For the Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway, Brett Moffitt came out on a high.
The Iowa native originally hadn’t had any races on the truck schedule at the start of the season, until he got picked up by Red Horse Racing.
“Coming here and these guys give me such good race trucks week in and week out,” he said. “I can’t thank Tom DeLoach (team owner) and everybody at Red Horse Racing enough and Camping World for putting this on.”
Moffitt qualified his No. 11 Toyota Tundra in the sixth position to start the race and was able to run in the top-10 for most of the race. With a few laps left, he was near the top-five with his teammate Timothy Peters running up front.
On the final lap he was able to make a late three-wide pass to overtake Peters and William Byron to take the checkered flags at the end of the race.
“I went wide open and go where they aren’t,” He said. “That’s all you can do. I knew it might be sketchy because I knew Timothy would try to move up a little bit, but we had such a run on him and we were rolling about 10 miles an hour faster going into turn one and I knew if there was room to get to the outside I didn’t care if it would stick or not, I am here to win races and luckily we were able to drive right by them.”
The race was called for Moffitt by his crew chief Scott Zipadelli.
“Just kind of the same as every other lap really,” said Zipadelli on watching the final laps. “Just wondering if it was going to work out really. Just watching like everyone else. Not a lot I could do from my vantage point. It looked like we had a good solid run and I didn’t see anyone that was going to challenge that at that point.”
Peters needed a win to make it in the chase and came up short for that today when his teammate Moffitt beat him. Moffitt is not eligible to make the chase as he wasn’t running a full schedule this season.
“I’m here to win- I said it earlier and I will say it again, I’m not going to wreck him for it,”Moffitt said. “I’m going to race him clean because I know he needs to get in the chase, but this team needs to win these guys deserve to win. That’s what we come to do and our partners at Toyota want to do the same and we got it”