Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 4/7/2012

Grimes, IA (April 4, 2012) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its second stop of the season on Saturday, March 31st, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.

The Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) Kobe Toyopet Camry #11 unloaded fast off the truck, and Moffitt posted the second fastest time in the first practice session with a lap 21.220 seconds (84.826 mph).  The team elected to set up the car for long green flag runs and did not make a mock qualifying run during either practice session.

Moffitt was the first car in the qualifying line up and proved he had a car to beat, earning the provisional pole and being the first car to break into the 20 second bracket with a time of 20.980; however, after only six cars had attempted to qualify, the rain began and qualifying was cancelled due to weather.  The field was set per the rule book, and since HRE is a new team, they did not have any owner points from 2011.  Therefore, Moffitt was relegated to the 21st place starting position, deep in the field.

“We were really disappointed that qualifying was canceled, because we thought our lap time was fast enough to start in the front,” Moffitt said.  “I knew we had a great race car and could work our way up through the field, if we were patient and saved our car.”

Moffitt was mired in traffic during the early laps, but quickly began working his way through the field.  By the time the first caution flag flew on lap 5, the #11 Kobe Toyopet Camry was running in 18th, and when the second caution came out on lap 10, he was in 17th.  The third caution followed on lap 18, and by that time Moffitt was running in 15th position.  By lap 37, he was scored in the 7th position; lap 42 showed him in 6thplace; and on lap 51, he was running in 5th when the yellow came out.  By lap 53, he was running in 4th, and on lap 59, he dove to the inside going into turn 1 to take away 3rd place.  On lap 66, Moffitt was able to get inside the second place car to take over 2nd position, and by lap 68, he had closed the gap on the leader.  Moffitt and the leader then ran 1-2 for over 60 laps.

“I was trying really hard to save the tires,” Moffitt explained. “I just rode in second hoping to save enough for the end of the race.”

With a restart on lap 127, Moffitt finally had his chance.  He got his nose underneath the leader and eventual race winner to lead lap 128.  The #11 Kobe Toyopet Camry was the only other car to lead the race, but Moffitt didn’t have enough tires left to hold onto the lead.  After he lost the lead, he was passed by two more cars, and finished the race in the 4th position.

“We are very pleased with our run today,” Moffitt said.  “The team worked hard all weekend.  Greenville isn’t an easy place to make passes, so to pass as many cars as we did and actually lead a lap is pretty impressive.  A win would have been nice, but this turned into a great points day for us, even though we had to battle our way up through the field.  The Kobe Toyopet Camry was really fast,” Moffitt confirmed, “but we ran out of tires at the end.  I had to use up too much coming through the field.  If we had started up front where I think we would have qualified, it might have been a different ending, but from where we started, fourth isn’t too bad.  We gained some points and will build on this strong run.”

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 will air on SPEED on Thursday, May 3rd, at 3 p.m. ET.
 
The third stop on the fourteen race NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule will be on April 26th at Richmond International Raceway for the Blue Ox 100.  Last season, while driving for MWR, Moffitt started fifth and finished second.  “We are looking forward to Richmond,” Moffitt stated.  “It’s always nice to be able to race in conjunction with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series.  Richmond is a short track, but it has a lot of speed, so it’s a fun place.”

With NASCAR teams idle during Easter week, Moffitt caught a flight home to Iowa, where he will run his IMCA dirt modified in the 2012 Frostbuster series.  Five Iowa tracks are participating from Wednesday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 8th.   Moffitt will race at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on Wednesday, April 4th, at State Fair Speedway in Des Moines on April 5th, at Marshalltown Speedway on April 6th, and finally at Boone Speedway on Saturday, April 7th.  Watch for further updates on Moffitt’s week of dirt racing.

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 at www.hre.us.com.  To stay up to date with all of Moffitt’s news, both on and off the track, 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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