Nemechek Has Problem On Final Lap, Moffitt Winds Up In Victory Lane As Result

JOLIET, Ill – He wasn’t even supposed to be in this race but here Brett Moffitt is taking his No. 16 Toyota to victory lane for the third time of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on Friday night at the Chicagoland Speedway. Moffitt, told everyone over the last three weeks that funding for the Overton’s 225 was few and far between. Then, last weekend, he said barring a miracle, he wouldn’t be racing on the 1.5-mile track. By virtue of that, he’d be giving away both of his wins per say, as he wouldn’t be playoff eligible anymore due to not making an attempt to qualify for every race.

Instead, they found some last minute funding and here he is with his fourth career Truck Series victory and now just one win shy of Johnny Sauter for the most of the season. Moffitt, got as lucky on the final lap of Friday night’s race as he was to find a sponsor during the week of the race though.

John Hunter Nemechek was heading towards his second win of the season on Friday night. He led a race high 64 of 150 laps and well on his way to the win under the lights on the Joliet area track. Unfortunately, his Truck lost power in Turn 1 on the final lap while leading and had to circle the final 1/2 lap of the track without any speed. He’d finish seventh as a result.

Moffitt, was less than a second back of Nemechek at the time of his Truck having a mechanical problem and would benefit the most in winning for the second time in the last three races.

Nemechek and Moffitt combined to lead the final 77 laps of action tonight.

Prior to this season, Hattori Racing Enterprises had never reached victory lane. Now, they’ve been there three times in 11 races this season.

Ben Rhodes brought his No. 41 Ford home to a runner-up effort, 5.092-seconds behind Moffitt. It was his best result of 2018 and his first top five finish since at Charlotte last month.

Defending race winner Johnny Sauter came away with his second straight third place run in his No. 21 Chevrolet. Sauter, now has 10 top five finishes in 11 starts this year, eight of which in the top three. He may have even won the race if not for the jack breaking on his final pit stop. He’d go from third to ninth with 27 laps-to-go and charge hard for his 10th top 10 finish of 2018.

Pole sitter Noah Gragson would finish fourth in his No. 18 Toyota while his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Brandon Jones rounded out the top five in his No. 51 Toyota.

Only nine Trucks would finish on the lead lap on Friday night.

The series has the week off before returning to action in two weeks at the Kentucky Speedway for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (7:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Overton’s 225 Results

  1. 16 Moffitt
  2. 41 Rhodes
  3. 21 Sauter
  4. 18 Gragson
  5. 51 Jones
  6. 24 Haley
  7.  8 Nemechek
  8. 98 Enfinger
  9. 02 Hill
  10. 13 Snider R -1
  11. 88 Crafton -1
  12.  2 Coughlin -1
  13. 22 Self -1
  14. 45 Fontaine -1
  15. 54 LeMastus -1
  16.  4 Gilliland R -2
  17.  3 Anderson -2
  18.  7 Forrister -2
  19. 52 Friesen -2
  20. 25 Sargeant R -3
  21. 33 Reaume -3
  22. 49 Chavous R -4
  23. 20 Tullman R -4
  24. 10 Cobb -12
  25. 50 Kaltreider OUT
  26. 15 Chastain OUT
  27. 83 Currey OUT
  28. 87 Nemechek OUT
  29. 63 Yeley OUT
  30.  0 Murphy OUT
  31.  6 Benning OUT
  32. 74 Harmon OUT

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