Hungry for Redemption … Brett Moffitt returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) eager for redemption after coming close to victory at the desert showplace earlier this season. The driver of the No. 16 Osaka Toyota, TZ Toyota Tundra led 27 laps en-route to a third-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ previous visit to “Sin City” in March. As the tour returns, Moffitt holds a 29-point cushion on the cut line in the Playoff standings with two races left on the table in the Round of Eight. Two of Moffitt’s four victories this year have come on 1.5-mile speedways, and another at LVMS on Friday night would automatically advance him to the next round of the playoffs.
Playoff Positioning … The first race of the NCWTS Playoffs at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) was kind to Moffitt and the No. 16 team. Moffitt garnered 16 points in the first two stages and escaped the final-lap chaos to tally a third-place finish. With two races remaining in the opening round, Moffitt sits third on the Playoff Grid and extended his cushion on the cutoff by 11 points after his podium finish at CTMP.
Season to Date … Through the first 17 races of the season, Moffitt has compiled one of the most impressive seasons of any driver in the NCWTS garage. The Grimes, Iowa product has tallied four race wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Michigan International Speedway), along with nine top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Sin City History … The spring race at LVMS in March was the first NCWTS start for Moffitt in Sin City. The third-place performance tops his brief history in Las Vegas. Prior to this season, Moffitt had made one start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at LVMS in 2015.
Chassis Selection … It’s back! Chassis No. 007 returns to the track at LVMS fresh off its second victory of 2018 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) three races ago. Since being built in July 2017, this Toyota Tundra has been the primary workhorse for crew chief Scott Zipadelli and company on the intermediate tracks. In its seven appearances this season, Moffitt has driven it to victory lane twice (MIS and Atlanta Motor Speedway). Moffitt has led 62 laps, won one Stage victory and collected four top-five finishes in this chassis.
Tune In … Moffitt and his NCWTS competitors hit the track on Thursday afternoon for two practice sessions. FOX Sports 1’s coverage begins on Friday evening with qualifying at 6 p.m. ET, followed by round 2 of the NCWTS Playoffs at 9 p.m. ET. FS1 will feature Moffitt and the No. 16 team during the pre race show, NASCAR RaceDay, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Stay updated with Moffitt and the HRE team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter and by liking Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook.
Brett Moffitt Quote:
On his position in the Playoffs:
“It was important to get off to a good start in the Playoffs in Canada to give ourselves a little bit of a cushion. We’ve been so strong at the mile-and-a-half’s this year, so we look at this week as a great opportunity for us to lock ourselves into the next round. It’s an important race for everybody in the Playoffs, especially with Talladega coming up, but I feel good about it given how strong we were back in March. I’d love to advance ourselves to the next round, especially for all the guys that put so much effort into these trucks, but also for Osaka Toyota and TZ.”
On returning to Las Vegas after a strong run in March:
“Any time we go to the mile-and-a-half’s, I always have a lot of confidence. Scott (Zipadelli) and this team have done such a good job all year bringing fast trucks every week, and we’ve got 007 again this week. We were so good at Las Vegas back in March, and we felt like that was our race to win. There’s definitely some unfinished business there. I’m hungry to get one that got away earlier this year. Everyone knows how big a win is in the Playoffs and it would be really nice to go to Talladega with a minimal amount of stress.”