Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 6/6/2013

Brett Moffitt, driver of the #11 Aisin AW Toyota Camry for Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE), returned to action on Saturday, June 1st, capping off the first 1/3 of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC.  “The Stadium”, also known as “The Madhouse”, is a tight quarter-mile flat asphalt oval where teams know that they must stay out of trouble and keep the fenders on the car for a full 150 laps.  Points leader Moffitt came to the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 with 9 wins, 9 poles, and 22 podium finishes in 51 career starts, but still looking for his first win of the 2013 season.  In his 4 previous seasons in the East Series, he has never before gotten this deep into a season without scoring at least one win.

Race day started with points leader Moffitt clocking speeds in excess of the old track record during practice.  He led the first practice session with a lap of 14.723 seconds, and he shattered the track record of 61.241 mph during the second practice session, laying down a lap of 14.334 seconds (62.788 mph).

 

Photo By:  Getty Images for NASCAR

 

After practice Moffitt commented, “The track definitely got slicker during the second practice, once the temperature warmed up.  We are very happy with what Crew Chief Dave McCarty and the team have in the car, and I really like the way it gets through the corners.  The #11 is where it needs to be for qualifying and for the 150 lap feature.”   

Moffitt’s statements proved to be prophetic when he posted a track record qualifying lap of 14.471 seconds (62.193 mph) to capture the 10th Coors Pole Award of his career and his 2nd pole of the 2013 season, also marking the 6th different track on the K&N Pro Series East circuit where he has put his car on the pole.

 

Photo By:  Travis Barrett/NASCAR

 

After qualifying, Moffitt told his crew, “I want to thank HRE, Aisin AW, and all of you guys for such a great car!  We have a really good neutral balance on the car, and the track will get more grip as it cools down again.  We should be good to go for the start.”

From the drop of the green, Moffitt was in a league of his own.  He held the lead through a series of restarts, and he was able to maintain it and stretch it to multiple car lengths each time the green flag flew.  At lap 50, the crew noted that he was pulling away from the field and was running .200 seconds per lap faster than the second place car.  It looked as though Moffitt’s season-long winless drought was about to be broken, but before the half-way point of the race, while holding an 8-10 car length lead on the rest of the field, Moffitt lost all of the lights on the gauges.  Racing luck had bitten the #11 Aisin AW Toyota Camry.  Moffitt turned off all of the fans and was able to maintain the lead for the time being, but the battery problem caused the car to stumble on every subsequent restart.  With 110 laps completed, a multi-car accident caused the red flag to be displayed for track clean-up.  Although Moffitt was still leading at that time, he needed a push to get going again.

On lap 124, the eventual race winner Ben Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., took the lead from Moffitt, who was now running underpowered due to the dead battery.  Crew Chief McCarty brought Moffitt into the pits, where the crew changed the battery and Moffitt was able to finish the race, but he came back out onto the track 2 laps down.          

In spite of the mechanical issue, Moffitt held on for a 13th place finish and maintained a four-point lead in the season points standings.  The #11 team commented after the race that they had seen plenty of damaged cars during the race’s 13 caution flags plus 1 red flag condition, but the #11 did not have a mark on it at the end of the event.  

The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will be broadcast on SPEED on Friday, June 7th, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Moffitt and the #11 HRE Toyota team will take the Series points lead to Newton, IA, when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Iowa Speedway for the 7th annual Casey’s General Store 150 on Friday, June 7th.  This will be the first of two combination races with both the East and West Series at Iowa Speedway in 2013.

 For additional information, and to follow Moffitt’s racing career, log on at:  www.brettmoffittracing.com.  For information about Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE), log on atwww.hre.us.com.  To stay up to date with all of Moffitt’s news, both on the track and off, follow him on Facebook at Brett Moffitt Racing or Twitter @BrettMoffitt11.  For information on sponsorship opportunities with Brett Moffitt Racing, contact Dick Moffitt at (515)202-2310 or rmoffitt@destinyhomesusa.com.

 

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