Beth Lunkenheimer · Thursday June 27, 2013
K&N Pro Series East driver Brett Moffitt will make his Camping World Truck Series debut in tonight’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, having replaced two-time champion, Todd Bodine. The NASCAR Next driver will pilot the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota on the longest oval track he’s driven.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity I’ve been given with ThorSport and HRE to drive the No. 13 AISIN Toyota Tundra this week at Kentucky Speedway,” Moffitt said. “A mile-and-a-half track will be a new experience for me, but I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and start learning.”
Moffitt currently sits second in the K&N Pro Series East standings, and while he has not yet visited victory lane this season, he boasts nine career wins and 39 top 10s in 54 starts. Additionally, he has finished no worse than third in the series standings. But perhaps what’s more impressive about those numbers is that each year he drove with a different team.
The 20-year-old made his series debut in 2009, piloting the No. 44 Chevrolet for Andy Santerre Motorsports. He became the youngest pole-sitter in the series for his first race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and went on to finish fifth. Just three races later, he was in victory lane for the first time at South Boston Speedway after leading a race-high 81 laps. Moffitt went on to win the season finale at Dover International Speedway. The following year, he made the move to Joe Gibbs Racing, where he scored two more wins (Martinsville and Dover) before finishing as the runner-up in the points standings.
Fast forward to the 2011 season and Moffitt was once again with a different team. This time it was Michael Waltrip Racing, an organization that he managed to snag three victories (Greenville-Pickens, Iowa and New Hampshire Motor Speedway) with. From there, he joined Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2012 and remains with the team again this season. In 14 races last season, Moffitt scored two wins from the pole (Richmond and CNB Bank Raceway Park) and 10 top-10 results en route to a third-place points finish.
“Brett did a really good job last year for us in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, finishing third in the championship points,” HRE owner Shigeaki Hattori said. “I wanted to give Brett the opportunity to race in the Truck Series and showcase his talent.”
One of the most important things about the Truck Series is its value in developing young drivers who would like to pursue a top-level career in NASCAR. And while it’s impossible to gauge just how successful the 20-year-old will be in tonight’s race, he’s still a driver to watch throughout. After all, a solid top-10 run could mean the next step for the young competitor is only a matter of time.
- Cale Gale, who won the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, returns to the track this weekend behind the wheel of a fourth Turner Scott Motorsports truck. After making the move during the off season to Turner Scott Motorsports to serve as crew chief and mentor for K&N driver Brandon Jones, Gale will make his first start of the year behind the wheel of the No. 30 Rheem Chevrolet.
- Beginning at Kentucky Speedway, rookie German Quiroga will partner with OtterBox, “an innovator of protective solutions for the leading global handheld manufacturers, wireless carrier and distributors.” Tonight’s race will mark the first of nine events where the company will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 77 Toyota. Otterbox will also adorn Quiroga’s truck at Eldora Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both races at Iowa Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Additionally, the company will also serve as an associate sponsor on the truck for the remainder of the year.
- SS Green Light Racing has replaced regular driver David Starr for tonight’s UNOH 225. K&N driver CJ Faison will pilot the No. 81 Chevrolet while Starr continues to secure additional sponsorship. Faison made his Truck Series debut earlier this season at Tonight’s race also marks the 300th consecutive start in the series and will become the fifth team to reach the milestone. Additional races this season for Faison hinge on whether he can pull together sponsorship.
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Update: “I’m really looking forward to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. The No. 32 team has been fast everywhere we’ve gone this year, especially at the intermediate tracks, and we’re able to say that we had a shot to win in a lot of races this year. Going into Kentucky, I feel like we have everything we need to win. We performed really well there last year, we’ve led practice sessions, qualified well and run up front, and I believe that the No. 32 team is a lot stronger than we were last year. I feel confident that we’re going to win this race.” Miguel Paludo
@miguelpaludo: Had a great time today at Camp Carolina Trails. It’s amazing how kids and teenagers have such a positive attitude regarding their diabetes and that what life is all about.Oli made some friends and will be a camper in the future.
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