Grant Enfinger - WWT Raceway at Gateway Preview
Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford F-150
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway – CarShield 200 presented by CK Power
Race No. 11 of 23
Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley
2019 Driver Point Standings: 1st (+47)
2019 Owner Point Standings: 2nd (-18)
Spotter: Joe White
News and Notes:
“Show Me State” Stats… Grant Enfinger has two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (WWT Raceway), including one pole (2018), 36 laps led (2017) and one top-five finish (5th, 2017).
This Week's No. 98 Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford F-150... The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 43 for Saturday’s CarShield 200 at WWT Raceway. This particular chassis was last seen at Martinsville Speedway, earlier this season.
Playoff Profile… With 10 of the 16 races complete on the road to the Playoffs, Enfinger is currently ranked fourth on the Playoff Grid, behind Iowa Speedway winner, Brett Moffitt, Daytona International Speedway winner, Austin Hill and Dover International Speedway winner, Johnny Sauter. Enfinger, who is currently first in the driver point standings, has one Stage win and one Playoff Point.
2019 Outlook… Enfinger has been the Gander Trucks point leader through seven of the first 10 races this season. Furthermore, the ThorSport Racing driver has not dropped below second in the point standings. Completing 99.99 percent of the laps attempted (1639 of 1640) in 2019, Enfinger has lead at least one lap in seven of the last 10 races, leading 110 laps this season. The Champion Power Equipment driver has one pole (Texas, March), six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Triple Truck Challenge… Saturday night’s Gander Trucks race at WWT Raceway marks the third and final race in the Triple Truck Challenge, a program that will award a $50,000 bonus to the race winner of Saturday’s 200 lap event.
Ford Fact… Ford powered F-150's have found victory lane 99 times since 1995 in the Gander Trucks, including two wins at WWT Raceway (Greg Biffle, 1999 and Terry Cook, 2002), and six pole awards (Greg Biffle, 1998 and 2000, David Ragan, 2006, Colin Braun, 2009, Chase Briscoe, 2017, and Grant Enfinger, 2018).
Take Me Back – Iowa… Enfinger started second, when qualifying was canceled due to weather and the field was set by owner points, finished second in Stage 1, third in Stage 2 and crossed the stripe in the fourth position. The strong run was his second top-five finish in three starts at Iowa Speedway.
Truck Series Stats… Enfinger has 70 career Gander Trucks starts to his credit. His success includes four poles, and 381 laps led en route to two wins, 24 top-five and 44 top-10 finishes.
Welcome Back – Champion Power Equipment… Champion Power Equipment, a market leader in the power equipment field, will be back on board the No. 98 Ford F-150 of Enfinger at WWT Raceway, for their sixth race this season.
Catch Grant at WWT Raceway… Enfinger will participate in the Domino's Dine and Dash kart race with fellow Gander Trucks drivers and media Friday night at the Kartplex at WWT Raceway and will join his fellow series drivers for the autograph session Saturday under the Turn 4 end of the grandstands from 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. CT.
Chatting with Grant Enfinger...
As the points leader, how do you summarize the first half of your season?
“Overall, solid. A top-five truck pretty much everywhere we go. We’ve had a couple opportunities slip away from us that we could have probably ended up in victory lane. So, that’s definitely next on our list – to get the monkey off our back and get a win. The 98 group as a whole is plugin away and we’re clicking really well, but ThorSport Racing, the entire organization, is running really, really good right now.”
Is WWT Raceway a track you look forward to getting back to?
“We got the pole (at World Wide Technology Raceway) last year, but cut a left rear tire down – we had really good speed out of our Ford F-150. Man, I’m looking forward to getting back there. It’s a really awesome track, its kind of like Iowa, it’s a little bit different from what we normally run, but it’s a lot of fun. We have Champion Power Equipment back on our Ford F-150 this weekend, so I’m excited to have them back. We need to get this team back in victory lane this weekend. It’ll be good for the Gander Outdoors Triple Truck Challenge.”