By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Coming off of his second win of the season, Brett Moffitt is looking to earn back-to-back wins for the first time. Moffitt has added pressure on his Hattori Racing Enterprises team as sponsorship is in question for upcoming races.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff hopeful will be using the same chassis at Gateway Motorsports Park that he won with last weekend. Moffitt also drove Chassis No. 009 to a third-place finish at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season. This is the second time this season that he will use a chassis in back-to-back races.
“Last week was such a great feeling to be able to win at home at Iowa in front of family and friends,” Moffitt said. “It was such a blessing to be able to win on Father’s Day weekend and to have my parents there made it even more special. I love racing in the Midwest. Some of the best race fans in the world are here and we have a great chance to go back-to-back this weekend at Gateway. The guys did and awesome job of turning this truck around from Iowa and I know we’ll have a fast AISIN Group Tundra when we get to the track on Friday.”
The Villa Lighting Delivers the Eaton 200 will be the first race at Gateway Motorsports Park for Moffitt. The 25-year-old will drive the No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota Tundra at the 1.250-mile Oval in Saturday night’s race. In two races at the Madison, IL facility, the team has a best finish of seventh last year with Ryan Truex behind the wheel.
“This is a place I haven’t raced at before, so it’s helpful to have an extra practice on Friday,” Moffitt explained. “The repave is probably going to be a bit of an equalizer for everyone this week. It’s definitely a unique track and unlike any place we race at all season. We’ve been really fast with this chassis both times we’ve brought it to the racetrack and I don’t think this weekend will be an exception.”
“I’m sure everyone will be battling for track position and clean air on Saturday night, so we’ll need to stay on top of pit strategies throughout the race. Now that we have two wins, we can afford to be a little more aggressive and try to get two in a row for Toyota, TRD, AISIN and everyone that supports us.”
Moffitt enters Gateway third in the Championship Points Standings, 85-points behind Points Leader Johnny Sauter. He also has 11 Playoff Points, second only to Sauter’s 22 Playoff Points. Although Moffitt is locked into the Playoffs via his wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Iowa, it is unknown if the team’s sponsorship woes could come into play. Moffitt and his team are hopeful that a win on Saturday night could change that.