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Ryan Sieg, Kaz Grala crash in odd practice incident

LOUDON, N.H. — Neither Ryan Sieg nor Kaz Grala saw it coming but they will start in the rear of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race after an odd practice crash.

Going into turn one, Sieg slid to the inside of the track with an issue. He slid up the track and into Grala.

Grala crashed rear-end first into the outside wall, while Sieg hit the wall with the right-rear of his car.

Before the wreck, Grala was fourth-fastest in practice.

Kaz Grala exits pit road at Phoenix Raceway in his No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota. Credit: Jonathan Fjeld/TRE

“It’s frustrating. That was probably the fastest we unloaded all year – we were still making our first run there. We ran long. I was so pleased with the way that it was handling. I thought we were going to have a really good shot this weekend,” he said.

Grala recognized the odd nature of the incident, however.

“That was completely out of my control. It looks like it was out of his [Ryan Sieg] control too. It’s so unfortunate. Our Island Coastal Lager Toyota GR Supra was so fast,” Grala said. “I was so excited to race it tomorrow. Hopefully, the Sam Hunt Racing guys brought a good back-up car. I think this is the first time I’ve been a backup car in my life, so new territory here, but we are hoping for the best.”

Sieg’s team will try to fix the car. He starts 37th while Grala starts 38th.

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