Brett Moffitt Scores Hometown Victory at Iowa

Brett Moffit (16) holds off Noah Gragson (18) to win at Iowa Speedway
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Heat and humidity. Three-wide action. One race-changing wreck – and a rousing triumph for a local favorite.

The wild, competitive and unpredictable M&M's 200 Saturday at Iowa Speedway certainly showcased the drama the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series delivers from week-to-week.

But once the dust settled and the sun sank low in the sky, a relative sense of calm swept over speedway veteran Brett Moffitt.

Why relative?

Because Moffitt – who grew up on Iowa dirt tracks before climbing NASCAR's ranks – had to hold off a hard-charging Noah Gragson in a furious finish that featured sparks from Gragson's No. 18 after a failed last-gasp slingshot attempt sent him into the wall as the Iowan sailed under the checkered flag.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"] "This is everything," said Moffitt, who led the final 76 laps. "Being in my home state on Father's Day weekend – my dad has done everything for me in my career and been my rock my whole life."

Gragson still took second and polesitter Harrison Burton surged through adversity to take third.

"Video game style racing there," Gragson said. "It's fun racing at this track. I drove it in there. … just overshot a little bit."

There were shots, knocks, and seismic shifts through the three-stage 200-lap event.

The race's complexion changed completely when a crash on lap 135 doomed four top contenders.

Coming out of Turn 4, Matt Crafton's left front tire went flat, causing his No. 88 truck to slide up the track. He then collided with John Hunter Nemechek – last year's race winner at Iowa.

"There's really nothing you can do there," Nemechek said after being evaluated and released from the infield care center. "I hate it for all my guys. … We were really fast."

All four involved in the incident were.

Three of the four had previously led laps before the accident. Crafton paced the field for 20 laps. Nemechek led 15 and won stage one. Friesen ran out front for 48 laps while winning stage two.

Moffitt led a race-high 76 laps in Saturday's victory
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None of that mattered as they headed to the garage, though, and Moffitt, of Grimes, Iowa – about a 45-minute drive from the speedway – took the lead at the restart and thrived in clean air as Gragson and Burton eventually chased him down within passing distance.

Moffitt prevailed, though, earning his second win of the season. He also gained ground on Gragson in the point standings. Johnny Sauter – who settled for fifth – leads Gragson by 71 points. Moffitt's another 14 points back and praised his talented, if cobbled-together team that's seeking additional sponsorship to help fund the remainder of the season.

"We didn't know if we were going to Texas and we're still uncertain about Chicago," Moffitt said. "So we really need some more sponsors on this truck."

What was his impromptu Victory Lane pitch, besides winning?

"This is just such a great group of guys," Moffitt said. "Everybody's so passionate. We work really hard. We're not the biggest team but we proved tonight that we're the best. I think we can have some more wins this season and go to Victory Lane a few more times – and more importantly, compete for a championship."

RACE RESULTS

Finish Start # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Points Status
1 16 16 Brett Moffitt Destiny Homes Toyota 200 76 51 Running
2 3 18 Noah Gragson Safelite AutoGlass Toyota 200 7 47 Running
3 1 51 Harrison Burton Morton Buildings Toyota 200 30 47 Running
4 12 54 David Gilliland Crosley Brands/DGR-CROSLEY Toyota 200 0 35 Running
5 7 21 Johnny Sauter ISM Connect Chevrolet 200 0 41 Running
6 13 97 Jesse Little JJL Motorsports Ford 200 0 35 Running
7 14 2 Cody Coughlin JEGS.com Chevrolet 200 0 30 Running
8 9 46 Christian Eckes Mobil 1 Toyota 200 4 30 Running
9 5 52 Stewart Friesen We Build America Chevrolet 200 48 45 Running
10 17 13 Myatt Snider The Carolina Nut Co. Ford 200 0 33 Running
11 15 98 Grant Enfinger Protect The Harvest Ford 200 0 26 Running
12 27 45 Justin Fontaine ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet 200 0 25 Running
13 22 20 Tanner Thorson GoShare Chevrolet 199 0 24 Running
14 18 2 Austin Hill United Rentals Chevrolet 199 0 23 Running
15 19 22 Austin Self GO TEXAN Chevrolet 199 0 22 Running
16 6 24 Justin Haley Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet 196 0 25 Running
17 11 41 Ben Rhodes Alpha Energy Solutions Ford 195 0 20 Running
18 26 4 Cory Roper Preferred Industrial Contractors Inc. Ford 195 0 19 Running
19 10 25 Dalton Sargeant Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet 195 0 20 Running
20 30 6 Norm Benning Zomongo/H&H Transport Chevrolet 194 0 17 Running
21 28 49 Wendell Chavous SobrietyNation.org Chevrolet 191 0 16 Running
22 31 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor Chevrolet 173 0 15 Running
23 23 3 Jordan Anderson Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet 153 0 14 Engine
24 29 83 Bayley Currey Fr8Auctions.com Chevrolet 152 0 13 Engine
25 32 15 Bobby Reuse WCIParts.com Chevrolet 136 0 12 Suspension
26 2 88 Matt Crafton Jack Links/Menards Ford 135 20 21 Accident
27 8 8 John Hunter Nemechek Fleetwing/D.A.B. Constructors Chevrolet 135 15 0 Accident
28 20 12 Reid Wilson TruNorth Chevrolet 109 0 9 Overheating
29 4 4 Todd Gilliland JBL/SiriusXM Toyota 102 0 8 Accident
30 24 50 Ross Chastain VIP Racing Experience Chevrolet 56 0 7 Suspension
31 21 87 Joe Nemechek ROMCO/D.A.B. Constructors Chevrolet 50 0 6 Brakes
32 25 63 JJ Yeley Fr8Auctions.com Chevrolet 19 0 0 Brakes

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