Sunday, May 19, 2024

Grant Enfinger wins first NASCAR Truck race at Milwaukee since 2009

Sunday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race was more than just the series’ first event at the Milwaukee Mile since 2009. For Maury Gallagher, the Clean Harbors 175 was officially the first race of GMS Racing‘s swan song as it took place just days after announcing he would shutter operations at the end of the year.

Grant Enfinger, who won the 2015 ARCA championship with GMS, was more than eager to give his boss one more title before GMS closes their doors. After starting on the pole, he led 95 of 175 laps and swept the stages en route to his third victory of the season. The win locks him into the Round of 8 of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

“I don’t want to ever hear from anybody ask me if we’re going to lay down again,” said Enfinger. Jeff Hensley (crew chief) has been focused the whole year. There’s been distractions going on all year long, so if anything, this adds clarity. None of these guys, including me, have a job next year, but I feel like we proved that we deserve one.”

Corey Heim broke up Enfinger’s run to start the second stage, but lost the lead with twenty laps remaining in the leg. Likewise, Carson Hocevar was the top driver in Stage #3 only to be passed by Enfinger on lap 159.

William Sawalich, who won the ARCA race earlier in the day, crashed on lap 136 while racing Ben Rhodes but still reached the finish. The same could not be said for ARCA Daytona winner Greg Van Alst, whose poor national series luck continued after he and Brad Pérez wrecked on lap 66, and Josh Bilicki, who bowed out after his tyre exploded from melted brakes.

While Enfinger clinched his spot in the next round, Nick Sanchez and Matt DiBenedetto found themselves in rocky waters entering Kansas, the final race in the Round of 10. Sanchez was spun by Heim on lap 142 and relegated to twenty-fourth, whereas DiBenedetto struggled all day and placed twenty-seventh, two laps down. Sanchez remains above the cut line, but only by three points on Rhodes, while DiBenedetto is twenty ponts back.

ARCA West points leader Sean Hingorani finished twenty-third in his first Truck Series race.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 1 23 Grant Enfinger GMS Racing Chevrolet 175 Running
2 3 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 175 Running
3 6 19 Christian Eckes McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 175 Running
4 8 11 Corey Heim TRICON Garage Toyota 175 Running
5 22 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Ford 175 Running
6 7 4 Chase Purdy Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 175 Running
7 13 98 Ty Majeski ThorSport Racing Ford 175 Running
8 25 7 Derek Kraus* Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 175 Running
9 9 35 Jake Garcia McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 175 Running
10 14 41 Bayley Currey Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 175 Running
11 11 15 Tanner Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 175 Running
12 18 38 Zane Smith Front Row Motorsports Ford 175 Running
13 4 17 Taylor Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 175 Running
14 15 24 Rajah Caruth GMS Racing Chevrolet 175 Running
15 19 5 Dean Thompson TRICON Garage Toyota 175 Running
16 10 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Ford 175 Running
17 24 9 Colby Howard CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 175 Running
18 28 66 Conner Jones ThorSport Racing Ford 175 Running
19 29 32 Bret Holmes Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 175 Running
20 16 16 Tyler Ankrum Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 175 Running
21 20 45 Lawless Alan Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 175 Running
22 17 13 Hailie Deegan ThorSport Racing Ford 175 Running
23 27 61 Sean Hingorani Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 175 Running
24 2 2 Nick Sanchez Rev Racing Chevrolet 175 Running
25 26 51 Matt Mills^ Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 175 Running
26 12 1 William Sawalich TRICON Garage Toyota 175 Running
27 23 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley WAR Chevrolet 173 Running
28 5 43 Daniel Dye GMS Racing Chevrolet 173 Running
29 32 56 Tyler Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 173 Running
30 21 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 172 Running
31 33 33 Derek Lemke Reaume Brothers Racing Ford 172 Running
32 30 12 Spencer Boyd Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 172 Running
33 35 22 Josh Reaume AM Racing Ford 171 Running
34 36 20 Greg Van Alst Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 63 Accident
35 34 30 Brad Pérez* On Point Motorsports Toyota 62 Accident
36 31 02 Josh Bilicki* Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 9 Accident
DNQ 21 Dexter Bean* BlackJack Racing Chevrolet
Bold – Currently in playoffs
^ – Currently in owner playoffs
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points
\