Grant Enfinger wins over-time thriller at World Wide Technology Raceway
After leading a race-high 65 laps, GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger won his second race of the 2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series season at World Wide Technology Raceway. This was Enfinger’s ninth victory in 162 CRAFTSMAN Truck Series races and his first win at the 1.25-mile oval.
The Alabama native also took home $50,000 courtesy of the Triple Truck Challenge.
The end of the race looked to be a battle between the three most dominant drivers of the day – Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, and pole winner, Ty Majeski. After a restart on Lap 155, Majeski soared to second place and ran side by side with Smith, but Majeski spun sideways in Turn 2 knocking Smith into the wall in the process.
The incident sent the Toyota 200 into overtime with GMS Racing’s Enfinger in the lead and McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s Christian Eckes beside him. Ultimately, the driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet pulled away from Eckes to win by a truck length.
The driver of the No. 19 Chevrolet, Eckes, posted his second top-10 finish in six races at World Wide Technology Raceway and his sixth top-10 finish in 2023. Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at the 1.25-mile track and his fourth top-five of the year. Niece Motorsports’ Carson Hocevar (fourth) collected his fourth top five in a row and has now posted six top-10 finishes this year.
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Regular Season Title Watch: Corey Heim leads point standings with four to go
TRICON Garage’s Corey Heim continues to have a strong year as he continues to hold the driver points lead in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series with four races left in the regular season. The 20-year-old is currently just one point up on Ty Majeski.
Heim’s points lead began after a strong finish at North Wilkesboro – winning Stage 1 and finishing sixth overall – gaining him a total of 48 points to jump from third in the standings over Ty Majeski and Zane Smith. The Georgia native has accumulated one win (Martinsville), four top-five and nine top-10 finishes this season.
The driver of the No. 11 Toyota cannot yet clinch the Regular Season Championship since there are still four wins and 240 points available.
ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski (-1 point back from the points leader) and Front Row Motorsports’ Zane Smith (-9) also continue to dominate. Although Majeski has yet to win a race this season, he has collected six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Smith, who swept the Regular Season and Post-Season Championship in 2022, has accumulated two wins, five top five and five top-10 finishes.
NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series to race under the lights in Music City
The NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series is taking two weekends off while the Xfinity Series and Cup Series will tackle the road course at Sonoma Raceway and then join the CRAFTSMAN Truck Series for a much deserved off-weekend. The CRAFTSMAN Truck Series will jump back into action under the lights at Nashville Superspeedway for the Rackley Roofing 200 (Friday, June 23, at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM Radio).
The inaugural NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was August 10, 2001 – a race won by Scott Riggs, driving a Dodge for Jim Smith. To date, Nashville has hosted 15 CRAFTSMAN Truck Series races producing 12 different winners. Johnny Benson Jr., Kyle Busch, and Ryan Preece lead all drivers with two victories at the 1.33-mile track.
Toyota also leads the pack with the most wins in Music City, coming in at six victories.
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Ford follows with four trips to Victory Lane and Chevrolet with two.
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Zane Smith to make Sonoma Raceway debut in NASCAR Cup Series – The 2022 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Champion Zane Smith will be the only NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series driver competing this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series. He will pilot the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford on Sunday. Smith has made six previous career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series. His career-best finish was 10th in his Coke 600 debut a few weeks ago.
Triple Truck Challenge streak continues – Since its inception in 2019, no driver has been able to win all three Triple Truck Challenge races in one season to collect the $500,000 bonus. The streak continues this year after Grant Enfinger took home the $50,000 bonus at World Wide Technology, following Ben Rhodes’ win at Charlotte. “The Trip” will close out on June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway with a new race winner receiving $50,000 or one of the two previous winners pocketing an additional $150,000.