Rhodes, who last year qualified for the Truck Series playoffs and scored his first series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will return to the team to pilot the No. 41 Ford F-150. It will be his third season at ThorSport Racing. He’ll continue to work with crew chief Eddie Troconis.
“We have continuity,” said Rhodes, who last year drove the No. 27 for ThorSport Racing. “This is my second year with the same crew, same everybody. When you have three years in a row, you start to build a rapport with your team and the people that are there. You develop relationships that I think will be lasting. Even if I was to move up in other series I consider them great friends.”
Rhodes gave full credit for his return to ThorSport Racing to team owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson, who he says have gotten behind him and are giving him everything he needs to be successful.
“I would say the reason I’m here right now is strictly because of Duke and Rhonda Thorson,” Rhodes said. “The deciding factor for me is Duke Thorson himself. He is investing me as an individual and as a driver. He is putting a lot of time, effort and energy into me. I just have a ton of respect for that. Nobody else has really done that for me and he is the guy that has enough faith in me to do that.”
Enfinger will return for his second season at ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to continue as driver of the No. 98 Ford F-150. He’ll have support from Champion Power Tools and Curb Records for an unspecified number of races this year. Jeff Hensley will return as Enfinger’s crew chief.
“To be able to actually know what I have in store for me for the rest of the year is great for me, great for my mindset and great for the whole team,” Enfinger said. “I’m really excited to be ThorSport Racing again for a second year and I’m glad to be back with Ford.”
Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion who also has a Truck Series victory at Talladega (Ala. ) Superspeedway in 2016, is looking forward to continuing his NASCAR journey at ThorSport.
“It’s tough to put all the piece together to go full-time racing in any division, much less the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” Enfinger said. “So I’m very fortunate and very, very blessed to be here.”
Rhodes and Enfinger will join veteran ThorSport driver Matt Crafton on the team roster again this season. The team recently announced that they would be switch from Toyota to Ford horsepower this year. Enfinger thinks that the move will benefit everyone at ThorSport in the long term.
“I think there is going to be a little bit of a transition period here at the beginning, but I think it is going to be really good for our team long term,” Enfinger said. “I’m looking forward to getting in this Ford F-150 here at Daytona.”