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Stage 2 Finish: 17th
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
FR8Auctions.com 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."
“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.