Grala Comes Up Short of Second Win After Cindric Banzai Move

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With just a few laps remaining in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, it looked like 18-year-old Kaz Grala was poised to win his second race of the year. Things went awry for the teenager when Austin Cindric, a driver admittedly desperate to win and clinch a playoff spot, made a last ditch effort exiting turn 5b.

Cindric, who had one of the fastest, if not the fastest truck all day, went into the corner hot on the final lap. A turn known for needing momentum on the exit of the corner heading up the steep hill at CTMP, could’ve seen Cindric mash the brakes a little harder, avoiding Grala, but the Brad Keselowski Racing driver would lose all momentum, and most likely, he would lose the race. Cindric made a decision to turn the No. 33, and it was a decision Grala didn’t take lightly.

“That was a dump and run,” Grala said to FOX Sports reporter Chris Neville post-race. “To be honest, I know he’s racing for a playoff spot and all that, but he didn’t try to pass us either. He just got into us, and ran us over. … I don’t think he even braked for turn 5. I know he’s a great road course racer. I have a lot of respect for that, but I lost some right there.”

Ultimately Grala would end the day in third, despite getting spun on the final lap. It was a strong showing for the rookie driver out of Massachusetts. The finish marked Grala’s third top-five of the season following the win to open the season at Daytona International Speedway, and a second-place finish earlier this summer at Dover International Speedway.

As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes a week off, Grala and his No. 33 GMS Racing team will prepare for Chicagoland Speedway where Grala will try to capitalize on the opportunity to obtain a few more playoff points before the start of a seven-race stretch for the championship.

 

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A 22-year-old from Ontario, Canada, Tyson Lautenschlager is a Humber College journalism graduate. He is currently the managing editor of OnPitRoad and a chase producer at CTV News Channel in Toronto.

2 Comments

  1. Ah jeez, bonsai is Japanese plant growing where they turn little evergreen into art. I think you meant banzai, which the Japanese kamikaze shouted as they tried to dive their planes into a US warship, or so legend tells us. But indeed, it was a zero percentage banzai move.

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