After four runner-up finishes on the season, former NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series champion Brett Moffitt earned his first victory of 2020 in the Clean Harbors 200 at Kansas Speedway Saturday evening. And while that first win came 20 races into the season, it was particularly impactful — officially landing Moffitt in the Championship 4 that will compete for the series title Nov. 6 in Phoenix.
Moffitt, 28, held off his GMS Racing Chevrolet teammate Sheldon Creed by a mere .111-seconds for the overtime victory. The race went into extra laps just after Moffitt took the lead from another teammate and fellow playoff driver Zane Smith on Lap 132 of the scheduled 134-lap race.
The two made contact while racing side-by-side and Smith spun out, recovering to finish 11th with seven laps of overtime.
Austin Hill rallied from a mid-race setback to finish third, followed by Grant Enfinger and Chandler Smith. Rookie Christian Eckes, Timothy Peters, reigning series champion Matt Crafton, rookie Derek Kraus and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top 10.
Hailee Deegan finished 16th — the best-ever showing for a female driver in her Truck Series debut.
“Oh man, I think my goal was just to finish the race,” a smiling Deegan said. “It’s crazy compared to ARCA racing how intense this racing is, how competitive it is. You’re trying to block one guy while pass another and next thing you know, you’ve got two guys blowing by you if you don’t make a successful pass. It’s a lot tougher racing, but I think we definitely had a successful day.”
Creed, who led a race-best 61 laps, won both stages, increasing his series-best mark to nine stage wins on the season.
With the victory, Moffitt, the 2018 Gander Trucks champion, earns his shot at a second title in the Phoenix season finale. Creed’s runner-up effort gave him the points lead by seven points over the regular-season champion Hill. Smith’s impressive recovery from the late-race spin kept him ranked fourth with a seven-point edge over Enfinger. Crafton is ranked sixth, followed by Ben Rhodes and Tyler Ankrum, who both had troubles on Saturday.
The four drivers who will race for a championship include any playoff driver who wins one of these three final round races — as Moffitt did. At least one position will go to the driver with the highest points tally after that Oct. 30 race at Martinsville.
Deegan’s history-making finishing was only part of a huge career day for the 19-year old Californian.
Shortly before the green flag, Ford Motor Company announced Deegan will drive in the series in 2021 competing for Rookie of the Year honors driving the No. 17 Ford for the DGR-Crosley Racing team. Deegan competed in the ARCA Menards Series full time this season, with a sixth-place finish at the Kansas Speedway season finale on Friday. She was the series’ Rookie of the Year, finishing third place in the standings with a best showing of runner-up twice.
|1||3||23||Brett Moffitt (P)||Concrete Supply Chevrolet||139||Running||15|
|2||4||2||Sheldon Creed (P)||Chevy Truck Month Chevrolet||139||Running||61|
|3||8||16||Austin Hill (P)||Toyota Tsusho Toyota||139||Running||13|
|4||6||98||Grant Enfinger (P)||Farm Paint/Curb Records Ford||139||Running||1|
|5||1||51||Chandler Smith||JBL Toyota||139||Running||1|
|6||14||18||Christian Eckes #||Safelite AutoGlass Toyota||139||Running||7|
|7||22||52||Timothy Peters||Halmar Racing To Beat Hunger Toyota||139||Running||0|
|8||5||88||Matt Crafton (P)||Menards Ford||139||Running||0|
|9||12||19||Derek Kraus #||ENEOS Toyota||139||Running||0|
|10||11||45||Trevor Bayne||Mahalo Coffee Roasters Chevrolet||139||Running||0|
|11||9||21||Zane Smith # (P)||LaPaz Margarita Mix Chevrolet||139||Running||37|
|12||21||40||Ryan Truex||Marquis Chevrolet||138||Running||0|
|13||17||38||Todd Gilliland||Speedco Ford||138||Running||3|
|14||28||56||Tyler Hill||Hill Motorsports Chevrolet||138||Running||0|
|15||35||75||Parker Kligerman||Food Country USA Chevrolet||138||Running||0|
|16||34||17||Hailie Deegan||Built Ford Tough Ford||138||Running||0|
|17||23||2||Tate Fogleman #||Solid Rock Carriers Chevrolet||138||Running||0|
|18||13||13||Johnny Sauter||Vivitar Ford||138||Running||1|
|19||18||22||Austin Wayne Self||GO Texan/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet||137||Running||0|
|20||2||99||Ben Rhodes (P)||Tenda Heal Ford||136||Running||0|
|21||24||30||Danny Bohn||North American Motor Car/Blue Buffalo Toyota||136||Running||0|
|22||31||20||Spencer Boyd||Concealment Express Chevrolet||135||Running||0|
|23||33||41||Dawson Cram||Magnum Contracting Inc. Chevrolet||135||Running||0|
|24||20||44||Colin Garrett(i)||The Rosie Network Chevrolet||135||Running||0|
|25||16||68||Clay Greenfield||Rackley Roofing Toyota||134||Running||0|
|26||36||83||Ray Ciccarelli||Esophageal Cancer Awareness Chevrolet||133||Running||0|
|27||29||0||Josh Reaume||Colonial Countertops Toyota||133||Running||0|
|28||30||33||Josh Bilicki(i)||Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota||132||Running||0|
|29||27||10||Jennifer Jo Cobb||Fastener Supply Company Chevrolet||130||Running||0|
|30||15||3||Jordan Anderson||Bommarito.com Chevrolet||127||Running||0|
|31||26||6||Norm Benning||H & H transport Chevrolet||108||Vibration||0|
|32||32||49||Tim Viens||TRUMP 2020 Chevrolet||91||Fuel Pump||0|
|33||10||4||Raphael Lessard #||SiriusXM Toyota||39||Accident||0|
|34||7||26||Tyler Ankrum (P)||LiUNA! Chevrolet||38||Accident||0|
|35||25||24||David Gravel||ChevyGoods.com Chevrolet||37||Accident||0|
|36||19||15||Tanner Gray #||Ford Performance Ford||37||Accident||0|