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Kaz Grala Making Move to XFINITY Series in 2018

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After scoring his first career Camping World Truck Series victory this past season at Daytona International Speedway in 2017, Kaz Grala is getting set for the next step of his career.  The 18-year-old will run the full XFINITY Series schedule for JGL Racing in 2018.

“I am beyond excited about the opportunity to drive for JGL Racing next year full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Grala. “I’ve been watching XFINITY races since I was a little kid, so to be able to cDompete at that high of a level is nothing short of a dream come true. I can’t thank James Whitener (owner of JGL Racing) and everyone at JGL enough for this opportunity. Bring on Daytona!”

Grala currently enters the truck season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway ranked seventh in the standings with one win and 11 top-10’s in 22 races.

“Roush Fenway Racing is obviously a very successful organization, and I think the relationship with them will be extremely beneficial to myself and JGL Racing,” added Kaz. “Plus, I am from Boston, so the alliance feels right at home for me. Ford’s enthusiasm and aggression for building the best program possible is exciting to me, and I can’t wait to be a part of the Ford family next year.”

JGL Racing has continued to get stronger with each season involved in the series, missing the playoffs by a single spot this past year with Dakoda Armstrong.

In addition to signing Grala, JGL Racing announced that they will switch from Toyota to Fords in 2018 as part of a newly formed alliance with Roush Fenway Racing. 

“These are exciting times for the JGL Racing organization,” said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. “We appreciate the support we have received from Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing over the last few years. We felt that in order for our team to make the next step in our growth process that we needed a more robust technical alliance behind us – and this opportunity with Ford Performance and Roush Fenway Racing provided us that and made the most sense. We look forward to finishing out the season in our No. 24 car and then we will turn our attention to 2018 and getting all of the proper pieces into place.”

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.