Event Preview | 2018 Kansas Speedway

News and Notes:

• This Week’s No. 98 Protect the Harvest Ford F-150… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 44 for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway. This is the same chassis Grant Enfinger piloted to a fourth-place finish, after leading four laps, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this season.
• Race Rewind – Kansas (2017)… Enfinger made his track debut at Kansas Speedway in 2017. The ThorSport Racing driver overcame a spin on lap 12 to lead the 32-truck field once, for 14 laps. Running inside the top-10, with 30 laps remaining in the 167-lap event, Enfinger would get loose making a pass on the 7 truck and lose valuable track position. The ThorSport Racing driver would settle for an 11th-place finish.
• Kansas Speedway Success… Enfinger has six starts at the 1.5-mile track in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The Protect the Harvest driver has led 28 laps en route to four third-place finishes.
• Take Me Back – Dover… Starting 13th, Enfinger overcame early damage in the JEGS 200 to finish 14th at Dover International Speedway. The top-15 result was the ThorSport Racing driver’s first finish outside the top-10 in 2018.
• 2018 Stats… In five starts this season, Enfinger has led six laps en route to two top-five and four top-10 finishes. The ThorSport Racing driver has a season-best start of third (Martinsville), and a season-best finish of fourth (Las Vegas and Martinsville).
• Truck Series Stats… Enfinger has 42 career NCWTS starts to his credit. His success includes 97 laps led en route to one pole (Daytona, 2016), one win (Talladega, 2016), 13 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.
• Catch Grant at Kansas… Enfinger will join his ThorSport Racing teammates on Friday, May 11 from 2:30-3:15 p.m. CT for the NCWTS autograph session at Kansas Speedway.
• Protect the Harvest… Protect The Harvest was created to defend and preserve the freedoms of American consumers, farmers, ranchers, outdoor enthusiasts, and animal owners. Their objectives are to inform, protect and respond. For more information visit: ProtectTheHarvest.com.

 

Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley
Driver Point Standings: 5th
Owner Point Standings: 6th
Spotter: David Pepper

Chatting with Grant Enfinger…
Although you finished 11th at Kansas in 2017, you had a strong run, and have also had some success in the ARCA Racing Series at the 1.5-mile track. What are the keys to getting around Kansas, and what kind of challenges are presented in a one-day show (practice/qualify/race all in one day)?

“I like going to Kansas it has a lot of grip, and it’s had enough seasons since it’s last repave that you can move around on the track. It’s a relatively smooth track compared to some of the other intermediate tracks we go to. I think the one day shows are good for us, but it does make for a busy day. We don’t have quite as long to debrief and make decisions after practice to prepare for the race.”

Catch the Action
37 Kind Days 250: Friday, May 11 | 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT | FOX Sports 1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90

Race 6 of 23: Kansas Speedway
Track Length: 1.5-mile Tri-Oval
Race Distance: 167 laps, 250.5 miles
Format: Three Stages (Stage 1: 40 laps, Stage 2: 40 laps, Final Stage: 87 laps, ending at Lap 167.)

Ford Fact – Kansas Speedway
Friday’s 37 Kind Days 250 is one of 15 different racing venues on the 2018, 23-race schedule, that Ford-powered F-150’s have found victory lane. In 17 races at Kansas Speedway, Ford Performance is credited with four wins; Jon Wood (2003), Carl Edwards (2004), Terry Cook (2006), and Erik Darnell (2007), however Ford is still looking for their first NCWTS Keystone Light pole award at the 1.5-mile track.

ThorSport Racing at Kansas Speedway
ThorSport Racing has made 39 starts at Kansas Speedway with 15 different drivers (Ben Rhodes, Cameron Hayley, Cody Coughlin, Dakoda Armstrong, Grant Enfinger, Jeb Burton, Johnny Sauter, Kerry Earnhardt, Lance Hooper, Matt Crafton, Rico Abreu, Shelby Howard, Todd Bodine, Tracy Hines, Willie Allen) since 2001. The Sandusky, Ohio-based team’s success includes 241 laps led en route to three wins; Matt Crafton (2013 and 2015), and Johnny Sauter (2010), 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.