Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 9/15/2011
Grimes, IA (September 13, 2011) - Brett Moffitt, driver of the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, returned last weekend to Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC for the rain-delayed Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140, the tenth event on the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.  After dominating in the spring race and leading every lap on their way to Victory Lane, the team had high expectations heading into the weekend.

The No. 00 MWR team unloaded a fast racecar and was third quickest in the first practice session, with a time of 21.179 (84.990 mph).  During qualifying, Moffitt improved on his practice speed by laying down a lap at 20.980 (85.796 mph) and earning fifth place on the starting grid.

Three caution flags flew early in the event for a single car spin on lap 8, a multi-car incident on lap 14, and for another single car spin on lap 40. The green flag was displayed on lap 43, and the final 97 consecutive laps were run without another caution. The front of the field set a blistering pace, and only ten cars remained on the lead lap at the finish. Although Moffitt had worked his way into second position, he was not able to mount a strong challenge for the lead before the checkered flag fell.

“We are pleased with our run,” Moffitt said after the race.  “We think we had a car as fast as the leader’s, but during the long green flag run, it was tough to pass the lapped cars and try to close on the leader.  A second place finish is good for the points race, but we really wanted another win.”

“Our car was good and consistent on the long runs,” Moffitt stated.  “When we won here in the spring, it was all about consistency, so that is what we focused on in practice. In these races, it’s crucial to save your equipment until the end, so that was our goal. We could have used a little more ‘forward drive off’ but the car was good overall.”

When rain forced the Greenville race to be postponed for nearly a week, Moffitt had to cancel his plans to compete in the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, IA.  Last year, out of 182 cars entered in the Northern Sport Mod division, Moffitt was one of only 30 who qualified for the feature event, where he finished fifth.

“I was very disappointed that we weren’t able to run Super Nationals,” Moffitt commented. “That week had been circled on the calendar for a long time. After the race at Greenville Pickens was postponed, we still talked about returning to Iowa just to run the qualifying races on Tuesday, but decided against it, since we would not have been able to stay and race on Saturday night.”

The strong run at Greenville Pickens keeps Moffitt’s growing string of top-fives alive and moves him within sixty-five points of the current points leader. Only two races remain in the 2011 season. 

The next stop on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule is September 23rd at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.  Moffitt led during the closing laps of the first race of the season at NHMS and finished second.  In his five previous starts at the Speedway, Moffitt has racked up four top-five finishes including, most recently, two second place runs.

“I can’t wait to head back to Loudon,” Moffitt remarked.  “It is a track that has always been good to this team and to me.  We are confident heading into the final two races that we can sustain our bid for the Championship.”

 

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