Brett Moffitt Wins at Homestead and Takes Home the 2018 Truck Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Brett Moffitt is the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion.  He battled Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, and Justin Haley for the championship in the Ford Ecoboost 200 at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Friday night.  Moffitt won by winning the 134-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile speedway in Homestead, Florida to become the first Truck Series champion to win the season finale since champion Jack Sprague won the season finale in the 1999 season.

Moffitt held off Grant Enfinger down the stretch to score his sixth win of the season and secured his first career Truck Series championship.

“That was the longest 20-30 laps of my life,” Moffitt said about the final stages of the race. “Man, I was just glad we could get to the white flag without a caution and clean sailing. We had a great truck all day.”

After the celebration tonight, Moffitt isn’t sure he has a ride in 2019.  The Hattori Racing Enterprises group that owns the team could not find enough sponsorship to run the 2018 season.

“It’s unreal.,” he said. “We all know the story by now. We didn’t know if we were going to race this whole year. I didn’t if I would have the opportunity to run for a championship even after we got our first win. Everyone pulled together hard here.

“We’ve had so many partners who came in at clutch moments and got us to the race track.”

Moffitt finished this season with six wins, and career highs in both top 6’sand top 10s.

Enfinger, Noah Gragson, Stewart Friesen and Sheldon Creed rounded out the top five.

“We were just too tight there,” said Gragson, who was part of the Championship 4. “Needed to make better adjustments on pit road and that’s where it comes down to me. This one is going to hurt for a while.”

The two other drivers in the Championship 4 Justin Haley and Johnny Sauter were eighth and 12th, respectively.

“That was Awful,” Sauter, who held the points lead for most of the regular season, said. “We laid an egg. These guys ain’t old enough to drink, but I can go home and have a 12-pack of Bud Light and wonder what the hell happened for three months.”

Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Haley, Jesse Little and Ben Rhodes completed the first 10 finishers.

Enfinger and Moffitt won the first two stages, in that order.

There were only two cautions in Friday night’s race and both were for stage breaks.

Myatt Snider was named the 2018 NCTWS rookie of the year.

 

Full agate and final points below:

 

Unofficial Race Results for the 23rd Annual Ford Ecoboost 200 - Nov 16, 2018 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

Fin, Str, Driver, Truck, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 5, Brett Moffitt (P), No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota, 134, 3, 1, 3, 59, 6, 40, Running
2) 1, Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford, 134, 1, 3, 1, 33, 1, 53, Running
3) 3, Noah Gragson (P), No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 134, 2, 2, 2, 34, , 34, Running
4) 2, Stewart Friesen, No. 52 We Build America Chevrolet, 134, 7, 6, , , , 42, Running
5) 13, Sheldon Creed, No. 2 United Rentals/AM Ortega Chevrolet, 134, 10, 9, 1, 1, , 35, Running
6) 22, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Ford, 134, 5, 4, 2, 4, , 44, Running
7) 8, John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 8 Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet, 134, 4, 5, , , , 0, Running
8) 4, Justin Haley (P), No. 24 Fraternal Order Of Eagles Chevrolet, 134, 6, 8, , , , 29, Running
9) 9, Jesse Little, No. 97 SkuttleTight Ford, 134, 8, 7, , , , 35, Running
10) 11, Ben Rhodes, No. 41 The Carolina Nut Co. Ford, 134, 9, , 1, 2, , 29, Running
11) 14, Harrison Burton, No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota, 134, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 6, Johnny Sauter (P), No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet, 134, , 10, , , , 25, Running
13) 15, Todd Gilliland #, No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Toyota, 133, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 12, Myatt Snider #, No. 13 Tenda Ford, 133, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 17, Tyler Dippel, No. 25 Vai Anitta Chevrolet, 133, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 7, Ross Chastain(i), No. 38 MG Machinery Chevrolet, 133, , , , , , 0, Running
17) 19, Cory Roper, No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors Inc. Ford, 133, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 21, Jeb Burton(i), No. 30 Ultimate Headers Toyota, 132, , , , , , 0, Running
19) 23, Brennan Poole, No. 35 Motorsports Safety Group/Solid Rock Toyota, 132, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 25, Jordan Anderson, No. 3 Bommarito.com/Fueled By Fans Chevrolet, 132, , , 1, 1, , 17, Running
21) 16, Austin Hill, No. 02 Young's Building Systems/Randco Chevrolet, 132, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 31, Justin Fontaine #, No. 45 ProMATIC Automation/Superior Essex Chevrolet, 131, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 24, Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 GO TEXAN Chevrolet, 130, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 10, Chris Windom, No. 54 Baldwin Brothers/Crosley Brands Toyota, 130, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 29, Ray Ciccarelli, No. 0 11 Health Chevrolet, 129, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 27, DJ Kennington, No. 49 SobrietyNation Chevrolet, 129, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 18, Robby Lyons, No. 33 B&W Structural Chevrolet, 124, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 28, Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 10 Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet, 124, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 26, Tanner Thorson, No. 20 Go Share Chevrolet, 120, , , , , , 8, Engine
30) 30, Reid Wilson, No. 15 OEM2 Chevrolet, 80, , , , , , 7, Engine
31) 20, Joe Nemechek, No. 87 D.A.B./Fleetwing Chevrolet, 20, , , , , , 6, Suspension
32) 32, Camden Murphy, No. 50 SobrietyNation Chevrolet, 11, , , , , , 5, Vibration
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs Driver

h Brett Moffitt won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship; his previous best finish in the final driver standings was 27th in 2016.

h Moffitt is the 17th different driver to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

h Moffitt won the NASCAR Camping World Truck season finale to win the title.

h Moffitt finished the 2018 season with six wins, 13 top fives and 13 top 10s.

h During the Playoffs this season Moffitt has posted two wins (ISM Raceway and Homestead) and five top fives.

Owner Champion: Shigeaki Hattori, Hattori Racing

h This is Hattori Racing’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship

h Shigeaki Hattori has become the 15th different owner champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the first from Japan.

h In 2013, Hattori Racing made its series debut with driver Brett Moffitt in the No. 16 at Michigan International Speedway.

h Hattori Racing has posted six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins – all this season. Crew Chief Champion: Scott Zipadelli

h This is Scott Zipadelli’s first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship; his previous best championship finish was seventh with driver Ben Kennedy in 2016.

h Zipadelli has become the 18th different crew chief to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship

h Zipadelli has seven career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories all with Brett Moffitt.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 30 Mins, 13 Secs. Total Race Length - 134 Laps - 201 Miles
Average Speed: 133.684 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.000 Seconds

Race Comments: Brett Moffitt won the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory

Caution Flags: 2 for 12 laps:
Laps: 32-37 (Stage 1 Conclusion [45]);
62-67 (Stage 2 Conclusion [04]).

Lead Changes:
10 among 7 drivers: G. Enfinger 1-33;
M. Crafton 34-36;
N. Gragson (P) 37-38;
M. Crafton 39;
B. Moffitt (P) 40-66;
N. Gragson (P) 67-98;
B. Moffitt (P) 99-101;
S. Creed 102;
B. Rhodes 103-104;
J. Anderson 105;
B. Moffitt (P) 106-134.

Duralast GT Brakes 'Brake in the Race Award' - Stage 1: Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Stage 1

Duralast GT Brakes 'Brake in the Race Award' - Stage 2: Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Stage 2

Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Joe Gibbs Racing Engines (JGE), No. 16

Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Brett Moffitt, No. 16

Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Todd Gilliland, No. 4

UNOFFICIAL Points Report - 23rd Annual Ford EcoBoost 200
Rank, Driver, Truck, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1., Brett Moffitt (P), 16, 4040, 0, 0, 6, 3, 33
2., Noah Gragson (P), 18, 4034, -6, -6, 1, 10, 25
3., Justin Haley (P), 24, 4029, -11, -5, 3, 1, 14
4., Johnny Sauter (P), 21, 4025, -15, -4, 6, 4, 42
5., Grant Enfinger, 98, 2284, -1756, -1741, 1, 6, 1
6., Matt Crafton, 88, 2280, -1760, -4, 0, 0, 0
7., Stewart Friesen, 52, 2265, -1775, -15, 0, 5, 0
8., Ben Rhodes, 41, 2254, -1786, -11, 1, 4, 0
9., Myatt Snider #, 13, 611, -3429, -1643, 0, 1, 0
10., Todd Gilliland #, 4, 590, -3450, -21, 0, 2, 0
11., Austin Hill, 02, 520, -3520, -70, 0, 0, 0
12., Austin Wayne Self, 22, 480, -3560, -40, 0, 0, 0
13., Cody Coughlin, , 433, -3607, -47, 0, 0, 0
14., Dalton Sargeant, , 404, -3636, -29, 0, 0, 0
15., Jordan Anderson, 3, 389, -3651, -15, 0, 0, 0
16., Justin Fontaine #, 45, 386, -3654, -3, 0, 0, 0
17., Wendell Chavous, , 336, -3704, -50, 0, 0, 0
18., Harrison Burton, 51, 277, -3763, -59, 0, 1, 0
19., Jesse Little, 97, 275, -3765, -2, 0, 0, 0
20., Jennifer Jo Cobb, 10, 271, -3769, -4, 0, 0, 0
21., Joe Nemechek, 87, 234, -3806, -37, 0, 0, 0
22., Norm Benning, , 193, -3847, -41, 0, 0, 0
23., Korbin Forrister, , 188, -3852, -5, 0, 0, 0
24., Parker Kligerman, , 172, -3868, -16, 0, 0, 0
25., Tanner Thorson, 20, 172, -3868, 0, 0, 0, 0
26., Josh Reaume, , 171, -3869, -1, 0, 0, 0
27., Bo Le Mastus, , 168, -3872, -3, 0, 0, 0
28., Timothy Peters, , 161, -3879, -7, 1, 0, 0
29., David Gilliland, , 152, -3888, -9, 0, 1, 0
30., Spencer Davis, , 141, -3899, -11, 0, 0, 0
31., Bayley Currey, , 141, -3899, 0, 0, 0, 0
32., Robby Lyons, 33, 140, -3900, -1, 0, 0, 0
33., Sheldon Creed, 2, 123, -3917, -17, 0, 0, 0
34., Tyler Dippel, 25, 122, -3918, -1, 0, 0, 0
35., Christian Eckes, , 110, -3930, -12, 0, 1, 0
36., Chris Eggleston, , 100, -3940, -10, 0, 0, 0
37., Cory Roper, 04, 96, -3944, -4, 0, 0, 0
38., Clay Greenfield, , 86, -3954, -10, 0, 0, 0
39., Riley Herbst, , 81, -3959, -5, 0, 0, 0
40., Dj Kennington, 49, 65, -3975, -16, 0, 0, 0
41., Kyle Donahue, , 55, -3985, -10, 0, 0, 0
42., Tyler Ankrum, , 54, -3986, -1, 0, 0, 0
43., Dawson Cram, , 54, -3986, 0, 0, 0, 0
44., Chris Windom, 54, 49, -3991, -5, 0, 0, 0
45., Bryan Dauzat, , 48, -3992, -1, 0, 0, 0
46., Logan Norman Seavey, , 46, -3994, -2, 0, 0, 0
47., Tyler Young, , 45, -3995, -1, 0, 0, 0
48., Chad Finley, , 43, -3997, -2, 0, 0, 0
49., Brennan Poole, 35, 43, -3997, 0, 0, 0, 0
50., Tate Fogleman, , 41, -3999, -2, 0, 0, 0
51., Codie Rohrbaugh, , 41, -3999, 0, 0, 0, 0
52., Tyler Matthews, , 41, -3999, 0, 0, 0, 0
53., Chase Purdy, , 40, -4000, -1, 0, 0, 0
54., Camden Murphy, 50, 40, -4000, 0, 0, 0, 0
55., Kevin Donahue, , 37, -4003, -3, 0, 0, 0
56., Reid Wilson, 15, 37, -4003, 0, 0, 0, 0
57., Stefan Parsons, , 37, -4003, 0, 0, 0, 0
58., Todd Peck, , 35, -4005, -2, 0, 0, 0
59., Zane Smith, , 32, -4008, -3, 0, 0, 0
60., Scott Stenzel, , 32, -4008, 0, 0, 0, 0
61., Ray Ciccarelli, 0, 31, -4009, -1, 0, 0, 0
62., Derek Kraus, , 30, -4010, -1, 0, 0, 0
63., Austin Theriault, , 29, -4011, -1, 0, 0, 0
64., Nick Hoffman, , 27, -4013, -2, 0, 0, 0
65., Alex Tagliani, , 27, -4013, 0, 0, 0, 0
66., Max McLaughlin, , 25, -4015, -2, 0, 0, 0
67., Jason White, , 25, -4015, 0, 0, 0, 0
68., Jesse Iwuji, , 22, -4018, -3, 0, 0, 0
69., Chris Fontaine, , 21, -4019, -1, 0, 0, 0
70., Jeffrey Abbey, , 20, -4020, -1, 0, 0, 0
71., Michel Disdier, , 18, -4022, -2, 0, 0, 0
72., Reed Sorenson, , 17, -4023, -1, 0, 0, 0
73., T J Bell, , 16, -4024, -1, 0, 0, 0
74., Bobby Gerhart, , 14, -4026, -2, 0, 0, 0
75., Jr Heffner, , 13, -4027, -1, 0, 0, 0
76., Landon Huffman, , 12, -4028, -1, 0, 0, 0
77., Bobby Reuse, , 12, -4028, 0, 0, 0, 0
78., Brian Kaltreider, , 12, -4028, 0, 0, 0, 0
79., Mike Senica, , 12, -4028, 0, 0, 0, 0
80., Justin Shipley, , 11, -4029, -1, 0, 0, 0
81., Justin Kunz, , 11, -4029, 0, 0, 0, 0
82., Tommy Regan, , 10, -4030, -1, 0, 0, 0
83., Roger Reuse, , 10, -4030, 0, 0, 0, 0
84., Jamie Mosley, , 9, -4031, -1, 0, 0, 0
85., Brad Foy, , 9, -4031, 0, 0, 0, 0
86., Bryant Barnhill, , 6, -4034, -3, 0, 0, 0
87., Kyle Strickler, , 6, -4034, 0, 0, 0, 0
88., Travis Kvapil, , 5, -4035, -1, 0, 0, 0
89., Kyle Busch(I), , 0, -4040, -5, 2, 1, 0
90., John Hunter Nemechek(I), 8, 0, -4040, 0, 1, 5, 0
91., Chase Briscoe(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 1, 1, 0
92., Kyle Benjamin(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
93., Erik Jones(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
94., Brandon Jones(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
95., Scott Lagasse(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
96., Ross Chastain(I), 38, 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
97., Max Tullman(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
98., Austin Dillon(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
99., Justin Marks(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
100., Ty Dillon(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
101., Bubba Wallace(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
102., Jeb Burton(I), 30, 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
103., Daniel Hemric(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
104., Mike Harmon(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
105., Bj McLeod(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
106., Spencer Gallagher(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
107., Timmy Hill(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
108., Christopher Bell(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
109., Jj Yeley(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
110., Akinori Ogata(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
111., Ryan Newman(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
112., Joey Gase(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
113., Matt Mills(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
114., Timothy Viens, , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
115., Braden Mitchell, , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
116., Gray Gaulding(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
117., Cody Ware(I), , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
118., Trevor Collins, , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
119., Rj Otto, , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
120., John Provenzano, , 0, -4040, 0, 0, 0, 0
BPts - Bonus Points, -Ldr/-Nxt = Points behind Leader/Next higher, PPos = Previous Position, G/L = Points standing gain/loss, (I) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

 

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