On the heels of Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman paying big complements to Brett Moffitt, it’s been announced that Moffitt will be filling in at Front Row Motorsports for a series of three races, starting with this weekend’s Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas, and concluding at Auto Club Speedway on March 22.
Moffitt will drive the No. 34 Ford for the third, fourth and fifth races of the 2015 season — the so-called west coast swing of the 2015 season. The series of races will give Moffitt Sprint Cup Series seat time for four consecutive races after filling in at Atlanta for Brian Vickers in the No. 55.
Moffitt’s three-week opportunity in the No. 34 of FRM comes from another injury, once removed. After crashing at Daytona in the Xfinity series race, Kyle Busch’s No. 18 needed a driver. Joe Gibbs Racing came to a deal with Front Row Motorsports and its driver of the No. 34, David Ragan, putting Ragan in the No. 18. Moffitt will take the No. 34 seat for the following three weeks.
Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Motor Speedway will be Moffitt’s ninth Sprint Cup Series start and his second of 2015.
“We know Brett doesn’t have a ton of Sprint Cup experience, but he’s got a lot of hours behind the wheel in testing time, and he was certainly impressive Sunday in Atlanta,” Front Row Motorsports team owner Bob Jenkins said.
“For only his eighth start, he showed a lot of poise, patience and maturity that you don’t often see in drivers that age.”
Rob Kauffman obviously had some insight into this deal coming together when his statement was posted to the MWR web site yesterday, but genuinely seems to want Moffitt to gain experience and continue to improve.
“As we anticipated, there has been heightened interest for Brett Moffitt’s services after his solid performance last weekend in Atlanta,” Kauffman said.
“While he is committed to MWR, we are happy for him to gain further valuable experience and help Bob Jenkins, Jerry Freeze and the team at Front Row Motorsports over the next few races. Bob and Front Row were very gracious with our Toyota teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing after Kyle Busch’s unfortunate injuries by allowing David Ragan to vacate the No. 34 to drive the No. 18. We will continue to work on future opportunities for Brett.”