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Enfinger takes Gateway Truck win after leaders wreck

Grant Enfinger inherited the lead on a late caution and held on in overtime to win Saturday’s NASCAR Truck race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Race winner Grant Enfinger, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado

Reigning series champion Zane Smith looked like he was going to turn a fuel-mileage gamble into a win but was wrecked by Ty Majeski while racing for the lead with six of the originally scheduled 160 laps to go.

Enfinger, who ran third at the time, inherited the lead but the race went into a two-lap overtime. Enfinger cleared quickly to the lead on the restart and held off Christian Eckes by 0.256 seconds to claim his second win of the 2023 season.

With the victory – the ninth of his career – Enfinger also collected a $50,000 bonus as part of the Triple Truck Challenge.

“Thank you everybody for believing in us. It’s been a rocky year,” Enfinger said. “These last five races I feel like we’ve come into our own. We’ve had speed.

“I was pretty disappointed yesterday. I feel like I failed my (qualifying) lap and we were 10th. I didn’t feel like we were a contending truck but (crew chief) Jeff Hensley made great calls and overall, just a great day.”

Enfinger, 38, also took the occasion to announce he and his wife, Michelle, were expecting their second child.

Stewart Friesen ended up third, Carson Hocevar fourth and Chase Purdy rounded out the top five.

Completing the top-10 were Matt DiBenedetto, Ben Rhodes, Nick Sanchez, Jesse Love – who was substituting for Corey Heim – and Jake Garcia.

Heim, who was the series points leader entering the race, missed it due to an illness.

Stage 1

Enfinger, who elected not to pit on the late-stage caution, held off Majeski in a one-lap dash to earn the Stage 1 win, his first of the 2023 season.

Rhodes ended up third, Smith fourth and DiBenedetto – who had also stayed out – was fifth.

Stage 2

Friesen claimed the Stage 2 win under caution when Conner Jones wrecked with three laps remaining and there wasn’t enough time to restart the race.

Majeski ended up second, Sanchez third, Hocevar fourth and Eckes fifth.

Chris Hacker got into Jack Wood and spun him off Turn 4 on lap 56 to bring out a caution, which sent several lead-lap trucks down pit road. Majeski stayed out and inherited the lead on the restart with nine laps to go.

Stage 3

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, several lead-lap trucks pit for new tires but Enfinger stayed out and returned to the lead when the race went green on Lap 77.

Hailie Deegan wrecked in Turn 3 after getting hit by Sanchez, which brought out the seventh caution of the race on lap 88.

 

A handful of Trucks, including Smith, decided to pit but Enfinger remained on the track and in the lead when the race resumed on lap 94.

With just under 40 laps remaining, a round of green-flag pit stops began for those drivers who had not pit since the stage break.

Hacker, however, spun again after contact with Josh Reaume on Lap 126, which allowed most drivers to pit for new tires and fuel under the caution. Smith elected to remain on track and inherited the lead on the restart with 29 laps to go.

Majeski, trying to grab the lead on a restart with six laps remaining, got loose and into Smith which wrecked both trucks and sent the race into overtime with Enfinger in the lead.

 
Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Laps Led
1 23 United States Grant Enfinger Chevrolet 162 2:30'28.653     65
2 19 United States Christian Eckes Chevrolet 162 2:30'28.909 0.256 0.256  
3 52 United States Stewart Friesen Toyota 162 2:30'29.165 0.512 0.256 10
4 42 Carson Hocevar Chevrolet 162 2:30'29.783 1.130 0.618  
5 4 United States Chase Purdy Chevrolet 162 2:30'29.993 1.340 0.210  
6 25 United States Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 162 2:30'30.476 1.823 0.483  
7 99 United States Ben Rhodes Ford 162 2:30'30.705 2.052 0.229  
8 2 Nicholas Sanchez Chevrolet 162 2:30'30.988 2.335 0.283  
9 11 Jesse Love Toyota 162 2:30'31.205 2.552 0.217  
10 35 Jake Garcia Chevrolet 162 2:30'31.361 2.708 0.156  
11 43 Daniel Dye Chevrolet 162 2:30'31.426 2.773 0.065  
12 9 Colby Howard Chevrolet 162 2:30'31.582 2.929 0.156  
13 17 Taylor Gray Toyota 162 2:30'31.583 2.930 0.001  
14 24 Rajah Caruth Chevrolet 162 2:30'31.808 3.155 0.225  
15 16 United States Tyler Ankrum Toyota 162 2:30'32.379 3.726 0.571  
16 41 United States Bayley Currey Chevrolet 162 2:30'32.756 4.103 0.377  
17 56 United States Timmy Hill Toyota 162 2:30'33.657 5.004 0.901  
18 20 United States Matt Mills Chevrolet 162 2:30'35.771 7.118 2.114  
19 38 Zane Smith Ford 162 2:30'45.504 16.851 9.733 32
20 15 United States Tanner Gray Toyota 162 2:31'00.935 32.282 15.431  
21 45 Alan Lawless Chevrolet 162 2:31'02.837 34.184 1.902  
22 32 Bret Holmes Chevrolet 161 2:29'56.956 1 Lap 1 Lap  
23 33 United States Josh Reaume Ford 161 2:30'48.251 1 Lap 51.295  
24 1 Toni Breidinger Toyota 161 2:30'59.757 1 Lap 11.506  
25 88 United States Matt Crafton Ford 160 2:29'24.330 2 Laps 1 Lap  
26 12 United States Spencer Boyd Chevrolet 160 2:30'43.907 2 Laps 1'19.577  
27 02 Chris Hacker Chevrolet 159 2:30'41.345 3 Laps 1 Lap  
28 6 United States Norm Benning Chevrolet 159 2:30'51.349 3 Laps 10.004  
29 51 Jack Wood Chevrolet 158 2:30'47.868 4 Laps 1 Lap  
30 98 United States Ty Majeski Ford 155 2:22'20.115 7 Laps 3 Laps 55
31 34 Stephen Mallozzi Ford 146 2:30'57.819 16 Laps 9 Laps  
32 13 United States Hailie Deegan Ford 86 1:23'32.527 76 Laps 60 Laps  
33 66 Conner Jones Ford 66 59'19.485 96 Laps 20 Laps  
34 5 Dean Thompson Toyota 20 17'11.626 142 Laps 46 Laps  
35 95 Clay Greenfield Chevrolet 0 3.473 162 Laps 20 Laps  

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