By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Grant Enfinger turned a lap at 169.348 mph in the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford to take the top spot for Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the second pole of 2018 and the third of Enfinger’s career in his 60th start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“Our truck has been driving good all day even from when we first unloaded,” said Enfinger. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in the truck and a really good team behind me. It’s definitely going to be an advantage for that first stage being able to start up front.”
Stewart Friesen joins Enfinger on the front row after putting down a lap at 169.215 mph in the No. 52 We Build America Chevrolet.
The four drivers competing for the championship took up spots three through six in the starting lineup. Noah Gragson will roll off third in the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota with Justin Haley alongside in the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet.
Haley’s GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter will start fifth in the No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet and five-time winner in 2018 Breftt Moffitt starts sixth in the No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota.
While the championship battle is getting all of the attention on Friday, Enfinger is racing for his career as he hopes to be back in the No. 98 Ford with ThorSport Racing, but nothing is signed at this point.
“We don’t want to affect the championship at all for sure. But we’re racing our race. We’re here for Champion Power Equipment and for Thorsport Racing and all the guys at Ford that believe in us,” said the 33-year-old Fairhope, Alabama native. “We’re going to do what it takes to put our Ford in victory lane. We’re not going to try to do anything that would affect the championship but we’re here for us.”
Ross Chastain, John Hunter Nemechek, Jesse Little and Chris Windom rounded out the top-10. The starting field features 19 Chevrolets, seven Toyotas and six Fords.
Coverage of Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 with radio coverage on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Stages 1 and 2 will be 30 laps each with the final stage distance of 74 laps.
The full starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 200 can be found here.