By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
Currently on the outside of the eight driver playoff field looking in, Grant Enfinger is looking forward to a strong run at Michigan International Speedway. He sits eighth in points in the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra, just four points behind the cutoff, held by Ryan Truex.
Enfinger has one previous start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the two-mile oval. He started ninth and finished eighth. He also has five ARCA Racing Series starts at Michigan with one top five and three top 10 finishes.
Despite having seat time around the Michigan high banks, Enfinger doesn’t think his ARCA experience will help in the LTi Printing 200.
“At most tracks, I feel like seat time in the ARCA Series has helped me get a feel of the track, even though the cars drive a good bit differently than the trucks,” said Enfinger. “Michigan however, is it’s on style of truck race. I don’t think the ARCA laps will help, but my experience racing the truck last year will definitely be a benefit. Michigan is in between a super speedway track, and an intermediate track for the Truck Series.”
To date, Enfinger’s Jeff Hensley led team has five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finshes this season. With just four races left, including Michigan, until the playoffs begin, Enfinger’s ThorSport Racing team is fighting for a chance to compete for a championship. At Michigan, the team will be utilizing chassis No. 52, the same chassis Enfinger scored top fives at Dover and Iowa earlier this season.
“We use the draft a lot, but you still need a good handling truck to be able to drive around other trucks,” Enfinger added. “I finished eighth at MIS last year, and learned a lot. Jeff (Hensley, crew chief) has run really well there, and he won this race a few years ago with (Johnny) Sauter, so we are looking forward to this one. I’m happy to have Champion Power Equipment back on board again for the next two races, and look for solid runs as we head into the playoffs.”
Not only is Enfinger competing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, but he is also competing for Rookie of the Year honors. In the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings, he is just nine markers behind Chase Briscoe.
Now Enfinger, Hensley, and the entire No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will look to earn a guaranteed playoff berth at one of NASCAR’s fastest tracks.