For most of today’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Michigan International Speedway, it looked like Timothy Peters would get the victory. Peters, started as well as stayed up front for all of Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200, but it was his Red Horse Racing teammate who stole the win in the end.
Brett Moffitt was making just his fourth Truck start with the team on Saturday, as he had some great success in the previous three races. He had finishes of third and second in the last two races respectively, but today, he led his first laps in the series.
Moffitt, led only one lap, but it was the one that counted the most.
Moffitt, got a great run on Peters as well as points leader William Byron entering Turn 1, and made it three-wide for the lead. He would power his way by both exiting the second corner and cruised to his first career Camping World Truck Series victory by leading his one and only lap en route to the victory.
By doing that though, Moffitt kept his teammate Peters out of the guaranteed Chase spot, as he took the victory instead. He showed no remorse though for doing it.
“I’m here to win,” Moffitt said after the race. “I said it earlier and I’ll say it again. I’m not going to wreck him (Peters) for it. I’m going to race him clean because I know he needs to get in the Chase, but this team needs to win and 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.”
Peters, came home second while Daniel Hemric got by Byron to finish third.
The good news for both Peters and Hemric was the wide margin both drivers opened over their closest pursuers in the race to make the Chase. Though winless this year, Hemric and Peters lead Cameron Hayley by 55 and 47 points, respectively, in the battle for the last two Chase spots.
If no new winner surfaces in the final two regular-season races, both Hemric and Peters are highly likely to qualify on points.
“It’s a good day for Red Horse Racing,” Peters said. “Congrats to Brett Moffitt. One-two finish. I wish we were ‘one,’ but all in all, the company brings the trophy back. The 9 (Byron) locked onto our bumper there in Turn 2 and pushed us really hard down into Turn 3.
“We had to do all we had to do to stay in front. … Tough to swallow right there, but it felt good to run the way we did all day.”
Both Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick entered the race needing to win to make the Chase. Reddick’s Ford bounced off the side of Johhny Sauter’s Chevrolet on Lap 70 and sustained heavy damage during contact with the Turn 3 wall.
Custer, however, had the lead for a restart on Lap 84, only to lose control and spin into the Turn 4 wall, grazing the left rear of Moffitt’s No. 11 Toyota in the process.
“We didn’t have the raw speed of the guys up front, but it drove pretty well, and it was hard to keep those guys off of me,” Custer said. “The 11 (Moffitt) stopped pushing me — which it’s his right to do that.
“We were kind of losing the 17 (Peters) there. He (Moffitt) went to the outside and I started getting tight. Once he got on my door, I got loose and over-corrected it. I just hate it for my guys that brought a great truck.”
Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Results:
- 11 Moffitt
- 17 Peters
- 19 Hemric
- 9 Byron R
- 13 Hayley
- 41 Rhodes R
- 88 Crafton
- 24 Enfinger
- 21 Sauter
- 02 Young
- 33 Kennedy
- 05 Townley
- 98 Abreu R
- 66 Anderson
- 44 Martin
- 22 Self R
- 1 Cobb
- 50 Kvapil
- 29 Reddick
- 51 Coughlin OUT
- 49 Sorenson OUT
- 00 Custer R OUT
- 81 Truex OUT
- 4 Bell R OUT
- 23 Gallagher OUT
- 8 Nemechek OUT
- 63 Benning OUT
- 71 Contreras III OUT
- 07 Peck OUT
- 10 Roark OUT
- 6 Ellis OUT