It’s a big weekend for all three NASCAR Series — with all three series at Homestead-Miami Speedway with their 2018 championships on the line.
Brett Moffitt is part of that championship contention in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota Friday night.
“As far as Shigi goes, I had the opportunity to work for him for two years back in the K&N days, and I always liked working with Shigi as an owner,” Moffitt said.
The No. 16 driver said that Hattori has always had one mission in racing — to win races, leading to competing for championships.
“[I’m] grateful I get the opportunity to do that for him,” Moffitt said.
“Back in the day it probably wasn’t as good a relationship as it could have been. I feel like there were some people in the company that honestly caused a little bit of turmoil, and we went our separate ways, but ever since rejoining with Shigi and the people he has in place now at HRE, it’s been a dream come true, and it’s been great to work with him.”
Emotions Going to Miami
Moffitt said he feels more relaxed going into Homestead, than he did starting the playoffs.
“…with the new playoff system it’s so easy for something to happen and you get eliminated,” he said.
“One bad run can take you out of a championship hope, and I feel like we’ve had the speed all year. We’ve had really good Tundras all year, and we deserve to be in the playoffs, and we went and earned that spot.
Homestead is just going to be another race we’ve got to go execute, and I feel like we’re going to have to go win the race to win the championship.”
Running for the Championship
Throughout his NASCAR career thus far, Moffitt has filled in for multiple drivers in multiple series, capitalizing on those opportunities, but said he recognizes the prestige of full-time ride.
“Obviously I appreciate and want to make the most of every opportunity I get, but at the same time, you want to be competing full season and racing for championships, and that’s what Shigi Hattori has allowed me to do this year,” Moffitt said.
“You know, it’s just an honor to be in this position, and hopefully I can go out here and win a championship. I think for myself more than anything, just not having raced full‑time in a series since 2012, you know, it would mean a lot to myself to prove to myself that I can go win championships and not just races here and there.