By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
The only difference NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Grant Enfinger will see in 2018 is a manufacturer change. After a successful rookie season with ThorSport Racing, Enfinger will return to the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment / Curb Records Ford F-150.
In 37 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Enfinger has one victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2016. He also has 11 top-five finishes, nine of which were earned last year. Enfinger also tripled his career top-10s in 2017, ending the season with 10 top-10s, and 15 top-10s in his career. He finished 11th in points in his first full-time Truck Series season.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be back with ThorSport Racing for the 2018 season, and also to be back with Ford,” said Enfinger. “A good bit of my earlier years in the ARCA Series were with Ford, and with their support we were able to go to victory lane quite a few times. I’ve always maintained a good relationship with those guys, and I feel that we can translate that into success in the Truck Series. I’m very thankful for the opportunity that Duke and Rhonda Thorson have allowed for us this year, and last. I know we can build on what we had last year, and make them proud by seeing their trucks in victory lane a lot this year.”
ThorSport Racing will leave Enfinger’s No. 98 team virtually unchanged. Jeff Hensley will resume crew chief duties of the No. 98 Ford F-150. The team will switch from Toyota Racing to Ford Performance, becoming the only full-time Ford effort in the Truck Series.
“This is a great opportunity for Grant (Enfinger), Jeff (Hensley), and the entire No. 98 team, to build on the success we started in 2017,” said David Pepper, General Manager of ThorSport Racing. “We look forward to having everyone back to compete for race wins and a championship title in 2018. As our driver line-up starts to take shape for the upcoming season, everyone at ThorSport Racing is working hard to get our Ford F-150’s built to compete at the top level of the series.”
Enfinger also has 94 starts in the ARCA Racing Series. The 2015 ARCA Racing Series Champion has 16 victories, including two at Daytona International Speedway, 47 top-fives, 66 top-10s, and six pole positions. The 33-year-olds’ impressive resume also includes two runner-up finishes in the Snowball Derby.
Now Enfinger, Hensley, and the entire ThorSport Racing team will look to pick up the momentum from 2017.