Grant Enfinger completes 2017 ThorSport Racing truck lineup

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

ThorSport Racing’s No. 98 Toyota will see a new face in the upcoming season with Fairhope, Al., native Grant Enfinger taking over driving duties to complete the team’s 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) lineup.

Enfinger, 32, will move to ThorSport from GMS Racing after a 2016 season that included a pole in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway and his first-career NASCAR victory at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Alabaman will join teammate Cody Coughlin in competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors for the Sandusky, Ohio-based team.

“I’m extremely grateful to ThorSport Racing and Toyota for the opportunity to drive full time in the NASCAR Camping World truck series,” Enfinger said in a release. “This is a dream come true, and I’m blessed to be able to share this season with some great people. I’m proud to be continuing the partnership with Champion Power Equipment, along with starting new ones with Jive Communications, RIDE TV, and Curb Records. I’m very impressed with the people, equipment, and facility that Duke and Rhonda Thorson have assembled, and I can’t wait to get to Daytona in a few weeks.”

Veteran crew chief Jeff Hensley will sit atop the box for Enfinger’s No. 98 team. Hensley has 13-career victories as a signal caller since his Truck Series debut in 2004, with the most recent triumph coming alongside Johnny Sauter at Michigan International Speedway in 2014. The Ridgeway, Va., native most recently held crew chief duties for Cameron Hayley’s rookie season in 2015.

Enfinger’s first full season of NASCAR competition will come with support from Champion Power Equipment, Ride Television Network, Inc. (RIDE TV), Jive Communications and Curb Records.

After years spent in Go Karts, Legends and Super Late Models, Enfinger got his first big break in 2014, competing full-time in the ARCA Racing Series. The Alabaman finished runner-up in his first full season, before returning in 2015 to take the series championship.

Enfinger has 14-career starts in the Truck Series, with a victory, two top fives and five top 10s.

The 2017 NCWTS season will begin with the Feb. 24 NextEra Energy Resources 250.

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