Posted by BMR in Brett Moffitt Racing on 8/18/2016

Written by Kenny Bruce on

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- With only a handful of starts on his schedule, Brett Moffitt competes as if every race is a tryout.

And in many ways, that's indeed the case.

Called into service by Red Horse Racing to fill the seat of the organization's No. 11 Toyota earlier this year, Moffitt responded with a strong performance at Kentucky before an engine issue left him 31st, and Pocono, where he finished third.

Earlier this month, Red Horse officials announced Moffitt would return for three more starts -- at Bristol, Michigan and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Moffitt continued to impress with a career-best runner-up finish to first-time race winner Ben Kennedy (GMS Racing) in the UNOH 200.

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"It's really fun running like this and being super competitive two weeks in a row now," Moffitt, 24, said. "But second place sucks. We're here to win. I'm happy but I'm not. It sucks being that close."

Moffitt has Sprint Cup experience, making a handful of starts a year ago with the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing group before closing the season behind the wheel of the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports. His performance was good enough to earn him Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. It wasn't, however, enough to secure him a ride for '16.

Until he was called on to drive the No. 11 for Red Horse earlier this year, subbing for Matt Tifft, his NASCAR career was in a holding pattern.

While his future remains uncertain -- he said there have been no conversations beyond his next two starts -- Moffitt is hoping his results lead to more opportunities.

The team will carry the same truck to Michigan next week that was used at Kentucky and Pocono. "And they actually did some more work to it," he furthered, "so hopefully it's even better.

"We're showing really strong, got a third place and a second place here; we just need one more. That would be a good place to win and hopefully at the road course as well."

Moffitt had an opportunity at Bristol, restarting second to Kennedy for a six-lap shootout following the ninth and final caution. But Kennedy, who went from third to first with 20 laps remaining, didn't falter with the win on the line.

While he closed on Kennedy's bumper, Moffitt said he couldn't get close enough to either make the pass or move the leader out of the way. Both were options he considered.

"I'm going to race people the way I want to be raced," he said. "It is Bristol so if you need to move someone, you've got to move them.

"I just wasn't quite good enough through the center (of the turn) to get to him. He slipped up a few times and I was able to get to his bumper once but didn't get to him hard enough. I was really waiting for him to make a mistake so I could shove my nose in there but he executed when he needed to and he hit his marks. I just wasn't able to get to him there."

Daniel Hemric (Brad Keselowski Racing), William Byron (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and Johnny Sauter (GMS) rounded out the top five.


Tags: Red Horce Racing , Bristol , Michigan , Canadian Tire Motorsport Park , Bristol Motor Speedway

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