ThorSport Racing Event Preview | 2018 Martinsville Speedway II

Catch the Action
Texas Roadhouse 200: Saturday, Oct. 27 | 1 p.m. ET | FOX Sports 1 (FS1) | Motor Racing Network (MRN) | SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90
Race 20 of 23: Martinsville Speedway
Track Length / Type: 0.526-mile oval short track
Race Distance: 200 laps I 105.2 miles
Race Format: Three Stages | Stage 1: 50 laps (ending at Lap 50), Stage 2: 50 laps (ending at Lap 100), Final Stage: 100 laps (scheduled to end at Lap 200)
ThorSport Racing at Martinsville Speedway
ThorSport Racing has made 81 starts at the 0.526-mile short track with 17 different drivers since 1998:
  • Wins: 4
  • Poles: 4
  • Top-five finishes: 16
  • Top-10 finishes: 31
  • Laps Led: 864
Team Notes:
  • Race Rewind: Talladega… After a rough qualifying session at Talladega Superspeedway, Myatt Snider rebounded to finish second at the checkered flag, earning a career-best NCWTS finish. Racing from the tail of the field at green flag to third at the end of Stage 1, Snider and the team eventually finished the second stage 10th en route to the career-best finish after making 186 green flag passes. Taking to superspeedways in the NCWTS, Snider bested his previous career-best finish of third, coming in 2017 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway at Talladega.
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce Returns… Last featured aboard Snider’s No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150, Louisiana Hot Sauce, a brand among the Southeastern Mills family, returns to the track at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. A longtime partner of Snider’s, Southeastern Mills is a fourth generation, professionally managed food company headquartered in Rome, Georgia. Southeastern Mills serves the world’s largest grocers, restaurants and food manufacturers across North America. The company markets multiple national consumer brands including Better Than Bouillon®, Louisiana Hot Sauce®, Southeastern Mills®, Shore Lunch®, Better Than Gravy®, and Crockery Gourmet®. For more information, please visit betterthanbouillon.com, louisiana-brand.com, semills.com, and shorelunch.com to learn more.
  • Stopover in the Sunset State… Not only did Ben Rhodes get a pre-race preview of ISM Raceway’s recent redesign, he spent the day back in a high school classroom with students at Trevor Browne High School and the DRAGG program (Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti). DRAGG Phoenix’s mission is to “provide an alternative to gangs and graffiti through a positive learning opportunity that teaches youth responsibility and respect for others in the unique environment of the automotive industry, while gaining hands on exposure to knowledge of automotive careers.” Originating in Oxnard, California, the program was recently introduced to the Phoenix, Arizona-area after starting with an automotive shop, an idea and a Ford Mustang. After spending time in the classroom with the students and checking out their vehicles built for the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show, it was Rhodes’s turn to take the students to his turf, spending the afternoon at ISM Raceway, many of the students’ first time exposed to NASCAR.
  • Locked In… Matt Crafton may have had an early end to his Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, however he and the No. 88 Menards Ford F-150 team are locked in to NASCAR’s Round of 6. Competing for what could be his third NCWTS Driver Championship in his career, Crafton has finished his last three seasons strong, including earning two wins (2015: Martinsville, Homestead-Miami Speedway), two poles (2015: Texas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami), six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 12 starts. Having two wins at Martinsville previously (Spring 2014, Fall 2015), a win this weekend would lock Crafton into NASCAR’s Championship 4.
  • Playoff Push… Grant Enfinger looks to finish the 2018 NCWTS season strong in his first Playoff appearance of his career. Sitting fourth among the Round of 6 with four points separating Enfinger and Justin Hayley (fifth), Enfinger looks to the three of four remaining tracks with victory as his goal – Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway – which would lock him into the Championship 4. Of eight starts made at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix in his NCWTS career, Enfinger has accumulated three top-five and four top-10 finishes: fourth at Martinsville in the spring 2018 race, two top-five and three top-10 finishes at Texas in 2017 and 2018, and a ninth-place start at Phoenix in 2017.
  • Protect The Harvest Returns… Last partnered with the No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150 team at Kansas Speedway, Protect The Harvest returns with Grant Enfigner for this weekend’s race in Martinsville, along with Texas and ISM Raceway. An organization made up of farmers, ranchers, sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts and animal owners, Protect The Harvest’s mission is to educate and inform Americans about the activities of extremist groups threatening our heritage and traditions. The organization works to defend and protect our American way of life which is important, vital and what we value most. For more information about Protect the Harvest, visit ProtectTheHarvest.com.

Ford Facts: Martinsville Speedway

Ford-powered F-150’s have found victory lane 98 times since 1995 in the NCWTS, including five wins at the “Paperclip”:
  • 1995: Joe Ruttman
  • 2003: Jon Wood
  • 2004: Rick Crawford
  • 2005: Ricky Craven
  • 2015: Joey Logano
Join the Conversation
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Rock the Vote
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Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Rich Lushes
Driver Point Standings: 9th
Owner Point Standings: 12th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
Spotter: Brett Griffin
Truck: No. 13 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford F-150
Chatting with Myatt Snider…
“Everyone on the No. 13 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford F-150 crew at ThorSport Racing have been working hard to prepare for Martinsville this weekend. It’s a track I love racing at, and have for quite a few years, and I think we’ll have good speed when we get there. The biggest thing we have to focus on is the race being shorter by 50 laps than in the spring – that will change up our race strategy, especially the last stage. I’m really confident in our ability going there this weekend, and the potential to compete for a win.”
Chassis No. 49
Starts: 17
Last raced: Eldora, 2018
Wins: 0
Poles: 2
     Rhodes, 2016: Martinsville &
     Gateway
Laps led: 42
Top-five finishes: 5
Top-10 finishes: 1
Highest start: 1st (2016)
Highest finish: 2nd
     (B. Rhodes – Gateway, 2016)
Snider at Martinsville (NCWTS)
Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Laps led: 0
Top-five finishes: 0
Top-10 finishes: 1
Highest start: 9th (2018)
Highest finish: 6th (2018)
Last race finish: 6th (2018)
Average start: 9.0
Average finish: 6.0
Laps completed: 250
Race Recap: Talladega
Started: 28th
Stage 1 Finish: 3rd
Stage 2 Finish: 10th
Finished: 2nd
     (Career-best in NCWTS)
Laps: 250 / 250
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis
Driver Point Standings: 7th
Owner Point Standings: 6th
Playoff Position: 7th
Spotter: Lloyd Garner
Truck: No. 41 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150
 
Chatting with Ben Rhodes…
“Coming to the Texas Roadhouse 200 this weekend, we’re looking to finish what we started in the spring race at Martinsville. We came so close and led many laps, but we didn’t bring the trophy home. That’s a big disappointment for our team, and we’ve looked back at this the entire season with anticipation and excitement for the fall race. We know that we have a Ford F-150 that’s plenty capable to get there, and our whole Carolina Nut Co. team is determined to get ourselves a win and potentially an owner’s championship for Duke and Rhonda Thorson. I feel like this would be a good boost of confidence for our team, and really set a good tone for the remainder of the season. Even though there are only four races left, a lot can happen, and we’re hoping to make Martinsville spectacular for everyone that’s there.”

 

Chassis No. 61 
Starts: 7
Last raced: Gateway, 2018
Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2018)
Wins: 0
Laps led: 151
Top-five finishes: 1
Top-10 finishes: 2
Highest start: 1st
     (Rhodes – Martinsville,
      2018)
Highest finish: 4th
     (C. Hayley – Phoenix,
      2018)
Rhodes at Martinsville (NCWTS)
Starts: 6
Wins: 0
Poles: 2 (2016, 2018)
Laps led: 176
Top-five finishes: 0
Top-10 finishes: 2
Highest start: 1st (2016)
Highest finish: 8th (2014)
Last race finish: 12th (2018)
Average start: 8.0
Average finish: 14.0
Laps completed: 1,410
Race Recap: Talladega
Started: 14th
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2:  4th
Finished: 16th
Laps: 93 / 94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Carl “Junior” Joiner, Jr.
Driver Point Standings: 6th
Owner Point Standings: 10th
Playoff Standings: 6th
Spotter: Stevie Reeves
Truck: No. 88 Chi-Chi’s / Menards Ford F-150
Chatting with Matt Crafton…
“I’m confident going into the last four races of the season. We have a few grandfather clocks at home from Martinsville, as well as a few victories at other tracks at the end of the season. The chassis we’re taking has three wins, along with poles and strong finishes, so I’m confident heading into the weekend to lock us in the Championship 4.”
Chassis No. 48
Starts: 15
Last raced: Iowa, 2018
Wins: 3
     (Atlanta 2015, Las Vegas
      2015, Dover, 2016)
Poles: 2
     (Las Vegas 2015, Texas
      2015)
Laps led: 500
Top-five finishes: 4
Top-10 finishes: 4
Highest start: 1st
Highest finish: 1st
Crafton at Martinsville (NCWTS) 
Starts: 33
Wins: 2 (2014, 2015)
Poles: 1 (2011)
Top-five finishes: 9
Top-10 finishes: 19
Laps led: 385
Highest start: 1st (2011)
Highest finish: 1st (2014, 2015)
Last race finish: 15th (2018)
Average start: 11.0
Average finish: 10.6
Laps completed: 7,365
Race Recap: Talladega 
Started: 9th
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 2nd
Finished: 26th
Laps: 53 / 94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Crash
Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley
Driver Point Standings: 4th
Owner Point Standings: 4th
Playoff Position: 4th
Team General Manager & Spotter: David Pepper
Truck: No. 98 Protect The Harvest / Curb Records Ford F-150
Chatting with Grant Enfinger…
“Martinsville is always exciting, and I’m really looking forward to getting there this week. I feel like our No. 98 Protect The Harvest / Curb Records Ford F-150 team has momentum on our side, and we had a good truck here earlier this year in the spring race. We had good speed out of our Ford F-150 then, and I feel we are getting better each week.”
Chassis No. 43
Starts: 10
Last raced: Gateway, 2018
Wins: 1
     (Crafton – Martinsville, 2015)
Poles: 1 (Gateway, 2018)
Top-five finishes: 5
Top-10 finishes: 1
Highest start: 1st
     (Gateway, 2018)
Highest finish: 1st
     (Martinsville, 2015)
Enfinger at Martinsville 
(NCWTS)
Starts: 4
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five finishes: 1 (2018)
Top-10 finishes:1 (2018)

Laps led: 0

Highest start: 3rd (2018)
Highest finish: 2nd (2018)
Last race finish: 2nd (2018)
Average start: 14.5
Average finish: 13.2
Laps completed: 900
Race Recap: Talladega
Started: 4th
Stage 1: 1st
Stage 2: 27th
Finished: 19th
Laps: 92 / 94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
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