Race Preview – Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt

Johnny Sauter | No. 13 Vivitar/ Realtree Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Joe Shear Jr.

Eyes in the Sky: Tab Boyd

Dirt History: Sauter’s dirt history entails his seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Eldora Speedway where he scored his highest series finish at the track, eighth, in 2018.

Season Stats: Four starts, one pole, one top-five and top-10 finish averaging a 11.0 start and a 16th-place finish to go along with his 12 laps led.

Series Career Stats: 293 starts, 24 wins, 110 top-five and 177 top-10 finishes to go along with nine pole awards and 2,647 laps led.

Quotable: “Bristol with dirt is something I thought I would never see again. I’ve been paying attention to some of the other other divisions that raced there last week. I don’t have any dirt background other than when we raced at Eldora. You kind of have to go into the weekend with a little different mindset. Race the best that you can and have fun with it.”

Matt Crafton | No. 88 Denali Aire / Menards Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Carl “Junior” Joiner

Eyes in the Sky: Jason Hedlesky

Dirt History: Crafton’s dirt history entails his seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Eldora Speedway where he has one win (2017), has registered two top-five and seven top-10 finishes including 24 laps led. The veteran racer had the opportunity to see the transformed half-mile race track when he also raced his dirt modified last week at Bristol for the Dirt Nationals.

Season Stats: Four starts, three laps led, one top-five and three top-10 finishes, averaging a 7.5 start and 8.5 finishing position.

Series Career Stats: 480 consecutive starts, 15 wins, 126 top-five and 291 top-10 finishes in addition to 16 poles and 2,659 laps led.

Welcome Back! This weekend we welcome Denali Aire on the hood of the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra.

Quotable: “Be ready to be on the edge of your seat because it’s going to be exciting. Running my dirt modified at the track last week helped seeing what the track did throughout a run and how it changed. I definitely learned some stuff to apply to this weekend to my No. 88 Denali Aire / Menards.” – Matt Crafton

 

Grant Enfinger | No. 98 Champion Power Equipment / Curb Records Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Jeriod Prince

Eyes in the Sky: Chris Monez

Dirt History: Enfinger’s dirt history entails his three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Eldora Speedway where he has registered three top-five and three top-10 finishes. He earned a series track-best finish, second, in 2018.

Season Stats: Enfinger has two starts with ThorSport in 2021 at the Daytona oval, and Atlanta Motor Speedway where he finished 11th in both races.

Series Career Stats: 109 starts, six wins, 36 top-five and 67 top-10 finishes to go along with five pole awards and 743 laps led.

Welcome Back! This weekend we welcome Curb Records artist Tim Dugger on the the decklid of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra.

Quotable: “I’m really excited about getting on the dirt at Bristol this weekend. I didn’t grow up doing a lot of dirt racing, but I’ve grown to love it and respect the true dirt racers. Jeriod has our Champion Power Equipment Tundra tuned up and we will get an opportunity to practice this week as well. This is definitely one of those events that the fans aren’t going to want to miss.” – Grant Enfinger 

Ben Rhodes | No. 99 Bombardier / Learjet 75 Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Rich Lushes

Eyes in the Sky: TJ Bell

Rhodes on Dirt: Rhodes’ dirt history entails his four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Eldora Speedway where he has registered one pole (2018), and scored his highest series finish at the track, 14th, in 2019.

Dirt History: Rhodes’ dirt history entails his four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Eldora Speedway where he has registered one pole (2018), and scored his highest series finish at the track, 14th, in 2019.

Season Stats: Four starts, two wins, two top-five and three top-10 finishes, averaging a 7.5 start and 7.0 finishing position.

Series Career Stats: 123 starts, five wins, 35 top-five and 63 top-10 finishes to go along with five pole awards and 756 laps led.

Quotable: “Bristol is a big unknown for everybody but I’m confident in my Bombardier Tundra team. I’m excited to finally get some practice once again and I know this race will be a ton a fun. Since we are in the playoffs it really takes a lot of stress off for this event. There is a lot of room for error here and we want to be the ones who let others make the mistakes and then capitalize on them. If we can do that then I’m sure we will have a great night.” – Ben Rhodes 

Notables:

ThorSport on Dirt: In 28 starts at the famed Eldora Speedway, the team has two wins (2017,2018), led 223 laps, seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.

All-Time Numbers: ThorSport Racing sits at 38 wins, 286 top-five and 592 top-10 finishes, 35 poles in 1,312 series starts.

0