By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Despite a relative lack of experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Brett Moffitt has become an early favorite for the Championship.
Moffitt enters Kansas Speedway with a new sponsor on his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota Tundra, Concrete Supply / Central Plains Cement Company. Friday night’s 37 Kind Days 250 will mark his second trip to the Kansas City, Kansas track in the Truck Series.
In Moffitt’s only other trip in the Truck Series to Kansas, he started and finished seventh. On 1.5-mile tracks, the Grimes, IA native has seven starts with one victory (Atlanta 2018) and three top-10 finishes. In fact, in Moffitt’s 18 total Truck starts, half have resulted in top-10 finishes.
“I’m really excited to be back in the Midwest and racing close to home,” Moffitt explained, “especially with Concrete Supply and Central Plains Cement Company on board with us. We have a lot of people coming down from back home in Iowa to watch this weekend and I always enjoy racing in this part of the country. It’s nice to get back to Kansas and get back to racing at an intermediate.
“The 1.5-milers have been our strong suit so far this season. Even last year, Zippy (Scott Zipadelli) and this team were really strong all season at all the intermediates, so we have a great chance to get another win this week. This is the same truck we won with at Atlanta and led a bunch of laps at Las Vegas, so I’m ready to go.”
After five races spread out over three months, the Truck Series enters the busiest stretch of the season. In the next four months, Hattori Racing Enterprises and other Truck teams will have 13 of their 23 races. This stretch of races will take the series directly into the 2018 Playoffs, which Moffitt has likely earned a spot in with his victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this season.
“Now that we have a big stretch of races coming up, we can start to get in a rhythm and start to build momentum again,” Moffitt added. “Last week was disappointing to get in a wreck right off the bat, but Kansas is a great opportunity for us to rebound and compete for another win. Since we have a win in the bank, getting more playoff points and winning races are the things that will really make an impact on our season. That’s our goal, is to rack up as many points as we can by winning races and put ourselves in a good position once the playoffs roll around.”
Moffitt will utilize HRE chassis No. 007. It is the same chassis that he won in at Atlanta and was on the verge of winning with at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In eight races, the chassis has six top-five and seven top-10 finishes dating back to its first appearance at Pocono Raceway last year.
Now Moffitt and his HRE team will look to build on their 1.5-mile prowess in Friday night’s 37 Kind Days 250.