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.
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’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.
Brett Moffitt enters pit road during a practice session at Kansas Speedway in October 2015.
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.”