Kaz Grala Earns Hard-Fought Top-Five Finish in Xfinity Series Debut

No. 24 NETTTS Ford Mustang

Start: 29th
Stage 1 End: 30th
Stage 2 End: 30th
Finish: 4th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 143/143
Driver Point Standings: 6th

• This was Kaz Grala’s first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series race and first start for JGL Racing
• Grala’s fourth-place finish is tied for the best finish for owner James Whitener’s No. 24 car
• This was the team’s best finish since July of 2017 (Dakoda Armstrong, third at Daytona in No. 28)
• Grala was running fifth on the final restart
• The No. 24 NETTTS Mustang advanced 21 spots in the final 50 laps

“I think that was the most satisfying race I have ever driven in before. Getting the win last year here in the Truck Series was obviously unbelievable, but we sat on the pole in that truck. Today we qualified 29th. Ultimately, that Ford power was really strong in the pack and we were able to play our strategy really well in the race. My crew chief Shane Wilson and spotter Chris Lambert did an amazing job getting us up in position. There’s a little luck involved in these plate races for sure, but I really think you really can strategically position your car into a safe spot to be in contention for the win at the end, and we did that. I’m really excited to be able to finish up there and I’m so proud of my guys. I can’t thank team owner James Whitener enough for giving me the opportunity to drive this car, and Roush Fenway Racing and Ford Performance for supporting us. It’s going to be a fun 33 races this year.”

JGL Racing:
JGL Racing fields two entries in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as it continues its growth in the NASCAR arena. Led by successful entrepreneur James Whitener, the Denver, North Carolina-based team prides itself in its proven product both on and off the track. The team charged into the 2018 season with a manufacturer switch to Ford and a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing. 19-year-old racer Kaz Grala pilots the team’s No. 24 Ford Mustang, while Dylan Lupton will be behind the wheel of the No. 28 Ford Mustang for a majority of the season. For more information, visit www.JGLRacing.com.