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GMS Racing was tough to beat at the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but the four-truck team’s eventual winner isn’t even one of its full-time drivers.
Grant Enfinger, a part-time competitor for the team in the Truck Series this season, held off a charge from teammates Spencer Gallagher and Ben Kennedy on the final two laps to take his first career win in the series in his 13th start, seven of which have come this season.
It was the first NASCAR triumph for Enfinger, a hometown boy from Fairhope, Alabama, who is a former champion in the ARCA Racing Series for GMS Racing. He called the win in Victory Lane simply “unbelievable.”
The win comes after Enfinger kicked off the season with a pole at Daytona International Speedway; in six previous 2016 starts, he had a best finish of fifth at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Teammate Gallagher finished second, while Timothy Peters, Rico Abreu and Kennedy filled out the top 5. Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Truex, Matt Tifft and William Byron rounded out the top 10.
The race saw two drivers eliminated from the inaugural Truck Series Chase; John Hunter Nemechek, who experienced a blown engine early in the race, and Daniel Hemric will not continue to the next round, while Byron, Matt Crafton, Bell, Peters, Kennedy and Sauter move on to the next round, which begins next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Multiple wrecks and parts failures marred the race, including a major accident involving over 10 trucks that began when Ben Rhodes hit the outside wall while running near the front of the pack and spun down into the field, collecting John Wes Townley, Brandon Brown and many more. All drivers were later released from the infield care center.
Next weekend’s race, the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 at Martinsville, kicks off Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
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