Grant Enfinger; Allgaier Motorsports Ready To Continue Surge At Toledo Speedway
Topics: Grant Enfinger, Federated Car Care 200
TOLEDO, Ohio (October 12, 2011) - Still riding high on a potent third place finish last Friday night at Kansas Speedway, Springfield, Illinois-based Allgaier Motorsports and driver Grant Enfinger return to Toledo Speedway this weekend with some unfinished business for Sunday’s running of the Federated Car Care 200.
In May, Enfinger, driver of the No. 36 Hoosier Tire Midwest / racetires.com Dodge Charger made just his second career ARCA short track start. Despite the lack of his inexperience, the Fairhope, Alabama native fooled everyone after qualifying a strong 10th before surging to control the field for a whopping 35 laps before eventually finishing second to Ty Dillon.
This weekend, crew chief Kelly Kovski has elected to bring that same chassis back to the Northern Ohio short track where the duo hopes to finish what they started in the final event of the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.
“Since May, we’ve been anxiously awaiting for our return to Toledo,” said Enfinger. “We had a super bad fast car there. It pretty much did what we wanted to. We’ve hardly made any changes to the car since then and we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off when the green flag drops Sunday afternoon.”
Despite being faced with potentially different weather characteristics, the avid late model ace is relying on the experience of his veteran Allgaier Motorsports team who capped off their 2008 ARCA championship season in style with a victory Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire & Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway. Knowing that his Mike Allgaier-owned team is familiar with the path to victory circle, Enfinger believes that a victory is the one reward that has eluded his team this year.
“We’ve run well. We won a pole at Berlin, been in contention for wins and led some laps,” offered Enfinger. “We’ve pretty much done it all, except hoist that checkered flag. We can win races; there isn’t a question in my mind. Our run in the Spring has me thriving to get the race underway on Sunday. Some of the scenarios may be different but the goal is the same and I don’t plan to forget that.”
No matter what the outcome though, the Allgaier Motorsports team with Enfinger in his first full season of competition of ARCA Racing Series competition don’t have much to fret when it comes down to performance. In 18 races, the No. 36 Hoosier Tire Midwest / racetires.com Dodge Charger mounted six top-fives, 13 top-10s and 17 top-15 efforts only struck by a 22nd place finish at Salem (Ind.) Speedway last month when a gear failure relegated the team to a 22nd place run.
“In all accounts, we cannot complain about our year,” Enfinger remarked. “Without the Allgaier family (Ashley Allgaier, Justin Allgaier and Mike Allgaier) this all would not have been possible. We’ve ran extremely well this season on limited sponsorship, but we made it work. We’ve proven that even know that we may not have all the necessities that may be vital to a flawless season, we still could get the job done. My biggest way to thank them for the opportunity would be to win Sunday’s race.”
Not only is Enfinger racing for another stout finish in ARCA competition at the sanctioning bodies home-track track this weekend, but the 26-year old is still looking to end as high on the championship ladder as possible. Currently, the team occupies fourth in the overall point standings, just 125 markers behind nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel for third. Enfinger also has a 130 point margin over fifth place runner Chad McCumbee.
“Allgaier Motorsports proved in 2008 that you can overcome a deficit with hard work and a “never give up” attitude,” Enfinger sounded. “It won’t be easy to move into third, let alone protect fourth, but we’re just going to go out there and do our thing and hope for the best when the checkered flag falls on Sunday afternoon.”
Entering Toledo, Enfinger has 36 ARCA Racing Series starts to his credit. In those events, he has maneuvered 13 top-fives and 23 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 nine times for 216 laps. His best qualifying run occurred at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway where Enfinger bolted to his first career pole.
The Federated Car Care 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 19th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 70th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 15 with a forty five minute practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final forty five minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. A one hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,331st 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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