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Kaz Grala to Compete for 2017 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year with GMS Racing

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Kaz Grala will be moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a full-time basis in 2017.

The 17-year-old announced he will be competing full-time with GMS Racing, piloting the No. 33 truck next year after running nine contests in 2016.

Grala joins championship-winning driver Johnny Sauter as the two confirmed drivers for GMS Racing in the Truck Series for 2017, with Spencer Gallagher moving to the XFINITY Series.

“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 in a press release. “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.”

During Grala’s nine races with GMS Racing in 2016, he earned three top 10s, with a best finish of seventh at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. Throughout the year, he split time between the team’s Nos. 33 and 24 trucks, running the final seven events of his schedule in the latter.

Veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter makes the move over to GMS Racing from Kyle Busch Motorsports to lead the No. 33 team’s effort. It will mark the first time since 2012 that Baxter has worked with a Chevrolet-backed team after working with Darrell Wallace, Jr. for two years, followed by a mixture of Kyle Busch, Matt Tifft, Daniel Suarez and Christopher Bell.

Grala joins Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric as the confirmed rookie contenders for 2017.

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