For Matt Tifft, the annual NASCAR XFINITY Series stop at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course means a little more to him than others in the field. See, Tifft grew up in Hinckley, Ohio, which is roughly a little over an hour from the 2.258-mile road course. So, any time he gets a chance to race at Mid-Ohio, it’s his lone “home game” of the year.
In two career starts now in front of his home fans, the Ohio native hasn’t disappointed them.
Last year, Tifft would finish third with Joe Gibbs Racing. This year, he moved over to Richard Childress Racing and on Saturday, Tifft shined once again.
He started fifth and brought his No. 2 Chevrolet home fourth for his second consecutive top five finish in as many tries on his hometrack. It was also his second top five finish over the last four races as Tifft is heating up on the season. The fourth place run on Saturday ties his best finish of the season with a fourth place finish earlier in the year in Richmond.
He’s still 10th in the playoff standings, 143 points to the good right now. That has him feeling good about his playoff aspirations as he’s running as well as anyone in the series heading to next weeks race at Bristol.
Tifft is also showing that he’s a very underrated road course racer. This was his fifth XFINITY Series start on one and he has three top fives to his credit in those races.
In terms of Saturday, he was good all day as he finished 10th in the first stage and second in the second and final stage. It wasn’t a win, but a top five sure has to feel good in front of his home fans.