Iowa Driver Gets Two-Race NASCAR Truck Deal
Red Horse Racing announced on Friday (Feb. 17) that it has signed Iowa native Brett Moffitt to a two-race deal to start the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2017.
Moffitt has nine K&N Pro Series East wins to his credit, and he was the 2015 Monter Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year. He spent most of 2016 off the radar, but he did reemerge and made a few headlines towards the end of last year's racing season.
In 2016, he drove to one win and three top-five finishes in six NCWTS starts for Red Horse Racing. The Grimes, Iowa driver will join full-time series veteran Timothy Peters. Both teams are continuing to search for sponsorship to fill out the year.
Peters returns to the No. 17 Toyota Tundra after making a run for the title in the inaugural NCWTS Chase for the Championship, finishing fourth in the points standings after earning eight top-five and 16-top 10 finishes along the way. It will be Peters' ninth full time season in the NCWTS and in 230 series starts, he has earned 10 wins, 56 top-fives, 118 top-tens and eight poles.
"I think we have put together a championship caliber team," said team owner Tom DeLoach. "Our goal this year is to be in contention for wins and in the mix for the playoffs and the championship at the end of the year."
The No. 17 team will be led by crew chief Chad Kendrick, who returns to Red Horse Racing. Kendrick first arrived at Red Horse Racing with Peters in 2009 when the driver made his debut with the team. Prior to that, the duo campaigned together in 2008 and early 2009 at Premier Racing. Kendrick led the Danville, Va. native to his first win with Red Horse Racing at Martinsville Speedway in 2009 and in their time together, they picked up a total of five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
Since then, Kendrick has earned five additional NCWTS wins, including victories with John King and Parker Kligerman at Red Horse Racing in 2012. Kendrick has also worked with drivers such as Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and most recently Daniel Hemric in the NCWTS.
Industry veteran Butch Hylton will lead the No. 7 team. Hylton, who began his career as a national series crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2002, has worked with a plethora of drivers across all three national series, earning a total of eight NXS and eight NCWTS wins with various drivers including Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Peters.
The 2017 season will kick off at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, with the Next Era Energy Resources 250.
Partially Contributed By: Red Horse Racing Press Release via NASCAR