For Brett Moffitt, winning provides a welcome comfort zone

JOLIET, IL - JUNE 29: Brett Moffitt, driver of the #16 Toyota, applies the winner's sticker in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton's 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 29, 2018 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

There are five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers who are feeling comfortable.

There are three who have every reason to be nervous.

With three races left before the series Playoffs start at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes and Justin Haley are locked into Playoff on the strength of race victories.

On the other hand, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton are winless. And though those three drivers are in comfortable positions to make the Playoffs on points, a victory by any of the drivers chasing them could have dire consequences.

Eight drivers will make the Playoffs, with race wins taking precedence over position in the standings.

With three victories, Moffitt knows he’ll have a Playoff spot. And with 16 Playoff points in his pocket, he ought to be a contender for the series championship.

Those Playoff points could prove critical, given the three tracks in the first round: the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, high-speed Las Vegas and unpredictable Talladega.

“Being locked in is a huge weight off your shoulders,” Moffitt said on Friday before opening NCWTS practice at Pocono Raceway. “And I think with the Truck Series, the same thing as our races being short, our season’s short, so all you can do is go out there and try to win races.

“Obviously, you don’t want to make any moves to take yourself out of races, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to win and get Playoff points to secure yourself through that first round, with it being Canadian Tire and Talladega in one round–that’s kind of messy.”

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