Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 7/29/2011
Grimes, IA (July 27, 2011) – Brett Moffitt and the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota team logged their third consecutive podium finish and cut the points deficit to 80 in the Jegs 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday evening.  After being spun from behind in the early going, Moffitt once again battled back from a lap down and rallied for a hard-earned third place finish.

“It felt like it was Langley all over again,” Moffitt said.  “We had another car capable of winning and should have won. In spite of that, it was very rewarding to see how we fought back together as a team and overcame the obstacles.”

In their first trip to the 1/3 mile short track, Moffitt and the No. 00 MWR team adapted quickly to the untested track conditions.  Moffitt showed speed in both practice sessions with a best time of 14.497 (82.693 mph), which was good for fourth place in the final practice of the day.  The team again placed their emphasis on getting the car set up for long runs under race conditions and did not attempt a pole run.  Moffitt qualified twelfth, with a time of 14.505 (82.647 mph).

“Our car was very consistent in practice, and we knew we were in good shape for the race,” Moffitt explained.  “Our car never really gave up time on the long runs, so it was right where it needed to be.”

When the race went green, Moffitt found himself pinned on the high side, trying to find an opening to work his way to the bottom.  Once he got to the bottom groove, it didn’t take long to start working his way toward the leaders.  NASCAR scored him in 7th on lap 20. By lap 24, he was attempting to pass for 5th. By lap 50, he was shown in 4th, and by lap 52, he was in third place and gaining on the leaders.

While trying to make his way around a slower lapped car on lap 53, he was spun from behind, resulting in a brush with the wall.  The team pitted three times under yellow, making maximum effort to repair the damage quickly and trying to salvage a good finish.  When the race was green flagged again on lap 60, Moffitt was back at the tail end of the field, one lap down in 20th place, and he definitely had his work cut out for him.

“A nearly identical situation happened early at Langley, and we battled back, so I knew if I could remain calm and cautiously aggressive, we could still turn the night into a positive one,” Moffitt said. Over the years, Moffitt has gained a reputation for staying cool in tough circumstances, and he lived up to his reputation again at Columbus.

After threading his way through the back half of the field, Moffitt got the break he needed on lap 63, when he received the free pass. Although it put him back on the lead lap, he had to lose all the track position he had just gained and restart at the back of the field once again.

When the green flag flew on lap 70, Moffitt became a man on a mission.  By lap 100, he had worked his way back into the top ten.  The final yellow flag flew on lap 123 for a multi-car spin, as rain started drizzling.  After a quick red flag while NASCAR determined the running order, and with lightning threatening in the distance, the race was restarted for the final time on lap 130, with Moffitt shown in 8th place.   With the laps running out, Moffitt had to be masterful in the execution of passes while coming through the field.   

Within 11 laps, Moffitt had passed his way into third and was gaining on the second place car, but ran out of time. “I am disappointed that we didn’t have time to challenge for the lead, but with everything we went through tonight, coming home in third was a great run,” Moffitt said.

The Jegs 150 will be televised on SPEED TV on August 6th at 6 p.m. ET.

Moffitt gained 14 points in the Championship point standings this week and trails the leader by only 80 points heading into the final three races of the season.

The Series returns on September 5th for the Greenville 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC.  The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opened at GPS, where Moffitt sat on the pole, led every lap, and won the race.

“Our performance at Greenville in April gives us a lot of confidence going into the next race. We really hope we can repeat,” Moffitt said.  “I think it will be the perfect place to gain some more ground in the point standings.”

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!

http://www.nascar.com/news/110719/2011-mpd-kneast/index.html

For information on sponsorship opportunities with Brett Moffitt Racing, contact Dick Moffitt at:  515/202-2310 or by e-mail to rmoffitt@destinyhomesusa.com.

 

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