By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
A simple start in Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway was all Grant Enfinger needed to do to clinch the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series regular season championship and indeed he did.
The Alabaman’s quiet but consistent day ended with a seventh place result, summing up his regular season to a tee. Although winless after 16 races, Enfinger has finished in the top-10 in 13 of them and will seeded second in the eight-man championship battle.
This was a result of earning 19 playoff points and out of those points, 15 of them came from winning the regular season title. Enfinger will head into the Round of 8 three points behind playoff points leader Brett Moffitt.
After doing some burnouts with race winner Austin Hill, Enfinger received his trophy from NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller and was pleased to earn those valuable playoff points.
“It’s definitely a huge accomplishment. We haven’t won a race yet, but we did get this,” Enfinger on winning the regular season title. It’s a big deal for the playoffs. 15 playoff points but also something to hang our hat on, out of hard work and perseverance.”
Enfinger commented this weekend’s performance at the 2-mile oval summed up his regular season. Overcoming adversity after struggling in practice until improving his No. 98 Ford F-150 to qualify ninth and settling for a top-10 run.
“We finished seventh today but we were a 27th place truck yesterday. That’s how our year has been, it hadn’t always been pretty but we’ve made the most out of it,” said Enfinger. “Thankful for the opportunity and god has blessed us for everything we need. Maybe not everything we want. We wanted some checkered flags before then, but really proud of ThorSport Racing and everyone that let us do this.”
Enfinger’s teammates Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton have also advanced into the playoffs, making ThorSport the only team with multiple drivers fighting for the championship beginning Thursday, August 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the UNOH 200.
The race will air live at 8:30 pm EST on FS1. Sauter is the defending race winner while Enfinger ended up 10th last August.