Moffitt ‘Wouldn’t have believed’
he would be ROTY last year

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Brett Moffitt stands in the garage area at Martinsville Speedway in March 2015.

By Dominic Aragon
December 7, 2015

Had someone told Brett Moffitt one calendar year ago he would be the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie-of-the-year, the 23-year-old driver wouldn’t have agreed with the statement.

With uncertainty initially regarding his 2015 plans, Moffitt originally had one race scheduled this season.

“I wouldn’t have believed them, that’s for sure,” Moffitt said to The Racing Experts. 

“I’m surrounded by a lot of optimistic people but I’m kind of a realist.

“So when I was sitting on my couch last December… I had no clue what I was going to do. I had raced the East series for five years and had one XFINITY start that went well, and I thought that was going to take off to something, and it just didn’t.

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Brett Moffitt enters pit road during a practice session at Kansas Speedway in October 2015.
“You know, I really can’t thank the folks at Michael Waltrip Racing enough, Ty Norris and Michael, for employing me and giving me the opportunity to at least test Cup cars, which is what I was doing, and that led to more opportunities, and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Moffitt’s first Sprint Cup race in 2015 resulted in a season-high and career-best finish. Subbing for a sidelined Brian Vickers, he posted an eighth place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his eighth career start.

Moffitt eventually ran 25 races with Front Row Motorsports, including 23 of the last 26 races of the season with the team.

“At the beginning, I had the CSX-sponsored races, and then it turned into a race-by-race basis, so it was a little bit of both,” Moffitt said when asked if he signed a contract with Front Row Motorsports or ran on a race-by-race schedule.

“I’m really thankful that [team owner] Bob [Jenkins] kept me in and gave me this opportunity for so long.”

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