NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Michael Waltrip Racing announced late last week that it recently signed Iowa native Brett Moffitt to a multi-year contract. Moffitt already has a relationship with MWR as a test driver and drove the organization’s No. 66 Toyota Sunday in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
“It’s a really big step in my career and I’m really excited to get this thing going,” Moffitt said. “It’s a weight lifted off my back and off my shoulders as far as every year I don’t really know what I’m doing, so it’s nice to have something done and complete for the next several years and it’s just a lot of stress gone.”
The Michigan race was actually Moffitt’s second-career Sprint Cup Series start and the second behind the wheel of the No. 66 Toyota. He also raced the No. 66 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, but in that race, the car was actually fielded by Jay Robinson Racing, under an agreement with and with the assistance of Michael Waltrip Racing.
“You’ve seen a lot of young drivers come through; he’s as good as any of them,” MWR Executive Vice President of Business Development and General manager Ty Norris said. “He raced against Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson and some of those guys in the K&N East Series. We feel that given the right opportunity just like those guys have received great opportunities, he could show to be very fast and a very competitive race car driver at the Sprint Cup level.”
Most of Moffitt’s NASCAR experience has come in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, with 61 starts in the East division and two in the West. He has a total of nine-career wins in K&N Pro Series East competition in 61-career starts. He finished runner-up in the East division twice in 2010 and 2013. He finished third in all three of his other seasons of full-time competition in the series.