Kaz Grala: “That was a dump and run.”
When NASCAR goes to to road courses, they convert the circuits to short tracks.
That trend continued yesterday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. As, Austin Cindric dumped Kaz Grala on the final lap of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
Watch the Austin Cindric vs Kaz Grala video below
Austin Cindric started on pole at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. He had the fastest truck in the field. However, he ran into issues on pit road. Cindric left his pit box, dragging the fuel can as well as the fuel can man along with him. He was handed a penalty and sent to the back.
On the final lap, he found himself in a position to win. Kay drove wide in turn 3, that nullified the delta to Cindric. He closed the gap to zero in turn 4. Slight contact, but nothing major.
At this point, Michael Waltrip states, “I don’t see any way there isn’t contact between these two trucks.”
Right on cue. The window of opportunity was wide open. Cindric drove it deep and connected with the rear bumper of Kaz Grala in turn 5.
He hardly lifted. Grala went around and Cindric went to victory lane.
“No respect. Absolutely no respect, stated follow truck racer Christopher Bell after the race. “No. I’ve never wrecked anyone to win then celebrate and be proud of it.”
“I gotta acknowledge what I did to Kaz in turn 5, Cindric speaks from victory lane. “Everyone’s watched this race, in many years past.”
“Everybody knows it’s gunna come to contact. When the second guy’s closest to the first.”
“I raced with Kaz growing up. He drove my Bando, it was the first car he ever drove. I know his family, I know their not going to be over excited about it.”
“He already had a win. So, I didn’t feel too bad about having to do something to make it happen for this team.”
Kay Grala expected a race. He knew it would be physical but he expected a little bit of a race. Cindric responds, “Yeah, I honestly ran out of time. He did an awesome job on the tires he was on. He made me, put me into that box. He was doing a hell of a job on old tires trying to stay out in front of me.”
“That’s kinda the last resort I had. I had didn’t know what kinda speed I was going to have down the back stretch. And I’d rather it not have it go into that. I’d rather have it somewhere I can control it. That’s what happened.”
“Awesome to have these guys in victory lane. Especially with the BKR tributes.”
Kaz Grala nearly claimed is 2nd race of the season. Coming up just a 1/2 lap short after the contact.
“That was a dump n’ run,” stated Gaz Grala in a post race interview with Fox Sports.
“To be honest, I know he’s racing for a playoff spot and I get that. But, he didn’t try to pass us even. he just got to us and ran us over.”
“Last year, you can say what you want about the finish. But, you know what? They finished 1-2 and they were both going in the right direction. I don’t think he even braked for turn 5.”
“Honestly, I know he’s a great road course racer and I have a lot of respect for that. But, I lost some right there. Because, I would;t race someone like that.”
“I’d move them out of the way, especially with as much on the line as he had. But, that was too dirty of a move. I can’t get behind that at all.”
Kaz Grala finished 3rd at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.