The Quest Begins … Brett Moffitt’s quest for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship begins north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) on Sunday afternoon. Moffitt’s four victories in the regular season earned him and HRE their first appearances in the NCWTS Playoffs. The driver of the No. 16 Don Valley North Toyota, Weins Canada Tundra enters the opening playoff round 15 points out of the lead, and 18 points above the cutline. Three races will determine the six drivers that will move on to the second round.
Ready for Road Racing … CTMP is the only road course race on the NCWTS tour, but it’s not the only road course race for Moffitt this season. Moffitt and the No. 16 team raced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) event at Watkins Glen International (WGI) earlier this month to gain additional road course experience. Moffitt went to victory lane in thrilling fashion, with yet another last-lap pass. The trip to WGI also prepared Moffitt for various weather conditions. Moffitt turned his first laps in fully wet conditions on rain tires in practice and is equipped to handle any track conditions that are presented on Sunday afternoon.
Season to Date … Moffitt and his HRE team put together a regular season that very few could have predicted. Moffitt earned the organization's first victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in February and followed that up with heart-pounding wins at Iowa Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and Michigan International Speedway. In total, Moffitt tallied eight top-five and eight top-10 finishes, as well as one stage win and has led 173 laps. The Round of Eight begins with Moffitt second on the Playoff Grid, 15 points out of the lead.
Road Course History … Sunday’s 64-lap contest will be Moffitt’s second appearance at CTMP. In 2016, Moffitt made his debut on the 2.45-mile road course driving the No. 11 for Red Horse Racing while working alongside crew chief Scott Zipadelli. A last-lap spin relegated him to a 16th-place finish in ’16, but he brings extra confidence to CTMP this weekend from his recent victory at WGI. The Grimes, Iowa native has six road course starts in the NKNPSE on his resume in addition to one start at WGI in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Chassis Selection … The only road course on the circuit requires the only appearance for HRE’s road course chassis. Zipadelli and the No. 16 team have prepared chassis No. 004 for the NCWTS Playoff kickoff. This chassis was last raced at CTMP last season when Ryan Truex drove it to a fifth-place finish and a stage win.
Tune In … Coverage from Bowmanville, Ontario begins with two rounds of qualifying on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. FS1’s race coverage on Sunday afternoon kicks off at 2 p.m. ET with NASCAR Raceday, followed by the first green flag of the NCWTS Playoffs at 2:30 p.m. ET. Stay updated with Moffitt and the No. 16 Don Valley North Toyota, Weins team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter and liking Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook.
Brett Moffitt Quote:
On the season thus far:
“I think we’ve proven this year that even though we don’t have the biggest budget and the biggest race team that we can compete with them week in and week out. We’ve had speed in our Tundras every week. There’s been a couple races, Kentucky, Martinsville, and Bristol where I felt like we didn’t have winning speed. We learned a lot at those tracks. We won’t go back the same and we’ll improve upon it. I think this team has a lot of ability to adjust in diverse situations. Everyone is really passionate, and no one has too big of a head on their shoulders…and I think that’s what makes us so strong.”
On making his second-career start at CTMP:
“I don’t know what we’ll have until we get on track for practice this weekend. It’s the only road course race we have, so it’s hard to know what to expect. We had a great run at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago. It’s nice to have a little bit of a road course rhythm and winning made it an even better experience. It’d be nice to go up there this weekend and come away with a top-three finish for some breathing room, and hopefully get a win for everyone at Don Valley North Toyota, Weins Canada, and all of my guys.”
“I went there in 2016 with Red Horse Racing, so I got a little bit of experience there. I was on the TRD simulator, which helps a lot and obviously the Glen was a different style of racecar. But I think it gets you back in that road course racing mindset. Fortunately, it rained during practice at the Glen and I had never raced in the rain before. So, I got some experience doing that in case it does rain this weekend.”