial 171 at Caraway Speedway (NC).

 

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The 15-year-old driver led 22 laps before the competition caution on lap 100 and never fell out of the top three. After the pit stop, Grala remained in the top two spots and took the lead on lap 147. He went on to take the checkered flag by a 1.8 second margin, and made history as the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR series race at Caraway Speedway.

"The team led by Garrett Campbell has worked so hard to make the OzLINK No. 31 the best it can be and it all paid off tonight," said Grala, in Victory Lane. "The win is my first in this series, and it is the first win for Garrett Campbell Motorsports. It is just amazing."

The night before his first win, Grala finished second at South Boston Speedway (VA) in another prestigious NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. He qualified second in a field stacked with talent that included three past national champions. In the first half of the race, a broken right front suspension piece caused Grala to fall back to 12th. During the halfway break, the 23-year-old crew chief and his team made repairs and sent Grala out for the remaining 100 laps with a fast car. Grala methodically made his way through the field, taking the runner-up position by one one-thousandth of a second in a thrilling Green-White-Checker finish.

"After a personal-best qualifying effort in a challenging race to say the least, to end up with a second place feels like a win" said Grala. "I just can’t thank my team enough for making this week the best week of my career so far."

Grala will head home with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this weekend for the tour’s next race, the Granite State 100, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, July 11th. Television coverage of the race will air on Sunday, July 20th at 12:00PM EST on FOX Sports 1.


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