By Spieker Promotions
HARWOOD, N.D. (June 9, 2021) – After a week off, Lee Grosz returned to action last Friday night at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and visited the Sprint Car Capital of the World – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa- on Saturday night.
Grosz kicked off the weekend with a strong podium run at I-80.
“The heat went well. I started on the outside of the front row and got the lead off the start. Things felt really good. The track was dry slick from top to bottom which isn’t something you really see at I-80,” said Grosz.
After racing to the heat win, Grosz started the 20-lap main event from inside row three.
“I drew the five pill and kind of got stuck on the bottom for a couple of laps early on in the feature,” said Grosz of the start of the race. “By the time I was able to get to the top of the track, I was running around eighth. There were a few restarts that allowed me to pick off a few cars and we ended up getting back up to third. The car felt good, it was just tough to pass and we started too far back.”
The third place finish was Grosz’s second of the year at I-80. It also marked his fourth podium finish through his first six races of 2021.
Saturday night brought the Grinch Service and Sales / Fischer Auto Body No. 4J to Knoxville Raceway.
After some trouble in time trials that forced the team to change front axles, Grosz drove from fourth to second in his heat race.
“In the feature, we ended up starting sixth and fell back to eighth. We were good on the bottom and we caught lapped traffic when I was running sixth. I had to move up to the top and I just couldn’t get around up there as well as I needed,” said Grosz.
“We ended up finishing eighth. It wasn’t the best night but I feel like we are getting better at running the bottom at Knoxville. I feel like to be good there and to put yourself in position to win, you have to be able to run the bottom when you have to. We’ve kind of been working on that this year and I think that’s helped us out quite a bit. We didn’t get the finish we wanted but, all in all, it was a good weekend.”
A pair of Midwest Power Series events with the MSTS 360s are on tap this weekend. First will be Friday night’s race at Jackson Motorplex. On Saturday, the team will head to I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D. Both events will be Grosz’s first appearance of the season to each respective track.
In one appearance last year, Grosz scored a second-place finish at I-90. The Watertown, S.D. driver also finished on the podium in both appearances at Jackson Motorplex last year, recording a second and third place finish.
Lee and the entire team would like to thank all their sponsors for their continued support!
EZ Open Garage Door MN
Fischer Auto Body
Grinch Service & Sales
J&J Auto Racing
Kickass Beef Jerky
Moyle Racing Engines
Penske Racing Shocks
TL Racing, LLC
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