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Grala wins NASCAR Truck Series opener after Crafton flips

Grala wins NASCAR Truck Series opener after Crafton flips

By Mark Long, Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 8:48 p.m.


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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Kaz Grala won the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night, getting through a massive wreck on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway.

The 18-year-old Grala became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series at Daytona. He was lucky to even make it to the checkered flag.

Two-time series champion Matt Crafton was leading the 100-lap race when he got turned sideways and went for a wild ride that included several spins and a harrowing flip. Crafton's No. 88 Toyota landed on all four tires, and he was able to walk away unscathed.

Only 13 of 32 trucks finished on the lead lap, but even that doesn't properly explain the all the damage done in a little more than two hours.

Austin Wayne Self was second, followed by Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek's dad, Joe, was fifth.

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This story has been updated to clarify that Grala is youngest winner in a NASCAR national series at Daytona.

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