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Moffitt Ends 2010 With A Bang!! Grimes, Iowa (September 27, 2010) Brett Moffitt, driver of the ...

Moffitt Ends 2010 With A Bang!!

Grimes, Iowa (September 27, 2010) Brett Moffitt, driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Game Plan for Life Toyota, ended his 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East campaign with a spectacular win on Friday at the Sunoco 150 at Dover International Speedway (DIS) in Dover, DE. The win was Moffitt's second of the 2010 season, and his second consecutive win at DIS, making him the first driver ever to become a repeat winner in the East series at Dover, where the series has run for the past 10 years.

"To win here for the second year in a row is phenomenal," Moffitt said. "It is a great way to end our season and go out on top. We set two goals heading into Dover -- to win the race and to take the second position in the point standings. We achieved both goals; we got everything we could out of this race."

Moffitt's Joe Gibbs Racing team unloaded fast off the truck, running eighth in the first practice session and fourth in the final practice session on Thursday. Moffitt's times improved even more during qualifying, earning him the third fastest spot and a starting position in the second row with a lap time of 23.601 seconds (152.536 miles per hour).

"The car was pretty decent in qualifying," Moffitt said. "I had to feather the throttle some in turn one, but we wanted the set up to be nice and snug during the race."

Moffitt spent most of the race in the top five. By lap fifty, he had worked his way into the second spot and was pressuring his teammate, Max Gresham, for the lead.

At lap 67, Moffitt came to pit road with the rest of the leaders. The team elected to take fuel and four tires. Moffitt restarted the race in seventh position, but the #20 JGR Toyota was the first car in line that had four fresh tires.

"My crew rocked with a solid pit stop," Moffitt said. "We had some tough competition on pit road this week. The Sprint Cup teams were in Dover for the race on Sunday, and they were pitting for some of the K&N Pro Series East teams on Friday, so for my crew to get the car off pit road first was great!"

Within ten laps, Moffitt was back in the top five and was again pressing the leaders for position. With thirty-five laps remaining, Moffitt had reeled in his teammate and was within a half-second of the lead. The two JGR cars began to break away, but by this time, both were experiencing mechanical issues. Gresham's car was smoking, and debris on the track had punched a hole in Moffitt's nose, which affected the car's handling in traffic.

"Every time we got to Max's bumper, we were fighting a handling issue," Moffitt said. "Because of the hole in the nose, each time we pulled up directly behind Max, the car developed a push."

However, for Moffitt, luck was on his side. Another caution came out with only four laps remaining in the scheduled distance. The field restarted on Lap 149, the first of two attempted green/white/checkered finishes, with the JGR teammates side by side on the front row. This gave Moffitt the opportunity to battle Gresham for the lead, and Moffitt beat Gresham to the line on the restart.

When a car stopped on the front stretch, another caution flag flew on Lap 150. While under caution, Gresham had to pull to pit road with heavy smoke, moving Corey LaJoie up to second.

In the final attempt at a green/white/checkered finish, Moffitt cleared LaJoie at the line, and by the time the checkered flag flew on Lap 155, Moffitt's lead over LaJoie had stretched to almost a full second.

The win moved Moffitt to second place in the overall 2010 Championship Point Standings. "That was our main goal heading into the race," Moffitt said. "I really wanted to make sure we improved on last year's finish (third). We ended up having the race go perfectly."

Although the 2010 NASCAR season is over for Moffitt, Brett Moffitt Racing is extremely excited about what lies ahead for 2011. Fans can stay tuned through Moffitt's website or can follow him on Facebook to stay up to date on all of the offseason activities.

"I really want to thank my team for everything they did this season," Moffitt said. "We had some tough luck early on, but we also had very strong runs and made some great memories. I'd also like to thank everyone who has been supporting me, especially on Facebook. I really look forward to staying connected with everyone during the offseason."

-source: brett moffitt racing

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brett Moffitt
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing