Grant Enfinger 2017 Michigan Recap

August 14, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Michigan International Speedway - LTi Printing 200   
Race No. 13 of 23
Team Information:
Started: 6th
Finished: 8th
Laps: 100/100
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 9th
2017 Stage Wins: 0
2017 Stage Bonus Points: 58
2017 Playoff Points: 0
 
Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Champion Power EquipmentToyota Tundra, made his second career start at Michigan International Speedway in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) LTi Printing 200. Starting sixth, the ThorSport Racing driver battled a, "free" Toyota Tundra throughout the 100-lap event and finished 15th in Stage 1, and 10th in Stage 2. Restarting the final Stage from the fourth position, due to a fuel-only pit stop at the conclusion of Stage 2, Enfinger was able to maintain a spot inside the top-five for the ensuing 10 laps, but fell to 10th with 25 to go. The ThorSport Racing driver would settle for an eighth-place finish behind race winner, Darrell Wallace, Jr.
 
Quote:
"We struggled from the drop of the green flag. We had a good truck yesterday, and for whatever reason, just missed it for the race, and had to work on it a little extra. By the end of the race, we weren't bad, but we weren't good either. We finished eighth, that's about the truck we had."
 
Notes:
  • The NCWTS had two practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Saturday's LTi Printing 200 at MIS. Grant Enfinger was third, and 10th-quick, respectively, in both sessions.
  • In his second start at MIS in the NCWTS, the ThorSport Racing driver started sixth, finished 15th in Stage 1, 10th in Stage 2, and eighth in the 100-lap LTi Printing 200 at MIS.  
  • In two NCWTS starts at MIS, Enfinger has two top-10 finish (2016).
  • In 13 starts in 2017, the ThorSport Racing driver has led 23 laps en route to five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
  • In 27 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 73 laps en route to seven top-five, and 13 top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished sixth (Crafton), 11th (Rhodes), and 21st (Coughlin).
  • Up Next: he UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Grant Enfinger 2017 Iowa Recap

June 26, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Iowa Speedway - M&M'S 200   
Race No. 9 of 23
Team Information:
Started: 10th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 7th

Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 RIDE TVToyota Tundra, made his track debut at Iowa Speedway in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) M&M'S 200. Starting 10th, Enfinger finished 9th in Stage 1, and 12th in Stage 2. Restarting 13th for the final 68-lap stint in Stage 3, the ThorSport Racing driver ran consistently inside the top-10 before being involved in a lap-187 incident with his teammate, Matt Crafton, in Turn 3, to bring out the fourth and final caution of the night. Crew chief, Jeff Hensley brought the RIDE TV Tundra to pit road for four tires, and fuel. Restarting from the 11th position for the final seven lap shootout, Enfinger was able to make a late-race charge through the field, and finish fourth behind race winner, John Hunter Nemechek.   
 
The solid run was Enfinger's third consecutive top-five finish, and his fourth top-five in nine races this season.
 
Quote:
What happened between you and your teammate, Matt Crafton?
"Yeah, I mean I'm just - I'm embarrassed. I was going for the bottom and I thought he (Matt Crafton) was going to go in the middle, and I just - he came down, and it was completely my fault. I mean, I just ran over him. I feel terrible for those guys. I'm sorry, but sorry doesn't fix race cars, you know? Unfortunately, it wiped his out, and I just feel horrible about it. Really proud of all our ThorSport Racing guys and how far we've come. We had a pretty good truck, and like I said - it's going to take a while to shake that off. I just - I feel terrible."
 
Notes:
  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Friday morning in preparation for Friday night's M&M'S 200. Grant Enfinger was 12th, and 11th, respectively, in each session.
  • In his Iowa Speedway debut, Enfinger started 10th, ran as high as second, and finished fourth.
  • The RIDE TV driver earned a bonus point in Stage 1 for finishing inside the top-10.
  • Enfinger was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender int he 200-lap event. 
  • In nine starts in 2017, the ThorSport Racing driver has led 18 laps en route to four top-five and six top-10 finishes.
  • In 23 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 68 laps en route to six top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished 12th (Coughlin), 14th (Rhodes), and 19th (Crafton).
  • Up Next:  The Buckle Up Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 6 at 7:30pm ET. 

Grant Enfinger 2017 Gateway Recap

June 26, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gateway Motorsports Park - Drivin' for Linemen 200  
Race No. 8 of 23
 
Team Information:
Started: 14th
Finished: 5th
Laps: 160/160
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 7th

Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 RIDE TVToyota Tundra, made his track debut at Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Drivin' for Linemen 200. Starting 14th, Enfinger finished 12th in Stage 1, and fourth in Stage 2. Restarting sixth in the final Stage, the ThorSport Racing driver maintained a position just outside the top-five through the final 83 laps. With 33 laps remaining, crew chief Jeff Hensley brought the No. 98 machine to pit road, for a scheduled stop under green, for two tires and fuel. With a mix of strategy on pit road, and a late-race caution, the RIDE TV driver was able to muscle his way to a fifth-place finish behind race winner, John Hunter Nemechek.
 
The solid run was Enfinger's third consecutive top-five finish.
 
Quote:
Are you happy with your finish tonight?
"It turned out that way because these guys busted their tails all day. We had a great test here a few weeks ago, but we got caught-up in that crash during practice, and these guys had to work their tails off to get it fixed. We had a better truck, I feel like, than fifth, but it gets dicey on the restarts, and you've got to put yourself in compromising situations to even have a shot at it. We got pushed around a little bit, we pushed around a little bit, but that's just the way it goes. I'm proud of everybody on this RIDE TV team. We're making gains. Every time we go to the track myself, Jeff Hensley (crew chief), everybody is just clicking, so I feel good going into the heart of the season."
 
Notes:
  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Saturday morning in preparation for Saturday night's Drivin' for Linemen 200. Grant Enfinger was 10th, and 18th, respectively, in each session.  
  • Early in final practice on Saturday afternoon, Enfinger and the No. 21 of Johnny Sauter made contact, forcing the RIDE TV driver into the wall, and resulting in damage to the right rear quarter panel of the No. 98 machine.
  • In his GMP debut, Enfinger started 14th, ran as high as fourth, and finished fifth. The top-five result was Enfinger's third consecutive top-five finish.
  • The RIDE TV driver earned bonus points in Stage 2 for finishing inside the top-10.
  • In eight starts in 2017, the ThorSport Racing driver has led 18 laps en route to three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
  • In 22 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 68 laps en route to five top-five, and 10 top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished fourth (Crafton), eighth (Rhodes), and 12th (Coughlin).
  • Up Next: The M&M'S 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Friday, June 23 at 8:00pm ET. 

Grant Enfinger 2017 Daytona Recap

June 12, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Jive Communications Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Texas Motor Speedway - WinStarGamingOnline.com 400
Race No. 7 of 23
 
Team Information:
Started: 5th
Finished: 3rd
Laps: 167/167
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 8th
Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Jive Communications Toyota Tundra, made his Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) debut in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) WinStarGamingOnline.com 400. Starting fifth, Enfinger finished fourth in Stage 1, seventh in Stage 2, and restarted the final stage from the 13th position. Happy with the balance of his Jive Communications Toyota Tundra, the ThorSport Racing driver was able to work his way through traffic late in the 167-lap event to finish third, under caution, behind race winner, Christopher Bell.
 
The top-three result was Enfinger's second consecutive top-three finish, and his second top-five finish of the 2017 season.
 
Quote:
"Overall, it was a really, solid weekend. Probably the best overall weekend from the start of practice to the end of the race we've had this year. Really proud of the effort we've made. We had good speed. We were a little tight at the beginning of the race, but at the end of the race, I feel like we were as good as anybody. We struggled with track position for whatever reason, but feel good about things going into the main part of the season. For the past few races, we've been getting better and better."
 
Notes:
  • The NCWTS had three practice sessions on Thursday in preparation for Friday night'sWinStarGamingOnline.com 400. Grant Enfinger was 11th, second, and ninth, respectively, in each session.
  • In his TMS debut, Enfinger started fifth, ran as high as third, and finished third. His second consecutive top-three result.
  • The Jive Communications driver earned bonus points in both Stages for finishing inside the top-10.
  • In seven starts in 2017, the ThorSport Racing driver has led 18 laps en route to two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
  • In 21 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 68 laps en route to four top-five, and nine top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished fifth (Rhodes), ninth (Crafton), and 16th (Coughlin).
  • Up Next: The Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis at 8:30pm ET on Saturday, June 13.

Grant Enfinger 2017 Dover Recap

June 5, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Dover International Speedway - Bar Harbor 200
Race No. 6 of 23
 
Team Information:
Started: 12th
Finished: 3rd
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 9th
 
Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra, made his Dover (Del.) International Speedway (DIS) debut in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Bar Harbor 200. Starting 12th, Enfinger ran as high as second, but consistently inside the top-10, and utilized pit strategy in the final laps of the 200-lap event to finish third behind race winner, Johnny Sauter. The third-place effort was the ThorSport Racing drivers season-best finish, and his third career top-five result in 20 NCWTS starts.
 
Quote:
"It was definitely a good run for us. We needed a solid finish going into the busy part of the season. We haven't had a great start to the year, but we have all the tools to work with, we just haven't performed. Jeff Hensley (crew chief) made a great call there, and got us track position. Like Kaz (Grala) said, that seemed to be key. We were a mediocre truck in dirty air and I think we were pretty good in clean air, in all honesty. Yeah, I think Johnny (Sauter, winner) did great. He didn't make a mistake there. It kind of proved that track position is more important than tires there at the end, but I can't say enough about the calls. Hensley has made three good calls for us this season and kind of salvaged good days out of mediocre days for us. I'm really, really, proud of everybody on this RIDE TV Tundra. I feel like we've got a little momentum now. We've had two better finishes than we deserved the last two races, but I feel like we're getting there."
 
Notes:
  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday's Bar Harbor 200 at DIS. Grant Enfinger was 17th and seventh, respectively, in both sessions.
  • In his DIS debut, Enfinger started 12th, ran as high as second, and finished third. The top-five result was the RIDE TV drivers season-best finish to date and his third top-five finish in 20 series starts.
  • In six starts in 2017, the ThorSport Racing driver has led 18 laps en route to one top-five (Dover) and three top-10 finishes.
  • In 20 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 68 laps en route to three top-five, and eight top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished fourth (Rhodes), 11th (Crafton), and 16th (Coughlin).
  • Up Next: The Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 9 at 8:00pm ET. 

Grant Enfinger 2017 Charlotte Recap

May 22, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway - NC Education Lottery 200
Race No. 5 of 23
Team Information:
Started: 16th
Finished: 7th
Laps: 134/134
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 9th

Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra, made his Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway (CMS) debut in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NC Education Lottery 200. Starting 16th, Enfinger overcame a loose Toyota Tundra, two pit road penalties, and a late-race caution to finish seventh behind race winner, Kyle Busch. The solid run was the ThorSport Racing drivers second top-10 in five starts this season.
 
Quote:
"We salvaged a top-10 tonight. I'm proud of everyone on this No. 98 Champion Power Equipment team. We definitely did not have a seventh-place truck when the green flag dropped, but Jeff Hensley and my team never gave up and made the best of it all night. Hensley made a great call at the end of the race to come in and get scuff tires. We have some work to do as a team before we go to another intermediate track, but I'm happy with how hard my team worked all weekend."
 
Notes:
  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Thursday evening in preparation for Friday night's NC Education Lottery 200 at CMS. Grant Enfinger was fifth and 17th, respectively, in both sessions.
  • In his CMS debut, Enfinger started 16th, ran as high as fourth, and finished seventh.  
  • In five starts in 2017, the RIDE TV driver has led 18 laps en route to two top-10 (Atlanta & Charlotte), and three top-15 finishes.
  • In 19 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 68 laps en route to three top-five, and seven top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished sixth (Crafton), eighth (Rhodes) and 16th (Coughlin).
  • Up Next: The Bar Harbor 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday, June 2 at 5:30pm ET on FS1
About Champion Power Equipment:
Since 2003 Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market's finest power equipment. From our original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson Tennessee, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Toronto Canada. Today Champion's product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. With over 2.5 million generators sold in North America, Champion is a market leader in the power equipment field. For more information visit:ChampionPowerEquipment.com.  
 
About ThorSport Racing:
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers' champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com

Grant Enfinger 2017 Kansas City Recap

May 15, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Kansas Speedway - Toyota Tundra 250
Race No. 4 of 23
 
Team Information:
Started: 15th
Finished: 11th
Laps: 167/167
Laps Led: 14
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 10th

Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra, made his Kansas Speedway debut in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota Tundra 250. Starting 15th, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender overcame a spin on lap 12 to lead the 32-truck field once, for 14 laps. Running inside the top-10, with 30 laps remaining in the 167-lap event, Enfinger would get loose making a pass on the 7 truck and lose valuable track position. The ThorSport Racing driver would settle for an 11th-place finish behind race winner, Kyle Busch.
 
Quote:
"We had a really good Tundra tonight. Everyone on this RIDE TV team did a really good job, but I feel like we probably gave away a top-five finish there tonight. We just got really loose underneath the 7 truck there at the end, and lost too many positions. Overall, a great effort by everyone. We've made improvements since Atlanta and I'm feeling good about heading to Charlotte next week, especially after the test. I appreciate everyone's hard work tonight. I just feel like I let them down after losing those spots there at the end."
 
Notes:
  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250. Grant Enfinger was 10th-quick in both practice sessions.  
  • In his Kansas Speedway debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Enfinger started 15th, led the field once for 14 laps, and finished 11th in the 167-lap event.
  • The ThorSport Racing driver earned bonus points in Stages 1 and 2 at Kansas Speedway for finishing inside the top-10.
  • In four starts in 2017, the RIDE TV driver has led 18 laps en route to one top-10 (Atlanta), and two top-15 finishes.
  • In 18 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 68 laps en route to two top-five, and six top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished 16th (Crafton), 23rd (Rhodes), and 26th (Coughlin).
  • Up Next: The Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway on Friday, May 19.
About Ride Television Network, Inc.
Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children's programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com.
About Curb Records:
Celebrating over 50 years in the entertainment business, Curb Records is one of the world's leading independent music companies. Owned and operated under The Curb Group by Mike Curb since 1962, Curb Records has achieved 433 number one records, over 1,500 hundred Top Ten records and charted over 4,500 total records. Today's roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records has produced over 100 Billboard awards and achievements and was recently honored as the 2015 Mediabase Gold Label of The Year. For more information visit: Curb.com.
 
About ThorSport Racing:
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers' champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com

Grant Enfinger 2017 Martinsville Recap

April 3, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Jive Communications Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Martinsville Speedway - Alpha Energy Solutions 250
Race No. 3 of 23 

Team Information:
Started: 10th
Finished: 17th
Laps: 250/250
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 11th

Grant Enfinger Race Recap:

Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Jive Communications Toyota Tundra, made his second career start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Starting a track-best 10th, Enfinger proved to be a strong contender early, finishing fifth in Stages 1 and 2. Just prior to the conclusion of Stage 2, a caution was displayed at lap 137 of 140, forcing the Stage to finish under caution. The No. 98 team opted to stay out and benefit from the point payout for finishing top-10 in the Stage, while other teams opted to pit early for track position.

After making a pit stop for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment, to aid in a tight Toyota Tundra, Enfinger would restart from the 20th position for the 101-lap shootout in the Final Stage. Running lap times as fast as the leaders, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender worked his way up to the 14th position, and look poised for a solid recovery. Unfortunately, contact with the No. 13 Tundra on the final lap would force the ThorSport Racing driver to loose valuable track position and cross the stripe in the 17th position behind race winner, Chase Elliott.

Quote: "The Jive Communications Toyota Tundra was handling really well at the beginning of the race. We just lost track position with Stage 2 ending under caution. We fought back, but got pushed around at the end, which is not where we wanted to be. My ThorSport Racing team built one heck of a Tundra for this weekend. Unfortunately, we didn't get the finish to prove it."

Notes:

  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had one practice sessions on Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Grant Enfinger was 20th-quick overall in the 50-minute session.  
  • Saturday's Alpha Energy Solutions 250 marked Enfinger's second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the .526-mile track. Enfinger started 10th, ran as high as fifth, and finished 17th in the 250-lap event.  
  • In two career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Enfinger has two top-20 finishes.
  • The ThorSport Racing driver was the fourth-highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in the 250-lap event at Martinsville Speedway.
  • In three starts in 2017, the Jive Communications driver has led four laps en route to one top-10 finish (Atlanta).
  • In 17 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 54 laps en route to two top-five, and six top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished ninth (Crafton), 19th (Coughlin), and 20th (Rhodes).
  • Up Next: The Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, April 12 at 8:30pm ET on FOX Sports 1.

Grant Enfinger 2017 Atlanta 250 100 Recap

March 6, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Atlanta Motor Speedway - Active Pest Control 200
Race No. 2 of 23 

Team Information:
Started: 14th
Finished: 8th
Laps: 130/130
Laps Led: 4
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 12th 

Grant Enfinger Race Recap:

Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra, made his second career start at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Active Pest Control 200. Starting from the 14th position, the ThorSport Racing driver led the 32-truck field once, for four laps, and brought home his second top-10 finish, finishing eighth at the 1.54-mile track. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender was also the highest finishing rookie contender in Saturday's race.

Enfinger, who finished ninth in Stage 1, and 12th in Stage 2, gambled on pit strategy at lap 105, when a majority of the leaders came to pit road. Electing to stay out, the RIDE TV driver would bring the field to the green flag with 28 laps remaining in the 130-lap event. With fresh tires at an advantage, the RIDE TV driver would lose ground to the leaders in the closing laps, and cross the stripe in the eighth position behind race winner, Christopher Bell.

Quote:

How was your race?
"It was a decent night for us. We seemed to be pretty good on long runs. Short runs we had a little trouble. Our best run was our last run, but we got a little off sequence with our pit stops. Since we knew we weren't going to win, we took a gamble. Overall, I think it was the right call - fresher tires just had the advantage. Eighth place tonight - it's not bad, just not what we came here to do. We came to win." 

Notes:

  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had three practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Saturday's Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Grant Enfinger was 11th, 15th, and 11th, respectively.
  • Saturday's Active Pest Control 200 marked Enfinger's second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the 1.54-mile track. Enfinger started 14th, led the field once for four laps, and finished eighth.  
  • In two career starts at AMS, Enfinger has one top-five (2016) and two top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in the 130-lap event at AMS.
  • In 16 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 54 laps en route to two top-five, and six top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished second (Crafton), fourth (Rhodes), and 16th (Coughlin).
  • Up Next: The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 1.

Grant Enfinger 2017 Atlanta 250 Preview

February 28, 2017

Team Information:
Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley
Manufacturer: Toyota
Engine: Triad Racing Technologies
2017 Driver Point Standings: 14th
2017 Owner Point Standings: 17th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

Gearing up with Grant Enfinger:

Now that we've completed the first race of the 2017 NCWTS season with the new race format, how do you feel that will impact racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend?  "I think the new format added some excitement when the laps got close to the end of each stage at Daytona, but Daytona and restrictor plate racing is its own style of racing. I anticipate that drivers will be racing harder at the end of each stage at Atlanta as well, but the trucks won't be as close together on track, hopefully eliminating a lot of torn up equipment."

Last year you had a top-five finish at Atlanta. How do you feel heading into the race this weekend? "Last year at Atlanta I struggled to get the truck where I needed it early in the race. I learned a lot that weekend and by the end of the race, we had some good speed and were able to finish fifth. This weekend we're heading to a track that I have some experience on, combined with my crew chief Jeff Hensley, who has found lots of speed in the past. I look forward to a good weekend in Atlanta with our RIDE TV Toyota Tundra."  

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter... The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 55 for Saturday's Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS). This chassis was utilized in 2016 by Rico Abreu at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, and Homestead-Miami (Fl.) Speedway, but has been rebuilt for 2017.
  • All About Atlanta... Enfinger made his AMS debut in 2016 with Gallagher Motorsports. Starting from the fourth position, the RIDE TV driver brought home his first top-five finish in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition, finishing fifth.
  • Changes for 2017... Atlanta will feature three stages (Stage 1 - 40 laps, Stage 2 - 40 laps, Final Stage - 50 laps), with approximately a five-minute break in between.
  • Race Rewind - Daytona... Making his second start at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) in the NCWTS, Enfinger started 11th, ran as high as first, and finished 16th following a last lap accident in the 100-lap event.
  • Rookie Stripe: Following a 16th-place finish at DIS, the ThorSport Racing driver was the fourth highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in Friday night's season opener.   
  • Catch Grant at Atlanta... Enfinger, along with his TSR teammates, will participate in the series autograph session from 9-9:45am in the ballroom at AMS. 

Enfinger's Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 15 since 2010
  • First Full-time Season: 2017
  • Poles: 1 (Daytona, 2016)
  • Wins: 1 (Talladega, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 2
  • Top-10 Finishes: 5
  • Laps Completed: 1754
  • Laps Led: 50
  • First Start: Talladega (2010)
  • Avg. Start: 12.7
  • Avg. Finish: 14.3

Race Information:
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 4:30pm ET on FOX Sports 1
Track: 1.5-mile oval
Distance: 130 laps/200.2 miles

Grant Enfinger 2017 Daytona 250 Recap

February 26, 2017

Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Jive Communications Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Daytona International Speedway - NextEra Energy Resources 250
Race No. 1 of 23
 
Team Information:
Started: 11th
Finished: 16th
Laps: 99/100
Status: Running
Driver Points: 14th
 
Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Jive Communications Toyota Tundra, displayed his superspeedway strength throughout the 100-lap NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fl.) International Speedway, but closed out the season opener disappointed following Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event. Enfinger, a former NCWTS pole sitter, and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race winner at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, started the 100-lap event from the 11th position. Following a multi-vehicle wreck on lap two, Enfinger followed suit with ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton, and laid back for the first two segments of NASCAR's new race format, after nearly being collected himself. Finishing 12th in the first and second segments, the ThorSport Racing driver took advantage of the mid-race break to gain track position with a fuel only pit stop.

Restarting the third and final segment from the third position, Enfinger ran consistently inside the top-10 over the ensuing 50 laps. With four laps remaining, a spin in Turn 2 would bring out the fifth caution of the night, setting the field up for a green-white-checker flag finish. The Jive Communications driver, who was in the perfect position for the final restart, lined up behind teammates, Matt Crafton (first), and Ben Rhodes (second). Pushing Rhodes to the lead on the final lap, the No. 27 got sideways causing the, "Big One." The No. 98 Tundra would cross the stripe in the 16th position behind race winner, Kaz Grala.

Quote: "I was pushing my teammate a little too hard there at the end trying to get the win. Matt (Crafton) and Ben (Rhodes) were fighting for the win and I was just trying to help Ben, and put one of our Toyota Tundra's in Victory Lane. I hate it for my entire Jive Communications team, and ThorSport teammates. We were going for the win there and just pushed too hard. Unfortunately we ended up with a bunch of torn up race cars. We learned a lot today, and made a bunch of progress with my team. My goals haven't changed, we're moving onto Atlanta where we're going to try and win the race." 

Notes:

  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had one practice session on Thursday evening in preparation for Friday night's 100-lap event. Grant Enfinger was 16th-quick overall.
  • Friday night's NextEra Energy Resources 250 marked Enfinger's second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Enfinger started 11th, and finished 16th following a last lap accident in the 100-lap event.
  • In three career starts at DIS, Enfinger has one pole (2016), and has led for laps with a track-best finish of 12th (2016).  
  • Enfinger was the fourth-highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in the 100-lap event at DIS.
  • In 15 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole, one win, and has led 50 laps en route to two top-five, and five top-10 finishes.
  • Enfinger's ThorSport Racing teammates finished 11th (Coughlin), 12th (Rhodes), and 14th (Crafton).
  • Up Next: The Active Pest Control 200 on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.