Thorsport Racing Prepares For the UNOH 175 At Louden

Matt Crafton

Catch the action…
Friday, September 22 (all times are ET):
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Practice
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Final Practice
Saturday, September 23:
10:00 a.m. – Qualifying (Two laps, all positions)
12:30 p.m. – NCWTS Setup Show
1:00 p.m. – UNOH 175 (175 laps/185.15 miles)
 
Loudon Stages…
Stage 1 – 55 Laps (Concludes at lap 55)
Stage 2 – 55 Laps (Concludes at lap 110)
Stage 3 – 65 Laps (Concludes at lap 175)
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Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 13th
Owner Point Standings: 14th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
  • This Week’s No. 13 JEGS Toyota Tundra… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 49, the same chassis Coughlin piloted at Martinsville Speedway (19th), and Gateway Motorsports Park (12th), earlier this season.
  • Magic Mile Stats… Coughlin has one start at the 1.058-mile track (2016). The JEGS driver started 16th, led the 32-truck field for three laps, and finished 20th.
  • Truck Series Stats… Coughlin has made 28 NCWTS starts since 2015, with a career-best start of seventh at Talladega (Al.) Superspeedway (2016), and a career-best finish of eighth at Pocono Raceway (2017).
Chatting with Cody Coughlin…
Are you looking forward to getting back to Loudon this weekend?
“I’m really looking forward to going back to New Hampshire this weekend. It races like a short track, and I love short track racing. Hopefully we’ll have a really strong run, and get another top 10 finish.”
Team Stats:
Driver Point Standings: 7th
Owner Point Standings: 10th
2017 Playoff Position: 8th
  • This Week’s No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra… The No. 27 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 61 at Loudon, the same chassis Rhodes piloted at Iowa Speedway (14th), earlier this season.
  • Magic Mile Stats… Rhodes has one start at Loudon in the NCWTS. The ThorSport Racing driver started fifth, and finished 15th in 2016.
  • Welcome to the Playoffs… Rhodes clinched his first Playoff berth following a sixth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway. The Safelite AutoGlass driver enters the championship battle ranked eighth on the Playoff grid.
  • Truck Series Stats… In 43 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Rhodes has led 178 laps en route to eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.
  • Catch Ben at Loudon… Rhodes will join the other seven Playoff drivers for an autograph session on Friday, September 22 at the Trackside Live! Stage (Outside Turn 2) from 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. ET.
Chatting with Ben Rhodes…
“I like New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I think it’s a really fun race track. It’s depressing to me though that it will be the last time I’ll race there in the Truck Series, since they are taking that race away from us next year. I like it though, I’m familiar with it, and I know how to get there. With all the tracks I’ve never been to, it’s hard to even find the infield sometimes – you don’t know where to park – so just knowing where to park, and how to get in the infield is a big plus.”
Team Stats:
2017 Driver Point Standings: 4th
2017 Owner Point Standings: 4th
2017 Playoff Position: 4th
  • This Week’s No. 88 Great Lakes/Menards Toyota Tundra… The No. 88 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 63 at Loudon. This is the same chassis Crafton piloted to a third-place finish at the 1.058-mile track in 2015. Additionally, Crafton raced this particular chassis at Martinsville Speedway (ninth), and Gateway Motorsports Park (fourth), earlier this season.
  • Magic Mile Stats… Crafton has 14 starts at Loudon since 2001. The ThorSport Racing driver’s success includes one pole (2005), 50 laps led, five top-five, and nine top-10 finishes. Crafton’s best finish in 14 starts is second (2015).
  • Welcome to the Playoffs… Crafton clinched a berth in the 2017 Playoffs, and enters the championship battle ranked fourth on the Playoff grid.
  • Career Stats…In 400 starts, Crafton has earned 13 poles, and led 2332 laps en route to 14 wins, 101 top-five and 236 top-10 finishes.
  • Catch Crafton at Loudon… Crafton will join the other seven Playoff drivers for an autograph session on Friday, September 22 at the Trackside Live! Stage (Outside Turn 2) from 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. ET.
Chatting with Matt Crafton…
This is the last race the trucks will have in Loudon. Is this a track you enjoy racing at?
“I always love going to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. You need speed for the long straightaways, but breaking, and getting through, and off the tight paperclip-shaped corners, is where you win or lose – it’s a lot like Phoenix. We just need to get a win there this weekend, especially since it’s the first race of the Playoffs. We’ve been good in the past – third in 2014, second in 2015, and third last year. Winning early in this round of the Playoffs would take some pressure off for the next two races. The Playoffs put an emphasis on winning, especially from this point on.”
Team Information:
Driver Point Standings: 10th
Owner Point Standings: 12th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
  • This Week’s No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 43 for Saturday’s NCWTS race at Loudon. This is the same chassis Enfinger piloted at Martinsville Speedway (17th), and Gateway Motorsports Park (5th), earlier this season.
  • Magic Mile Stats… Although Enfinger will be making his 31st career NCWTS start on Saturday, the RIDE TV driver will make his debut at Loudon in the NCWTS.
  • Sunoco Rookie Update… The ThorSport Racing driver is currently second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after 16 races this season, a mere three points behind leader Chase Briscoe.
  • Truck Series Stats… In 30 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole (Daytona, 2016), and has led 73 laps en route to one win (Talladega, 2016), nine top-five and 15 top-10 starts.
Chatting with Grant Enfinger…
How do you approach a track like Loudon, a track you’ve never raced on?

“For all tracks I haven’t raced at before, I’ll go through and watch past races and I’ll talk to guy’s that have raced there before. I’m approaching Loudon the same way. Fortunately, crew chief Jeff Hensley has been to all of these places multiple times, so I lean on him a lot. I’ll also talk with my teammates before and after the practice sessions there.”

What are your goals for the remainder of the season?

“Since we are not in the playoffs our goals are simple, we just want to win races. I think if we hit it right, we can get a win at any of the next seven races.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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