He began the 2015 season without a ride but working with Michael Waltrip racing and Toyota Racing Development. That changed when he filled in for Brian Vickers at Atlanta on March 1 and drove the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine to an eighth-place finish.
Moffitt was in high demand after the race and agreed to drive the No. 34 for Front Row Racing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ three-race West Coast swing. His life changed again last Friday when he was told he’d drive the No. 55 in place of Brian Vickers at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
This weekend the Grimes, Iowa, native will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine at Martinsville Speedway. One of his nine K&N East Series victories came at the half-mile Virginia track in 2010.
BRETT MOFFITT: “Life is funny and this sport can be a crazy business at times. But I feel very fortunate to be where I am. Brian Vickers is a friend of mine and to see him go through what he’s been going through is tough. He’s such a battler. I’m honored I can fill in for him and as much as I enjoy driving the Aaron’s Dream Machine and driving in the Sprint Cup Series nothing would make me feel better than giving the keys back to Brian.
“Until then my plan is to do the best I can do. My crew chief Billy Scott has been such an unbelievable help and it seems like I gain spots on pit road every time I come in. Those things make life easier for a rookie driver. I’ve learned a lot so far this season. These guys in the Sprint Cup Series sure do know how to do restarts. I’ve been smoked a couple of times already but I am starting to get the hang of it. Last weekend in Fontana we passed 10 cars on the first green-white-checkered and then I lost some spots on the next one. But that will get better each week. I’ll figure it out.
“Martinsville is a tough track but it’s the type of track I am more used to driving from my days in the K&N East Series. I have a Grandfather clock from winning there in 2010 which is kind of cool. Not many can say that. Now the competition is certainly going to be a heck of a lot tougher this weekend and I don’t think I’ve ever raced a 500-lap race anywhere. So it’s going to be all about staying patient and just racing the track and not get worried about what everyone is doing around me.”