Grant Enfinger – Race Preview – Phoenix Raceway

 

Team Info
Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley
Spotter: Chris Lambert
Driver Point Standings: 2nd
Owner Point Standings: 2nd

2020 Season Stats
Starts: 22
Wins: 4
Poles: 0
Laps led: 154
Top-five Finishes: 8
Top-10 Finishes: 13
Average Start: 6.9
Average Finish: 10.3

Phoenix Stats
Starts: 3
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Laps Led: 10
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Average Start: 9.7
Average Finish: 11.0
2019 Race Finish: 5th

 News and Notes:
  • Starting Position: Grant Enfinger will roll off from the pole position for Friday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. The starting lineup is based on a competition-based performance metrics system: weighted lap 15 percent, driver finish from previous race 25 percent, owner points 25 percent, driver points, 35 percent.
  • Championship 4: Grant Enfinger looks to cap off a career-best season by capturing his first Gander Trucks driver championship title Friday night in the Lucas Oil 150. Enfinger’s postseason started off strong with consecutive top 10s in the first two events at Bristol and Las Vegas. He then managed a 13th-place finish in a wild Talladega race and rebounded at Kansas with a fourth-place finish. But Enfinger’s Championship 4 hopes took a turn for the worst at Texas when he suffered engine issues relegating him to a 32nd-place finish. As a result, Enfinger dropped to sixth in the Playoff standings 35 points behind the Championship 4 cutoff heading into a must-win situation at Martinsville. And win he did, Enfinger put on a masterful display of short track skill and strategy to grab the checker flag at the 0.526-mile short track and guarantee his spot in the Championship 4 for the first time in his career. His previous best finish in the final championship standings was fifth in 2018.
  • Veteran Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley began his crew chief career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for his family-owned team Hensley Racing. From 1987 to 2001, Jeff Hensley worked as crew chief for the team and in 1990, Hensley led driver Chuck Bown to the series title. In 2004, Hensley joined with Bill Davis Racing in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series back and driver Bill Lester. Since then Hensley has worked with 17 different drivers through the years in the series but has been full time with Grant Enfinger since 2017. Prior to working with Enfinger, Hensley’s best season was with Mike Skinner in 2007, the pair finished the season runner-up in the points to NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. after posting five wins and 17 top fives. This season Hensley has an opportunity to become the third different crew chief to win a Xfinity and Gander Trucks titles joining Danny Stockman Jr. (Xfinity 2013, Truck 2011) and Randy Goss (Xfinity 2002, Truck 2000).
  • Series Career Stats: Enfinger’s success includes 105 Gander Trucks starts, 67 laps led en route to six wins, five poles, 36 top-five and, 66 top-10 finishes.
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