Moffitt held off a livid problem from his GMS Racing teammate Sheldon Creed in a two-lap time beyond regulation to win Saturday’s Clean Harbors 200 at Kansas Speedway, his first win this season and in additional than a yr.
With the win, Moffitt turns into the primary driver to advance to the Championship 4 and compete for the collection title at Phoenix no matter his efficiency over the following two weeks. Moffitt received the 2018 collection title.
The win is the twelfth of Moffitt’s Truck profession.
“It’s pretty incredible – such a way to turn our season around for this No. 23 team,” Moffitt mentioned. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Victory Lane. Thanks to everyone at GMS.
“I got to apologize to (Zane Smith) for trying to block him. We were racing hard for a championship spot and that’s what you got to do. It was a bad block by me. It’s my fault.
“He got around me there in lapped traffic and I just put it on the line to run him back down. We got there and I tried to throw a block. We’re racing for everything right now. I apologize to Zane. I know that’s not going to fix it but hopefully they can win next week.”
Austin Hill ended up third, Grant Enfinger fourth and Chandler Smith rounded out the top-five.
Completing the top-10 have been Christian Eckes, Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton, Derek Kraus and Trevor Bayne.
Following the break between Stages 2 and three, the lead-lap vehicles all pit once more with Creed the primary off pit highway.
On the restart on Lap 68, Creed led the best way adopted by Zane Smith and Crafton.
Zane Smith patiently ran down Creed and eventually obtained round him to reclaim the lead on Lap 82 as Moffitt ran third.
With 40 laps to go within the last stage, Zane Smith held a 1.7-second lead over Moffitt adopted by Enfinger, Chandler Smith and Crafton.
Creed was the primary contenders for the win to make his last green-flag pit cease, dropping to pit highway with 33 laps remaining. Zane Smith made his cease on Lap 104.
With 26 laps remaining, Moffitt obtained forward of Zane Smith however seven vehicles nonetheless needed to pit.
Once the cycle of stops have been accomplished on Lap 117, Moffitt led the best way over Zane Smith by a couple of second.
With 10 laps remaining, Zane Smith was on Moffitt’s rear bumper difficult him for the lead and accomplished the go to reclaim the highest spot.
With three laps to go, Moffitt obtained side-by-side with Zane Smith and reclaimed the lead, the 2 made contact and Zane Smith went spinning off the monitor to carry out a warning.
The race ended up going into time beyond regulation. Moffitt led the best way on the restart adopted by Enfinger, Creed, Eckes and Crafton.
Creed grabbed the lead with six laps remaining and held off Zane Smith to win Stage 2, finishing a sweep of each levels.
Chandler Smith was third, Christian Eckes fourth and Austin Hill rounded out the top-five.
Following the break between Stages 1 and a couple of, the lead-lap vehicles all pit with Austin Hill the primary off pit highway.
On the restart on Lap 38, Austin Hill was adopted by Zane Smith and Creed.
Shortly after restart, Raphael Lessard and Tyler Ankrum obtained collected in an accident off Turn 4 that additionally concerned Parker Kligerman, Tanner Gray, David Gravel and Ben Rhodes.
The race was instantly red-flagged to scrub the monitor of particles. After an almost 8-minute delay, the race returned to warning.
The race returned to inexperienced on Lap 46 with Austin Hill adopted by Enfinger and Zane Smith.
Zane Smith powered round Hill to take the lead for the primary time on Lap 47.
With six laps remaining within the second stage, Creed obtained again round Zane Smith to reclaim the lead as Austin Hill dropped to 3rd.
Creed simply dispatched with Chandler Smith to win Stage 1, his series-leading ninth stage victory of the 2020 season.
Austin Hill was third, Zane Smith fourth and Crafton rounded out the top-five.
Chandler Smith began on the pole however Creed shortly moved into the lead on Lap 1 after a three-wide transfer.
With 15 laps remaining within the first stage, Creed maintained a couple of second lead over Chandler Smith adopted by Crafton, Zane Smith and Enfinger.
With 5 laps to go, Austin Hill moved as much as the third place, behind Creed and Chandler Smith.