Brett Moffitt wins Homestead and first Truck championship

Moffitt held off Grant Enfinger to win Friday night’s Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and with the victory claimed the 2018 Camping World Truck Series championship.

The title is the first for Moffitt and first for Hattori Racing Enterprises. The win was Moffitt’s sixth victory of the season, and seventh of his career.

Moffitt has not had a steady ride in NASCAR since 2015 and things looked no different heading into the 2018 season.

"That was the longest 20-30 laps of my life," Moffitt, 26, said in Victory Lane. "Man, I was just glad we could get to the white flag without a caution and clean sailing. We had a great truck all day.

"It's unreal. We all know the story by now. We didn't know if we were going to race this whole year. I didn't if I would have the opportunity to run for a championship even after we got our first win. Everyone pulled together hard here.

"We've had so many partners who came in at clutch moments and got us to the race track."

Asked about the battle for the lead with Gragson, Moffitt said, "I just got my tires a little too hot the first time I got next to him and I probably didn't commit enough to the move. I kind of let them cool down and ran the top trying to get some momentum.

"He was kind of backing up and we could still run the bottom really well, which is kind of unusual for Homestead."

But at the last minute Moffitt was asked to take the helm of HRE’s No. 16 Toyota this year. Even though a full season in the Truck Series wasn’t guaranteed at the time, Moffitt’s performance helped keep the team moving forward.

Championship contender Noah Gragson finished third in the race, Stewart Friesen was fourth and Sheldon Creed completed the top-five.

Title contenders Justin Haley and Johnny Sauter finished eighth and 12th, respectively.

With 50 of 134 laps left, Gragson held a slight advantage over Moffitt as the two continued to battle side-by-side for the lead.

Gragson was able to expand his lead with 40 to go as Moffitt began to get a challenge for second from Enfinger.

With 36 to go, Moffitt got around Gragson for the lead as the two battled through lapped traffic. Gragson then elected to make his final pit stop on Lap 101, which triggered several others to make their final stop under green as well.

Once the pit cycle was completed on Lap 106, Moffitt led the way with Enfinger in second and Gragson back in third.

With 20 laps left, Moffitt held a more than 1.4-second lead over Enfinger, with Gragson still running in third.

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