Grant Enfinger Wins the Daytona Truck race by 1/100 of a Second

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DAVTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Grant Enfinger won the NewEra 250 the old-fashioned way on Friday night.  In a side-by-side battle on the last lap in overtime. .Enfinger skillfully beat and banged on that final home stretch to win by 1/00 second.  It was Ford's 100the win in the NASCAR Outdoors truck series. Enfinger beat Jordan Anderson in a frantic push to the finish that drew sparks as the trucks banged back and forth.

The race had been delayed by rain, stopped when a crash caused Ty Majeski to flip onto his roof, and then oddly delayed in a crash that saw a fiery truck stopped on the apron when it was rear-ended from behind in a case of faulty equipment.

Enfinger cycled into a lead after late accidents and was out front when the race went to a two-lap overtime shootout. He first used a block on Ross Chastain to preserve the win, then had to beat Anderson to the finish line.

“I thought I set him up good,” Anderson said. “I got on Grant’s bumper there coming off (turn) 4 and got a good run and I’m like, ‘Man, this is like NASCAR Thunder 2003 all over again.’ I’m like, ‘I can do this.’ I push him out of the way and thought we had it. ... This is what NASCAR is about. At Daytona, we almost won!”

Enfinger’s win was the 100th victory in the Truck Series for Ford, which won its first race in this series in 1995.

It was Enfinger’s third career victory; the other two were at Talladega Superspeedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was also Enfinger's third victory in the series.

Ty Majeski was flipped upside down in the closing laps of the first stage when he was plowed into on the side as the trucks at the front of the pack jockeyed for position.

 His Chevrolet was stuck on its roof for several minutes as the race was red-flagged and safety workers attempted to flip the Silverado. Majeski was trapped inside, hanging by his seat belts, as the rookie waited to be freed from the vehicle.

It was not the Daytona debut the 25-year-old was expecting. Majeski had one previous Truck Series start.

“Nothing like I’ve ever experienced before,” he said. “I am not hurt, thankfully. Just my pride. We’ll live to race another day.”

Unofficial Race Results: 21st Annual NextEra Energy 250;
Friday, February 14, 2020
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL - 2.5 - Mile Paved

Fin, Str, Driver, Trk, Laps, St 1, St 2, Playoff Pts, Tms Led, Laps Led, Pts, Status
1) 11, Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion/Curb Records Ford, 106, 8, 1, 6, 4, 41, 53, Running
2) 23, Jordan Anderson, No. 3 K-Seal/Bommarito.com Chevrolet, 106, , , , , , 35, Running
3) 21, Codie Rohrbaugh, No. 9 GCM/CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet, 106, , , , , , 34, Running
4) 16, Derek Kraus #, No. 19 SHOCKWAVE Toyota, 106, , , , , , 33, Running
5) 30, Natalie Decker, No. 44 N29 Technologies LLC Chevrolet, 106, , , , , , 32, Running
6) 15, Austin Hill, No. 16 United Rentals Toyota, 106, 7, 4, , 2, 11, 42, Running
7) 5, Johnny Sauter, No. 13 Tenda Ford, 106, 5, 8, , , , 39, Running
8) 4, Ross Chastain(i), No. 40 Plan B Sales Chevrolet, 106, , , , , , 0, Running
9) 12, Sheldon Creed, No. 2 Chevy.com/Trench Shoring Chevrolet, 106, , 9, , 2, 2, 30, Running
10) 31, Jason White, No. 33 Your GMC Truck Store Chevrolet, 106, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 6, Zane Smith #, No. 21 ICON Vehicle Dynamics Chevrolet, 106, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 1, Riley Herbst(i), No. 51 Mobil 1 Toyota, 106, 1, 5, , 1, 21, 0, Running
13) 2, Brett Moffitt, No. 23 CMRroofing.com Chevrolet, 106, 4, , , , , 31, Running
14) 19, Cory Roper, No. 04 Alliance Aviation Ford, 106, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 10, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Mold Armor/Menards Ford, 106, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 25, Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Black's Tire & Wheel Ford, 106, 10, , , , , 22, Running
17) 27, Brennan Poole(i), No. 30 Spartan Mosquito Toyota, 106, , , , , , 0, Running
18) 9, Korbin Forrister, No. 7 50 Egg Music Toyota, 106, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 29, Spencer Boyd, No. 20 CuraLife Chevrolet, 105, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 8, Raphael Lessard #, No. 4 JBL Toyota, 105, 9, 6, , , , 24, Running
21) 28, Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar International Toyota, 105, 6, 7, , 2, 13, 25, Running
22) 3, Christian Eckes #, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 105, 3, , , , , 23, Running
23) 14, Tanner Gray #, No. 15 Ford/Ford Performance Ford, 98, , 10, , , , 15, Accident
24) 26, Jesse Little(i), No. 97 Teletrac Navman Chevrolet, 98, , , , , , 0, Accident
25) 13, Ben Rhodes, No. 99 Food Lion/Carolina Nut Ford, 97, , 2, , 4, 17, 21, Accident
26) 20, Gus Dean, No. 56 MASHONIT Chevrolet, 97, , , , , , 11, Accident
27) 7, Tyler Ankrum, No. 26 Liuna! Chevrolet, 97, 2, 3, , 1, 1, 27, Accident
28) 32, Angela Ruch, No. 00 DFW Flooring & Cabinets Chevrolet, 65, , , , , , 9, Accident
29) 22, Bryan Dauzat, No. 28 FDNY/AMERICAN GENOMICS Chevrolet, 65, , , , , , 8, Accident
30) 18, Tate Fogleman #, No. 02 Solid Rock Carriers Chevrolet, 62, , , , , , 7, Accident
31) 24, Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/GOTEXAN Chevrolet, 15, , , , , , 6, Accident
32) 17, Ty Majeski #, No. 45 Plan B Sales Chevrolet, 15, , , , , , 5, Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Total Race Length: 106 Laps - 265. Miles

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 4 Mins, 53 Secs.
Average Speed: 127.319 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.010 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 51, 26, 18, 23, 13, 52, 16, 98, 4, 38

Stage 2 Top 10: 98, 99, 26, 16, 51, 4, 52, 13, 2, 15

Race Comments: Grant Enfinger won the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway, his third victory in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Prior to the start of the race, the following truck(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: Nos. 44, 33 (unapproved adjustments).

Failed to Qualify: (7) 87 Joe Nemechek, 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb, 8 John Hunter Nemechek(i), 68 Clay Greenfield, 49 Ray Ciccarelli, 96 Todd Peck, 6 Norm Benning.

Caution Flags: 5 for 26 laps;
Laps:
17-19 (No. 45, 02, 22, 38, 40, 21, 15, 30, 23 Incident Frontstretch {Red: 7:59} [19]);
22-25 (Stage 1 Conclusion [None]);
42-45 (Stage 2 Conclusion [21]);
67-75 (No. 02, 28, 00, 23, 18, 2, 19, 7, 2, 44, 51, 30 Incident Turn 2  [04]);
99-104 (No. 26, 13, 52, 99, 15, 51, 16, 2, 38, 18, 97, 7, 56, 88 Incident Turn 2 [23]).

Lead Changes: 15 among 7 drivers;
R. Herbst(i) 1-21;
G. Enfinger 22-33;
S. Creed 34;
G. Enfinger 35-41;
T. Ankrum 42;
B. Rhodes 43-45;
A. Hill 46-55;
G. Enfinger 56-67;
A. Hill 68;
S. Friesen 69-80;
B. Rhodes 81;
S. Friesen 82;
B. Rhodes 83-89;
S. Creed 90;
B. Rhodes 91-96;
G. Enfinger 97-106.

Cometic Gasket Pole Award:  Riley Herbst, No. 51
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  Grant Enfinger, No. 98

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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