Brett Moffitt Wins Ford EcoBoost 200, 2018 Championship In Storybook Season

HOMESTEAD, Fla – What a story it was for Hattori Racing Enterprises and Brett Moffitt in 2018. From a start up team a few years ago, to not even knowing if they’d be able to run the full slate this season, to champion in November.

It was a story made for movies. 

Moffitt, took control of the lead in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with 29 laps-to-go and never looked back en route to his sixth win of the season and seventh of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career. By virtue of his victory, he was named 2018 champion.

That was a tall task for this team back in February. A team with zero prior wins and not having enough funding to last the full season, they quickly found victory lane in the second race of the year in Atlanta. Still, they didn’t have funding for some races for the rest of the year and if they didn’t secure any money for them, the automatic playoff berth would be given up.

They pieced it together good enough to show up every race and when they did, they were dominant. His six wins ties Johnny Sauter for most in the season as he was in the hunt in his No. 16 Toyota all year.

Moffitt, had three top three finishes through the first four races of the year. He closed the season with four straight top threes including two wins in-a-row.

It’s a great story as Moffitt won last week’s race at Phoenix to move onto the Championship 4 and on Friday, he led a race high 59 of 134 laps en route to the dominating win. For a young driver that’s bounced around from ride to ride, he certainly showed his worth. The only problem is that Moffitt doesn’t have a deal for next season.

How crazy is that?

Still, Moffitt is champion and showed that he has a bright future in this sport if given the chance. HRE, well this should be the point where they secure enough funding to become a mainstay in NASCAR.

The championship race wasn’t even really all that close in the season finale. The next best Truck that was playoff eligible was Noah Gragson who earned his eighth top five of the season and 17th top 10 in his No. 18 Toyota. But, Gragson, despite leading 32 laps before the final round of stops finished third and was 5.006-seconds behind Moffitt.

Justin Haley struggled with an eighth place run in his No. 24 Chevrolet and was 24.434-seconds back. His GMS Racing teammate of Johnny Sauter finishes fourth in the standings and 12th in the race as he struggled all night long. Sauter, crossed the finish line 33.151-seconds behind Moffitt.

Grant Enfinger was runner-up in the race itself in his No. 98 Ford for his 15th top 10 scored in 2018. He was fourth last weekend in Phoenix.

Stewart Friesen and 2018 ARCA Racing Series champion Sheldon Creed rounded out the top five.

The race only had two caution flags all night, both for stage breaks. That allowed the quicker trucks to capitalize out front and not have to worry about pit strategy.

Ford EcoBoost 200 Results

  1. 16 Moffitt
  2. 98 Enfinger
  3. 18 Gragson
  4. 52 Friesen
  5.  2 Creed
  6. 88 Crafton
  7.  8 Nemechek
  8. 24 Haley
  9. 97 Little
  10. 41 Rhodes
  11. 51 Burton
  12. 21 Sauter
  13.  4 Gilliland R -1
  14. 13 Snider R -1
  15. 25 Dippel -1
  16. 38 Chastain -1
  17. 04 Roper -1
  18. 30 Burton -2
  19. 35 Poole -2
  20.  3 Anderson -2
  21. 02 Hill -2
  22. 45 Fontaine R -3
  23. 22 Self -4
  24. 54 Windom -4
  25.  0 Ciccarelli -4
  26. 49 Kennington -5
  27. 33 Lyons -10
  28. 10 Cobb -10
  29. 20 Thorson OUT
  30. 15 Wilson OUT
  31. 87 Nemechek OUT
  32. 50 Murphy OUT

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