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Miami Race Information:
Started: 1st
Stage 1: 1st
Stage 2: 3rd
Finished: 2nd
Laps: 134 / 134
Laps Led: 33
Status: Running
Driver Points: 5th
Owner Points: 5th
"[We needed] just a little bit of track position, I think. I honestly think the best truck won here tonight. I'm really happy for [Brett Moffitt and Hattori Racing] for winning the championship. That's a small team doing really, really good. This No. 98 ThorSport Racing team has done incredible this year as well. If we could've snookered him on a start or got out in front of him, I don't think [Moffitt] could've passed us. We were just off of him, it seemed like. On a short run, a long run, it didn't matter. We were just a little bit off of him but hats off to these guys behind me. This Champion Power Equipment / Curb Records Ford F-150 was light years better than it was last year. It sat on the pole, had speed, so all in all it was a solid night."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 23
Laps Completed: 3,391 / 3,403
Laps Led: 180
Wins: 1 (Las Vegas)
Poles: 2 (Gateway, Homestead-Miami)
Top-five Finishes: 7
Top-10 Finishes: 15
Average start: 7.5
Average finish: 8.7
Miami Race Information:
Started: 22nd
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 4th
Finished: 6th
Laps: 134 / 134
Laps Led: 4
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 10th
"All in all, we had a fast Ford F-150 tonight at Homestead-Miami Speedway, coming from 22nd early in the race to run up front for the majority of the night. We've had a bit of an up and down season, but thanks to everyone at Ford Performance, Menards and ThorSport Racing for the support throughout the year."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 23
Laps Completed: 3,200 / 3,403
Laps Led: 69
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 7
Top-10 Finishes: 13
Average start: 10.8
Average finish: 11.2
Miami Race Information:
Started: 11th
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2: 11th
Finished: 10th
Laps: 134 / 134
Laps Led: 2
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 6th
"It was a tough day for our team at Homestead-Miami Speedway. I felt like we had a little bit better Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150 than where we ran all day and finished. We were fighting a really, really tight truck down to the center, and extremely loose up off. The majority of the race we were really loose, and I was running the top side as close to the wall as possible. If we had any points for cool points, we may have earned some, but unfortunately they don't award cool points at Homestead-Miami Speedway."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 23
Laps Completed: 3,383 / 3,403
Laps Led: 232
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Poles: 3 (Martinsville, Eldora, Canada)
Top-five Finishes: 8
Top-10 Finishes: 13 
Average start: 9.5
Average finish: 9.9
Miami Race Information:
Started: 12th  
Stage 1 Finish: 18th
Stage 2 Finish: 17th
Finished: 14th
Laps: 134 / 134
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 12th
Rookie of the Year Points: 1st 
"We started the race out really, really loose. I don't think we've been that loose at an intermediate [track] my whole life. The whole crew from ThorSport Racing made some awesome adjustments. We made great changes, and they got the Ford F-150 handling really well. Towards the end of the race, I could actually drive it. We learned a lot tonight, and I think this hopefully bodes well for next year. I'm just so proud of everyone on the team. They brought me a great Tenda Ford F-150. I'm so happy to have all of our great partners who have helped us out this season, like Louisiana Hot Sauce. Overall, it was a great night."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 23
Laps Completed: 3,250 / 3,403
Laps Led: 55
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 8
Average start: 15.6
Average finish: 14.1
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Sheldon Creed, No. 2 United Rentals / Team Chevy Chevrolet


START: 13th




- In his first NCWTS start at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Creed raced to a fifth-place finish, improving his NCWTS career-best finish.

- Making four NCWTS starts with GMS Racing in 2018, Creed collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

- As announced last weekend, Creed will return to GMS Racing next year, running full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series.


"We had a really good run tonight and I'm happy to cap off the 2018 season with a top-five finish. We unloaded fast with speed this weekend, I just really had to focus on moving around the track to adapt to the tire falloff. Every race we've gotten better though it seems, and I think it gives me a bit of extra confidence heading into my rookie season in trucks."


Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet


START: 4th




- Struggling with handling issues during the long runs, Haley came home with a hard-fought eighth-place finish Friday night, and third of the NASCAR Playoffs drivers competing for the NCWTS championship.

- Completing his second NCWTS season, Haley collected three wins, nine top-fives, and 18 top-10 finishes, a season-best for the driver of the No. 24.


“We had really good fire-off speed in our Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet tonight. About seven or eight laps in to a run, the tires really paid a price. We just missed it a bit on setup but it was a heck of a season for GMS Racing as a whole. It was more than I could have asked for, it was almost a dream season.

"I can't thank everyone at Fraternal Order of Eagles enough for supporting me and giving me this opportunity, and GMS Racing for developing me and taking me in after only a few years racing in K&N. It's not what we wanted at the end of the night but there's nothing for us to hang our heads on. I couldn't be more proud of my guys."


Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet


START: 6th

FINISH: 12th



- Despite missing out on another championship, Sauter earned six wins in 2018, a career-best season win total.


“We just weren’t good enough tonight. We struggled the last few weeks since winning at Martinsville and I just didn’t feel good about where we were at today, even when we were first in practice. For whatever reason we couldn’t figure out the balance, and we were making big changes on those stops. But we had an amazing season. We have no reason to hang our heads.”


Tyler Dippel, No. 25 Vai Anitta Chevrolet


START: 17th

FINISH: 15th



“I really appreciate the effort that Jerry (Baxter) and the No. 25 guys put in these last four races. This opportunity with GMS has been a lot of fun and I feel like I learned a ton.”


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Noah Gragson capped off a solid sophomore season by finishing second to Brett Moffitt in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings. Gragson put his Safelite AutoGlass Tundra at the front of the pack from laps 67 to 98 of the 134-lap event, but communicated to his crew that he felt like a tire was going down and had to hit pit road three laps ahead of schedule for his final green-flag stop.
When stops cycled through, the Las Vegas native found himself in the third position over three seconds behind Moffitt with 20 laps remaining. As the race went caution free to the finish, Gragson would have to settle for a third-place finish in the race and second-place finish in the championship standings.
The 20-year old driver finished his sophomore season pacing the Truck Series in several statistical categories, including poles (six), stage wins (10), laps led (625), driver rating (107.7) and average starting position (6.1).
Stage One Recap:
  • Gragson started from the third position but as the field headed into Turn one found himself three-wide in the middle and had fallen back to the sixth position by the completion of lap one. He slowly maneuvered his way back towards the front of the field making it into the third spot on lap nine and the runner-up spot on lap 14.
  • The Las Vegas native found himself two seconds behind Grant Enfinger when he moved up to second and was only able to cut slightly into the lead before the field completed Stage One on lap 30.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Before hitting pit road for the first time of the event, Gragson communicated to crew chief Rudy Fugle that "the back of the truck was out of the race track." The over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop and returned their driver to the track scored in the second position.
  • The talented youngster would take the lead for one lap after the restart, but then slid back to the third position on the next lap. Halfway through Stage Two he would regain the runner-up position and remain there when the stage ended on lap 60.
Final Stage Recap:
  • When pit road opened, Gragson brought the Safelite Tundra to pit road for another four-tire and fuel stop and once again returned to the track in the runner-up position.
  • A strong restart propelled Gragson around Moffitt for the lead. For several laps Gragson would hold off a strong charge from Moffitt, who could get to his left rear but was unable to complete the pass.
  • With 40 laps remaining, the Safelite Tundra was able to put a little distance on its fellow Toyota, but as final scheduled pit stops approached Moffitt would charge back.
  • On lap 99, Moffitt got a strong run down the backstretch and made his way around Gragson. Shortly after, Gragson communicated that he felt like he had a tire going down and was summoned to pit road by Fugle.
  • When stops cycled through on lap 114, Gragson found himself in the third position and would remain there when the field crossed the stripe for the final time in 2018.
  • Gragson finished the season with one win, six poles, eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.5 across 22 starts.


Todd Gilliland was hoping to finish the season with a win, but it wasn't meant to be Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gilliland searched for speed throughout practice, qualifying and the race in his No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra, but never found quite the right balance to fight his way to the front and contend for the win. He did gain valuable experience by running every lap and finishing 13th.
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started in 15th, and worked his way up to 12th when the first stage ended on lap 30.
  • He pitted for four tires and fuel when the pits opened on lap 32.
Stage Two Recap:
  • When Stage Two began Gilliland was in 11th place.
  • During the restart the field checked up and he was hit from behind damaging the left-rear of his Tundra and falling back to 19th.
  • He was 18th when the second stage ended and said the truck was loose.
  • He pitted on lap 63 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gilliland restarted the final stage in 15th place.
  • Without a caution in the final stage, the field began to cycle through green-flag pit stops by lap 100.
  • Gilliland pitted on lap 100 for four tires and fuel to finish the race.
  • He moved into 13th with 10 laps to go and finished the race there.


Harrison Burton made his second intermediate-track start of his career Friday night at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.  Although it wasn't the finish he wanted, Burton ran every lap and learned a lot which  he can use next season when he returns to Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete for the 2019 championship.
Stage One Recap:
  • Burton started 14th in his DEX Imaging Tundra.
  • In the first 30-lap stage, Burton worked his way up to 11th.
  • He pitted for four tires and fuel on lap 32.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Burton restarted the second stage in ninth place.
  • He told the team his DEX Imaging Tundra was tight center and free off the corners.
  • He was 14th on lap 60 when the second stage ended and pitted for four tires and an air pressure adjustment.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Burton was 10th to start the final 74-lap stage of the race.
  • Without any cautions in the final stage, the field began to cycle through green-flag pit stops around lap 100.
  • Burton pitted on lap 101 for his final four tires and fuel and was 12th once everyone had come to pit road.
  • He worked his way up to 11th where he finished the race.



Brett Moffitt turned an unlikely NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship bid into a Cinderella championship hoist Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway – earning his Hattori Racing Enterprises team its first ever NASCAR title with a resounding victory at the track.

It’s the same track where team owner Shigeaki Hattori won as a driver 20 years ago competing in an Indy Lights Series race. The NASCAR title is the first ever for the popular Japanese owner, Hattori and stands as a huge achievement for a team that has only 10 fulltime employees, led by veteran crew chief Scott Zipadelli.

The Moffitt-Zipadelli combination scored the first six wins in team history this season but none was more important than Friday night’s at Homestead – Moffitt’s first time competing in a truck race at the 1.5-mile track.

“Those were longest 12 laps of my life," Moffitt said of the final laps of the race - grinning widely in his Movember mustache.

“This is the first race we’ve been up front for most of it.”

That’s certainly true. Of his six victories, Moffitt won one race leading the final two laps (Atlanta). Twice (at Michigan and Chicago) he led only the final lap en route to victory. And it only made his effort and the team’s determination more inspiring. At one point – even with the Playoff-qualifying early season victory – the team nearly had to park the truck, needing sponsorship to carry on. came on board to literally sustain the Hattori effort this summer – appearing on Moffitt’s Chicago-winning No. 16 Toyota - and the team was able to continue its championship quest. Only 2016 champ Johnny Sauter – also a championship finalist Friday – won as many races as Moffitt this season.

In the last four races of the 2018 championship Playoffs, Moffitt – a member of NASCAR’s inaugural “NASCAR NEXT” class in 2011 -  finished runner-up (Martinsville Va.), third place (at Texas) and won back-to-back at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway and then Homestead-Miami.

“I don’t think everyone understands, we have nine or 10 employees working seven days a week working till midnight more times than not," Moffitt said of the team’s effort. “It’s a testament to them. I’m fortunate to drive the truck but it’s an honor to drive for them."

Zipadelli agreed.

“It’s kind of amazing really and it feels good," he said. “Going into this race, everyone asks “Are you nervous?” Nope. We’re not even supposed to be here . We exceeded all the expectations of our peers and competitors.

“Saying that, we had all the confidence we could do it. And we did it with people not ‘stuff’ and big budgets. We did it with people and heart. I’ve had to kick em’ out of the shop at 1 in the morning. They’d be there at 5:30 in the morning and they’d leave at midnight.

“It’s been an amazing journey and taught us a lot about ourselves and what you can do it if you focus on the right things. Brett did an amazing job all season driving the truck and working for Shigeaki is a pleasure.”

In all, Moffitt led 59 of the 134 laps in the No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota Tundra including the final 28 laps. He beat Grant Enfinger to the checkered flag by 2.0-seconds. Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Noah Gragson finished third – next highest for a championship contender. Other championship eligible drivers, GMS teammates Justin Haley and Sauter finished eighth and 12th, respectively.

“We’re a small team but everybody did a great job," Shigeaki said. “I’m so happy.”

Brett Moffitt clinched his first NASCAR Truck Series Championship, Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Iowa native had fought Noah Gragson all race long to clinch the title, but the race and the championship looked to have different contenders through Stage 1.

Pole-sitter Grant Enfinger led the entirety of a caution free Stage 1 ahead of Noah Gragson who was second for a majority of the 30-lap stint. Gragson ended up in second position with Championship 4 contender, Brett Moffitt in third. The other two Championship contenders, both from GMS Racing struggled throughout the entire race, with Haley ending Stage 1 in 6th and 2016 Champion, Johnny Sauter in 13th.

Stage 2 saw a battle between Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton and Brett Moffitt battle for the lead, with Moffitt out on top. Moffitt cruised to victory in Stage 2, with Gragson in second. Once again, GMS contenders struggled in this stage, with Haley in 8th and Sauter in 10th.

In the final stage, it was Sheldon Creed mixing it up with the two Toyota contenders, but Creed's Silverado quickly fell off. The stage once again saw no yellow flags, and with green flag pit stops approaching, Gragson and Moffitt battled hard for the race lead. Unfortunately for Gragson, the Las Vegas driver noticed an issue with his Tundra. He believed he had a tire going soft, and lost second to Grant Enfinger when missing pit lane. Gragson pitted on lap 101, and with tires gaining such an advantage on the worn out Homestead-Miami Speedway, many of the top contenders pit on lap 102.

Moffitt exited pit road with no mistakes and had nearly a 5 second lead on Gragson who ran third. The race saw only two cautions, all for the stage breaks which was good news to Brett Moffitt who cruised to victory to earn his sixth victory of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and clinch the 2018 CWTS title. Moffitt's victory makes Shigeki Hattori the first team owner from Japan to win a NASCAR National Series championship, along with their six wins. Moffitt and crew chief, Scott Zipadelli celebrated the underdog achievement in victory lane, but their future is uncertain.

Moffitt told the media during the Championship 4 press conference on Thursday "[he] has no job," despite his incredible performance all season long. The entire Hattori Racing crew didn't know their future for a majority of the season, however. Sponsorship woes through the Summer months and at the start of the NASCAR Playoffs put a question on if the team could even afford a trip to Homestead. The team, driver and crew all excelled in all 23 races this season and took the flag.

Gragson finished third in the race, and second in the championship. GMS Racing's struggles were never resolved with Haley's third place championship run ending in an 8th-place race finish, and Sauter's fourth place championship result in a 12th-place race finish.

Brett Moffitt captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ biggest prize on Friday night, the culmination of a storybook season for the Iowa native and his single-truck race team.

Moffitt, 26, completed an outstanding campaign for Hattori Racing Enterprises, winning the race and the championship following the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The feat seemed unfathomable just a few months ago, when there was concern the operation wouldn’t be able to survive an entire season.

But on Friday night, they were champions.

With the victory, Moffitt outdueled fellow Championship 4 contenders Noah Gragson (third-place finish), Justin Haley (eighth) and Johnny Sauter (12th) at the South Florida track.

Scoring a career-high six wins, Moffitt earned a spot in the Championship 4 following his first full-time truck series season. He punched his ticket to the Playoffs early, winning the second race of the season at Atlanta. From there he continued his winning ways with regular season victories at Iowa, Chicagoland and Michigan. Moffitt’s momentum continued in the Playoffs, where he captured a win at ISM Raceway securing the team’s Championship 4 spot.

Moffitt finished this season with six wins, and career highs in both top fives (13) and top 10s (13).

Moffitt’s No. 16 Toyota won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Championship, the first title for Hattori Racing Enterprises in only its second full-time season. Last season, the team finished 11th in owner points with driver Ryan Truex.

Myatt Snider captured the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Driving for ThorSport Racing, Snider scored three top fives and eight top 10s.

Chevrolet won its ninth Manufacturer Championship, and first since 2012, after a strong season that included 11 victories.


  • Tundra driver Brett Moffitt won the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship after capturing his sixth win of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night.
  • The title is Moffitt’s first NASCAR championship in his first full-time season competing in the Truck Series with Hattori Racing Enterprises.
  • Moffitt captured a career-best six wins, 13 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes over 23 races this season to claim the 2018 driver’s championship. 
  • The Grimes, Iowa native is the sixth Tundra driver to capture a driver’s championship. In addition to Moffitt, Christopher Bell (2017), Erik Jones (2015), Matt Crafton (2013, 2014), Todd Bodine (2006, 2010) and Johnny Benson (2008) have also captured Truck Series titles for Toyota.
  • Tundra drivers won nine events, earned 14 pole positions and led 1594 laps during the 2018 season. Toyota has earned a total of 179 victories since joining the NCWTS in 2004.


Vinay Shahani, Vice President, Media, Motorsports and Incentives for Toyota on the significance of Moffitt’s title:

“The accomplishments of the single truck team of Hattori Racing Enterprises and Brett Moffitt this season are something that will be celebrated within the walls of Toyota. Moffitt and his team quickly became frontrunners with their win at Atlanta and never let up, advancing to Homestead and winning the championship in what has become a dream season.”

Laura Pierce, General Manager of Motorsports for Toyota on the significance of Moffitt’s title:

“Brett embodies everything we believe in at Toyota as he’s been committed to continuous improvement throughout his career. After seven years racing in NASCAR, it has been our privilege to share in one of his greatest accomplishments to date – a Truck Series championship.  We’re incredibly proud of everything he has accomplished in a Tundra this year along with Hattori Racing Enterprises.”

Toyota Racing PR