Moffitt Wins Playoff race at Bristol and Goes On to the Next Round

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Brett Moffitt pulled away from the field and went on to win the UNOH 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday night. Moffitt held off Chandler Smith and Ross Chastain after he took the lead for the win.  It was a three-lap shootout in a race marred by wrecks.

 “It’s so easy to mess up on a restart, but you’ve got to go when it comes down to a shootout like that. Fortunately, it worked out for us,” Moffitt said

Moffitt finished 0.743 seconds ahead of 17-year-old Smith for his 10th series victory and first at Bristol. The top seed and defending series champion won the pole and led 65 laps on the 0.533 oval.

“We’re playing on house money now,” Moffitt said. “I mean we still want to go get points and ultimately win races and get playoff points to set ourselves up a little safety net for the next round. But now we’ll just go and race to win and the pressure if off.”

Moffitt has three victories this year in the GMS Racing Chevrolet, also winning in June at Iowa and Chicagoland.

“It was tough,” Moffitt said. “Our Silverado was strong on long runs, but it was hard to get fired off. So it was really tough just getting the first couple of laps under our belt after a restart.”

Ross Chastain took the first stage, and Moffitt drove around the outside of Chastain to win the second. Moffitt and Chastain combined to lead the first 110 laps before Grant Enfinger led 57 in the final stage

Chastain, Stewart Friesen and Enfinger, all playoff drivers, completed the top five. Rounding out the playoff drivers, Austin Hill was 10th, Johnny Sauter 11th and Tyler Ankrum 20th in the 200-lap races slowed by 12 caution periods.

Chastain drew the ire of several crew chiefs after the race for his aggressive style.

“Every time, I had position on the guys,” Chastain said. “It’s one lane around the bottom, that’s the old Bristol. This is what built this place. I hate the crew chiefs had to come down here and want to pump their chest out, but they’re old washed-up race car drivers. Let the drivers handle it.’

Moffitt, defending champion of the series seemed to have no beef about anyone’s driving, and he rolled into victory lane and got the spoils of a winner.

“This is pretty damn cool,” Moffitt said.

Unofficial Results: 22nd Annual UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics - Bristol Motor Speedway - August 15, 2019

Fin, Str, Driver, Trk, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 1, Brett Moffitt (P), 24, Midnight Moon Moonshine Chevrolet, 200, 2, 1, 5, 65, 6, 59, Running
2) 7, Chandler Smith, 51, iBUYPOWER Toyota, 200, 5, 3, , , , 49, Running
3) 2, Ross Chastain (P), 45, CarShield Chevrolet, 200, 1, 2, 4, 78, 1, 53, Running
4) 3, Stewart Friesen (P), 52, Halmar International Chevrolet, 200, 7, 5, , , , 43, Running
5) 14, Grant Enfinger (P), 98, ThorSport Racing/Curb Records Ford, 200, , 9, 1, 57, , 34, Running
6) 24, Sheldon Creed #, 2, Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 31, Running
7) 11, Matt Crafton (P), 88, Great Lakes Wood Floors/Menards Ford, 200, 6, 4, , , , 42, Running
8) 4, Ben Rhodes, 99, Havoline Ford, 200, 4, 7, , , , 40, Running
9) 17, Todd Gilliland, 4, Mobil 1 Toyota, 200, , , , , , 28, Running
10) 8, Austin Hill (P), 16, Toyota Tsusho Toyota, 200, 10, , , , , 28, Running
11) 6, Johnny Sauter (P), 13, Tenda Heal Ford, 200, 3, , , , , 34, Running
12) 16, Raphael Lessard, 46, Spectra Premium Toyota, 200, , 8, , , , 28, Running
13) 12, Parker Kligerman, 75, Food Country USA Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 26, Ryan Sieg(i), 33, Cook's Comfort System Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 0, Running
15) 25, Austin Wayne Self, 22, GO TEXAN Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 28, Landon Huffman, 20, PitStopsForHope.org/Wrench Rags Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 27, Timmy Hill(i), 56, Southern Freight Services Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 0, Running
18) 23, Gus Dean #, 12, LG Air Conditioning Technologies Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 9, Brennan Poole, 30, Bad Boy Mowers Toyota, 199, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 5, Tyler Ankrum # (P), 17, May's Hawaii Toyota, 194, 8, 6, , , , 25, Running
21) 18, Sam Mayer, 21, Manpower Chevrolet, 193, , 10, , , , 17, Accident
22) 31, Jennifer Jo Cobb, 10, Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet, 193, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 10, Harrison Burton #, 18, Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 192, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 19, Tyler Dippel #, 02, Lobas! Productions Chevrolet, 175, , , , , , 13, Accident
25) 20, Natalie Decker #, 54, N29 Technologies LLC Toyota, 166, , , , , , 12, Accident
26) 21, Clay Greenfield, 68, Rackley Roofing Toyota, 145, , , , , , 11, Steering
27) 15, Dylan Lupton, 15, CROSLEY Toyota, 136, , , , , , 10, DVP
28) 30, Jordan Anderson, 3, Capital City Towing/Sefton Steel Chevrolet, 102, , , , , , 9, Engine
29) 13, John Hunter Nemechek(i), 8, Berry's Bullets Chevrolet, 75, 9, , , , , 0, Accident
30) 32, Angela Ruch, 44, The Ruch Life Chevrolet, 65, , , , , , 7, Accident
31) 29, JJ Yeley(i), 34, Colonial Countertops Toyota, 12, , , , , , 0, Transmission
32) 22, Jesse Little, 97, Visit Kingsport Ford, 2, , , , , , 5, Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 36 Mins, 56 Secs.
Total Race Length: 200 Laps - 106.6 Miles
Average Speed: 65.983 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.743 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 45, 24, 13, 99, 51, 88, 52, 17, 8, 16
Stage 2 Top 10: 24, 45, 51, 88, 52, 17, 99, 46, 98, 21

Race Comments: Brett Moffitt won the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, his 10th career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory.

Prior to the start of the race the following truck dropped to the rear under penalty for the reason indicated: No. 2 (Unapproved adjustments).

Failed to Qualify: (4) 9 Codie Rohrbaugh, 04 Cory Roper, 92 Timothy Peters, 74 Lou Goss.

Caution Flags: 12 for 73 laps;
Laps: 4-10 ( 2, 3, 12 and 97 Incident in Turn 2 [None]);
57-66 (Stage 1 Conclusion [30]);
69-74 ( 44 Spin on the Frontstretch [12]);
77-80 ( 8 and 13 Incident on the Frontstretch [54]);
112-122 (Stage 2 Conclusion [54]);
131-135 (02, 15, 30 and 56 Incident in Turn 2 [None]);
137-141 ( 54 Spin in Turn 3 [33]);
152-155 ( 52 and 88 Incident in Turn 4 [56]);
168-173 ( 10 and 99 Incident on the Backstretch [20]);
176-179 ( 45. 46 and 52 Incident in Turn 4 [20]);
183-189 ( 02, 12 and 54 Incident on the Frontstretch [Red Flag: 6:30] [56]);
194-197 ( 21 and 99 Incident in Turn 2 [12]).

Lead Changes: 9 among 3 drivers:
B. Moffitt (P) 1-10;
R. Chastain (P) 11-66;
B. Moffitt (P) 67-83;
R. Chastain (P) 84-100;
B. Moffitt (P) 101-105;
R. Chastain (P) 106-109;
B. Moffitt (P) 110-115;
R. Chastain (P) 116;
G. Enfinger (P) 117-173;
B. Moffitt (P) 174-200.

Duralast GT Brakes Brake in the Race Award - Stage 1: Ross Chastain, No. 45 Stage 1
Duralast GT Brakes Brake in the Race Award - Stage 2: Brett Moffitt, No. 24 Stage 2
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Brett Moffitt, No. 24 

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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