Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 4/20/2011
Grimes, IA (April 20, 2011) – Brett Moffitt, driver of the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, showed his team’s strength this past weekend at the second stop on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule in South Boston, VA.

After leading 67 consecutive laps and stretching his lead to three seconds over second place with only a few laps remaining, Moffitt was involved in a wreck when two lapped cars tangled directly in front of him.  Moffitt’s hard impact was enough to end the race early for the Iowa native, resulting in a 24th place finish.

The 18-year-old driver showed his speed all weekend.  After winning the season opener in dominating fashion, the team did not disappoint.  In the first and only practice session of the weekend, Moffitt’s car sustained some minor front-end damage when a car in front of him slowed on the racetrack.  Despite the damage, and never making a qualifying attempt, Moffitt was second quickest in practice.

The crew worked feverishly to make repairs before qualifying, and Moffitt was able to back up his speed.  After getting “wicked” loose coming out of turn four to finish his qualifying lap, his speed was still good enough for second quickest; however, Moffitt knew the strength was going to be in the race.

Once the green flag dropped, Moffitt’s main goal was to save his tires during the early portion of the race and keep the car clean.  The plan worked well. After dicing his way through heavy lap traffic, Moffitt was able to get a nose inside the leader to earn the lead on lap 74 and never looked back.

Once he had the lead, it wasn’t long before he stretched it to three seconds over his closest competitor.  On lap 91, Moffitt nearly avoided a spin from a lapped car directly in front of him.  After getting the jump on the final restart, Moffiitt looked to be heading to Victory Lane for his third consecutive win; however, it was not to be.

With only nine laps to go, two lapped cars wrecked directly in front of Moffitt.  With nowhere to go, Moffitt slammed into the lapped car head on. The car received major front-end damage and was out of the race.  Because he did not finish the race, Moffitt’s near-win, resulted in a devastating 24th place finish.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Moffitt said. “The lapped cars were so difficult to pass today.  It’s so disappointing for the guys to work so hard on building these awesome cars, just to see it get taken away at the end like that. The positive thing is that we showed people the Greenville win was not a fluke. We will just keep our chin up knowing we led a lot of laps and had the winning car.”

After leading the Championship standings heading into the race, Moffitt now finds himself in sixth place, 45 points behind the leader. “To lose the lead is disappointing, but I know this team can rebound, and we can quickly regain the ground we lost,” Moffitt said.

The series stops next at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA, on April 28 in conjunction with the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup series for a triple-header weekend. The series is new to RIR, and Moffitt looks forward to competing at the Virginia short track.

“I am so excited to go to Richmond,” Moffitt said. “When the schedule was first released over the winter, I was pumped to get to go there. Especially with the other major NASCAR divisions there, it will really be a chance for us to receive more exposure, and, hopefully, to turn some more heads.”

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For information on sponsorship opportunities with Brett Moffitt Racing, contact Michele Scaglione at:  515.419.8357, and Dick Moffitt at:  515.202.2310 or

Brett Moffitt, No. 00 Michael Waltrip Toyota Quick Hits:

  • Moffitt started second and finished 24th.
  • Moffitt led the field for 67 of the 150 laps.
  • Led by three seconds before he was involved in the crash on lap 140.
  • Qualified second despite minor front-end damage in a practice incident.
  • Sought his third consecutive East Series victory (Dover, 2010, Greenville-Pickens, 2011).
  • The race is scheduled to air on SPEED, Thursday May 12 at 6 PM EST. 

Tags: brett moffitt , nascar , k&n , pro series east , south boston , va , virginia , michael waltrip racing

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