By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
The Playoff hopes for Brett Moffitt are still alive and kicking after Fr8Auctions and Northland Foundations stepped up to sponsor the Grimes, IA native. Sponsorship for Moffitt and the Hattori Racing Enterprises team was in question prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Moffitt will pilot the black No. 16 Fr8Auctions / Northland Foundations Toyota Tundra in Friday night’s Overton’s 225. Fr8Auctions last sponsored Moffitt in the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Northland Foundations adorned his NASCAR Xfinity Series entry with GMS Racing at Iowa Speedway last year.
“I cannot thank Marcus Barela and Fr8Auctions enough, along with Northland Foundations, for coming on board this weekend at Chicagoland,” Moffitt said. “It was extremely special to win the Rookie of the Year title in the Cup Series with them three years ago and this is even better. Last week at Gateway we weren’t sure what our status was for this weekend and having them come on board has given us the chance to race for another win this week at Chicago. I knew it was only a matter of time before more people realized what this team and organization is capable of, and hopefully we can put Fr8Auctions in victory lane on Friday night.”
The 25-year-old driver has just two prior starts at the Joliet, Illinois track, both in NASCAR’s Premier Series. Moffitt’s best finish was a 31stin 2015.
Moffitt enters Chicagoland with one victory and three top-five finishes on 1.5-mile tracks. In total, he has two victories, and five top-five finishes this season. Moffitt has been in contention on 1.5-mile tracks all season long.
“In terms of pure speed, our Fr8Auctions team has plenty of confidence,” Moffitt explained. “There isn’t a racetrack we show up at where we don’t think we can win. Scott (Zipadelli) and every person on this team does a great job putting quality Tundras on the racetrack and it shows every week. We consistently run up front and lead laps, and it’s nice to have multiple wins under our belt. I felt like we were the truck to beat last week at Gateway, so we have a job to finish this week at Chicago.”
Now Moffitt will look to make his reunion with Fr8Auctions and Northland Foundations a successful one at Chicagoland.