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Grant Enfinger

Grant Enfinger
Born (1985-01-22) January 22, 1985 (age 32)
Fairhope, Alabama
Achievements 2015 ARCA Racing Series Champion
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
37 races run over 5 years
Truck no., team No. 98 (ThorSport Racing)
2017 position 11th
Best finish 11th (2017)
First race 2010 Mountain Dew 250 (Talladega)
Last race 2017 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win 2016 Fred's 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 20 1
Statistics current as of November 17, 2017.

Grant Enfinger (born January 22, 1985) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 98 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing. Enfinger won the ARCA Racing Series Bill France Four Crown award in 2014.[1]

Personal life and early career

Enfinger was born in Fairhope, Alabama, located in Baldwin County on the Gulf of Mexico, in 1985.[2][3] Competing on short tracks in the southeastern United States, Enfinger posted the fastest lap in the 2007 Snowball Derby.[2] Enfinger attended University of South Alabama.

Enfinger got married on January 16, 2016 in Fairhope, Alabama.

ARCA Racing Series

Enfinger began competing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2008, competing in four races during that season, and continued racing in the series on a limited basis during the next two seasons. His best finish, second, occurring twice in 2009 at Chicagoland Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.[2] During this period he primarily drove for a family-owned team, which merged with RAB Racing in 2010.[4]

Moving to Allgaier Motorsports for 2011, Enfinger competed in his first full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, winning one pole at Berlin Raceway and finishing fourth in series standings at the conclusion of the 2011 season.[5][6]

Enfinger would race a limited schedule in 2012, running events for Allgaier Motorsports, BRG Motorsports and TEAM BCR.[7] In what would be a breakout season, he would make 9 starts for TEAM BCR in 2013, collecting his first ARCA Racing Series win at his home track of Mobile Speedway and following that with a win at Iowa later in the season.[8]

2014 would start off in record fashion, with Enfinger winning the first 3 races of the season (Daytona, Mobile and Salem).[9] He would follow that up with a win at Elko for his 4th win of the season.[10] Prior to the race at Lucas Oil Raceway in July, it was announced that Enfinger, who was second in points at the time, would be moving from the Team BCR Ford to GMS Racing, taking his No. 90 and sponsor Motor Honey with him. Allegiant Travel will provide additional sponsorship.[11] Enfinger finished 4th in his first race for GMS at IRP, but crashed at Pocono with Frank Kimmel. The next race at Berlin Raceway, Enfinger dominated, leading 181 of 200 laps to win the Federated Auto Parts 200 and move within 25 points of the points leader Mason Mitchell.[12] He would move within 20 points of the lead after winning at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack, earning him the Bill France Four Crown Award.[1] In spite of his six wins, Enfinger would finish second in points to Mitchell after an engine failure and a crash in the final two races respectively.

Enfinger won the season-opening race at Daytona again in 2015.[13] After winning five additional races, he won his first ARCA championship at the end of the season.[14]

NASCAR

Enfinger at Rockingham Speedway in 2012

In 2010, Enfinger made his first career start in the Camping World Truck Series,[15] finishing 22nd.[16] Enfinger attempted to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway, but failed to qualify for the event.[17] In October, he ran in the truck races at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway.[18][19]

In October 2011, it was announced that Enfinger would be moving up to the top level of American stock car racing competition, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with Sinica Motorsports, a start-up team founded by Argentine businessman George Sinica. The team intends to run a limited schedule in the series during the 2012 season.[3][6] Enfinger attempted his first race for the team at the 2011 Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway,[20] where he failed to qualify for the event.[21]

Before the start of the 2012 season, Enfinger was released from his contract by Sinica Motorsports. He ran in the Camping World Truck Series in 2012 for Bragg Racing Group at Daytona International Speedway,[22] and also competed at Rockingham Speedway in the No. 60 for Turn One Racing.[23] He returned to the series in August at Bristol with Allgaier Motorsports. He raced at Las Vegas for Brad Keselowski Racing in the No. 29.

Enfinger returned to the Truck Series in 2016, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado full-time for GMS Racing.[24] He began the year off with a bang winning his first career pole for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, the season opener, he would finish 20th though in the race after being caught up in the "big one" with six laps to go of the race. He was soon demoted to a part-time role with the No. 24, and replaced by Kaz Grala and Ben Kennedy in the No. 33. For the running of the Fred's 250 at Talladega, Enfinger would start 2nd and would run great all race long, leading the most laps and getting his first career Truck win.[25]

ThorSport Racing hired Enfinger to drive the No. 98 Toyota Tundra full-time in 2017.[26]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2011 Senica Motorsports 93 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT KAN POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
DNQ
84th 01

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2010 Team Gill Racing 95 Ford DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI CHI KEN NHA LVS MAR TAL
22
TEX PHO HOM 99th 97
2011 Rosenblum Racing 28 Chevy DAY
DNQ
PHO DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI ATL CHI NHA KEN LVS 52nd 56
Bragg Racing Group 82 Ford TAL
12
Allgaier Motorsports 36 Ram MAR
20
TEX HOM
2012 Bragg Racing Group 82 Ford DAY
12
MAR 46th 73
Turn One Racing 60 Chevy CAR
36
KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW CHI POC MCH
Allgaier Motorsports 36 Ram BRI
DNQ
ATL IOW KEN MAR
DNQ
TEX PHO HOM
Brad Keselowski Racing 29 Ram LVS
12
TAL
2016 GMS Racing 33 Chevy DAY
20
ATL
5
MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW 22nd 185
24 KEN
12
ELD POC BRI MCH
8
MSP CHI
6
NHA LVS
10
TAL
1*
MAR TEX PHO
RBR Enterprises 92 Ford HOM
23
2017 ThorSport Racing 98 Toyota DAY
16
ATL
8
MAR
16
KAN
11
CLT
7
DOV
3
TEX
3
GTW
5
IOW
4
KEN
28
ELD
4
POC
13
MCH
8
BRI
4
MSP
13
CHI
5
NHA
4
LVS
9
TAL
4
MAR
12
TEX
7
PHO
24
HOM
8
11th 718

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts
2008 Andy Belmont Racing 14 Ford DAY SLM IOW
39
KAN
36
CAR KEN
39
TOL POC MCH CAY KEN BLN POC NSH ISF DSF CHI SLM
DNQ
NJE TAL TOL
33
58th 460
2009 RAB Racing 09 Ford DAY SLM CAR
19
23rd 1625
Enfinger Racing 83 Ford TAL
3
KEN TOL POC MCH MFD IOW KEN
2
CHI
2
TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN
3
CAR
7
Andy Belmont Racing 1 Ford BLN
13
POC ISF
2010 RAB Racing 09 Ford DAY
30
PBE SLM TEX
3
TAL
6*
TOL POC MCH
35
IOW
3
MFD POC BLN NJE ISF CHI
3
DSF TOL SLM KAN CAR
9
24th 1185
2011 Allgaier Motorsports 36 Dodge DAY
9
TAL
13
SLM
10
TOL
2
CHI
8
POC
3
WIN
9
BLN
3*
IOW
4
IRP
9
POC
5
MAD
14
SLM
22
KAN
3
TOL
5
4th 4590
Chevy NJE
10
ISF
12
DSF
10
Ford MCH
14
2012 BRG Motorsports 61 Ford DAY MOB
13
SLM TAL 27th 1120
Allgaier Motorsports 99 Ford TOL
3
ELK POC MCH WIN NJE IRP
27
36 Dodge IOW
2
CHI
Team BCR Racing 09 Ford POC
8
BLN ISF MAD SLM DSF KAN
3
2013 DAY
39
15th 1970
90 MOB
1*
SLM
7
TAL
16
TOL
15
ELK POC MCH
5
ROA WIN CHI NJE POC BLN ISF MAD DSF IOW
1
SLM KEN
4
KAN
32
2014 DAY
1*
MOB
1*
SLM
1*
TAL
9*
TOL
12*
NJE
4
POC
8
MCH
8
ELK
1*
WIN
5
CHI
7
2nd 4985
GMS Racing Chevy IRP
4
POC
26
BLN
1*
ISF
3*
MAD
15*
DSF
1*
SLM
4
KEN
30
KAN
17
2015 23 DAY
1*
MOB
1*
NSH
1*
SLM
13
TAL
28
TOL
19*
NJE
4
POC
2
MCH
8
CHI
2
WIN
2
IOW
8
IRP
8
POC
2
BLN
1*
ISF
20
DSF
1
SLM
1
KEN
5
KAN
3
1st 5085
2016 DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC
1
BLN ISF 62nd 400
Cunningham Motorsports 22 Ford DSF
17*
SLM CHI KEN KAN
2017 Allgaier Motorsports 16 Chevy DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP POC WIN ISF
1*
ROA DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 71st 245

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