Sunday, October 23, 2016

Caution Clock Chaos: Grant Enfinger Earns First Career CWTS Victory at Talladega

Grant Enfinger celebrates at Talladega, Oct. 22, 2016.
Credit: Jerry Markland  
by Courtney Horn

Alabama native Grant Enfinger claimed his first Camping World Truck Series win, leading 45 of 94 laps in the fred’s 250.

“This is pretty unbelievable,” Enfinger said. “I came here as a fan, and that’s how this whole deal started. We all came up here sitting in the stands watching. It’s pretty unbelievable this moment right here.”

Enfinger won in his 13th start, and although things haven't always been easy for the GMS Racing driver, he has persevered.

“I’d say it’s probably more a testament of stubbornness. It’s definitely been a long, hard road to get here for me,” Enfinger said. “There’s probably been times when I should have already given up, but I just can’t bring myself to do it.”

Enfinger's GMS teammates Ben Kennedy and Johnny Sauter avoided being caught up in the Big One to clinch their positions into the next round of the Chase.

Daniel Hemric, who came into Talladega already below the cutoff, wasn’t so lucky. Hemric was involved in three separate incidents, including the multi-car wreck that left his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate, Tyler Reddick and 13 other drivers with damage.

The most haunting moment was on Lap 51 when Dylan Lupton spun and collected Brandon Hightower and Cody Ware. Hightower hit the outside wall before spinning across the track into the inside wall, which had a SAFER barrier.

How the Chase is Shaping Up

The Camping World Truck Series heads to Martinsville next week to start the Round of 6, and William Byron remains the championship leader by 14 points.

Timothy Peters scored a third-place finish to advance to the Round of 6. Also advancing are Kyle Busch Motorsports' Christopher Bell, as well as Kennedy, Sauter and Matt Crafton.

Crafton is seeded sixth in the standings after blowing an engine on Lap 88 at Talladega. Crafton held enough points to advance him to the next round, while Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek (blown engine on Lap 13) saw their championship hopes come to an end.

Catch the Truck Series stars at Martinsville as they try to punch their tickets to Homestead on Oct. 29th at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.