MARTINSVILLE, Va.: Grant Enfinger raced his approach into the Truck Series championship spherical with a victory Friday night time at Martinsville Speedway.
Enfinger entered the race in a must-win state of affairs after an engine factor final week at Texas dropped him to 6th within the standings. He overcame 11 cautions and gained a two-lap push to the end for his fourth victory of the season.
We knew we have been going to need to take the gloves off and struggle for this one, Enfinger stated. We got here in right here with our again in opposition to the wall.”
Enfinger will race for the championship subsequent week at Phoenix in opposition to Shelden Creed, Brett Moffitt, and Zane Smith, who completed 3rd to say the overall slot within the identify race.
Smith, a rookie, delivered in his first profession nationwide sequence race at Martinsville. NASCAR’s oldest and shortest observe is likely one of the maximum tricky at the circuit and identified for competitive racing and over the top bumping and banging.
My first travel to Martinsville, the whole thing I anticipated and extra, Smith stated. I needed to play it secure all night time. My staff by no means gave up and that’s why we’re right here.
Reigning sequence champion Matt Crafton completed 5th however did not advance to the overall 4. Crafton was once irritated through a overdue rash of cautions and the choice of laps wasted after each and every yellow flag.
That on the finish of the race was once pathetic, Crafton stated.
Regular-season champion Austin Hill was once eradicated when his race ended early with an engine failure. Hill introduced proper prior to the race that he’s going to go back to Hattori Racing Enterprises for a 3rd consecutive season in 2021.
It’s simply irritating to finish your season on an engine failure like that, Hill stated. We will have to undoubtedly be on this ultimate 4. I will be able to’t even put into phrases what I’m feeling at the moment.