Kaz Grala picked up his third top-five finish of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season on Monday evening at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway. Grala started in the 15th position but drove all the way up to the fourth position.
The Massachusetts native said if he had a little bit more luck he probably could have won the ComServe Wireless 150.
“On that final restart we ended up restarting fourth on the outside,” said Grala. “The guy that was starting on the front row on the outside had a right front tire going down and that’s why he didn’t go so he ended up slowing down our line quite a bit. We ended up finishing fourth, but I really think if it hadn’t have been for that we’d have been in contention for the win because we had every bit of speed at the end of the race as all of the other cars.”
Grala said he wasn’t at all surprised at how well he was able to come through the field from his 15th starting spot because he knew he was faster than what his car had showed.
“I knew that we’d be good in race trim, but we just didn’t have the speed would have liked,” he said. “We got it dialed in during practice, so I knew that come race time we’d be set because we got the thing handling so good. But for some reason we just couldn’t bust off a lap like a lot of other guys so we did start deep in the field. But just as I expected once the race started we were able to slowly pick them off. Then some guys made mistakes and got into each other and we got a couple spots at a time.”
Overall, Grala said he had a great Memorial Day at the new Dominion Raceway, and he had nothing but good things to say about the race track.
“Dominion as a track I would give a 10 out of 10,” said Grala. “I think they did a really nice job with that place. The facilities are very nice and honestly I think the track was the perfect racing track for K&N cars. I’ve been saying to everybody that it was the perfect combination between single and two grooves. You could move people out of the way and run the bottom and pass people like that, but at the same time if your car was working right you could make some moves up top or at least hold your own. I think it put on a really great show for the fans.”
Grala’s next race is back behind the wheel of his Super Late Model this weekend at South Boston Speedway for the first time since he ran The Rattler 250 in mid-March.
“It’s been a while since I’ve raced the super,” said Grala. “But I was just in the super one week ago. We didn’t get the chance to test the K&N car at Dominion, but I still wanted to learn the track so we tested the super there a week ago.”
Grala’s Super Late Model race is Saturday, June 4 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway with the PASS South Series. Racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.
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