Grant Enfinger Makes History with Troop Aid 200 Victoryby Kyle Pokrefky April 12, 2015 1 comment
By: Kyle Pokrefky/@KPokrefky
Photo credit: Kyle Pokrefky/The Fourth Turn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grant Enfinger made ARCA Racing Series history at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on Saturday night by winning the Troop Aid 200 – the third event of the ARCA season.
With his win, Enfinger completed a clean sweep of the first three races of the season – first winning at Daytona International Speedway and Mobile International Speedway. What makes Enfinger’s sweep historic is not just the fact that he did it once, but he did it twice – doing so last year by winning at Daytona, Mobile and at Salem Speedway.
Starting from the rear of the grid, the driver of the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet charged like a bull towards the front of the field, slicing and dicing his way through traffic and by Lap 80, he found himself in the lead.
“We definitely had an incredible car,” Enfinger said of his Mobile and now Nashville-winning chassis. “We struggled when we unloaded here but our crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, he made us all work really really hard and I was pretty demanding today too. I can’t say enough about the crew, they stepped up.
“It was not an easy day here, but when the green flag fell, we had an incredible race car. The cautions worked out the way we needed them to in the end. We were wanting a caution around that time and it just worked out. Absolutely incredible car – GMS Racing is spoiling me.”
Coming home in the top-10 behind the now 11-time winner in the ARCA Racing Series were Matt Tifft, Austin Wayne Self, Brandon Jones, Kyle Weatherman, David Levine, Josh Williams, Clay Greenfield, Michael Lira and Thomas Praytor.
Also spending time in the lead at various points in the race were Self, Weatherman – who started from the pole, and Williams.
When speaking about his historic accomplishment achieved at the Fairgrounds on Saturday night,
“It’s definitely incredible,” Enfinger stated. “Definitely a lot of cool stuff is happening for me and a lot of big things. It’s great for my career. I actually got engaged here a couple months [ago] so life is good for me right now.
“Incredible to win here where a lot of my heroes had been and just an absolutely incredible feeling. We were knocking on the door with seconds and thirds so many times in the ARCA series for so many years. We got the first win only a couple of years ago and now this is No. 11. Absolutely crazy but a great feeling.”
Enfinger will enter Salem in two weeks time as the points leader heading into the fourth event of the ARCA season – the Federated Auto Parts 200.
Top-10 Finishers of the Troop Aid 200
- 23 – Grant Enfinger – Chevrolet – GMS Racing
- 52 – Matt Tifft – Toyota – Ken Schrader Racing
- 98 – Austin Wayne Self – Ford – Mason Mitchell Motorsports
- 25 – Brandon Jones – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
- 22 – Kyle Weatherman – Ford – Cunningham Motorsports
- 59 – David Levine – Ford – Lira Motorsports
- 6 – Josh Williams – Chevrolet – Josh Williams Racing
- 55 – Clay Greenfield – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
- 58 – Michael Lira – Ford – Lira Motorsports
- 9 – Thomas Praytor – Ford – Max Force Racing
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