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Cristian Grady of Cedar Rapids watches the race after his while his car is taken through a post-race technical inspection at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton on Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
VINTON — You might think car jargon would come naturally to Cristian Grady, but he’s worked hard to understand the lingo.
Even though the second-generation racecar driver spent his seven years in the Air Force building bombs and missiles while traveling the world, the Toddville native doesn’t consider himself a “car guy.”
“The military helped me with teamwork and attention to detail,” Grady said. “I’ve gone through this whole car myself and really learned a lot.”
Even though Hawkeye Downs is where his father Scott raced during his career and where Cristian got his start during his senior year at Alburnett in 2010, Grady fell in love with dirt track racing last season after trying it just once.
“I bought this (2005 Chevy Cavalier) from Dallas Chandler as a street car and then had Advantage Chassis put a cage in it,” Grady said. “Now we’re on our 21st race this year.”
The 29-year-old had hoped to contend for the points championships at Independence on Saturdays and Benton County on Sundays, but also has found himself in contention at Columbus Junction on Fridays.
Cristian Grady of Cedar Rapids races his number 89 Chevrolet Cavalier sport compact series car in his feature race at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton on Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)