ThorSport Racing - 2017 Phoenix International Raceway Preview

Friday, November 10: (All times Eastern)
11:00am - Final Practice (FOX Sports 2)
5:30pm - Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
8:00pm - NCWTS Setup Show (FOX Sports 1)
8:30pm - Lucas Oil 150 (FOX Sports 1)

Phoenix Stages...
Stage 1 - 40 Laps (Concludes at lap 40)
Stage 2 - 40 Laps (Concludes at lap 80)
Stage 3 - 70 Laps (Concludes at lap 150)

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Team Stats:
Driver Point Standings: 13th
Owner Point Standings: 14th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

Notes:
This Week's No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra.... The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 36 for Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This is the same chassis Cody Coughlin piloted at Iowa Speedway (12th), and Bristol Motor Speedway (17th), earlier this season.
Phoenix Profile.... Although Coughlin will make his 34th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Friday night at PIR, the RIDE TV driver will be making his track debut at the one-mile oval.
Calling The Shots.... Rich Lushes, former truck chief for the No. 13 ThorSport Racing team, will once again call the shots for Coughlin at PIR. Lushes, who acted as crew chief at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, was Coughlin's Pro Late Models (JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour) crew chief in 2011, when the JEGS driver won the Rookie of the Year title.
Truck Series Stats.... Coughlin has made 33 NCWTS starts since 2015, with a career-best start of seventh at Talladega Superspeedway (2016), and a career-best finish of sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2017).
Catch Coughlin at Phoenix.... Coughlin will join his ThorSport Racing teammates for an autograph session on Friday, Nov. 10 from 1:00-1:45pm MST in the Fan Midway (next to the Busch Garage) at PIR. The session is first-come, first-serve.

Chatting with Cody Coughlin...
"My spotter, Terry Cook, does a great job helping me prepare for each track we go to, especially the new ones. I'll study the notes that he usually gives me and we'll go from there, and hopefully be strong right off the truck on Friday."

Team Stats:
Driver Point Standings: 5th
Owner Point Standings: 10th
2017 Playoff Position: 5th

Notes:
This Week's No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra... The No. 27 ThorSport Racing team will debut chassis No. 45 for Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This is a proven ThorSport Racing chassis that will make its 2017 debut under the lights on Friday night.
Phoenix Profile... Rhodes will make his third career start at PIR on Friday night. The Safelite AutoGlass driver has a track-best start of fourth (2014), and a track-best finish of fifth (2014). In 2015 Rhodes started ninth and finished 14th.
Settling The Championship 4 Field at Phoenix... Rhodes, who is currently fifth in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs, is a mere five points outside of the Championship 4 entering Friday night's elimination race at PIR. To lock himself in to the Championship 4, and compete for his first series title at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week, the Safelite AutoGlass driver will need to win, or leave PIR with a fourth-place finish in the driver point standings.
Beyond The Glass... In advance of the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night, Rhodes will attend the "Best of Belron" (Southwest Region) competition on behalf of partner, Safelite AutoGlass, on Wednesday. Rhodes will MC a portion of the event, in which Safelite technicians compete in various areas including, but not limited to, windshield repair, and windshield replacement. Rhodes will also visit one of the largest Safelite AutoGlass call centers, located in Chandler, Arizona on Thursday. The facility, which opened in 2010, covers 86,000 square feet. Additionally, there will be more than 600 Safelite employees in the grandstands on Friday night, cheering on Rhodes and the No. 27 Safelite team.
2017 Season Stats... In 21 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has earned one pole (Pocono), and led 160 laps en route to one win (Las Vegas), six top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes.
Truck Series Stats... In 48 NCWTS races, Rhodes has two poles, and has led 215 laps en route to one win, nine top-five, and 20 top-10 finishes.
Catch Ben at Phoenix... Rhodes will join his ThorSport Racing teammates for an autograph session on Friday, Nov. 10 from 1:00-1:45pm MST in the Fan Midway (next to the Busch Garage) at PIR. The session is first-come, first-serve.

Chatting with Ben Rhodes...

Phoenix is the last race to determine the Championship 4. Currently you're on the outside looking in. What's your "Game Plan" to make it into the Top-4 following Friday nights race?
"To beat everyone else sounds simple, but it's going to be quite the challenge. ThorSport Racing has given me some unbelievably fast Safelite Toyota Tundra's in the past, so I know I can count on that same speed Friday night. My crew chief Eddie Troconis and I also communicate really well, so if I need changes I know he will be on top of it. It will come down to keeping this Safelite AutoGlass Tundra clean, having great pit stops, and running up front - especially ahead of the 19 - all night. I know we are more than capable of getting a win, and I'll do what it takes to make that happen."

Team Stats:
2017 Driver Point Standings: 3rd
2017 Owner Point Standings: 3rd
2017 Playoff Position: 3rd

Notes:
This Week's No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra... The No. 88 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 63 for Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This is the same chassis Matt Crafton piloted to two top-five, and four top-10 finishes, earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway (9th), Gateway Motorsports Park (4th), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (6th), and Martinsville Speedway (2nd).
Phoenix Profile... Crafton has made 16 starts at PIR. The ThorSport Racing driver's success includes 15 laps led en route to six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. The Menards driver has a track-best start of second (2007, 2010, 2014), and a track-best finish of second (2014).
Settling The Championship 4 Field at Phoenix... Crafton, who is currently third (+24 points) in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs, is looking to lock himself in to the Championship 4 following Friday night's elimination race at PIR. With the top-four drivers transferring to the Championship 4, the Menards driver needs to win, or maintain a top-four position in points, to race for the title in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week.
Back to Where It All Began... Although the central California town of Tulare, is more than 500 miles from PIR, the ThorSport Racing driver calls the one-mile oval a "hometown" race. Crafton, who got his start in the Featherlite Southwest Tour, a highly competitive regional series, made 12 starts at PIR between 1997 and 2006, and his success at the Avondale, Ariz. track included two poles (2000, 2001), a win (2006), and three top-five finishes. Crafton's four-year tenure in the series produced a championship title in 2000, and opened the door to his career in NASCAR, racing for Duke and Rhonda Thorson at ThorSport Racing in 2001.
Season Stats... In 21 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has one win (Eldora), one pole (Michigan), and has led 321 laps en route to five top-five, and 15 top-10 finishes.
Career Stats...In 405 NCWTS starts, Crafton has earned 13 poles, and led 2456 laps en route to 14 wins, 102 top-five, and 241 top-10 finishes.

Chatting with Matt Crafton...

"I've always had Phoenix circled on the schedule. I basically started my career at Phoenix, and it would be nice to bring that full circle, and win one in front of a lot of friends and family. We've been pretty decent there in the past, and I'll drive as hard as I can from the green flag to the checkered flag, just like I do every week. I'm sure every lap will be just as intense as it was last year, but we know what we have to do to advance to Homestead. So, God willing, and we do our jobs, we will have a shot next week."

Team Information:
Driver Point Standings: 10th
Owner Point Standings: 12th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

Notes:
This Week's No. 98 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra... The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 55 for Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).This is the same chassis Grant Enfinger piloted to one top-five and two top-10 finishes earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway (8th), Charlotte Motor Speedway (7th), Pocono Raceway (13th), and Bristol Motor Speedway (4th).
Phoenix Profile... Although Enfinger will be making his 36th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Friday night, the Jive Communications driver will make his track debut at PIR.
Sunoco Rookie Update... The ThorSport Racing driver currently leads the charge in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, by four points over second-place Chase Briscoe.
Season Update... In 21 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has led 41 laps en route to nine top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes, with a season-best start of fifth (Texas Motor Speedway), and a season-best finish of third (Texas Motor Speedway, and Gateway Motorsports Park).
Truck Series Stats... In 35 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole (Daytona, 2016), and has led 91 laps en route to one win (Talladega, 2016), 11 top-five, and 19 top-10 finishes.
Catch Grant at Phoenix... Enfinger will join his ThorSport Racing teammates for an autograph session on Friday, Nov. 10 from 1:00-1:45pm MST in the Fan Midway (next to the Busch Garage) at PIR. The session is first-come, first-serve.

Chatting with Grant Enfinger...

You're closing in on the end of your rookie campaign. How would you Grade your first full-time season in the Truck Series?
"I'd say overall, for a rookie season, I would grade us a B at this point. We've been a consistent truck, and have had a lot of good finishes. However, we haven't won a race yet, and we really haven't contended for wins on a regular basis. I'm proud of the effort everyone has put into this year, and we still have two shots to get to victory lane, with the first one being Phoenix on Friday night, and I'm really looking forward to it. Phoenix is a place I've been wanting to race at for a long time."