NASCAR Truck: first lap led results in first-career win for Brett Moffitt
Brett Moffitt celebrates in victory lane at Michigan International Speedway after winning the Careers for Veterans 200 on Aug. 27, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
After rain delayed the start of the Careers for Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race by about two-and-a-half hours at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, Brett Moffitt managed to lead only one lap of the 100-lap race, but it was the most important one — the last one.
“It’s the only one you have to lead; that’s when the pay window is open and that’s when the checks are getting wrote,” Moffitt said of the only lap he has ever led in any NASCAR national series.
Moffitt got by William Byron on the last lap to claim his first-career Truck Series win in only his sixth-career start and his fourth start of the season.
“I needed this,” Moffitt said. “I had no races on my schedule this year, and to get picked up by Tom DeLoach (Red Horse Racing owner) is amazing, and our partners at Toyota have been really good at backing us and giving us the technology we need.”
Byron dropped back to fourth by the finish.
Timothy Peters finished second after leading a race-high 42 laps, giving Red Horse Racing a one-two finish.
Daniel Hemric finished third, and Cameron Hayley rounded out the top-five.
John Wes Townley started on the pole but lost the lead on the first lap to Matt Crafton. Crafton and Peters combined to lead all of the first 17 laps before Byron took his first lead of the race on lap 18.
Eight different drivers led laps, with Crafton’s 23 laps-led putting him second behind Peters in that category. The only other driver to lead double-digit laps was Cole Custer with 18 laps-led.
Custer was leading the race until he made hard contact with the wall on lap 84, bringing out the seventh and final caution of the race. Moffitt also was involved in the incident. Peters was the race leader on the final restart, but lost the lead to Byron on lap 99. A lap later, Byron lost the lead and the win to Moffitt.
“Honestly, I was just hoping to hold onto third, there, for awhile,” Moffitt said. “I didn’t really think it was going to be our day to win. I knew we were going to be competitive and when the 9 (Byron) got to the inside of him (Peters), I knew it would slow them both down, and I thought this couldn’t be any more perfect. Barely got to the inside of him (Byron) going into (turn) one, and from then on, I was just hoping and praying that it was enough to hold him off down the backstretch.”
Finishing sixth through 10th were Ben Rhodes, Crafton, Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young.