After recently closing out a strong 2011 year in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Grant Enfinger and Allgaier Motorsports are now set to excel in their next challenge by attempting to competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ (NCWTS) Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Enfinger on the heels of a strong 12th place NCWTS finish last weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway driving for his Late Model-owned Bragg Racing Group (BRG) is excited about having the opportunity to carry the Allgaier Motorsports name at one of the most historic short tracks on the circuit.
“I’m very excited about running Martinsville this weekend with Allgaier Motorsports,” said Enfinger, who placed fourth in the final ARCA championship standings. “It’s been something we have been talking about for a while now. Mike (Allgaier), Justin (Allgaier), myself and everyone involved is putting a lot of effort into making this transition a success. This is actually a truck that they (Allgaier Motorsports) built last year for Justin to run but it never worked out. So, now I’m the lucky one that gets to sit behind the wheel.”
The team will be able to hoist the No. 36 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the operation tries to keep as much of the ARCA sentimental elements together as possible. The family-owned team will also welcome England’s Stove Works as the primary marketing partner for Saturday’s short track showdown.
“It’s always great to see companies entering the world of Motorsports especially in a tough economy,” added Enfinger. “I know I would be speaking on behalf of everyone at Allgaier Motorsports by saying that we cannot begin to thank Ron (England) enough for helping us get to the track this weekend.”
With 41 trucks pre-entered for the final short track contest of the season, the Allgaier Motorsports team will have to beat five other competitors in order to make the starting grid. To help them with the task, the team has turned to veteran racing crew chief John Monsam who will call the shots on the No. 36 England’s Stove Works Dodge Ram this weekend.
After a lengthy tenure in the ARCA Racing Series, Monsam recently has been working in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at MacDonald Motorsports where he is trying to guide rookie driver Blake Koch to the 2011 Rookie of the Year honors.
“I’m looking forward to being on the same team with John this weekend,” Enfinger added. “He has been around racing forever and I’ve known him a long time. Plus, he is well respected in the community, so it just makes sense to have him call the shots on Saturday.”
Despite Enfinger’s impressive short track resume in various types of race cars, the Fairhope, Alabama has never made the trip to Martinsville Speedway. Obviously thankful for the opportunity and eager to roar onto the pavement, the 26-year old is remaining optimistic.
“I’ve never actually raced at Martinsville, but I’ve raced Late Models at tracks similar to it,” the 26-year sounded. “I think coming off a good run at Talladega with another new team to NASCAR will provide a little momentum and feel like I gained some respect from the full timers in the garage. I honestly feel like if we can race in the top-10 and show some good speed and bring home a whole for Mike Allgaier and the entire Allgaier Motorsports team, then everyone will consider the weekend a success.”
Allgaier Motorsports will unveil further plans for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effort in the near future.
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