New scene, same mindset for Grimes native Brett Moffitt
In life, many of us take various parts of their lives for granted, assuming certainty when in actuality there are many uncertain aspects about life in general. In the world of sports, the word uncertain is as frequently spun if not more utilized that it’s positive counter part “certain”.
In the world of motor sports and sports in general, never has a story so embodied both uncertainty and certainty more than that of racing star Brett Moffitt. The Grimes Iowa native has had quite the journey throughout his current racing tenure from dirt track racing, a member of Michael Waltrip racing, and more recently, earning a massive honor as the Camping World Truck Series champion. It highlighted a wild journey for Moffit with which the champion mentioned how the title win was very welcomed.
“I can’t take all the credit as it was a team win but it was checking that final box as accomplishments for all of us,” began Moffitt. “Race wins are great and running good when you can is great but finally going a full season and winning a championship, that’s the exclamation point on it all.”
While a championship win is big, it stands even larger given the tumultuous path for Moffitt and his team in 2018.
“The year was a struggle as most people know as we faced a lot of adversity whether we were going to make it to the track each week or not,” started Moffitt. “Even though it was a championship year it was a bit of a struggle but we’re thankful we were able to make it through and get the championship.”
One might think that on the road that leads to the ultimate victory, the path might come easy. One also might think that after claiming one of Hattori Racing Enterprises’ first championships in a top three NASCAR series, not to mention their first win in all three racing levels they’ve entered, that Moffitt would have the certainty of a job following his championship run. One might think that a season in which Moffitt claimed six victories and 13 top five finishes would ensure more time with HRE but in a matter of a few months following the championship run, Moffitt found himself in a situation he unfortunately endured once before.
“You would think that would have some job guarantee but it doesn’t and I’ve witnessed that first hand,” said Moffitt. “You can really be humbled in this business and you need to stay relentlessly focused on taking advantage of the opportunities that come your way.”
This is the point in most stories where it’s either doom or gloom for the coveted hero and for Moffitt, the ever humbled and skilled driver would find himself on the ladder, more positive end of the spectrum. Almost just as quickly as he was without a position, he found himself as a member of GMS Racing, formerly known as Gallagher Motorsports just as the calender turned the page on the year of 2018. Moffit joins a team that has had it’s fair share of success with two total drivers’ championships under their belts and 29 total race victories to speak of. Nineteen of those race victories came in the Truck Series where Moffitt has found success as well. His addition to GMS certainly concluded what has been a wild off-season for Moffitt full of ups and downs and a little worry.
“There’s certainly some worry when you are without a team,” started Moffitt. “I had some opportunities that weren’t great and I’ve done that before where I’ve been in sub-par equipment and riding around, trying to make things work. I’ve dedicated my life to racing and that’s where my heart lies, I don’t want to leave it at all. The reason I love this sport is because I’m a competitor and I want to be racing for wins as I’ve proven I can do it. I was a little worried about not necessarily getting a ride, but getting the right ride that is going to go out there and compete for championships. That’s hard to come by these days.”
Despite the initial worry, there was a presence of calm surrounding Moffitt that couldn’t be shaken by the circumstance.
“I’ve been in this position before but the main thing is I’ve proven I have what it takes to win and win at a big level,” began Moffitt. “There was always something in the back of my mind where I knew if I just kept working hard and kept putting in the effort to increase and better my relationships, that good things would come and they did.”
When GMS Racing and Brett Moffitt officially came together within the second week of January, a multitude of racing fans found themselves utterly excited, including Moffitt himself.
“I was extremely pumped up when they called us,” began Moffitt. “It’s such a great organization there and there’s so much stability there and they just flat out win races. They are an extremely talented race team that goes all in to be the best they can week in and week out which as a driver, there’s nothing more you can ask for.”
Moffitt now steps into a team who’s had a great tradition of drivers bearing the number 24 truck. Moffitt now joins the fraternity that once included drivers such as Clint Bowyer, Ben Kennedy, Shane Lee, and others. Along with continuing on a great lineage, there’s even more that continues to excite Moffitt about his partnership with GMS Racing.
“This organization is always looking out for their drivers first and foremost and are willing to do a lot to help them reach their best,” began Moffitt. “Getting an opportunity to work for GMS is unbelievable because of what they allow me to do. That includes the opportunity to work with Josh Wise who used to be a driver and is now a performance trainer strictly for drivers in the Chevy camp. It’s important for a driver to stay in shape and getting back into extremely good physical shape is something that’s important for me so that I can perform at my best. Honestly last year that didn’t happen very often but this time I’m very excited to fully dive into the driver performance program with Josh to get the best out of it that I can. Josh and those guys really know how to push you beyond where you thought you could go both mentally as well as physically. When you’re done with them your agility, speed, quickness, strength and so forth are so much better than before that any physical challenge you’ll face on the track will feel like a walk in the park.”
Throughout all of the ups and downs, highs and lows, the ever humble Moffitt has always expressed how important his support system has been for him and how imperative it was recently.
“It really boosts my confidence because it’s really hard not to go to a dark place when you’re out of a job for a stretch like I went through,” said Moffitt. “I’ve dedicated my whole life to racing and to have the support system I have with my family and friends, it’s truly a blessing. That goes all the way back to when I was racing go karts and the people around me then that helped mold me into who I am today. That’s all a big part of why I am here today.”
Moffitt’s signing with GMS Racing came just in time as the count down clock is on with just over 14 days left before the start of the Gander Outdoors Truck Series season begins.