For Brett Moffitt, Iowa wasn’t just his home on Saturday night, it was heaven. Moffitt fulfilled his destiny to win at his home track by leading the final 76 laps for his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory of the season. The Grimes, Iowa native captured his third-career NCWTS win in front of a large contingent of family and friends at Iowa Speedway on Father’s Day weekend, including his parents.
While the driver of the No. 16 S.M.A.R.T Series by Destiny Homes Toyota led a race-high 76 laps, he faced an uphill battled from the drop of the green flag after starting 16th. In typical fashion, Moffitt wasted no time picking up positions and entered the top 10 on lap two. Despite a lack of lateral grip, Moffitt stayed inside the top 10 and collected three points by running eighth at the end of Stage 1. Moffitt’s night became even more challenging after a lug nut hung between the right front wheel and hub during a four-tire pit stop during the stage break and sent him back to 14th.
Just like the initial start, Moffitt quickly picked off positions on the lap 69 restart and re-entered the top 10 on lap 70. He managed to battle his way to sixth by the time a pivotal caution flag flew on lap 103. The yellow flew 17 laps before the end of Stage 2 and provided crew chief Scott Zipadelli an opportunity to make a race-winning strategy play. Moffitt pitted under the caution for four tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustments and rejoined the field in 10th. During the six-lap dash to the Stage 2 finish, Moffitt blitzed through traffic to finish the stage third and became the first truck that pitted under the previous caution.
When the two lead trucks pitted under the stage break, Zipadelli kept Moffitt on track and inherited the race lead under yellow on lap 125. Moffitt took advantage of the outside lane on two restarts on laps 129 and 145 to solidify the top spot. Over the final 40 laps, Moffitt withstood a fierce and consistent charge from fellow Toyota driver Noah Gragson, including a last-lap swap for the lead in turn four. Moffitt beat Gragson back to the line to secure the second win for HRE and marked the first NCWTS win for an Iowa native at Iowa Speedway.