A lot of people thought that Brett Moffitt would be deserving of a promotion in NASCAR. See, the defending NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion is in prime position to earn his second title in as many years with two different teams from two different manufacturers.
Prior to the 2018 season, Moffitt had made just 13 career Truck starts. He won at Michigan in 2016 and thought he had a full time ride with them in 2017. Unfortunately, the organization folded five races into the season.
He had just one NXS start at that point and didn’t have a Cup ride open. So, Moffitt eight starts the rest of the year, seven in Cup with BK Racing and one in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with GMS Racing.
2018 saw an opportunity for him to join Hattori Racing Enterprises in the Truck Series. He did just that and reached victory lane in just his second start with them. Moffitt, would earn his keep in winning six times to go along with 13 top five finishes in 23 starts to earn the 2018 championship.
2019 didn’t see much room to move up, so he switched over to GMS Racing and their Truck program. Moffitt, has won four times already and looks really good on point right now to make it back to Homestead for a second consecutive year.
You would think that an NXS or Cup ride would be waiting for him right? After all, when he filled in for Brian Vickers in a few select races for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2014 he shined. Unfortunately, it didn’t open any doors for top teams. He’d run a partial schedule for Front Row Motorsports in Cup in 2015 and made those few starts with BK Racing in 2017. He also has only made three starts in NXS competition as well.
While Moffitt had options to move up, he wasn’t interested in doing so with a team that wasn’t going to put him up front and give him chances to win races. So, Moffitt decided to return to GMS for 2020 and will once again pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet in the Truck Series.
“The biggest impact all along was, I’ve been in the midpack stuff and I’ve been in the back of the pack stuff and I was miserable doing it,” Moffitt said on Friday from the Martinsville Speedway. “I was making a living but you lose the will to compete and the drive.
“For me it’s all about being in a position where I can win races. I feel like GMS is the place for me. As far as making it back (to Cup or NXS), obviously I want to, but I’m not willing to put myself in mediocre equipment just to say I’m an XFINITY or Cup racer. Been there and done that. It’s not a lot of fun.”
In 45 Cup races, he’s had just one top 10, an eighth place finish with MWR at Atlanta. In three NXS starts, he also has just one top 10. Why move up to a field fuller per say where he’s battling for spots 20th on back when he can race with GMS and have a shot at a championship?
In his last 43 Truck races, he’s won eight times to go along with 28 top 10’s. He’s on the verge of earning a second straight title. How can you blame him?