Saturday, August 11, 2018

Brett Moffitt Uses Last Lap Pass to Win the Corrigan Oil 200

Brett Moffitt Uses Last Lap Pass to Win the Corrigan Oil 200
The racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series at Michigan International Speedway is known for its exciting action and late race passes for the lead. The Corrigan Oil 200 lived up to expectations as Brett Moffitt used a last-lap pass to claim the lead.

Brett Moffitt Uses Last Lap Pass to Win the Corrigan Oil 200

Moffitt trailed Johnny Sauter with five laps remaining, but used a unique strategy to pull off the win. He backed up to the third place truck. The trucks were able to use the draft to their advantage today and Moffitt used it to perfection at the end of the race. Moffitt used a push from John Hunter Nemecheck to gain the momentum to track Sauter back down.

“The whole last however many laps that I was behind him, I was running wide open and I would push him with that air bubble between our bumpers so I tried to back up (turn) one and let him get out there a little bit,” Moffitt said. “I knew the 8 (John Hunter Nemechek) was behind us and I was hoping he would get to us and be able to push us. I was able to plan it right and play it right – it’s just great to get here.”

As Sauter and Moffitt took the white flag, it was Sauter still out front. Sauter led all the through turn three. In turn four, Moffitt stuck the nose of his truck under Sauter and from there it was a drag race to the finish. At the finish line, it was Moffitt by 0.025 seconds.

Brett Moffitt Uses Last Lap Pass to Win the Corrigan Oil 200

In 2016, Moffitt went three-wide into turn one on the last lap for his first win in the Truck Series. Moffitt said had Sauter gone low on the track, the race might have had a different outcome.

“I had momentum, so I don’t know, that’s a good question," Moffitt said. "It probably would have been easier for (Sauter) to slide up and block if he was on the bottom and then slid up to the outside. I don’t know, we were really good center to entry of three and I was able to hold it wide open and get a good run down in there.
"And then once I got to his quarter panel, that was kind of the nail in the coffin, but it’s still a drag race back and I was trying not to get too far ahead of him to where he could come back and side draft me back. It was close, it was good racing and just glad we were able to come out on top.”

The victory was the second win for Moffitt at Michigan International Speedway. In 2016, Moffitt went three wide into Turn 1 on the last lap in order to capture the top spot and his first ever win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He used a similar move today to return to Gatorade Victory Lane.

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