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Brett Moffitt Wins Ford EcoBoost 200, 2018 Camping World Truck Series Championship

Brett Moffitt started the 2018 Camping World Truck Series season unsure if he’d even run a full schedule.

He ended it a NASCAR champion.

Moffitt cruised to victory in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning the series championship in the process. It’s his sixth win of the year and first title in any NASCAR division.

“It’s unreal,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if we were even going to compete for a championship even after our first win. We have a lot of partners that came in at clutch moments and got us to the racetrack when we needed them to.”

Noah Gragson, his closest competition for the championship, wound up five seconds back in third after a poor pit stop in the final stage. He came out on track four seconds behind Moffitt and was simply unable to close the gap under green.

To his credit, Gragson blamed himself, not the pit crew, for poor adjustments that also kept him from contending down the stretch.

“I need to do a better job,” he said. “It just wasn’t meant to be. On the bright side, racing for a championship, I never dreamed of that six years ago.”

Pole sitter Grant Enfinger wound up second, finishing a little over two seconds behind Moffitt. Stewart Friesen and rookie Sheldon Creed rounded out the top-five finishers.

The other Championship 4 contenders, Justin Haley and Johnny Sauter from GMS Racing, were never in contention. Both suffered through serious handling problems with Sauter’s truck falling outside the top 10. Complaining of a loose condition, Sauter’s team threw some major adjustments at it during two yellow-flag pit stops. But the truck never came around and Sauter wound up 12th, missing out on his second Truck title in three years.

“We laid an egg tonight,” he said, before joking he’d go back and have a 12-pack of Bud Light. “We just didn’t have it.”

It was also the first title for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the Truck Series. Car owner Shigeaki Hattori had to piece together sponsorship almost weekly to simply complete the full Truck schedule.

Matt Crafton was sixth in the race, completing his first winless Truck season since 2012. John Hunter Nemechek, Haley, Jesse Little and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top-10 finishers. Justin Fontaine wound up 22nd in his final Truck Series event; he’ll retire after the 2018 season.

For the second straight year, this race ran without a caution other than stage breaks. Four trucks failed to finish, also below average for an event that historically has a lot of caution flags.



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The author of Did You Notice? (Wednesdays) Tom spends his time overseeing Frontstretch’s 40+ staff members as its majority owner and Editor-in-Chief. Based outside Philadelphia, Bowles is a two-time Emmy winner in NASCAR television and has worked in racing production with FOX, TNT, and ESPN while appearing on-air for SIRIUS XM Radio and FOX Sports 1's former show, the Crowd Goes Wild. He most recently consulted with SRX Racing, helping manage cutting-edge technology and graphics that appeared on their CBS broadcasts during 2021 and 2022.

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