Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 7/21/2011

Grimes, IA (July 20, 2011) - Brett Moffitt, native of Grimes, Iowa, and driver of the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, reclaimed second place in the year-to-date Championship point standings with his runner-up finish in the New England 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

In the first eight NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races of the 2011 season, Moffitt has posted two victories and five top-two finishes. That leaves only three races with a finish lower than second. He ran well enough to have a good shot at the win in each of those three races also, until circumstances beyond the control of the driver and his race team changed the outcome. At South Boston Speedway, Moffitt had an untouchable lead, before a lapped car spun directly in front of him, taking him out of contention with eight laps remaining. At Bowman Gray Stadium, Moffitt was just “riding” along in third place and saving his equipment when a car spun him from behind exiting a turn with forty laps to go. At Gresham Motorsports Park, Moffitt was running fourth when a right front tire blew, just fourteen laps before the checkered flag flew. According to NASCAR’s statistics, Moffitt has led 384 laps this season, more than double the number of laps led by his next nearest competitor, who has led 180.

“Heading into the race at NHMS, we thought we would be disappointed with anything less than a win, but we made up a lot of ground in the points,” Moffitt said. “Today’s finish was a big step toward a run for the Championship in the final races, so we can walk away happy.”

The No. 00 MWR team focused their efforts during the weekend’s only practice session on making the car handle well in race trim. Although they did not attempt a mock qualifying run, Moffitt was able to qualify seventh, with a lap time of 30.418 (125.215 mph). Moffitt still holds the NHMS qualifying record, which he set in 2010, with a time of 29.863 (127.542 mph). After another competitor was forced to the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments, Moffitt was moved up to the fifth position for the start of the race.

It didn’t take Moffitt long to work his way into the top four, where he stayed for the majority of the race. When the caution flag flew for an accident on lap 45, most of the leaders pitted. On the first cycle of pit stops, Moffitt’s crew took fuel only, and on the second cycle, they took right side tires. Because several cars stayed on the track, Moffitt found himself restarting in eighth, but by lap 66, Moffitt had worked his way back up to fourth and was pressuring the leaders.

On lap 84, Moffitt took the lead, and he had begun to stretch it out over the field, until another caution on lap 97 bunched the field back together for the final restart, with 24 laps to go. Moffitt was able to hold off a late race charge from the second place contender for a handful of laps, but he lost the lead with just 12 laps remaining and was not able to regain it.

“After we had taken the lead late in the race, I thought we were in good shape,” Moffitt said, “but the last caution bunched us all back up again. The car was too tight at the end, and I think the tight condition is what cost us the win.”

In five starts at NHMS, Moffitt has earned four consecutive top-five finishes, including two consecutive runner-up finishes. “I really like running here at NHMS,” Moffitt said. “It is my kind of track, because as a racer, you have to search to find the best line and be careful not to overdrive the car.”

With this latest impressive run, Moffitt moved up from fourth to second in the Championship points standings, 94 points behind the leader. NASCAR’s press release stated, “Moffitt and the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota team are in good position to challenge Gresham down the stretch.”

“I am happy that we were able to move back up to second in points, and I know this team is capable of running down the leader in the final races. I hope we can continue to perform like we have been, avoid misfortune, and let the points take care of themselves,” Moffitt concluded.

The New England 125 will be broadcast on SPEED TV on Thursday, August 4th at 6 p.m. ET.

The next stop on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule is Saturday, July 23rd, at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio for the inaugural Jegs 150. In three inaugural races this season, Moffitt has recorded two-second place finishes and thinks the team will prove equally able to adapt to the new track conditions in Ohio.

“We were told that Columbus is a lot like Langley Motor Speedway, and we performed really well there,” Moffitt said, “so I am looking forward to going to Ohio. We are very confident, because our team has the proven ability to adjust quickly and well to new tracks.”

Voting is now underway for NASCAR’s most popular driver in each touring series.   Fans may vote once a day and are encouraged to vote throughout the season, until November 20th. You can click on the link below and save the page in your web browser.   Brett would really appreciate your vote!

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