Event Preview | 2018 Kansas Speedway
News and Notes:
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.”
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.