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Kaz Grala to fill in for Natalie Decker at Talladega

Kaz Grala
Kaz Grala. Credit: Via Niece Motorsports

Natalie Decker will miss her second straight race, so Niece Motorsports calls on Kaz Grala to drive the No. 44 Silverado

Niece Motorsports has announced that Kaz Grala will be filling in for Natalie Decker this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in the Chevrolet Silverado 250. She is not medically cleared to race.

The 23-year old Decker was a late-race scratch last Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Her withdrawal came after she was declared unfit to race. With her truck ready and her inability to compete, the No. 44 was listed as a non-started and placed last.

Natalie Decker

Natalie Decker, traditional headshot via NASCAR Media

No reason was forthcoming as to why Decker missed last week’s World of Westgate 200. She underwent gall bladder surgery, and speculation was she missed the race because of complications. That could be the reason why she will miss her second straight race.

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME FOR GRALA

Meanwhile, Grala will climb into a truck for the first time since 2017 when he was a regular on the circuit. He scores his only victory in the opener at Daytona. Overall, he had five top-five and eleven top-ten finishes and a pole in 23 starts before moving up to the XFINITY Series the next year.

“We are thankful that Kaz is able to fill in for Natalie this weekend and appreciate him working with our team,” said general manager Cody Efaw in a release. “We wish Natalie the best as she works to be as healthy as possible to return to racing.”

“My thoughts will be with Natalie this weekend as I wish her a quick recovery,” said Grala. “I know she loves the restrictor-plate races, so I feel bad that she’ll have to miss this one, but I hope I can give her something to cheer for on Saturday.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been in a Truck, but the superspeedway races have been very good to me in the past, so I’m really hoping to be able to go grab a win for Niece Motorsports at Talladega. I appreciate Carl Ruedebusch and REMarkable Pillow for trusting me to step in for Natalie this weekend. I’m looking forward to having some fun and making them proud!”

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