Grant Enfinger looking for win to solidify Playoff prospects

Of the three top-eight drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Grant Enfinger perhaps has the least cause for anxiety.

The driver of the No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford is fourth in the series standings, 120 points ahead of ninth-place Myatt Snider with three races left in the regular season.

But Enfinger has only two Playoff points—the result of stage victories—and he feels his team needs to find some extra speed to be a contender for the title.

“I think we’ve still got a little ways to go,” Enfinger said on Friday at Pocono Raceway, venue for Saturday’s Gander Outdoors 150 (1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). “We’re solid.

“We’ve had a fair amount better speed this year than we had last year, but I still feel like we’re lacking a little bit in that department. We haven’t got a win yet. We’ve had a few shots at it. We’ve had speed enough to win at a few of ‘em, but it just hasn’t worked out.”

Enfinger came tantalizingly close July 18 at Eldora Speedway, where he battled side-by-side against race winner Chase Briscoe for the final two laps but came up short by .038 seconds. A victory would have locked Enfinger into the Playoffs. Without it, he still has to walk a tightrope between caution and aggression.

“For us, we really can’t do anything different,” he said. “We still need stage points, and we still need to contend for wins. So we can’t just lay it all on the line, and we can’t run conservative either. We pretty much have to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year.”


Opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice was halted after 20 minutes on Friday because of the threat of lightning in the area. Spotters were told to leave the roof of the main grandstand. Practice resumed after ARCA qualifying at the 2.5-mile track and ran continuously through the conclusion of final practice at 3 p.m. ET…

Late in final NCWTS final practice, Brett Moffit’s No. 16 Toyota came to rest on an access road after the engine expired. “It acted like it was out of fluid for a second, and then it just blew up,” Moffitt said on the team radio. “It started to fall on its face, and I just shut it off. The oil pressure wasn’t even down when it first fell on its face. I don’t know if it dropped a valve or what.”…

With fewer than three minutes left in happy hour, Todd Gilliland spun his No. 4 Toyota in Turn 1 but avoided contact with the wall. “I just got too loose,” Gilliland said. “Through (Turns) 2 and 3, it felt really good coming up to speed. I hammered the gas and it came around on me.” Noah Gragson topped the speed chart for the session with a lap at 168.732 mph…

Ben Rhodes wrecked his No. 41 ThorSport Racing Ford in the final minute of practice and will go to a backup truck for Saturday’s race. Rhodes had run the eighth fastest lap in Happy Hour. Both Rhodes and Moffitt, who had to change engines, will start from the rear of the field in the Gander Outdoors 150.

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