By: Ashley McCubbin
After leading 78 laps on Friday night in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series, Brett Moffitt had to watch his teammate Sheldon Creed drive away from him en route to the victory and the championship.
It seemed he had the title in hand, too, as he held three-second advantage with three laps remaining until a caution came out. While Chad Norris elected to leave Moffitt in the lead on old tires, Creed was one of the several who elected for fresh rubber and was able to drive for ninth to the lead.
To say Moffitt was frustrated about the circumstances is an understatement.
“We finally hit the setup right and can’t call the race to save our lives,” Moffitt told FOX Sports 1 post-race. “It’s cost us multiple times this year and now it’s cost us a championship. Unfortunate but thankful to all our partners that have been with me all season long and everyone on this team for working hard, but it’s frustrating to lose them like that.”
Without any doubt, it was not the season the past series champion was envisioning. While most drivers would celebrate a win and 10 top-five’s on the table, it is his worst year statically in comparison to his title campaign in 2018 and a third in 2019.
It wasn’t that they were missing the speed, either, as Moffitt dominated several races on the season and found himself at the front ready to snag a win on multiple occasions throughout 2020 but circumstances prevented that from happening.
Some of the frustration has to go beyond this season, too, as he has yet to finalize plans for 2022 in the series despite being part of the Championship 4 through each of the past three years.
When asked about Moffitt’s comments post-race, GMS team owner Maurice Gallagher had not heard the comments yet.
“Anybody in that position is going to be upset and angry,” he commented. “I’m sure in the heat of the battle he didn’t mean anything because that team has performed all year. Brett arguably was the most consistent driver the entire year in many ways.
“No, Brett is a good guy. We really have enjoyed having Brett around. I’ll go look at the film. If need be, we’ll chat it out. Brett is a competitor.”
Categories: NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series