By: Mitchell Breuer
One of the surprises of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series so far has been the combination of Our Motorsports and Brett Moffitt.
Our Motorsports had run a few races in the ARCA Menards Series over the years, but, overall the move up to Xfinity was a surprise, especially since in only 15 ARCA, they only had two top-five’s and six top-10’s.
Expectations were low, but they were raised slightly when it was announced that Moffitt, the 2018 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Champion, was going to pilot their car for the first four races of the season. The team got caught up in a wreck at Daytona, butin the races that followed, Moffitt did not finish outside the top-20, with a season-best finish at Fontana of 14th.
What is more impressive though is how they have performed in NASCAR’s return to action. Moffitt returned to the seat at Darlington Raceway and came home with an 11th-place finish. While the result was solid, what was really impressive was this being his Moffitt’s first start in any form of NASCAR since fracturing his legs in March.
For a lot of new teams entering Xfinity, a result like this, especially given the circumstances, this might have been the highlight of the season; however, the team continued to impress Monday night at Charlotte. The team stayed on the lead lap and caught a break being one of the few cars that did not pit during the race’s final set of green flag pit stops before the yellow flag to gain them track position.
Then came the end of the race. Back-to-back cautions seemingly effecting a lot of the race’s top performers, but not Moffitt; he kept the No. 02 out of trouble and in contention. As a result, he got the team their first top-10 in the series with a sixth place.
The accolade was also big for Moffitt.Despite his success in trucks and being a former Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Cup Series, this was only his second top-10 in nine starts in Xfinity, with his previous coming in 2012. The sixth-place is also his career-best finish in the series.
The night was a nice way to end the six-race stretch with Our Motorsports, as he will not be back behind the wheel of the No. 02 Chevrolet next weekend. Instead, the team will look to build off what they learned with the veteran Moffitt as they transition to a new driver, Patrick Emerling. The 2019 Race of Champions (ROC) Tour Modified Championwill be making his Xfinity debut, but does have racing experience with multiple seasons worth of driving in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Moffitt will continue to run for the truck series championship with GMS Racing and even race again at Charlotte on Tuesday. It marks the first event for the series since March.
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