By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
After the closure of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the 2015 season, MWR development driver, Brett Moffitt, was left without a ride. Moffitt spent most of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season filling in for Matt Tifft who had under-gone surgery for a brain tumor.
In this substitute role in the Red Horse Racing No. 11 Toyota Tundra, Moffitt scored his first NASCAR National Series victory in dramatic fashion at Michigan International Raceway. After this upset win, he will now pilot the No. 7 Toyota Tundra at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Moffitt joins series veteran Timothy Peters at Red Horse Racing.
Moffitt will have veteran crew chief Butch Hylton on top of the pit box. Hylton has won eight races in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series with various drivers including Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Peters.
Moffitt was the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year. In addition to his victory at Michigan, Moffitt has three top fives and four Top 10s in the Truck Series, all of which came with Red Horse Racing in 2016. In his six starts with Red Horse Racing, Moffitt had an average finish of 10.2 and an average start of 7.2.
Moffit’s experience is not limited to the three national NASCAR series. In the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series, he has nine wins, 33 top fives, 44 Top 10s, and 10 poles in just 61 starts.
Team owner Tom DeLoach was confident about his lineup for the 2017 season, “I think we have put together a championship caliber team. Our goal this year is to be in contention for wins and in the mix for the playoffs and the championship at the end of the year.”
Moffitt how heads to Daytona and then Atlanta with the hopes of turning this two race opportunity into a full season run.