“More seat time” goal for Moffitt
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2014 stock photo. Moffitt will run his first Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday.
LAS VEGAS—Making his first of three scheduled starts for Front Row Motorsports this Sunday in the Sprint Cup Series, 22-year-old Brett Moffitt’s primary focus is to continue learning from behind the wheel.
Moffitt, who will run the west coast swing in FRM’s No. 34 Ford, thinks the equipment he will run will help him be competitive.
“Our biggest goal with this is to get more seat time in racing conditions,” he said. “Last year, I ran seven races with Jay Robinson Racing, and that was good experience as far as track time goes, but it really wasn’t the competitive level I needed to be at.
“This opportunity with Front Row Motorsports will be a car that we can go out there and compete with other cars, race inside the top-25.”
Moffitt sits 24th overall in Sprint Cup points following last Sunday’s race in Atlanta. Serving as interim driver for Brian Vickers, Moffitt talked Friday about how Vickers was proud of his top-ten effort.
“He was just really proud of me,” he said. “We’ve worked well together. Over the past year-and-a-half, he’s taught me a lot, and he was there all weekend to support me, which was huge for my confidence as a driver. And just knowing he was willing to do anything he could to help, not only me succeed, but the whole team.
Before Atlanta, Moffitt’s 2015 racing plans only included Atlanta. The career-best finish opened the opportunity to substitute in another vacated ride.
“It was a high-pressure situation; it opened up this door with Front Row Motorsports over the next three races,” he said. “Hopefully we can continue on this sting of success here [at Las Vegas].”
Moffitt mentioned a few teams approached him to run races in 2015, but he elected to run with FRM.
“Front Row Motorsports was definitely the strongest team that came to us where we feel like, not only me personally, but Michael Waltrip Racing, I could get the best experience moving forward.”