Moffitt Hopes to Make History with Hattori Racing Enterprises
Miami Beach, FL – It has been a historic year for Hattori Racing Enterprises. The team announced before the season that Brett Moffitt would take over the No. 16 Toyota Tundra, replacing Ryan Truex. After missing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs in 2017, they were seeking to bring someone on board that would lead them to consistency, wins, and a playoff run.
Brett Moffitt began the season not knowing if he would run the entire year as sponsorship for some races were a question. However, his performance on the track, highlighted by five victories, allowed him to secure funding for every event on the schedule.
On Friday night, Moffitt will race for his first ever Truck Series championship. Shigeaki Hattori’s decision to bring back a familiar face to the team has paid off.
Moffitt raced for HRE back in 2012 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he was victorious two times. His success led him to becoming a test driver for Michael Waltrip Racing where he eventually made a few Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts.
With the nature of his success this season, it seems like he has made himself at home back with HRE. Before the season, Moffitt had never run a full-time season in the Truck Series.
“Shigeaki has pretty much built a whole new team from then,” Moffitt said. “I feel like he’s got a lot better people in place and I would say my experience in the past has helped because I have worked with Scott Zipadeli in the past. I’ve worked with my truck chief in the past and I’ve worked with a lot of guys in the team in the past throughout different race organizations, so I would say that helped us bond quicker but as to the K&N with Shigeaki I wouldn’t really say it helped with anything.”
Moffitt had proved well before he belonged in the Truck Series full-time. Back in 2016, he won his first ever Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway for Red Horse Racing.
Unfortunately, finding the right team with funding has always been a struggle for Moffitt. Now being stabilized with HRE this season, he has showcased his talent.
The Iowa native won’t have it easy on Friday night. He’ll be competing against two youngsters that are hungry for a championship and a driver with years of experience under his belt. Nonetheless, Moffitt is just as poised as them and is hoping he’ll be the one standing tall on the podium after the race holding the trophy they’ve all been working hard to gain.
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