By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer
Former ARCA Racing Series championship competitors Grant Enfinger and Mason Mitchell will team up to try and capture the checkered flag in this weekend’s Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA champion, will drive the Champion Power Equipment No. 78 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports .
Enfinger has 16 ARCA wins on his resume which includes at least one victory in each of the past five seasons. The 33-year-old driver last competed full-time in the series during his 2015 title run, recording six wins and 13 top-five finishes in 20 races.
“Toledo (Speedway) is a place I really like, it’s got a lot of grip, and it’s fun to drive,” said Enfinger.
“I’ve had some success there, and I’ve run well there in the past, I’ve just had some bad luck, and I’ve never been able to seal the deal there. I love the ARCA Racing Series, and I like to get back there and drive, or either help out a team, anytime that I can. I’m truly thankful for this opportunity with Mason Mitchell Motorsports. I’m looking forward to a successful weekend, and putting on a good show for the fans.”
During the 2014 season, Grant Enfinger and Mason Mitchell battled the entire duration of the 20-race schedule for the ARCA Racing Series title with Mitchell securing the championship in the final race. Despite six wins and 11 top-five finishes in 2014, Enfinger finished second in the title fight as Mitchell rode consistency to the championship with 12 top-fives and 18 top-10s.
In seven starts at Toledo, Enfinger has three top-five results, but has finished 15th, 12th and 19th in his past three races at the track. Mitchell holds the qualifying record at Toledo Speedway, which he set during the 2014 season. Enfinger won the pole for the 2015 ARCA event at Toledo.
“It’s unique how things can come full circle in life and in racing,” owner Mason Mitchell stated. “Grant and I have had some very intense battles on the racetrack over the years. I’m really excited to put our efforts into working with one another and trying to capture a win together this weekend at Toledo.”
Before racing at Toledo, Enfinger will pilot the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment entry in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for ThorSport Racing. He currently sits third in points in his second full-time season racing with the tour.