DAYTONA -- Thorsport's Grant Enfinger made history on Friday, claiming the 100th NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck series victory in Ford's history.
Enfinger, who won the 2019 series regular season championship, kicked off the 2020 campaign in thrilling fashion as he and Jordan Anderson banged door-to-door across the finish line. Enfinger was deemed the winner by 0.010 seconds in a photo finish.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Enfinger in victory lane. “It’s the 100th win for Ford in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, so it’s great for them. More importantly it’s the 25th anniversary for Duke and Rhonda Thorson, who have put so much into this sport.
“The biggest thing is we had a really good Ford F-150 to do it with,” continued Enfinger. “With four or five laps to go it was time to go and we were able to get up in the third groove and make some stuff happen. We got the lead on that big wreck going into one and two and that’s what kind of sealed the deal for us. My buddy, Ross (Chastain) gave me some good pushes at the end. I know he was trying to reach out on us and I was able to block him, but it’s just an unbelievable night.”
The win is Enfinger’s third in the series, but Ford’s all-time leader is Greg Biffle, who scored Ford’s only series championship in 2000, and won 16 times with the Blue Oval. Joe Ruttman is second with eight.
NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Jack Roush is responsible for half of those wins as 11 different drivers combined to win 50 series events. Roush drivers who won at least one series race include: Greg Biffle (16), Mark Martin (7), Joe Ruttman (6), Carl Edwards (6), Kurt Busch (4), Travis Kvapil (4), Jon Wood (2), Erik Darnell (2), Mike Bliss (1), Ricky Craven (1), Colin Braun (1).
Overall, 30 different drivers have won at least one series race with Ford.
FORD’S ALL-TIME TRUCK SERIES WINNERS: Greg Biffle (16), Joe Ruttman (8), Mark Martin (7), Mike Bliss (7), Carl Edwards (6), Terry Cook (5), Rick Crawford (5), Mike Wallace (4), Kurt Busch (4), Travis Kvapil (4), Dave Rezendes (3), Ryan Blaney (3), Tony Raines (3), Tyler Reddick (3), Kenny Irwin Jr. (2), Stacy Compton (2), Jon Wood (2), Chase Briscoe (2), Erik Darnell (2), Grant Enfinger (2); Butch Miller (1), Boris Said (1), Rick Carelli (1), Ricky Craven (1), Colin Braun (1), Brad Keselowski (1), Joey Logano (1), Austin Cindric (1), Ben Rhodes (1), Johnny Sauter (1).
FORD’S TRIP TO 100 NASCAR GANDER RV & OUTDOORS SERIES WINS IN PICTURES
Greg Biffle is Ford’s all-time leader in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins with 16, including the manufacturer’s first championship in 2000.
Mike Wallace won his first of four NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races with Ford on March 20, 1999 when he took the checkerd flag in the season-opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kurt Busch won four races in his rookie NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season in 2000 and finished second in the series point standings.
Terry Cook led Ford with four wins in the 2002 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season driving for Bob Keselowski.
Jon Wood won a pair of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with Ford, driving for his family-owned team – Wood Brothers Racing. Wood captured checkered flags at Kansas Speedway and Martinsville Speedway during the 2003 season.
Carl Edwards won six races at six different tracks during his two full seasons in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2003 and 2004 – three each year.
Mark Martin won seven times in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, including a career-high six in 2006 with Roush Fenway Racing.
Brad Keselowski won his only NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race as a driver on Aug. 21, 2014 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He went to victory lane 10 times as a Ford owner in the series from 2013-17.
When Joey Logano won at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 it marked his first triumph in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series and gave him at least one victory in all three of the sport’s top touring series.
Ryan Blaney has three career wins in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series with Ford and all of them came while driving for Brad Keselowski Racing.
Austin Cindric’s lone win in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series came at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sept. 3, 2017 with Brad Keselowski Racing.
Ben Rhodes started a new chapter in Ford’s NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series history when he won ThorSports first race with the manufacturer on July 12, 2018 at Kentucky Speedway.
Chase Briscoe made only one NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start last season, but made it count as he won the Eldora Dirt Derby driving a fifth entry for ThorSport on July 18, 2018.
Grant Enfinger outdueled Jordan Anderson as the two banged door-to-door across the finish line in the 2020 season opener. The win marked Ford’s 100th series victory.