Kaz Grala To Compete Full-Time For GMS Racing In 2017by Kyle Pokrefky December 5, 2016 0 comments
Kaz Grala was named the driver of GMS Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2017 season, the team announced on Monday.
Grala, 18 by the end of the year, received the nod for GMS’s No. 33 truck after a partial season of nine starts for the team during the 2016 campaign.
The Westborough, Mass. native recorded three top-10 finishes for the team this past season with a best finish of seventh coming at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I am beyond thankful to have an opportunity with GMS Racing to run full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017,” Grala said. “This organization has been on a steep rise the past couple of years, and it’s been fun being a part of it in 2016.”
Partnering with Grala for the 2017 season as crew chief will be Jerry Baxter, who comes to the team from Kyle Busch Motorsports. Baxter served as Championship Round Chase driver Christopher Bell’s crew chief for the duration of the 2016 season.
“I’m looking forward to next season with GMS and working through this transition with Kaz,” Baxter said. “I really enjoy helping young drivers get started in this series and developing their talent, and I saw what Kaz accomplished in the few races he ran last season.”
“GMS Racing has really gone out of their way to bring some of the best people in the industry on board, and Jerry Baxter is no exception,” Grala added. “I’m extremely excited to get to work with Jerry, who not only is a great match for me personality-wise, but also is very accomplished in the NASCAR world.
“I am looking forward to returning to the No. 33 Chevy Silverado, which I made a few starts in this year. Hopefully Jerry’s experience on top of the box will complement my Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender status, and bring success to the team next year.”
GMS Racing heads into the 2017 season off of a championship effort in 2016 with Johnny Sauter, who will return to the team next season to defend his driver’s title.
In total, the team recorded six race wins in 2016 with drivers Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Ben Kennedy and Kyle Larson.
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