Grant Enfinger races into Championship 4 with Gander Trucks win at Martinsville
By: Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service
There was no mistaking the raised intensity level in Friday night’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 – the final race to set the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series’ Championship 4. And ultimately, veteran Grant Enfinger rallied when he needed to, holding off his ThorSport Racing teammate Ben Rhodes for the victory necessary to punch his ticket into next week’s championship finale. Enfinger, 35, of Fairhope, Alabama, earned this win managing two restarts in a frantic final 10 laps of racing on the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway notorious for its rough-and-tumble high-action brand of competition. He held off Rhodes by a mere .803 seconds to earn his career-best fourth win of the year and join Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed and rookie Zane Smith as the four drivers who earned a shot to challenge for the 2020 season title next week in Phoenix.
“Thank you guys, thank you guys, this is unbelievable,” Enfinger told his team as the No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford took the checkered flag.
“It was tough, we knew we were going to have to take our gloves off and fight for this one,” Enfinger said after celebrating. “It’s been an up-and-down season for us, but we tended to peak when we needed to. And now I feel really good about our chances at Phoenix.”
Martinsville Information: Started: 8th Stage 1: 8th Stage 2: 3rd Finished: 1st Laps: 200/200 Laps Led: 49 Status: Running Driver Points: 2nd Owner Points: 2nd
2020 Season Stats: Starts: 22 Wins: 4 Poles: 0 Laps Led: 154 Top-five Finishes: 8 Top-10 Finishes: 13 Average start: 6.9 Average finish: 10.8