A little over a month ago, the team Fury Race Cars didn’t exist on the NASCAR XFINITY Series level. They have been around in some capacity in building cars on different levels of motorsports, but they never have entered a NASCAR race prior to this season. When Kaz Grala was let go after 10 races from JGL Racing, the new team found their new driver.
From what I understand, Grala leaving JGL wasn’t a performance issue or anything related to Grala whatsoever. This was a team decision about finances.
No one really knew what to expect out of Grala and his new team when they showed up with their No. 61 Ford for their first race at Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend. When the checkered flag flew for that May 26 race, they showed everyone how much potential that this new team could really have. Grala, 19, drove a phenomenal race and brought his car home 10th that day. It was just his second top 10 finish of his XFINITY Series career and did so in his first start with his new team. He also came home fourth in his first ever XFINITY Series start back in February in Daytona.
But, this was just as impressive, if not more so. This wasn’t on a restrictor plate track. This was one of NASCAR’s bread-and-butter 1.5-mile tracks. The next week at Pocono, they came home a respective 16th. A week later, they’d lead their first ever laps and wind up 12th in Michigan. This past Sunday in the Iowa Corn 250, Grala would come home inside the top 10 once again. Grala, would finish 10th. In 10 starts with JGL, an existing team already, Grala had four top 16 finishes and two top 12’s. In four starts with Fury Race Cars, Grala has finished in the top 16 in all four starts including three of which in the top 12.
Now, they have a week off before hoping to find enough funding to regroup and keep this momentum going next week in Chicago.
Grala, ran a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017 as a rookie. He’d win the season opener at Daytona and make the playoffs as a result. Overall, he had five top five finishes and 11 top 10’s in 23 starts. He’d finish seventh overall in the standings. Instead of coming back to GMS Racing, he decided to move up to the XFINITY Series. But, after 10 races, it appeared his career was at a crossroads.