Off to a Good Start … Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) holds one of the most critical dates in the chase for the NASCAR Camping World Truck (NCWTS) championship, and Brett Moffitt is in the crux of the battle. The driver of the No. 16 AISIN Group Tundra comes to TMS in one of the four coveted transfer spots to Homestead-Miami Speedway, thanks to a strong second-place result at Martinsville Speedway one week ago. Moffitt opened the Round of Six with a track-best finish at Martinsville and looks to move move one step closer to capturing a championship at TMS.
Even the Stakes are Bigger … “Everything is bigger in Texas”, and that couldn’t be more applicable than this week at TMS. Two more chances are still on the table for Moffitt and the No. 16 team to secure one of three remaining places in the championship fight at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Friday at TMS and the following week at ISM Raceway. Moffitt occupies the third position on the Playoff Grid, 15 points up on the cut line. TMS’ 1.5-mile layout offers the Grimes, Iowa product a ripe opportunity to earn a direct transfer to the championship finale with a victory. Two of Moffitt’s four victories this season have come on 1.5-mile tracks at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) and Chicagoland Speedway.
Season to Date … Moffitt’s second-place finish at Martinsville was his 10th top-five finish of the 2018 season. His third-place position in the championship playoffs standings is due in large part to his four victories on the season at AMS, Iowa Speedway, Chicagoland, and Michigan International Speedway. Moffitt has also accumulated 10 top-10 finishes, one stage victory and has led 191 laps.
Texas History … Moffitt enters TMS with four previous starts at “No Limits, Texas” under his belt. He has three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts on his resume, from November 2014 through 2015. His lone NCWTS start in the Lone Star state came earlier this season with an 18th-place finish. He and the No. 16 team look to apply their previous success on intermediate tracks to TMS on Friday night and reserve their spot among the championship finalists.
Chassis Selection … Crew chief Scott Zipadelli has prepared a former race winning chassis for Moffitt to take to battle at TMS. Chassis No. 008 will return to action for the first time since running at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. This chassis has made four total starts and was driven to victory lane by Moffitt at Chicagoland on June 29th.
Tune In … The FOX Sports team will be live in “No Limits, Texas” beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon with coverage of pole qualifying on FOX Sports 2. Race coverage will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday night with NASCAR Raceday followed by the green flag at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Stay updated on Moffitt and the No. 16 team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter and liking Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook.
Brett Moffitt Quote:
On his outlook for the Round of Six:
“We got off to a solid start last week at Martinsville. We didn’t get as many stage points as we wanted to, but a second-place finish made it a good points day. I felt like we were really good at Texas in the spring before the wreck, so hopefully we’ll have similar speed in the truck to compete for a win. I’ve felt confident in this team every week so far this season, and it’s no different this week. Scott (Zipadelli) and the guys really hustle during the week to prepare the best AISIN Group Tundra they can for us to race for wins. I’d love to get the job done on Friday and lock ourselves into Homestead for this whole team, AISIN Group, Toyota, TRD, and everyone who’s put effort into our team this year.”
On expectations at Texas:
“Every week we prepare to win and have high expectations for ourselves. Our mile-and-a-half program has been really strong this year. We’ve won twice and feel like we should have another win or two based on how strong we’ve been. Texas is another great opportunity for us this weekend. Qualifying will be important, since it’s not the easiest place to pass with the recent repave, but we’ve had race winning speed nearly every week this year, so hopefully we can take advantage of that on Friday.”