By Spieker Promotions
HARWOOD, N.D. (September 11, 2020) – After nearly a month away from the racecar, Lee Grosz returned to the seat of the No. 4J last weekend, returning to the newly reopened Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D., collecting a pair of top-five runs with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series.
A charge from fifth to third in his heat race on the opening night on Saturday set up a fifth-place start for the first main event of the weekend.
By lap four of the race, Grosz had slipped back to as low as 10th, but began to make up that lost ground shortly thereafter.
Grosz took advantage of a pair of late-race restarts, moving up to fourth before briefly taking third from Cody Hansen.
When the race reached its conclusion, Grosz crossed the line with a fifth-place finish.
“Early on, I don’t know what it was, I just couldn’t get in my rhythm, and felt like I was getting passed left and right,” Grosz said after Saturday’s comeback. “Just calmed down a little bit, started hitting my marks, and started picking off a few cars on the bottom. For the first night back there, I was happy with a fifth-place run.”
On Sunday night at Huset’s, Grosz started his night with a heat win, which set up a seventh-place start for the final main event of the weekend.
After a red and a yellow early on in the 20-lap race, Grosz moved to the outside of both Eric Lutz and Ryan Bickett to take third at the conclusion of the third circuit.
Grosz then set his sights on Saturday’s winner Jack Dover for the runner-up spot. Leader Chris Graf then got upside down in turns one and two, putting Grosz second on the restart.
As the race resumed, Grosz used the bottom of one and two, and the cushion of three and four to keep pace with Dover.
Coming to the white flag, Grosz lost second to Carson McCarl, but he left Huset’s with his second top-five of the weekend.
“I worked my way up to second running the bottom, then I started following [Dover] on the top because I felt I was having trouble hitting the bottom. On the last restart, my brakes went out on me, and I jumped the cushion a little bit. But a fifth and a third, and the car is in one piece. I’ll take that for our first time back at Huset’s in a long time.
“It’s been so long for me, I feel like I forgot what it was even like,” Grosz said about returning to Huset’s. “I think it was like 2008 or 2009 was the last time I was there. Didn’t really have any high expectations going into the weekend, and I feel like that’s one of our weak points is short tracks like that, but I’m looking forward to getting back there next weekend.”
Tonight, Grosz returns to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. with the NOSA 410 Sprints for the first time since September 2017, when he filled in for an injured Jordan Adams, and for the first time in the 4J since September 2014. He will also be in action at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. tomorrow night.
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