HARWOOD, N.D. (July 1, 2020) – The Lee Grosz Racing team chalked up their first victory of the 2020 campaign, besting the Carpetland Nebraska 360’s at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., following up a win for the 4J at the four-tenths mile oval last August.
After a charge from seventh to fourth in the heat race, that gave Grosz enough passing points to make the redraw where he drew the sixth starting spot for the main event.
“The car was good in the heat. The track was a little bit narrow, and I thought the track was gonna stay a little bit narrow for the feature, and I was a little worried it was gonna be tough to pass. I knew I had my work cut out for me when [Jack] Dover was starting on the front row,” said Grosz.
Grosz moved into third early on in the 25-lap feature. A few circuits later, he got by Ryan Roberts for second at the halfway point. A caution shortly after that pass, reset the field with Grosz in the runner-up spot.
After a good restart by Dover, Grosz started reeling him in, using the bottom of three and four, as Dover ran up top around the entire track.
The pair traded sliders until the white flag flew, as the pair prepared to split a lapped car on the last lap. With the lapper in the middle, Dover high went high, as Grosz got a good bite down low, taking the lead for good down the backstretch for his first victory of 2020.
“It’s not very often can you drive by Dover for the lead, and go on to win,” said Grosz. “It felt pretty good to get the first win out of the way.”
Grosz also captured the night’s hard charger award.
Grosz finished his weekend, again with the Nebraska 360’s, with his first trip to the Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, Iowa, for just their second Sprint Car special in over 40 years.
A second-place run in the heat set up a fifth place start in the main event. Grosz made one pass early on in the main event, but the track proved to narrow to improve, though he improved his top five streak to five, and top 10 streak to seven-for-seven to start the 2020 season.
“The track is pretty unique.” Grosz said of his Shelby County debut. “I didn’t feel like we were bad there, the track kind of locked down with rubber, so we settled into fourth.”
The team will take the weekend off, then get back at it with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa on July 10th.
Lee and the entire team would like to thank all their sponsors for their continued support!
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