When the season started, Brett Moffitt was simply hoping to get a part-time ride for the 2015 season. After turning in an eighth-place performance in Atlanta and a top-20 finish at Bristol, Moffitt has earned much more than that.
The 22-year-old driver was locked in by Front Row Motorsports for the remainder of this year to drive the No. 34 machine.
“I am excited for the opportunity to be in a Sprint Cup car on a weekly basis,” Moffitt said in a team press release. “The most important thing for me at this point of my career is seat time, going to some of these tracks that are new to me, and racing around 42 other drivers in race conditions.”
Moffitt has already driven for Front Row this season during three races, but will take over the reigns on a full-time basis after David Ragan left the seat following the Daytona 500. Along with Moffitt and Ragan, Chris Buescher, Joe Nemechek and Reed Sorenson have also been behind the wheel for FRM.
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Starting the season as a Michael Waltrip Racing test driver, he also stepped up for Brian Vickers in the No. 55 machine earlier this year. Ironically enough, that’s now the car that Ragan is racing for the rest of the season. NASCAR: It’s like a circle—literally and figuratively.
“We’re glad to be able to move forward knowing who is going to be in the car on a consistent basis,” team owner Bob Jenkins said. “Brett’s already got some great experience under his belt, and I think having the same driver-crew chief team working together regularly will bring some stability to our No. 34 team and help Brett with his development as well.”
The two best results for Moffitt this season came in the No. 55 car at Atlanta and Bristol. But with a more consistent schedule and the confidence that he has a full-time ride, it should be interesting to see how the young driver performs.
After all, it was just a few weeks ago that Moffitt didn’t have a single start guaranteed. Now, with only 16 Sprint Cup starts under his belt, he gets to prove how much he’s learned in this short span of time.
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