This weekend the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will crown it’s 2019 Regular Season Champion, and if you have been paying close attention, you will already know who it will likely be.
However, if you haven’t, the driver currently holding a 55-point advantage may come as a surprise, as he is not one of the six competitors that have won this season. No, but instead this driver has established themselves with four stage wins, seven top-fives, and 12 top-10’s.
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Thorsport Ford, who has shown that you do not need to flashy to be a champion in NASCAR’s top-three series with the playoff format.
That is not a bash at the points system either, but rather a compliment. You see, it’s a model that rewards consistency, and throughout the regular season, Enfinger has been exactly that.
He has only finished outside the top-20 once, and outside the top-seven four times. It is not the most dominant of stats, but regardless of the format, they are numbers that can easily win a championship.
Now, as stated earlier, the championship is not his yet; however, the road to glory one has just one small hurdle left. Enfinger needs a 24th-place finish or, four-stage points, to guarantee himself a huge advantage heading into the playoffs.
Now, let’s talk about that advantage.
The regular-season champion is not just a name, as if Enfinger does in indeed capture the title, he would receive 15 additional playoff points. For a driver who has consistently been near the front, this would go a long way in the end goal of making the Championship 4.
In fact, if the No. 98 team were to continue the pace they have set this year, this advantage could pretty much cement their spot at Homestead, regardless of if they win or not.
Now, whether or not Enfinger could go to Homestead and win the championship, without at least winning that race is debatable. Regardless though, this possible award should be the awakening for everybody that it is time to start taking this teams seriously.
Enfinger and company have proven themselves and should be among the favorites for the 2019 Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship.
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