Does Brett Moffitt deserve another chance? (2023)

Does Brett Moffitt deserve another chance? (1)

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It's the hardest part of motorsport when someone loses their vehicle just for money. That happensBrett Moffitt, who would drive the entire season of the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the #02 Chevrolet for Our Motorsports. However, Moffitt was replaced due to lack of funds.

He is an interesting figure in motorsport. He is extremely talented, winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship in the 2018 season while driving for Hattori Racing Enterprises and has 12 truck series wins, which is more than many drivers currently in the Cup Series.

Still, Moffitt did some things that put him out of favor with some in the garage. That led us to the question: Does Brett Moffitt deserve another shot at NASCAR? Debate between Mark Kristl and Stephen Stumpf.

Brett Moffitt still has value

With three months left in this NASCAR season, Brett Moffitt should spend them wisely. He is currently unemployed. Rather than simply looking for seating times at various NASCAR events, Moffitt would be better prepared to find decent audition opportunities for next year. Yes, Moffitt should be considered for a full-time NASCAR drive, particularly in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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When Moffitt switched his points eligibility from Niece Motorsports in the Truck Series to Our Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year, it seemed like a wise move. Moffitt and Niece struggled, only achieving one top-10 together as rookiesCarson Hocévarburst onto the trucking scene. Boosting the climber Our on Xfinity, Moffitt finished second in the season opener and racked up four top-10 finishes. It was the best decision for everyone involved.

However, Moffitt's initial success driving the No. 02 faded as he never finished in the top five for the remainder of the season and had only six other top-10 finishes in the other 23 races. That year, his return seemed to bode well for the organization, but just four top-10 finishes and a lack of sponsorship money cost Moffitt his trip. What a fall after triumphantly winning the Truck Series championship trophy in 2018.

Moffitt still has value in the garage. He is days away from turning 30, so he should have years left in his NASCAR career. Additionally, Moffitt has competed in all three NASCAR series with a combined 219 starts. He knows the circuits, he knows the competition and he knows how to fight for victories.

No, Moffitt is not eligible to drive in the NASCAR Cup Series. His performance at Xfinity probably won't get him many offers either, and certainly not in the top 10. When a team like Bassett Racing approaches Moffitt with an offer even though it would give him a paycheck, it's probably not what Moffitt wants. or need to reinvigorate his NASCAR career.

The Truck Series garage is Moffitt's best opportunity. He's a former champion, so improvising him is an advantage, especially for teams struggling to rack up ownership points. Moffitt also has 12 wins, the 15th most in series history. From a marketing perspective, having a past champion and notable winner driving a truck could help a team become a sponsor.

Because that's what Moffitt lacks: sponsorship. Moffitt needs a sponsored team. So what teams would be viable options for him?

The first option would be AM Racing. The team already has sponsors, but is still looking for the right driver. main driveraustin wayne himselfopted to skip a few races, the team fielded a part-time second inning and recently foundin a race preview, "AM Racing is building its future and will soon make announcements about its path for the remainder of the 2022 and 2023 NASCAR seasons."

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Additionally, Moffitt already has a relationship with the team and is umpiring both events at Knoxville Raceway, though he ended up with two DNFs due to crashes. Still, Moffitt knows the team. The team also showed this year that he has a solid team. Self himself had two top-10 finishes in the first three races this season and is a newcomer.Max Gutierrezhe finished eighth in his second career truck start.

If AM Racing wants to remain competitive in an increasingly competitive Truck Series field, it must improve its driver. Self's two top-fives and 15 top-10s in 142 truck starts proved he wasn't the best contender.

Sure, Moffitt hasn't been in the top five in trucks since the 2020 season. But consider this fact: In three full-time truck seasons, Moffitt has placed first, third and third in points. He led at least one round for six consecutive years. In three of his last 10 truck starts, he's started 15th or better. All of these stats are an improvement over Self's numbers.

Moffitt's end at GMS Racing was not pretty. But his desire to win the championship and fight for victories was admirable. Given the right opportunity, Moffitt could once again help an organization improve. Moffitt would add value to the midsize Truck Series teams, and AM Racing would be a good fit for him.– Markus Kristl

Brett Moffitt a reminder that it takes more than talent

Does Moffitt have the talent to be in NASCAR? Absolutely. He proved it during his time in the Truck Series.

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But their current situation is not entirely due to a lack of patronage.

From 2018 to 2020, Moffitt was a fixture in the Truck Series. He won the 2018 championship with Hattori Racing Enterprises and earned the most points of any driver with GMS Racing in both 2019 and 2020.

But all of that came to a halt at the 2020 finals at Phoenix Raceway. Moffitt dominated and came within just three rounds of his second title before being bookedcrowded dawson. Moffitt's team opted out and lost the championship after being swallowed by trucks on new tires while restarting.

Moffitt didn't hold back in criticizing the team after the race.

At the start of the race, it was not known what plans the Moffitt Truck Series had for 2021. Sponsorship was thin at times, as Moffitt's truck was completely empty at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2020.

But it wasn't long before Moffitt and GMS moved on, as it was revealed that he wouldn't be returning for 2021 just a week after Phoenix.

The fact that GMS parted ways with Moffitt almost immediately after Phoenix shows that his comments after the race and at the finish had some influence. If the breakup was solely due to endorsements, it wouldn't have happened so suddenly. Moffitt and GMS likely would have tried to reinstate him for the 2021 season if that was the case, given his previous success. Additionally, Moffitt had driven the majority of Xfinity races with Our Motorsports in 2020 and re-signed with Our in 2021 almost immediately after parting ways with GMS. If sponsorship was a problem running a full-time season for GMS in 2021, at least he had another boost to fall back on.

After leaving GMS, Moffitt was no longer on an elite ride capable of fighting for wins. He briefly drove for Niece Motorsports in the Truck Series in 2021 before leaving after six races; In two and a half seasons with Our Motorsports on Xfinity, he was occasionally able to challenge for the top 10 before taking a break this week.

The best way to get sponsors is to put them on the winning path, and winning ended when Moffitt left GMS.

If caution doesn't arise in Phoenix, Moffitt would be a two-time champion and for all we know he could still be racing with the team today. He, too, may be eligible for the available No. 42 Cup trip in 2023, but the broken relationship with GMS certainly seems to have affected that.

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If it were all about talent, several teams would love to have him as a driver. But Moffitt had time to drive for one of the best teams in the truck garage, and he met a sudden and shocking end after a bitter loss. And once a rider is off an elite ride, it's hard to find another. Moffitt certainly has the on-track talent to thrive in NASCAR, but it will be some time before he climbs the NASCAR ladder after the rocky end to his tenure at GMS.– Stefan Stump

About the Author

stephen stump

Stephen Stumpf joined Frontstretch in September 2021 and currently writes the weekly columns4 burning questionsYstatistics sheet. He also contributes to the home stretch with social media, editing and rotating comments, and serves as an occasional reporter on the site. A native of Texas, Stephen began following NASCAR at the age of 9.

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Mark Kristl came to Frontstretch at the start of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the editor of the site's ARCA Menards Series. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and is a proud graduate of the University of Dayton.

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Why is Brett Moffitt not racing? ›

It's the toughest side of motorsports when someone loses their ride strictly over money. That's what happened to Brett Moffitt, who was schedule to race the full NASCAR Xfinity Series season in the No. 02 Our Motorsports Chevrolet. However, Moffitt has been replaced due to lack of funding.

Is Brett Moffitt still racing? ›

Former NASCAR Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt will drive for AM Racing in the Xfinity Series in 2023. Moffitt will drive the team's No. 25 Mustangs as AM switches from Chevrolets to Fords and adds a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing and the Ford Performance program.

Where is Brett Moffitt from? ›

Moffitt was born August 7, 1992 in Grimes, Iowa.

Is Brett Moffitt related to Richard Petty? ›

In 2019, Moffitt traveled to England to run a 1981 edition of grandfather Richard Petty's racecar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Despite sharing the same last name, he is not related to fellow NASCAR competitor Brett Moffitt.

What NASCAR driver does a backflip when he wins? ›

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Who owns the SRX racing series? ›

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Who is the announcer for SRX racing? ›

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Parker Kligerman
First race2010 WinStar World Casino 350K (Texas)
Last race2023 NextEra Energy 250 (Daytona)
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How old is Brett Moffitt? ›

Is Moffitt Richard Petty's grandson? ›

Thad Moffitt, grandson of NASCAR racing great Richard Petty, is taking his driving talents to the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli in 2023. Moffitt, 22, was announced on Thursday at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show as driver of the Safety-Kleen Chevrolet Carmaro for TeamSLR next season.

Who drives the 45 Xfinity car? ›

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Who owns Petty motorsports now? ›

The team kept that name through multiple iterations before Maury Gallagher's GMS Racing became the majority owner of the team ahead of the 2022 season.

Who owns the number 43 truck? ›

Thad Moffitt, grandson of seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty, will make his Camping World Truck Series debut next week at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 43 truck for Moffitt will be sponsored by STP, the longtime sponsor of Petty.

What disease does Richard Petty have? ›

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How much does a rear tire changer make in NASCAR? ›

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Who is the youngest NASCAR team owner? ›

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Matt Tifft.
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How much do SRX winners get? ›

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What is the payout for SRX racing? ›

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Is Ray Evernham still involved with SRX? ›

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Does Tony Stewart own SRX racing? ›

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Superstar Racing Experience.
CategoryAuto racing
CountryUnited States
Inaugural season2021
Drivers12–13 (per race)
Engine suppliersIlmor
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What does SRX stand for in SRS racing? ›

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Where is Quin Houff now? ›

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Why is Johnny Sauter not racing anymore? ›

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Where is Tyler Carpenter racing? ›

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Does USF own Moffitt? ›

Moffitt Cancer Center is affiliated with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and provides education to medical students and residency training as well.

Does Thad Moffitt still race? ›

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Is Thad Moffitt still racing? ›

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Who will drive the 18 car in 2023? ›

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Who is the oldest Xfinity driver? ›

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NASCAR Xfinity Series career
453 races run over 33 years
2019 position61st
Best finish11th (1982)
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Why did Lowes leave NASCAR? ›

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Is jimmy Johnson coming back to NASCAR in 2023? ›

Johnson, who stepped away from full-time NASCAR racing following the 2020 season and full-time racing in general in September 2022, also returns to the driver's seat of a stock car for a part-time schedule in 2023. He'll pilot the No. 84 Chevrolet starting with the 65th annual Daytona 500 on Feb.

Who has controlling interest in NASCAR? ›

The France family has controlled the stock-car racing organization since its inception, with Bill France Sr. serving as the founder and president from 1947-1972. Per the NASCAR official site, Brian France is the current chairman and CEO of NASCAR, while Lesa France Kennedy is the vice chairperson.

Are any Pettys still racing? ›

Petty remains very active in the sport as both a NASCAR team owner (GMS Racing) in the Cup Series, and owner of Petty's Garage (car restoration and modification shop) in Level Cross, North Carolina.

Who was the last driver to win in the 43 car? ›

Richard Petty: NASCAR win in 43 car at Darlington ends 55-year drought.

Is 43 still a Petty car? ›

43 at Martinsville in 1999, and then it took 15 years for the car to earn a victory in the new millennium when Aric Almirola took it to Victory Lane at Daytona in 2014. And since then, the Petty No. 43 has been shut out. In 2021, Erik Jones was introduced as the new driver of the No.

How old is Jeff Gordon? ›

What is Kyle Pettys net worth? ›

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How old is Rick Hendrick? ›

Who will be the Fox Nascar announcers in 2022? ›

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Who is leaving 23XI Racing? ›

Tyler Reddick, who recently won his first Cup Series race at Road America, will leave Richard Childress Racing for 23XI Racing and Toyota in 2024.
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Who is joining 23XI Racing? ›

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Does Tony Stewart own SRX? ›

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Who will be announcers for FOX NASCAR in 2023? ›

In 2023, FOX Sports' 23rd consecutive season of NASCAR coverage which features its 20thDaytona 500, the FOX NASCAR booth is led by esteemed play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and former driver Clint Bowyer.

Is Clint Bowyer coming back to FOX in 2023? ›

Meanwhile, Bowyer himself will be returning to the cockpit in 2023. He will run three events in the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) Series, which is co-owned by Stewart, George Pyne and Sandy Montag. “When I first retired [at the end of the 2020 Nascar season], I was burnt out,” Bowyer said.

Who is singing and playing guitar on NASCAR? ›

Marcus King (born March 11, 1996) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Why is Reddick leaving RCR? ›

Two weeks after getting the first NASCAR Cup Series victory of his career, Tyler Reddick said he would leave Richard Childress Racing after 2023 to drive for the Denny Hamlin/Michael Jordan-owned 23XI Racing team. The immediate plan is for Reddick to stay with RCR through next year before going to 23XI in 2024.

What's up with Tyler Reddick? ›

Impact With Kurt Busch's announcement that he's stepping back from full-time competition, RCR made it official that Reddick has been released from his contract in 2023. The young driver will now join 23XI Racing a year prior to what had been planned to fill the seat of Busch's No. 45 Toyota.

Where is Ryan Newman racing now? ›

NASCAR great Ryan Newman will be spending more time behind the wheel in 2023, and he will be doing it driving for Sadler-Stanley Racing powered by Pace-O-Matic in selected SMART Tour and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races.

What NASCAR does Joe Gibbs own? ›

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Who will drive for RCR in 2023? ›

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