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August 10, 2019

Grant Enfinger clinches Gander Trucks regular-season championship

NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller awards the regular-season championship trophy to Grant Enfinger.
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Grant Enfinger sealed the regular-season championship for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series by clinching an insurmountable points gap during Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

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Enfinger’s ThorSport Racing No. 98 Ford finished sixth in the opening stage of the Corrigan Oil 200, securing the points needed for the regular-season crown. He locked up a berth in the eight-driver postseason field by merely starting the race, then went on to a seventh-place finish in the regular-season finale.

“It’s definitely huge. It’s a huge accomplishment,” Enfinger said post-race. “We haven’t won a race yet, but we did get this. It’s a big deal for the playoffs — 15 playoff points — but also something to hang our hat on that we got out of hard work, perseverance. We finished seventh today, but had a 27th-place truck yesterday. That’s how our year has been. It hasn’t always been pretty, but we’ve always made the most of it.”

Enfinger entered the race still searching for his first win of the Gander Trucks season. His consistency — 13 top-10 finishes in 16 races — has helped him find his path onto the postseason grid.

This is only the second year NASCAR has crowned a regular-season champion in all three national series. Johnny Sauter claimed the Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ inaugural award in 2018.