Jan. 29, 2011; Irwindale, CA, USA; Michael Waltrip (left) congratulates Travis Pastrana following the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway of Irwindale. Mandatory Credit: Will Lester-US PRESSWIRE **LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPERS OUT**

Moffitt Still in K&N Title Hunt Thanks to Pastrana, Waltrip

I recently wrote about four young drivers to watch as they work their way up NASCAR’s lower divisions on their way to the Sprint Cup Series. One of those drivers was Brett Moffitt, a K&N Pro Series East regular who is currently leading the points standings and has tallied two wins and nine top-10’s in the ten races so far this season.

With four races left in the season, Moffitt was looking to hold of the likes of Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott to win the K&N East Championship in 2012, but that chance appeared to completely taken from him. Moffitt’s team, Hattori Racing Enterprises, had told him that they did not have enough sponsorship to finish the final four races of the season. Moffitt was going to just have to sit back and watch his championship lead dwindle and slip out of his grasp without him even being able to put up a fight.

Then out of nowhere, another up-and-coming driver graciously stepped in to help Moffitt.

Travis Pastrana, the legendary X-Games participant and now NASCAR driver, was scheduled to participate in the K&N race at Dover International Speedway in late September in order to get more practice time on the track. But seeing the predicament that Moffitt was in, Pastrana did one of the hardest things any driver could do, give up his ride. Of course, all that did for Pastrana was allow him to race in a rally car event in Las Vegas that would’ve conflicted, so Pastrana probably isn’t all that down.

Pastrana was not alone in helping Moffitt out as well with Michael Waltrip Racing stepping in to provide Moffitt with another car for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire. Moffitt used that car to capture the pole for today’s K&N race and bested the track record in doing so. Additionally, the support from Pastrana and Waltrip has allowed the Hattori Racing team to field cars for Moffitt in the final two races.

Moffitt nearly went from zero, to now a possible hero if he can seal the deal and win the K&N Championship, but of course, he has the opportunity because of a little help from some friends.

Tags: Brett Moffitt K&N East Series Michael Waltrip Travis Pastrana

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