Brett Moffitt to make Sprint Cup debut at Dover
May 27, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
The 21-year-old native of Grimes, Iowa, has made three starts in NASCAR national series. Moffitt finished ninth in his only NASCAR Nationwide Series start in August 2012 at Iowa Speedway; he finished 14th at Kentucky and 17th at Michigan in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season.
Moffitt, a former member of the NASCAR Next developmental class, has had success at the Monster Mile. Among his nine victories in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East are two wins at Dover, in 2009 and 2010.
"I'm honored Jay asked me to drive his car at Dover," Moffitt said of the Robinson team. "The Monster Mile is a tough, but fun track and I can't wait to get there. I won the 2009 and 2010 K&N East race at Dover so I think I'll feel comfortable there, but Sprint Cup racing is a whole new world. I appreciate all the support I have received from Jay Robinson, TRD and everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing for making this happen. My goals are to qualify well and learn all I can during the race."
Moffitt participated in a Sprint Cup test last October at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the No. 55 Toyota for the Waltrip team as an emergency fill-in for Brian Vickers. Doctors had discovered a recurrence of blood clots that eventually sidelined Vickers for the rest of the 2013 season.
A partnership forged this year between the Waltrip and Robinson teams keeps the No. 66 on the track each week in the Sprint Cup Series. Joe Nemechek has been the primary driver under the Robinson umbrella, while part-time drivers Waltrip (two starts) and Jeff Burton (one) have driven the No. 66 under the MWR banner.
Moffitt competed in five full seasons in the K&N Pro Series East from 2009 to 2013, finishing second twice and third three times in the season-long championship standings.