Battery Issue Hampers Kaz Grala in Richmond


No. 24 NETTTS Ford Mustang

Start: 22nd
Stage 1 End: 25th
Stage 2 End: 18th
Finish: 30th
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  245/250
Driver Standings: 15th

• This was Kaz Grala’s first-career Xfinity Series start at Richmond Raceway
• The Boston native’s best running position during the event was fourth (Lap 89)
• Grala’s biggest handling complaint was a very loose condition both in and out of the corners
• The No. 24 experienced a battery issue during the caution following Stage 2, which put Grala multiple laps down
• Grala also experienced significant tire wear in the final stage, which hindered him during the last 50 laps

“This was a really long night for us at Richmond Raceway. I was way too loose in and off the corners, and by the end of the race, the car just felt so unresponsive; it was like I was driving on ice. We lost power because of a battery issue after Stage 2, and that just killed us. If we’re going to make a run for the NASCAR Playoffs, we’re going to need to work on our execution. We made too many mistakes to be in Playoff form right now, but that’s why we work. No one works harder than the guys at JGL Racing. We are always looking to get better in this challenging sport.”

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

Jessica Trippy
JGL Racing
Phone: (312) 933-7883