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June 3, 2014

NETTTS Sponsors NASCAR Rising Star

NETTTS, one of New England’s CDL truck driver training schools, has attached its name to a rising star in the NASCAR circuit.

NETTTS is one of the sponsors of Kaz Grala and his No. 31 Chevy. The 15-year-old Turner Scott Motorsports racecar driver is quickly making a name for himself as the youngest driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, where he earned his first top-five finish at the Visit Hampton 175 in Virginia in June.

“I didn’t qualify as well as I wanted to, but since the race was 175 laps, I knew I’d have the time to battle my way to the front,” Grala said in a release about his performance in Virginia. “I ran conservatively on a late-race long run to save my tires and then began charging towards the front with about 30 (laps) to go.”

The fifth place finish put Grala in 10th place in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.

In an interview with CBS Local in Boston, Grala said he has gained attention for the success he has earned at his age.

“Everyone is probably a little bit stunned that I did as well as I did. They definitely don’t expect it,” he said. “My first race in Connecticut, I pulled up on an open landscaping trailer with a bike tire pump and one wrench, so everyone was helping us out trying to be really nice. I went out there and set the track record, got the pole and won the race by a mile. Nobody really helped us then. We didn’t get too many wrenches after that.”

The CBS story says Grala couldn’t have gotten to where he is now without his parents (and not just because of all those rides to the race track). His father, Darius, is a successful endurance racecar driver, and his skills behind the wheel appear to have rubbed off onto Kaz.

“Most parents wouldn’t think to put their kid in a race car but my dad knew how cool it was himself,” said Kaz. “He loves it and he’s really good as well. That’s how I got my start.”

Mom is a little less excited when her son starts whipping around the track at speeds upwards of 150 miles per hour, but she’s gotten used to it over the years.

“My mom is a trooper through it. Not too many moms would be OK with their kid going 180 mph right in front of them. I’m not sure she is either, but she does her best,” he said. “She says she blacks out a couple times, but she loves it and supports it. It makes me want to go faster.”

NETTTS is a proud sponsor of Grala and his success on the racetrack. They have CDL license training schools located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut and have been training drivers for over 50 years. New England Tractor Trailer Training School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and helps to train truck drivers from across New England.