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ThorSport Racing Teammates Tangle Late in Iowa

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After a rough start to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Grant Enfinger seems to have to have found some consistency heading into the summer. However, it hasn’t come without some humps in the road, including an incident with his teammate Matt Crafton on Friday night.

Enfinger started off the year with only one top-10 in the first four races, as a result of spinning late in two of those events. Since then, he has finished the following five races in the top-10, with four consecutive top-five finishes.

However, a zero remains in the win column for both him and ThorSpot, with possible implications lying from Friday night at Iowa Speedway.

With 13 laps to go battling just outside the top-five, he made incidental contact teammate Crafton, causing both trucks to spin, with Crafton backing into the outside wall. Enfinger utilized a late four-tire pit stop to rebound for a fourth-place finish, while Crafton finished 19th.

“Yeah, I mean I’m just – I’m embarrassed,” he said. “I was going for the bottom, and I thought he (Matt Crafton) was going to go in the middle and I just – he come down and it was completely my fault. I mean, I just run over him. I feel terrible for those guys. Sorry, but sorry doesn’t fix race cars, you know? Unfortunately, it wiped his out, and I just feel horrible about it. Proud of all our ThorSport guys and how far we’ve come. You know, we had a pretty good truck and, as I said, I just – it’s going to take a while to shake that off. I just – I feel terrible.”

Being able to put Friday night behind him quickly and continue posting solid finishes will be key in attempting to make the post-season. The consistency has allowed Enfinger to move up to sixth in points, currently the eighth seed in the eight-driver playoffs. However, he is only eight markers ahead of Ryan Truex for the final spot.

Crafton does not sit too comfortable in the Chase either, as it stands, being the sixth speed, currently 46 points ahead of Truex. 

With each victory, though, the number of drivers to lock himself in via points decreases, putting both drivers in jeopardy. As the races countdown, the incident could be what keeps Crafton from transferring, being just his second finish outside of the top-15 in 2017.

The teammates have ran up front throughout the year, and either picking up a win to become the fifth driver locked in could be critical in ThorSport having a chance in the post-season. 

Although he finished 12th in his first trip to Kentucky Speedway, a seventh and third at fellow intermediate tracks Charlotte and Texas should give Enfinger a boost in confidence. Meanwhile, the 1.5-mile oval has been a sight of success for Crafton with his last three appearances resulting in top-10’s, including a victory in 2015.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Kentucky Speedway on July 6.

 

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.