Grant Enfinger – 2017 Iowa Recap

Grant Enfinger Race Recap:

Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota 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.IA6_7562

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.”

Team Information:
Started: 10th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 7th

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.
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