Grant Enfinger is a former Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series winner at Five Flags Speedway (FL), but he is eager to visit victory lane again after a bittersweet finish to the first race of the season back in March. Enfinger was passed for the lead with two laps remaining in the Pepsi MAX 100 and finished second. The runner-up finish was a strong result and proved that Enfinger would be a force to be reckoned with along with the big names of recent seasons in the Blizzard Series such as Augie Grill, Bubba Pollard and Chase Elliott, but he wasn’t able to bring home another winner’s trophy.
Enfinger now has another shot to get back into his winning form with the Papa John’s 100 at Five Flags Speedway on Friday, May 27th.
"Anytime you go to Pensacola you want to win," said Enfinger. "We took the same car to the first Blizzard race and last year's Snowball Derby. Each time it was fast, so we expect we can go back and do the same. We sat on the pole and finished second to Pollard and it's hard to top that."
The Pepsi MAX 100 was the first time in many years that teams ran all 100 laps on the same set of tires under new Blizzard Series rules, so pit strategy was thrown out the window, leaving talented drivers with fast racecars to duke it out amongst themselves on the track. That fit right into Enfinger’s hands, as he laid down a spectacular pole-winning lap and backed it up in the feature.
"We had a good car that night," said Enfinger. "We run a Grand American Race Car, the same that Augie Grill builds (with his family) and races. It's been good to us everywhere we go."
In fact, Grand American Race Cars has produced eight consecutive wins in the Blizzard Series dating back to 2009. GARC has won a race in every year of the Blizzard Series dating back to 2002.
Enfinger cut his teeth around the short tracks of the Deep South and won several big Super Late Model races along the way. His short track prowess has led him to a successful career in the ARCA Racing Series and even into some NASCAR events, but Late Model racing still thrives in his heart.
"I love running Late Models," said Enfinger. "I want to do it whenever I can. You go to Pensacola and every car is good all the way back through the field. Last year we were away for a while doing some other stuff and I have run a bunch of ARCA races and we're close to winning there."
Enfinger will run this event and see how the points fall. The upcoming Blizzard race in June is a conflict with the ARCA event at Winchester Speedway in Indiana. Enfinger currently sits fourth in ARCA points after five events. So for now Enfinger is a challenge for a win, but a championship could be in the cards if he happens to be able to run all the events. The final two races do not conflict with the ARCA season.
Enfinger, Pollard, and Grill will be joined by a full cast of Super Late Model racing’s finest talents, plus local hero, 2010 Snowball Derby winner and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Johanna Long. Johanna's father Donald Long will return to the driving seat for the Super Late Model race and he will be joined by Casey Smith, David Rogers, Chris Davidson, Mike Garvey, Dwayne Buggay, Cale Gale, Jeff Fultz and many others.
The Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series returns to action at Five Flags Speedway with the Papa John's 100 on Friday, May 27th. The Blizzard Series features five Super Late Model events at Five Flags and awards a season’s-end championship. The Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship combines points from the Blizzard Series and the five-race Miller Lite Series at Mobile International Raceway for an overall two-track title.
For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.