NASCAR Pole Position 2020 June/July Edition

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Fabulous Finish

Enfinger and Anderson Reminisce about Daytona

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season started with a bang – quite literally – at Daytona International Speedway in February when the trucks of Grant Enfinger and Jordan Anderson bounced off each other multiple times as they raced toward the checkered flag. BY JARED TURNER




rossing the finish line side-by-side, Enfinger edged Anderson’s No. 3 K-Seal Chevrolet by a nose that translated to exactly one one-hundredth of a second as he claimed the victory in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.

Almost two months after their epic battle at The World Center of Racing, Enfinger and Anderson – both quarantined in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic – joined NASCAR Pole Position Magazine on a live Zoom call where they watched replays of the final two laps and discussed what was running through their minds in the waning moments. Here’s what they had to say: Grant, you were leading on the restart with two laps to go. What was your strategy? Enfinger: Really, it kind of goes to before



then when we were making our decision about whether we were going to start on the inside or the outside there. I felt confident about Ross (Chastain) being able to push us, but I knew he was going to be super-aggressive trying to get by us, and really that was my whole mindset. I felt like he would make a big move coming to the checkered; he ended up making it going into Turn 1 after we’d taken the white flag. When I defended his run, that shot me out front a lot further than I wanted to be. That’s not the position I wanted to be in; it was a really good spot for Jordan, though. Jordan, lining up on the third row for the restart, what were you thinking? Anderson: All weekend, Chevrolet was really big on all of us Chevrolet drivers

working together. I was going to go with whatever Chevrolet driver was in front of me. I was going to follow those guys and try to push them until at least the backstretch on the last lap, but … going into Turn 1 when Ross made that move on Grant, I kind of puckered up there for a second because I thought both of those guys were going to go around (wreck). Once I got into second, I’m kind of double-checking and like, “I can’t really believe it. Here we are in second.” I kind of was thinking, “Do I just ride behind him and take second-place?” Hell, for our team, a top-five was going to be a huge night for us. As I got a good run, I was going to jump out (of line) and I said, “No, let’s see what we’ve got through (Turns) 3 and 4 here.” PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES