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Pocono Shakes Up Trucks Playoff Picture

After an exciting Overton’s 150 at Pocono Raceway, only four races remain till the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, and it’s anybody’s guess who will make the field. While there may be some uncertainty, it’s clear after Saturday’s 60-lap event that some are in better shape than others.

With five different winners and an 88-point cushion for Chase Briscoe, the battle to keep an eye on revolves around the seventh and eighth seed, currently held by Ben Rhodes and Ryan Truex. Although they may be in preferred position now, entering the weekend, it was a different story, with both failing to place in the top-20 in their previous three starts.

That wouldn’t be the case Saturday, as the pair collected points in both Stages, and finished second and third, respectively. The runner-up allows Rhodes to improve to five points over ninth, and brings Truex into the playoff field, after being outside entering the day.

With Truex moving in, who falls to ninth? Grant Enfinger, who now sits four points out after finishing 13th. While he seemingly had a top-10 truck, the driver of the No. 98 only collected one point during the first two stages and was plagued with mechanical issues in the race’s final stretch. When the Camping World Truck Series heads to Michigan International Speedway in two weeks, he will likely need to improve upon his eighth-place finish from his only previous start at the 2-mile oval if he wants to make up for lost ground.

Enfinger didn’t have the worst day as far playoff contenders go. That distinction would go to Noah Gragson, who finished 24th after being involved in an accident with Kaz Grala. The 19-year-old who was riding the momentum of seven straight top-10 finishes and entered Pocono only eight points outside the bubble, now sits 41 behind. The DNF essentially puts him in a must-win situation, which is a tall order for a rookie who hasn’t run a truck at any of the remaining four tracks.

Now, nothing is secure, and anything can happen. However, the question should be asked. How will this race overall impact the playoffs? Will the positive performance of Rhodes and Truex provide a bit of insurance in points? Will the points Enfinger loss not finishing top-10 end up costing him big?  Only time will tell.

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ThorSport Racing Teammates Tangle Late in Iowa

After a rough start to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Grant Enfinger seems to have to have found some consistency heading into the summer. However, it hasn’t come without some humps in the road, including an incident with his teammate Matt Crafton on Friday night.

Enfinger started off the year with only one top-10 in the first four races, as a result of spinning late in two of those events. Since then, he has finished the following five races in the top-10, with four consecutive top-five finishes.

However, a zero remains in the win column for both him and ThorSpot, with possible implications lying from Friday night at Iowa Speedway.

With 13 laps to go battling just outside the top-five, he made incidental contact teammate Crafton, causing both trucks to spin, with Crafton backing into the outside wall. Enfinger utilized a late four-tire pit stop to rebound for a fourth-place finish, while Crafton finished 19th.

“Yeah, I mean I’m just – I’m embarrassed,” he said. “I was going for the bottom, and I thought he (Matt Crafton) was going to go in the middle and I just – he come down and it was completely my fault. I mean, I just run over him. I feel terrible for those guys. Sorry, but sorry doesn’t fix race cars, you know? Unfortunately, it wiped his out, and I just feel horrible about it. Proud of all our ThorSport guys and how far we’ve come. You know, we had a pretty good truck and, as I said, I just – it’s going to take a while to shake that off. I just – I feel terrible.”

Being able to put Friday night behind him quickly and continue posting solid finishes will be key in attempting to make the post-season. The consistency has allowed Enfinger to move up to sixth in points, currently the eighth seed in the eight-driver playoffs. However, he is only eight markers ahead of Ryan Truex for the final spot.

Crafton does not sit too comfortable in the Chase either, as it stands, being the sixth speed, currently 46 points ahead of Truex. 

With each victory, though, the number of drivers to lock himself in via points decreases, putting both drivers in jeopardy. As the races countdown, the incident could be what keeps Crafton from transferring, being just his second finish outside of the top-15 in 2017.

The teammates have ran up front throughout the year, and either picking up a win to become the fifth driver locked in could be critical in ThorSport having a chance in the post-season. 

Although he finished 12th in his first trip to Kentucky Speedway, a seventh and third at fellow intermediate tracks Charlotte and Texas should give Enfinger a boost in confidence. Meanwhile, the 1.5-mile oval has been a sight of success for Crafton with his last three appearances resulting in top-10’s, including a victory in 2015.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Kentucky Speedway on July 6.

 

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Grant Enfinger: We Haven’t Performed to Our Ability

After capturing his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win last year at Talladega Superspeedway, the pieces came together for Grant Enfinger to compete for a full season with Ohio-based ThorSport Racing.

Three races into the year,the driver of the No. 98 Toyota Tundra is eighth in points despite one top-10 finish.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “We have all the right parts and pieces to work with at ThorSport Racing, but I don’t think we’ve shown the speed we’re capable of or performed to our ability yet. Overall, I’m happy with the direction everything is going and all our guys. We just need to get a little bit more speed out of the trucks.”

Enfinger feels they will get stronger as he and crew chief Jeff Hensley get to know each other better. Right now, a lack of track time with only three races across four months has caused some frustration in not being able to get into a groove, yet.

“I’ll be honest – it’s been tough for the sheer fact that we haven’t been able to get into a groove. But from a team standpoint, I really like it,” Enfinger said. “It gives a chance for everybody to build up their inventory. Everybody knows what goes on at Daytona and you got a little bit of a feel for what you need and gives the team to catch up before we get really busy. Starting at Kansas, it’s pretty wide open for the rest of the year. From a selfish driver’s point of view, it’s tough. But from a team’s standpoint, I really like it.”

He and Hensley will get an opportunity to work together ahead of the series’ next race at Kansas Speedway on May 12 with a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“(I’m) excited about that,” he said. “Hopefully it gives us a little chance with us each other a little closer and have a little time to experiment with our stuff. They have a really good baseline – all of our Toyota Tundras have been decent; we’re just looking for a little bit more.”

Although the Toyota Tundra 250 will be his first visit to Kansas in a truck, he’s experienced success there. Enfinger has scored four top-fives in six ARCA Racing Series starts at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.

“I like that place, and I think more than anything it’ll be another chance to work with our ThorSport Racing guys,” he said. “We’ve got Ride TV on the truck again for that race, so excited about those guys being on board. The biggest thing, in my mind, is the week before that next week at Charlotte. We’re going to test the truck there that we plan on racing at Kansas, so hopefully, we can learn some stuff at Charlotte to help us there.”

Beyond next month, Enfinger is excited for the series’ lone dirt race at Eldora Raceway in July.

“I’m really excited about that race as it’ll be something different,” he said. “I’ve run some dirt tracks in the ARCA Series, but they’re extremely different from Eldora. That’s going to be one of those neat things where you don’t know what to expect until I get there. Going to some of these places for the first time like Dover, I’m really excited about. There’s so many of them.

“I’ve been wanting this so long and working towards this it for so long that I am going to appreciate every opportunity that we have this year.”

Enfinger’s schedule has been an abbreviated one, but he’s committed to turning the season around. The Kansas Speedway could favor a strong finish for the 27-year-old. 

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THREE TAKEAWAYS: Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta

Saturday’s Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway was filled with wrecks as drivers tried to keep their tires under them on the rough surface. In the end, it was Christopher Bell in Victory Lane for his third career win.

Bell Dominates Beginning And End of Race

Bell became the first NASCAR driver to sweep all three stages of a race in the new split format. He had the dominant truck for much of the race, leading 99 of 130 laps.

His time of adversity came at the end of Stage 2, when he lost the lead off pit road to team owner Kyle Busch. Bell had to restart on the outside lane, which was a problem spot for drivers all race. Spinning the tires, Bell slipped back to fifth with Matt Crafton moving up to second.

He continued to hang around the top five, but unable to battle for the lead until a restart with 18 laps to go. Bell moved up to second and had a side-by-side fight with Crafton for a lap until he retook the lead with 16 to go. Despite a great restart by Crafton with two laps to go, Bell hung on until the end to take home the victory.

BKR Drivers Struggle

Saturday was not the day Brad Keselowski Racing was hoping for, with both drivers having issues throughout the race. Pit stops at the end of Stage 1 were particularly troublesome for the rookie teammates.

Chase Briscoe‘s team missed a lug nut, but the bigger problem came when the No. 29 truck re-entered the track and lost a tire. Briscoe spent time on pit road to pull the rubber off the axle. He finished the race in 25th, three laps down, and sits eighth in the points.

Austin Cindric had a problem on the same pit stop when he received a penalty for an uncontrolled tire. Cindric had bounced back from the infraction, running inside the top 10 late in the race when he’d be sent spinning with six laps to go virtue of contact from Grant Enfinger. He finished one lap down in 21st and is currently 19th in points.

Tires Cause Problems for Contenders

With an aged acing surface like Atlanta, tires are bound to become a storyline. Four drivers with a chance to contend for the win had to deal with tire issues during Saturday’s race.

The first was Chase Elliott, who brought out the second caution of the race on Lap 27 when his tire blew out. Elliott had minimal damage and came back to finish fifth.

Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek both had flat tires in Stage 2 that ended their days. Nemechek had heavy contact with the wall due to the failure, sending him to the garage and giving him a 29th place finish.

Busch was one of the few drivers who could battle with Bell for the lead, but he did not have the finish to show for it. On the restart with 18 laps to go, Busch had a rear tire go down while in traffic. He slowed down and hit the wall, collecting the Daytona winner Kaz Grala with him. Busch’s team may have won the race, but he finished 26th, three laps down.

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Rhodes, Enfinger Round Out ThorSport Lineup in 2017

ThorSport Racing finalized their driver lineup on Tuesday for the 2017 Camping World Truck Series season.

Ben Rhodes and Grant Enfinger will round out ThorSport’s four truck lineup for this season, joining two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and Cody Coughlin.

Returning to ThorSport for his second season in the NCWTS, Rhodes will drive the No. 27 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra. In his first full season in the Truck Series, the Kentucky native scored two top-five finishes to go with five top-10 finishes and one pole which he won at Martinsville in April.

Eddie Troconis will serve as Rhodes’ crew chief this season. Troconis was the crew chief for Cameron Hayley last season at ThorSport.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be partnered with Toyota and ThorSport Racing again for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” said Rhodes. “The 2016 season had a lot of ups and downs, but we have put all that in the rearview mirror, and we’re focused on the year ahead. We have a new team, a new number, and great support from Toyota. With the NASCAR changes to the race and point structure, the No. 27 team will be up front contending for segment wins and race victories to get us into the playoffs and contend for the championship.”

Enfinger will pilot the No. 98 Toyota Tundra while competing for Rookie of the Year honors and the series championship.

He ran a partial schedule last season for GMS Racing in which he scored one win at Talladega in October. Enfinger also had two top-fives, and five top-10’s in just 14 starts. He will have 13-time NCWTS crew chief Jeff Hensley on top of the pit box.

Hensley returns to ThorSport Racing after crew chiefing for Spencer Gallagher last year at GMS Racing. He was atop the pit box previously at ThorSport for Johnny Sauter in 2014 and Haley in 2015.

“I’m extremely grateful to ThorSport Racing and Toyota for the opportunity to drive full time in the NASCAR Camping World truck series,” said Enfinger. “This is a dream come true, and I’m blessed to be able to share this season with some great people. I’m proud to be continuing the partnership with Champion Power Equipment, along with starting new ones with Jive Communications, RIDE TV, and Curb Records. I’m very impressed with the people, equipment, and facility that Duke and Rhonda Thorson have assembled, and I can’t wait to get to Daytona in a few weeks.”

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“They Said What?” Memorable Quotes – Truck Series Part 1

Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face – especially when they’re mad, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.

Throughout the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors, whether for features or following events. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.

 

“He’s really open to me in how he’s taken me in so far. Just being able to speak with a guy like him with so much experience and been in the same transition as me moving up through the ranks, he’s really taught me what to look for and what not to look out for. I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with him.”

After growing up as a Kyle Busch fan, Noah Gragson gets the opportunity to drive for his racing hero full-time in the Truck Series in 2017.

 

“He’s really good for advice. He’s given us rookies, like Christopher (Bell), myself and Cody [Coughlin], all of the resources knowledge that he can, but it is on us to come and ask him the questions. He’s not going to just put it out there for us if we don’t have the interest to ask. I think the biggest thing from the start is just asking him the questions that you have, or even Erik Jones. I’ve been able to talk to Erik Jones a little bit, and he’s helped me as well, with him being a past champion in the series.”

William Byron on what it is like having Kyle Busch as a car owner and someone to lean on. 

 

“I’m sick ‘n’ tired of finishing third – think it’s the third time this year.”

After posting three straight third place finishes, Daniel Hemric was ready to pick up his first career series victory. Unfortunately, he was unable to accomplish that before the season ended, but he managed to finish sixth in points. 

 

“I had a blast. That was my favorite race that I’ve done all season. I wanted to continue to race on and on forever if I could. This is the most fun I’ve had all year. I stalled it on pit lane, and we almost went a lap down, but we had a really fast truck.”

At Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Gary Klutt made his series debut. The Canadian put together a solid day en route to a top-15 finish. 

 

“I’ve been waiting for a long time to get this opportunity, and very thankful that I have the opportunity that I do here at GMS Racing. It’s my first year in the Truck Series, but I’ve been racing forever, and I do have a lot of experience in a lot of other divisions. Like I said, I’m happy to get the chance and definitely hell-bent on making the most of it.”

After signing a deal to run a partial schedule for GMS Racing, Grant Enfinger was set to do the best job possible. His partial schedule paid off as he was able to pick up his first career series victory at Talladega Superspeedway in October. 

 

“You’re never satisfied till you do even better. We just gotta keep digging and working. But it is definitely positive, as you have to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run. We do realize that we’re a long ways from being right there and we’re not the biggest team and it’s tough, but you can’t tell us that we won’t win the race. We’re going to keep trying.”

Following a ninth place finish at Atlanta, smiles were big on the faces of Celeb Holman and team. However, he wanted to make it known that he wasn’t done yet with more plans in store. 

 

“It’s a two-way street. I lean on them just as much they lean on me. There’s something to be said about pre-conceived notions as sometimes experience makes you think you know it all versus young and not knowing.”

Paired with a group of young teammates, you’d think Johnny Sauter would be the only one dishing advice. However, sometimes those youngsters were able to help the veteran. 

 

“If we have a really good run or win the race – that changes a lot. But, at this point, cause we’re not running for the points, to me it’s more important when I get the opportunities to bring it all out and get the best finish and result possible. If something builds from that, great, but there’s not the pressure to find something else to do.”

Austin Theriault got the opportunity to run a couple races for BKR, and was set to take a calculated approach – rather than push too hard and mess it up. 

 

“You get to meet a lot of cool people, make a lot of friends, and learn all kind of different racecars and set-ups and techniques for drivers, crew members. It’s definitely a great stepping stone to learn and take it wherever you want. If you want to go big, just work hard and try to get every opportunity that you can to work with whomever possible.”

Matt Crafton‘s Tire Specialist Scott Simmons on why crewing at your local short track can be a good way to get started in the sport. 

 

“We hired more experienced guys near the end of last year, and they were able to bring knowledge and put information into the team. It’s just like any other team, whether Sprint Cup, Truck Series or ARCA. It’s all about having good equipment and smart people working for you. This is definitely a people sport. Obviously, you have to good equipment, that’s a key, but that’s a given. But the difference from a 10th-place truck to a winning truck is the personnel and engineering. Hands on — physically on the truck — makes the difference. We’re a long ways away from being a contending effort, but we try to make few steps every week and improve on what we do have and continue to grow the program.”

Travis Kvapil breaking down MAKE Motorsports’ early-season success following a fifth place finish to start the year at Daytona. 

 

“We have to win – that’s the bottom line.”

After wrecking at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Cameron Hayley didn’t sugarcoat what he had to do the following week at Chicagoland if he wanted to qualify for the Chase. 

 

“I want to be a professional racecar driver when I’m older, and however I can get to the path, I’ll pursue it. You’ve seen that in the different things that I’ve done throughout my career. It’s all about finding what it takes to be a professional driver.”

Austin Cindric‘s perspective on his diverse background in racing, ranging from sports car to stock cars. His persistence is paying off as he’ll drive full-time next year for Brad Keselowski Racing.

 

“You have no business being on the track if you don’t think you can go out there and win in good equipment. I know I’ve got good equipment in both the Pinty’s Series and the truck series, so I want to go out there and do my best and wherever the chips fall, they fall.”

Gary Klutt’s response when asked what his expectations were heading into CTMP for his truck series debut with KBM.

 

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Enfinger Tapped to Drive in Finale

Grant Enfinger was a winner the last time he raced in the Camping World Truck Series, and he will have an opportunity on Friday to duplicate the feat in the season finale Ford Ecoboost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Enfinger won his first career Truck Series race at Talladega last month driving for GMS Racing in the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado. This weekend, the 31-year-old Enfinger has been tapped to drive the No. 92 Ricky Benton Racing BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network Ford F-150.

But racing in the season finale isn’t exactly what Enfinger initially had in mind.

“Before Ricky called, I was scheduled to be at Homestead to work as a mechanic on the No. 24 entry with my GMS Racing crew guys,” Enfinger said. “I’m thankful that those guys let me off the hook for a chance to race.”

The Fairhope, Alabama native won the ARCA Racing Series title last season, with a history of winning big races. He is a two-time ARCA event winner at Daytona International Speedway and he also won June’s ARCA race at Pocono Raceway.

“I’m excited and appreciative for the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 92 truck at Homestead,” Enfinger said. “I’ve known Ricky Benton for a long time and have a lot of respect for what he has done for the sport.”

“Grant is a guy who has had a lot of success everywhere he has been,” Benton said. “We had a run of bad luck in the middle of the season, but have a good team with a good crew chief and some good trucks and are looking to finish the season on a high note.”

Both Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt have wheeled the No. 92 Ford this season, with Kligerman earning the team’s highest finish this season, a third-place finish at the season-opener at Daytona.

Enfinger has made seven starts this season, all with GMS Racing.

Friday’s Ford Ecoboost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway can be seen on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET and can be heard on MRN radio.

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Enfinger Makes His Mark in NASCAR With Talladega Win

Long-time ARCA Racing Series driver Grant Enfinger reached a new milestone on Saturday by winning the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The victory with GMS Racing’s No. 24 Chevrolet was the first of the Fairhope, Ala. native’s NASCAR career.

Talladega was the track Enfinger attended to watch races as a fan growing up, so winning at his hometown speedway made his first win all the more special.

“My racing career started as a fan up here with my old man,” Enfinger said. “Pretty special and a pretty unbelievable feeling here. A lot of emotions and a lot of friends and family here at this race.”

Enfinger started second at the 2.66-mile track and led 45 of 94 laps in the 250-mile event. He stayed in the top-10 all race long and avoided the “Big Ones,” which collected many of the series regulars in the championship hunt.

When the race came down to the wire with a green-white-checkered restart on Lap 93, the 31-year-old had help retaining the lead from GMS teammate Spencer Gallagher, who finished second, pushing the No. 24’s rear bumper.

Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA champion, only had 12 career NASCAR starts entering Saturday’s race — all in the Truck Series.

After racing several seasons in ARCA, he said his rise in stock car racing’s ranks is a testament to his “stubbornness” to be a successful racecar driver.

Now a part-time truck racer, he is thankful for GMS team owner Maurice Gallagher Jr. giving him the opportunity in both ARCA and NASCAR’s third-tier level.

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Grant Enfinger Scores First Truck Series win; Chase Field is cut to six

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) – TALLADEGA, Ala. – In the race that decided the lineup for the Round of 6 in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, Alabama native Grant Enfinger stole the thunder from the playoff drivers in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

With a strong push from GMS Racing teammate and Chase driver Ben Kennedy after a restart on Lap 93 of 94, Enfinger surged to the front and stayed there in the face of a last-lap challenger from another teammate, Spencer Gallagher, who came home second, .108 seconds behind the winner.

The victory was Enfinger’s first in 13 career starts in the series.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Enfinger, who led the first-ever 1-2 finish for GMS. “It’s my home track. It’s just so special.”

The race reduced the NCWTS Chase field from eight drivers to six. Third-place finisher Timothy Peters was the highest finisher among those who advanced, followed by Kennedy in fifth place, as GMS drivers claimed four of the top seven positions.

“I got behind Grant Enfinger and tried to push him as much as I could,” said Kennedy, who shoved his teammate’s No. 24 Chevrolet to the front in the outside lane. “I knew the outside line had a little bit of something. I pushed him as much as I could, and once he got out to the lead, that truck was so fast out there.

“I thought about trying to make it three-wide, but I didn’t really have the momentum to carry it around him.”

Also moving on to the Round of 6 were sixth-place finisher Christopher Bell, GMS driver Johnny Sauter (seventh on Saturday), 10th-place finisher William Byron (who already had clinched a spot with a victory in the opening Chase race at New Hampshire) and Matt Crafton (who came home 22nd after his blown engine caused the seventh and final caution on Lap 89).

John Hunter Nemechek was eliminated from the Chase early in the race. The engine in his No. 8 Chevrolet expired on Lap 13, and Nemechek retired in 32nd place. Daniel Hemric, who entered the race below the Chase cut line, remained there thanks to three separate incidents on Saturday, the most costly a 14-car wreck on Lap 59 that severely damaged his No. 19 Ford.

Hemric finished 11th, but fell 13 points short of Crafton, whose engine problems occurred too late to be of help to Hemric, given that 10 other trucks already were in the garage when Crafton’s motor blew.

“Today was completely full of trials and trying to overcome things,” Hemric said. “All we can do now is try to win races. It wasn’t for lack of effort. We got involved in three or four different situations there and never had the opportunity to get back to the front.”

Sunoco Rookie Rico Abreu finished fourth, his second top-five of the season and his best result in the series on pavement.

Byron is the top seed in the Round of 6, followed by Bell, Peters, Crafton, Kennedy and Sauter. All six drivers start the Round of 6 with points reset to 3,000.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Alabama

Saturday, October 22, 2016

               1. (2) Grant Enfinger #, Chevrolet, 94.

               2. (3) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 94.

               3. (6) Timothy Peters (C), Toyota, 94.

               4. (24) Rico Abreu #, Toyota, 94.

               5. (4) Ben Kennedy (C), Chevrolet, 94.

               6. (14) Christopher Bell # (C), Toyota, 94.

               7. (5) Johnny Sauter (C), Chevrolet, 94.

               8. (22) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 94.

               9. (12) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 94.

               10. (8) William Byron # (C), Toyota, 94.

               11. (17) Daniel Hemric (C), Ford, 94.

               12. (27) Dylan Lupton(i), Chevrolet, 94.

               13. (31) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 94.

               14. (23) Austin Wayne Self #, Toyota, 94.

               15. (26) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 94.

               16. (29) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 94.

               17. (21) Bobby Gerhart(i), Chevrolet, 94.

               18. (28) Reed Sorenson(i), Chevrolet, 94.

               19. (20) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, Accident, 93.

               20. (15) Austin Cindric, Ford, 92.

               21. (32) Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 90.

               22. (13) Matt Crafton (C), Toyota, Engine, 88.

               23. (18) Chris Fontaine, Toyota, Accident, 64.

               24. (25) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, Accident, 59.

               25. (19) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, Accident, 59.

               26. (16) Tyler Reddick, Ford, Accident, 59.

               27. (10) Korbin Forrister, Toyota, Accident, 59.

               28. (9) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, Accident, 59.

               29. (1) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, Accident, 58.

               30. (30) Brandon Hightower(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 51.

               31. (7) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, Driveshaft, 34.

               32. (11) John H Nemechek (C), Chevrolet, Engine, 13.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  119.161 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 05 Mins, 54 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.107 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  7 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes:  15 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Custer # 0; G. Enfinger # 1-15; T. Reddick 16-31; T. Peters (C) 32-36; A. Self # 37; C. Custer # 38-39; T. Peters (C) 40-48; B. Kennedy (C) 49-56; M. Tifft # 57; G. Enfinger # 58-62; T. Martins 63-66; G. Enfinger # 67-68; M. Tifft # 69-70; G. Enfinger # 71-91; S. Gallagher 92; G. Enfinger # 93-94.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  G. Enfinger # 5 times for 45 laps; T. Reddick 1 time for 16 laps; T. Peters (C) 2 times for 14 laps; B. Kennedy (C) 1 time for 8 laps; T. Martins 1 time for 4 laps; M. Tifft # 2 times for 3 laps; C. Custer # 1 time for 2 laps; A. Self # 1 time for 1 lap; S. Gallagher 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: W. Byron # (C) – 2,103; C. Bell # (C) – 2,089; T. Peters (C) – 2,084; B. Kennedy (C) – 2,084; J. Sauter (C) – 2,078; M. Crafton (C) – 2,072; D. Hemric (C) – 2,059; J. Nemechek (C) – 2,038; T. Reddick – 408; C. Custer # – 405.

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Grant Enfinger wins Pole for Daytona Truck Series Opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Grant Enfinger backed up his confidence from Thursday Truck Series practice by setting the fast time for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.

Enfinger is the defending ARCA Racing Series champion and advanced up the ladder with his entire championship winning team from last season. Enfinger isn’t yet sure if he will go full-time this season, and surely starting the campaign with a pole, will only help move things in the right direction.

“This is just a big deal for GMS Racing,” Enfinger said. “I’m really proud to be a part of this team and help put them on the pole at Daytona. This is the first time that we’ve hung our own superspeedway bodies and it’s a testament to the team that we were able to get the pole.”

Enfinger’s pole is the first of his career in seven career starts and his GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter earned will begin the race alongside him. Their other teammate, Spencer Gallagher, will start 11th.

The complete the starting lineup for the Truck Series opener can be found below.

1. Grant Enfinger
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Timothy Peters
4. Austin Theriault
5. Daniel Suarez
6. Matt Crafton
7. John Wes Townley
8. Christopher Bell
9. Cody Coughlin
10. Cole Custer
11. Spencer Gallagher
12. Tyler Reddick
13. William Byron
14. Cameron Haley
15. John Hunter Nemechek
16. Rico Abreu
17. Chris Fontaine
18. Daniel Hemric
19. Austin Wayne Self
20. Ryan Truex
21. Tyler Young
22. Brandon Brown
23. Parker Kilgerman
24. Ben Rhodes
25. Bobby Gerhart
26. Scott Laggase
27. Jordan Anderson
28. Tommy Joe Martins
29. Michel Disdier
30. Timmy Hill
31. Ben Kennedy
32. Travis Kvapil