On Friday night, NASCAR Truck Series driver, Grant Enfinger grabs a victory at WWT Raceway in the Toyota 200.
MADISON, Ill.—Taking advantage of Ty Majeski’s and Zane Smith’s wreck at the front of the field, Grant Enfinger grabbed his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory of the season in Saturday’s Toyota 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway.
NASCAR Truck Series Driver, Grant Enfinger Grabs a Victory at WWT Raceway
During a two-lap overtime that took the race two laps past its scheduled distance of 160 laps, Enfinger held off Christian Eckes to claim his first win at WWT Raceway, the ninth of his career, and his second of the season.
Enfinger crossed the finish line 0.256 seconds ahead of Eckes and collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the second event in the Triple Truck Challenge.
“I forgot about that, to be honest with you right now,” Enfinger said of the Triple Truck Challenge bonus. “It’s just so hard to win these races. And if it was about money, we’d have quit a long time ago… It’s been a rocky year. But these last five races, I feel like we’ve come to our own.
“(Crew chief) Jeff Hensley made great calls and overall just a just a great day, and the stars aligned.”
Enfinger likely would have settled for third place, had Majeski and Smith not wiped out in front of him on lap 155. Smith held the lead at that point, even though he had made his last pit stop on lap 90.
Ty Majeski versus Zane Smith
On older tires, Smith held an advantage of nearly 1.5 seconds when Lawless Alan’s spin on lap 150 necessitated the tenth caution of the race.
After the subsequent restart on lap 155, Majeski, the pole winner, charged into second place and ran side by side with Smith until Majeski spun sideways in the second turn, destroyed his truck, and knocked Smith into the wall in the process.
Overtime Restarts Sets Up the Victory for Enfinger
The wreck sent the race to the overtime, with Enfinger in the lead and Eckes beside him for a restart on lap 161. Enfinger cleared Eckes on the first overtime lap and pulled away to win by a truck length.
“I don’t know if we were just kind of living right there the end or whatever, but Ty kind of did what I did last year… and Ty just got loose underneath him. It’s hard to make those moves here. But I’m just so proud of these guys…
“It’s as good as time as they need to announce that we’re expecting another baby, so I’ll be home tonight to see (my wife), so life is good.”
Stewart Friesen ran third, followed by Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy. Matt DiBenedetto, Ben Rhodes, Nick Sanchez, Jesse Love and Jake Garcia completed the top ten.
Love was making his first start in the series, substituting for Corey Heim, who was sidelined by illness.
The NASCAR Truck Series Point Standings
Corey Heim continues to lead the series in the point standings by just one point over Ty Majeski. Grant Enfinger is third, nine points behind the leader. Zane Smith and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.
The NASCAR Truck Series now heads to Nashville Superspeedway for the Rackley Roofing 200 on Friday, June 23rd at 8 pm ET. Coverage is available on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM Radio.