Enfinger Rockets To Kentucky Truck Pole

Grant Enfinger poses with the pole award after qualifying for the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. (HHP/Alan Marler photo)

SPARTA, Ky. – Grant Enfinger earned his second pole of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season during qualifying on Thursday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.

Enfinger toured the unique 1.5-mile oval in 29.678 seconds (181.953 mph) with his No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford F-150 to earn the top starting spot ahead of the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

The pole is the fifth of Enfinger’s Truck Series career. He’s seeking his first win of the season.

Enfinger Flies To
Grant Enfinger in action on Thursday at Kentucky Speedway. (Daylon Barr photo)

“I feel like we have a great truck, good enough to get the job done,” said Enfinger. “I felt like in practice we had a good truck with some speed. It had plenty of speed in it for qualifying, I think it will have speed for the race. The track condition will change tonight when it cools off some. Also, I think … my gut feeling is that we will get this PJ1 activated in turns one and two as well. I think we will start in the middle of the track in both corners and when it comes in in turns one and two, it will help us as well.”

“ThorSport Racing has jumped leaps and bounds this season,” Enfinger added. “Our intermediate program has really come along, and I feel challenged about where we are as a program. Hopefully we can finish it off with a victory lane photo tonight.”

Joining Enfinger on the front row will be rookie Sheldon Creed, who qualified a career-best second with a lap of 29.706 seconds (181.781 mph) in the No. 2 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet Silverado.

Todd Gilliland completed the top three (29.721/181.690) in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports, with Enfinger’s teammate Matt Crafton and two-time winner Ross Chastain following.

Harrison Burton was sixth, ahead of defending series champion Brett Moffitt, defending race winner Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum and Brennan Poole.

Johnny Sauter, the 2016 Truck Series titlist, starts 11th. Daytona winner Austin Hill rolls off 22nd.

Stewart Friesen starts last in a backup truck after his primary truck was confiscated by NASCAR during initial inspection earlier in the day. Consequently, he posted the slowest qualifying time.

With 34 drivers on hand for 32 starting spots, Norm Benning and Ray Ciccarelli missed the field.

STARTING LINEUP: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series; Kentucky Speedway; July 11, 2019

  1. Grant Enfinger
  2. Sheldon Creed
  3. Todd Gilliland
  4. Matt Crafton
  5. Ross Chastain
  6. Harrison Burton
  7. Brett Moffitt
  8. Ben Rhodes
  9. Tyler Ankrum
  10. Brennan Poole
  11. Johnny Sauter
  12. Chad Finley
  13. Gus Dean
  14. Tyler Dippel
  15. Jordan Anderson
  16. Austin Wayne Self
  17. Natalie Decker
  18. Joe Nemechek
  19. Codie Rohrbaugh
  20. Dylan Lupton
  21. Spencer Davis
  22. Austin Hill
  23. Mason Massey
  24. Clay Greenfield
  25. Spencer Boyd
  26. Tyler Hill
  27. Brandon Jones
  28. Jeb Burton
  29. Camden Murphy
  30. Josh Bilicki
  31. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  32. Stewart Friesen

DNQ: Ray Ciccarelli, Norm Benning