After capturing his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win last year at Talladega Superspeedway, the pieces came together for Grant Enfinger to compete for a full season with Ohio-based ThorSport Racing.
Three races into the year,the driver of the No. 98 Toyota Tundra is eighth in points despite one top-10 finish.
“I think we have a lot of potential,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “We have all the right parts and pieces to work with at ThorSport Racing, but I don’t think we’ve shown the speed we’re capable of or performed to our ability yet. Overall, I’m happy with the direction everything is going and all our guys. We just need to get a little bit more speed out of the trucks.”
Enfinger feels they will get stronger as he and crew chief Jeff Hensley get to know each other better. Right now, a lack of track time with only three races across four months has caused some frustration in not being able to get into a groove, yet.
“I’ll be honest – it’s been tough for the sheer fact that we haven’t been able to get into a groove. But from a team standpoint, I really like it,” Enfinger said. “It gives a chance for everybody to build up their inventory. Everybody knows what goes on at Daytona and you got a little bit of a feel for what you need and gives the team to catch up before we get really busy. Starting at Kansas, it’s pretty wide open for the rest of the year. From a selfish driver’s point of view, it’s tough. But from a team’s standpoint, I really like it.”
He and Hensley will get an opportunity to work together ahead of the series’ next race at Kansas Speedway on May 12 with a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“(I’m) excited about that,” he said. “Hopefully it gives us a little chance with us each other a little closer and have a little time to experiment with our stuff. They have a really good baseline – all of our Toyota Tundras have been decent; we’re just looking for a little bit more.”
Although the Toyota Tundra 250 will be his first visit to Kansas in a truck, he’s experienced success there. Enfinger has scored four top-fives in six ARCA Racing Series starts at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.
“I like that place, and I think more than anything it’ll be another chance to work with our ThorSport Racing guys,” he said. “We’ve got Ride TV on the truck again for that race, so excited about those guys being on board. The biggest thing, in my mind, is the week before that next week at Charlotte. We’re going to test the truck there that we plan on racing at Kansas, so hopefully, we can learn some stuff at Charlotte to help us there.”
Beyond next month, Enfinger is excited for the series’ lone dirt race at Eldora Raceway in July.
“I’m really excited about that race as it’ll be something different,” he said. “I’ve run some dirt tracks in the ARCA Series, but they’re extremely different from Eldora. That’s going to be one of those neat things where you don’t know what to expect until I get there. Going to some of these places for the first time like Dover, I’m really excited about. There’s so many of them.
“I’ve been wanting this so long and working towards this it for so long that I am going to appreciate every opportunity that we have this year.”
Enfinger’s schedule has been an abbreviated one, but he’s committed to turning the season around. The Kansas Speedway could favor a strong finish for the 27-year-old.
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