Brett Moffitt celebrates in Victory Lane following his win at Michigan, Aug. 27, 2016.
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by Courtney Horn
Brett Moffitt claimed the Career for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway in a last-lap pass for his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. The Red Horse Racing driver went three wide with teammate Timothy Peters and William Byron to gain the lead for the win in just his sixth series start.
“We just had such a run – we were rolling five to 10 miles an hour faster than them getting into Turn 1,” Moffitt said. “I knew if there was room to get to the outside, I didn’t care if it was going to stick or not. I’m here to win races.”
Peters wound up second, with Byron falling to fourth behind Daniel Hemric.
Moffitt, who is on a part-time schedule, does not qualify for the driver’s chase, however the win does qualify the No. 11 for the owner’s championship.
“Winning’s awesome no matter what the circumstance is,” Moffitt said, “Hopefully we can get another win next week and hopefully some more doors open down the road. All in all, it’s been a great opportunity.”
The CFV 200 was delayed by two and a half-hours due to lightning and rain that surrounded the speedway, but was packed with lots of action to make up for the wait.
Atlanta winner John Hunter Nemechek finished 26th after hitting the wall on Lap 63 and heavy damage to the No. 8 Chevrolet ended his night. Nemechek sits eighth in the standings and has already secured his spot in the Chase for the championship.
Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick are two drivers still looking for a victory to qualify themselves with two races remaining in the regular season. Custer led 18 laps before losing control of his truck and making slight contact with eventual winner Moffitt.
Reddick smacked the wall after striking the side of the No. 21 of Johnny Sauter. Reddick held on for a 19th place finish.
A Look Forward to the Chase
Time is running out for first-time winners to punch their ticket to be a part of the first Truck Series championship. If there are no new winners, Timothy Peters and Daniel Hemric have a good margin to lock themselves in on points.
Cameron Hayley flew under the radar during Saturday’s event and came home with a top-five finish. A win at one of the next two tracks can place him inside the top eight.
The series returns to Canada for the fourth annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 where the winless drivers hope to make some noise and secure a spot before the regular season ends.