Alabama native Grant Enfinger has a front-row seat for what he hopes will be history in the making Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Enfinger, of Fairhope, captured the pole position Friday for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200, the fourth race of the year in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Enfinger won the first three races (at Daytona, Mobile and Salem), becoming the first driver since 1970 to start the ARCA season with three consecutive victories.
Now if he can take the checkered flag Saturday, Enfinger will be the first driver in the 62-year history of the ARCA Racing Series to win the first four races of the year.
“It’s just been an incredible year for everybody on the team,” said Enfinger, who claimed the pole with a qualifying speed of 183.649 mph. “We just have something special going right now, and it showed again today.
“What would be even more special to me is winning at Talladega. This is my home state in front of the home crowd, with guys who I went to school with and friends and relatives who can drive to this race. I was really blessed to be able to pull off the victory this year in Mobile in front of all them, and a lot of them are coming back tomorrow.”
Despite his strong qualifying run, and his even stronger start to the season, Enfinger said he knows there will be no guarantees once the green flag drops at 10 a.m. Saturday. “I’ve been leading this race on the last lap and finished 10th or 12th,” Enfinger said. “Anything can happen here, and it usually does.”
Mason Mitchell will join Enfinger on the front row to start Saturday’s race. Clay Campbell, the president of Martinsville Speedway who finished third in the ARCA season-opener at Daytona, qualified ninth. Frank Kimmel, who won this race last year, qualified 22nd. Justin Allison (grandson of Donnie Allison) will start 25th, Thomas Praytor of Mobile qualified 28th, and Joey Gattina of Pelham was 34th.