Grant Enfinger; Allgaier Motorsports Ready To Win At Winchester
Topics: Grant Enfinger, Winchester ARCA 200
WINCHESTER, Indiana (June 22, 2011) - In his first full season of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition driving the No. 36 Hoosier Tire Midwest / Racetires.com Dodge Charger for Allgaier Motorsports, Grant Enfinger returns to short track racing Saturday night in the Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts.
Despite racking in the team’s eighth top-15 finish of the year, Fairhope, Alabama’s Grant Enfinger has impressed many with his strength and durability driving for the family-owned Allgaier Motorsports team, the 2008 ARCA Racing Series championship organization.
After enduring mechanical gremlins last Friday at Michigan International Speedway and taking the checkered flag in the 14th position, which consequently was the team’s worst finish thus far in 2011, Enfinger is hyped to get back to short track racing where the team mustered a runner-up finish in the most recent short track brawl at Toledo Speedway last month.
“I’m really enjoying the short tracks this year,” said Enfinger. “We’ve been competitive everywhere but our program really seems to come to life at the short tracks. Kelly (Kovski, crew chief) and the team have been working hard on our No. 36 Hoosier Tire Midwest / Racetires.com Dodge Charger for Winchester this weekend and I feel this might be one of our best opportunities to seal the deal.”
Enfinger continued, “It’s been a real privilege to drive for Allgaier Motorsports this season. They truly are one of the best family-owned organizations in the ARCA Racing Series. We have limited sponsorship and we’re working hard to bring additional partners on-board. All we can do though is continue to inch forward and keep running the way we’ve been running and hopefully everything will pan out.”
Officially taking the half-way point of the 2011 season this weekend at Winchester, Enfinger overall is pleased with his team’s efforts. In fact, he thinks the team will only continue to build steam and momentum in the final 10 races of the year.
In the first nine races, Enfinger driving the Mike Allgaier owned automobile has produced two top-fives, six top-10s and eight top-14 efforts. The team qualified a season best fifth earlier this month at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
“I cannot say enough about the hard work that the Allgaier Motorsports team puts out on a weekly basis,” Enfinger sounded. “The guys are racers like me and we want to win. We’ve been definitely close a lot of times this season; hopefully we’ll be able to finally be the first ones to take that checkered flag on Saturday night.”
Speaking of Saturday night, Enfinger will make his ARCA debut at Winchester, one of the fastest short tracks on the ARCA circuit. While Enfinger has never competed at the speedway before in an ARCA car, he isn’t fazed but his lack of inexperience at the half-mile oval.
“I’ve heard that Winchester is brutal but a blast,” he said. “It’s definitely fast if not faster than Salem, but smooth. Our goals don’t change this weekend. We just need to go out there and keep our No. 36 Hoosier Tire Midwest / Racetires.com Dodge Charger in the hunt and bring home a good finish for the entire Allgaier Motorsports team.”
Currently, Enfinger occupies the sixth position in the ARCA Racing Series point standings, just 10 markers behind fifth place competitor Chad McCumbee.
Entering Winchester, Enfinger has 26 ARCA Racing Series starts to his credit. In those events, he has maneuvered nine top-fives and 16 top-10 finishes including a career-best finish of second three times at Kentucky Speedway (July 2009), Chicagoland Speedway (August 2009) and Toledo Speedway (May 2011). He has controlled the field eight times for 141 laps. Two fifth place qualifying runs at Toledo Speedway (October 2008) and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (June 2011) are his best time trials efforts to date.
The Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts (200 laps / 100 miles) is the ninth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 22nd ARCA race at Winchester is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, June 25 with a one hour and half practice session planned from 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin later in the day at 4:45 p.m. The field will take the green flag later that night shortly after 8:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,321st race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
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NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
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