Moffitt finds himself in a familiar situation … waiting for that one phone call

Bill Haglund-Special to DCN

Brett Moffitt’s off-again, on-again NASCAR racing career is on again … at least temporarily.

Moffitt, the young Grimes man who has followed his dream of becoming a full-time driver on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, NASCAR’s premier racing division, was named to drive in two races for BK Racing, the first of which came Sunday at Watkins Glen, N.Y., one of two road courses on the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule, and the second of which was Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Moffitt, who turned 25 the day after his Sunday race at “The Glen,” finished 32nd in his debut for BK Racing. He started 33rd in the team’s No. 83 Toyota Camry. At Michigan, Moffitt qualified 35th and finished 32nd, four laps behind winner Kyle Larson.

His two-race deal with BK Racing is temporary as the young Iowan seeks a permanent deal in NASCAR’s top division. His once-promising career (he was the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series “Rookie of the Year”) was stalled when Michael Waltrip Racing closed its doors two years ago. Moffitt had served MWR as a permanent test driver and had also driven Waltrip cars in several Cup Series races.

Before his most recent two-race stint in the Monster Energy Series, both Moffitt and BK team owner Ron Devine were upbeat about the move.

“I’m very excited to be back in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car for the next two weekends, and I can’t thank BK Racing and JAS Expedited Trucking enough for making it happen,” Moffitt said during the week leading up to the Watkins Glen race. “I have only raced Watkins Glen once in a K&N car, but it was a great race and I finished third. I can’t wait to race the Glen in the No. 83 Toyota Camry this weekend and Michigan next week.”

BK Racing owner Ron Devine said he is pleased to have Moffitt on board.

“I have been watching Brett display his ability to drive at the Cup level for many years,” Devine said in a press release. “He is a big part of the Toyota family, and we are very excited to have him in our car for the next two races.”

Moffitt replaced Stephen Leicht, who drove the No. 83 the previous weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Although Moffitt now lives in North Carolina, he has made several trips back to his native Iowa while seeking to improve his NASCAR resume.

He was in Iowa to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series – one step below NASCAR’s top rung – recently and made the most of it, visiting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) group of young people in Ankeny during the week leading up to the recent race at Iowa Speedway in Newton. It was part of the Ankeny Adventures Summer Camp and to look at the race cars the group of kids had built.

But, even the Xfinity stop in Newton was just a one-race deal for Moffitt, who’s more apt to compete regularly in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR’s third tier series, although he has failed to land a permanent ride in that division to date.

His greatest success has come in the NASCAR K&N Series, where he has notched several wins over the past few years.

Meanwhile, Moffitt will continue his quest to become a permanent driver in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. He began racing as a 10-year-old when he competed in a go-kart event at Jamaica, Iowa and moved into dirt track racing at 13 when he drove a limited modified at several tracks around Iowa. As a 15-year-old Moffitt won the SportMod feature during the prestigious Harris Clash at Knoxville Raceway. That win came before it was even “legal” for Moffitt to race at Knoxville because of his age.

Meanwhile, Moffitt is still looking for that one golden opportunity that will help him realize his long-held dream. A few years ago at Iowa Speedway, Moffitt said, matter-of-factly, “I want to be the best race car driver in the world.”

With his race Sunday at Michigan over, Moffitt returned to his North Carolina home. Again, he’ll continue to make contacts and await the call he hopes will one day come to put him into a permanent ride in the Monster Energy Cup Series.