Limited track time? No problem for Boston native Kaz Grala. The second-year RCR driver jumped behind the wheel of the No. 21 Ruedebusch.com Chevrolet for the first time in 2020 after being out of the driver’s seat for nearly an entire calendar year to earn a strong finish at Kansas Speedway. The lack of practice, qualifying and overall, on-track time didn’t deter this talented racer.
He went on to record one top-five finish, three top-10s and earn his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stage win at the Charlotte ROVAL.
Grala, who considers road course racing one of his strong suits, proved that this year with a fourth-place finish at Road America, his second consecutive top-five finish at the 14-turn, Wisconsin road course. That finish helped Grala earn the opportunity to serve as a relief driver for Austin Dillon in the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet at the Road Course at Daytona International Speedway. Again, with no practice or qualifying, Grala earned a strong, seventh-place finish in his NASCAR Cup Series debut.
“It’s been another great year here at Richard Childress Racing. Even though I’ve only run a partial schedule the last two seasons, I feel like I’ve really gotten the chance to know everybody at this race team, which makes it that much more fun when I have the chance to get out there and compete with them. This year has been short but sweet for me. I haven’t had the opportunity to run very many races this season, but I feel like I’ve shown well in the races I have run and I’m very thankful for that. Having the opportunity to also serve as a fill-in driver for the iconic No. 3 of Richard Childress Racing this year was a dream come true for me and something I will hold onto for the rest of my life.” – Kaz Grala