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Westborough – Last weekend Westborough native Kaz Grala received a call many racecar drivers can only dream about – being called up to compete in a premiere NASCAR event. Grala was chosen by legendary team owner Richard Childress to replace Austin Dillon (who tested positive for COVID-19) to race in the GoBowling 235 held at the Daytona International Speedway last Sunday. And not only he did have the honor of driving the team’s iconic “RCR No. 3” Chevrolet Camaro, he came in seventh overall out of 39 drivers.

All of this is impressive but what makes it really so is that Grala is just 21 years old. But even at his young age, Grala’s journey to the pinnacle of racing has been years in the making. He has been speeding up and down hills and around the Northeast’s racetracks since he was 7 years old. (To read our story about Grala when he was just 12 years old visit https://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/01/06/focus-determination-drives-young-westborough-racecar-enthusiast.)

As it turns out, Daytona was already a special place for Grala before Sunday’s race. At age 18, he became the youngest NASCAR winner in the history of the track when he won the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener.