By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
Defending NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Champion Brett Moffitt is set to make his 50th series start at Pocono Raceway.
The GMS Racing driver has two previous starts at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’ Moffitt’s best finish at the 2.5-mile track, third, came in 2016. In last year’s race he finished 26th after mechanical issues hampered his race.
Moffitt will pilot the No. 24 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet Silverado in the Gander RV 150 on Saturday afternoon.
“I really enjoy racing at Pocono,” Moffitt said. “It says everything in the nickname, it’s a tricky track, I’ve had some success there in the past. Three different corners means finding the balance is crucial, but it’s challenging.”
For the first time, Pocono Raceway will utilize the PJ1 traction compound in its’ three corners. Moffitt has eight starts on tracks with the PJ1 traction compound. When it’s been utilized, the 26-year-old has three top-five and four top-10 finishes on the sticky surface.
“With the PJ1 there as long as we can race side by side it’ll be pretty racy,” Moffitt explained. “Hopefully we can go out there and find the balance right off the bat and be the first to three wins and get that boost going into the playoffs.”
In Moffitt’s 49 previous truck series starts, he has one championship, nine victories, 23 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. He earned his first career pole position earlier this season at Dover International Speedway.
Entering Pocono, Moffitt is locked into the playoffs via his series-high two victories at Iowa Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway. He also leads the way in playoff points with 11. Johnny Sauter is second in the category with eight playoff points.
In the regular season championship, Moffitt is 41-points behind Grant Enfinger. With three races remaining in the regular season, the 15-playoff points bonus for winning the regular season title is still within reach for the Grimes, IA native.