In 2017, Kaz Grala showed up to Daytona as a wide eyed rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He wound up winning the season opening race in his very first NASCAR start. Fast forward one full year later, Grala showed up to Daytona again, this time as a wide eyed rookie in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
He didn’t leave with a win, but he powered his No. 24 Ford with JGL Racing with a top five finish in last weekend’s PowersharesQQQ 300. Now, he heads to Atlanta this weekend with his eye on another solid run in his newly sponsored Marlow’s Tavern entry.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s race at Atlanta,” Grala said ahead of this weekend’s race. “I had a blast in the Truck Series race there last year, even though it was my very first mile-and-a-half race and I was trying to acclimate. We had a great run in Daytona last week, but that race is its own animal. This weekend in Atlanta, I’ll get my first real look at how an Xfinity car drives and handles. I’m also excited to kick off my partnership with Marlow’s Tavern this weekend.”
Grala, 19, earned a top 15 finish in last year’s Truck Series race and has nine career starts on 1.5-mile tracks, all coming last season. He had five top 10 finishes and one top five in those races, recording a best result of fifth in Las Vegas.
Soon though, Atlanta will be Grala’s hometrack actually. Grala, will be attending local Atlanta university Georgia Tech next spring as a mechanical engineering major. For now though, he will hope to come away with another solid finish and stay in the hunt for one of the XFINITY Series playoff spots. While that’s still a long way away, he’s more than enough inside of where he needs to be and he just needs to maintain that the rest of the regular season.