Grant Enfinger – 2017 Atlanta Recap

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.

(Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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

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.

 

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