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Brett Moffitt wins Phoenix Truck race with three-wide pass

Brett Moffitt made the most of a late-race restart to snag his fifth win of the season at ISM Raceway as the Championship 4 was set.

Brett Moffitt, Hattori Racing Enterprises, Toyota Tundra KOBE in victory lane

Just when you thought he might be content to finish in the top three and advance to Homestead, Brett Moffitt showed he wanted more.

After a late spin by Riley Herbst set up a three-lap dash to the finish with Noah Gragson and Grant Enfinger on the front row but it was Moffitt who emerged victorious after a daring three-wide pass to the inside.

While Gragson and Enfinger made contact on the restart, moving up the track, Moffitt dove low below the apron and overtook them both out of Turn 2.

“We just had a bad ass Toyota Tundra,” said Moffitt. “We were focused (on Homestead) already and knew we just had to have a smooth night (tonight) but when the No. 98 (Enfinger) got up there we started worrying and knew we had to win.

“I can’t say enough about this group and all of our partners and HRE team.”

Gragson was able to finish second and he’ll join Moffitt, Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley in the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend to race for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

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Harrison Burton was third with Enfinger fourth and Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five. Sauter was sixth with Tyler Ankrum seventh and Derek Kraus finishing an impressive eighth in his first truck series start.

Christian Eckes and Sheldon Creed completed the top ten.

The final stage was slowed twice by cautions with the first yellow flag of the stage needed when John Hunter Nemechek spun while leading the race on Lap 177 trying to fend off Enfinger.

Stage 1

Gragson led the field to the green flag and stayed out front until Lap 33 when Moffitt was able to take the lead on the restart after the first caution flag of the race.

The yellow flag was displayed after a three-truck incident involving Todd Gilliland, Ankrum and Jason White in Turn 3.

On the restart Moffitt got a good jump and was able to pass his fellow championship contender and stay out front the rest of the first stage of the race.

The segment remained green the rest of the way with Friesen third and Burton fourth. John Hunter Nemechek completed the top five.

Justin Haley, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes and Christian Eckes completed the top 10.

Stage 2

Burton was able to start the segment from the point and remained out front the entire segment to pick up the stage win.

Matt Crafton is trying to advance to the Championship Four after a one-year absence and finished just behind Burton in second. Friesen was third with Haley and Ben Rhodes completing the top five.

Burton, who is not eligible for the playoffs, led by as much as one second in the stage before Crafton was able to pull up to his rear bumper on the final lap going for the stage win and championship point.

Enfinger was sixth while Brett Moffitt was penalized for speeding during the pit stops and was forced to restart Stage 2 outside the top 10. The championship contender was able to rebound and finish seventh.

Gragson, Nemechek and Kraus completed the top 10.

Cla # Driver 4506 Laps Time Laps Led
1 16 United States Brett Moffitt  Toyota 150   19
2 18 United States Noah Gragson  Toyota 150 0.456 43
3 51 United States Harrison Burton  Toyota 150 1.131 46
4 98 United States Grant Enfinger  Ford 150 1.630 10
5 52 United States Stewart Friesen  Chevrolet 150 2.071  
6 17 Tyler Ankrum  Toyota 150 2.617  
7 21 United States Johnny Sauter  Chevrolet 150 2.784  
8 19 United States Derek Kraus  Toyota 150 3.231  
9 46 United States Christian Eckes  Toyota 150 3.252  
10 2 United States Sheldon Creed  Chevrolet 150 3.346  
11 88 United States Matt Crafton  Ford 150 3.750 1
12 41 United States Ben Rhodes  Ford 150 3.911  
13 99 United States Chase Purdy  Chevrolet 150 4.230  
14 25 Tyler Dippel  Chevrolet 150 4.524  
15 54 Riley Herbst  Toyota 150 5.674  
16 83 Dawson Cram  Chevrolet 150 5.789  
17 4 United States Todd Gilliland  Toyota 150 6.239  
18 20 United States Tanner Thorson  Chevrolet 150 6.259  
19 22 United States Austin Wayne Self  Chevrolet 150 5.318  
20 15 Stefan Parsons  Chevrolet 148 2 laps  
21 49 Canada D.J. Kennington  Chevrolet 148 2 laps  
22 13 United States Myatt Snider  Ford 147 2 laps  
23 3 United States Jordan Anderson  Chevrolet 147 2 laps  
24 45 United States Justin Fontaine  Chevrolet 147 2 laps  
25 38 United States Landon Huffman  Chevrolet 146 3 laps  
26 33 Jason White  Chevrolet 143 6 laps  
27 63 United States Jesse Iwuji  Chevrolet 138 11 laps  
28 24 United States Justin Haley  Chevrolet 131 19 laps  
29 8 United States John Hunter Nemechek  Chevrolet 128 22 laps 31
30 02 United States Austin Hill  Chevrolet 57 93 laps  
31 10 United States Jennifer Jo Cobb  Chevrolet 30 120 laps  
32 87 United States Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet 11 139 laps  

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