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Enfinger Could Be Sleeper Title Contender

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The battle to earn a spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs is shaping up to create a competitive and dramatic end to the regular season.

With only eight spots available, many trucks capable of contending for the title will be left out.

Rookie Grant Enfinger currently sits ninth in the Playoff picture, nine points behind eighth-place Ryan Truex.

Enfinger had another impressive run in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, placing fourth and earning his ninth top-10 finish of 2017.

The ThorSport Racing driver has quietly excelled this year. He has finished inside the top-five in six of the last nine races with a pair of season-best third-place finishes at Dover and Texas.

His consistency hasn’t made many headlines, but if he continues performing at this pace, the focus will soon be on him.

With just two events remaining before the Truck Series Playoffs begin at New Hampshire, Enfinger will need two strong runs in Canada and Chicago if he hopes to compete for the championship.

He will make his first career start at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the Chevrolet Silverado 250. While he made three road course starts in the ARCA Racing Series, this will be the most important of his career.

The 32-year-old competed at Chicagoland last season and finished sixth, showing that if he needs to run well there to earn his title bid, it’s possible.

If Enfinger makes it in, his strength this season will make him a major threat for the championship.

While he will be behind in the playoff points column, the format often favors an underdog, and he could fill that role.

The key for the No. 98 team will be making it through the first two rounds as everything resets at Homestead-Miami for the Championship 4. Once there, all that matters is running well and topping the other three challengers to take home the title, and Enfinger is proving capable of accomplishing the feat.

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Jason Schultz

Jason Schultz aspires to enter the public relations field of NASCAR. Schultz, 19, attends UNC Charlotte and is a communication studies major with a focus in public relations. In addition to contributing to POPULAR SPEED, Schultz produces podcasts for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Dirty Mo Radio. He also completed a semester as a social media intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Each year, he volunteers as the social media correspondent for Autism Delaware's Drive for Autism golf tournament featuring NASCAR personalities and the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover.