Brett Moffitt enjoying continuity, relief at season’s end

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 25: Brett Moffitt, driver of the #24 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Even while he was on the way to winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship last year, Brett Moffitt faced an uncertain future.

And though he eventually claimed the title with back-to-back victories at ISM Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, Moffitt’s deal with Hattori Racing Enterprises wasn’t renewed for 2019.

Moffitt signed on with GMS Racing and has won four times this season. And he recently got an official vote of confidence when his one-year deal with GMS was extended through 2020.

“Obviously, until papers are signed, it’s always in the back of your mind because I’ve had other teams lead me astray in that direction, but everyone at GMS was very reassuring,” Moffitt said on Friday at Martinsville Speedway, site of Saturday’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

“Coming into this deal, we did a one-year deal, and as long as the shoe fit where I could fill in the role of being the anchor, the house car and helping these younger kids develop quicker, then it was the road we all wanted to go down. Meanwhile, I get to stay in winning equipment and win races. Ever since halfway through the year, I was confident that I would be back and then it’s just been within this past week we got it finalized.”

GMS also announced on Friday it would retain the services of Truck Series driver Sheldon Creed and provide 16-year-old NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Sam Mayer with an expanded Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule as he competes for the ARCA Menards Series title.

Greg Engle