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Moffitt Starts 2009 Camping World Series East with Pole Position, Strong Run Grimes, IA (April 12, 2009) -- Sixteen year old Brett Moffitt, a Grimes Iowa native, kicked off his Rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Series East with a...

Moffitt Starts 2009 Camping World Series East with Pole Position, Strong Run

Grimes, IA (April 12, 2009) -- Sixteen year old Brett Moffitt, a Grimes Iowa native, kicked off his Rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Series East with a bang last Saturday. Moffitt was Rookie of the Year and second in the overall point standings during his first season of competition on the asphalt, in the ASA Late Model Series North Division during 2008. He made his presence known by setting fast time and winning the Coors Light Pole Award and Rookie of the Race Award during the NASCAR Camping World Series East division season opener. The opening event, held at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina, was Moffitt's debut with the series and also his first Camping World Series event, competing under the banner of Andy Santerre Motorsports.

Twenty-nine competitors were on hand for the "NASCAR Home Tracks 150", including NASCAR veterans like Steve Park, Eddie MacDonald, and 2008 CWSE Champion Matt Kobyluck. Moffitt and Ryan Truex, younger brother of NASCAR driver Martin Truex, were two of the rising star rookies who checked in for the season opener. Other notables included Brian Ickler, Matt DiBenedetto, Jody Lavender, and Dirt Late Model ace, Josh Richards.

Practice quickly transitioned into qualifying, with the seasoned drivers like Kobyluck, Ickler and MacDonald setting the pace. But, it was Andy Santerre's new, young protege, Brett Moffitt, the last driver to qualify, who pulled off an amazing lap time of 20.691 seconds (86.994 mph) to secure his first-ever Camping World Series East-Coors Light Pole Award. Moffitt, at 16, becomes the second youngest driver to win the Pole Award in Camping World Series East history, surpassed only by Joey Logano, who just happened to be three months younger than Moffitt at the time.

Prior to the race, Moffitt commented, "I want to be able to win some races this year, and having Andy (Santerre) behind me is a big advantage. He really knows what he is doing, and we have really good equipment."

Santerre, who is one of the Camping World Series masters with four CWSE championships as a driver, has high praise for his young driver as well. "He's real smooth and real consistent and the real good thing is, he adapts real quick," Santerre commented.

Moffitt's first learning experience came while leading the pack to the green, where things got a little dicey due to Moffitt's lack of experience shifting through the gears for starts and restarts. However, throughout the 150 lap event, Moffitt maintained his trademark cool and collected demeanor, racing through nine cautions, constantly running up front with the race leaders, while keeping all four wheels on the car. In the end, Moffitt was also awarded "Rookie of the Race" honors and turned many a head, finishing a strong fifth in his NASCAR debut.

-credit: asm

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Steve Park , Martin Truex Jr. , Matt Kobyluck , Jody Lavender , Eddie MacDonald , Brian Ickler , Brett Moffitt , Ryan Truex , Matt DiBenedetto , Josh Richards