JOLIET, Ill – Brett Moffitt remains perfect at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
Moffitt won for the second consecutive season at the 1.5-mile track when he led 72 laps en route to the checkered flag in Friday night’s Camping World 225.
"I just had a really good Chevy Silverado," Moffitt said. "Jerry (Baxter) and everyone on this team did a great job. We’ve been struggling at the 1.5-mile tracks on-and-off. We’ve had speed at times and not at times."
The No. 24 GMS Racing team got Moffitt out first during pit stops following the conclusion of Stage 2 and then had another good stop under green on Lap 120.
"This pit crew got me out first, which I can never complain about that so they did solid all night," Moffitt said. "I was able to do my job and hang on to so it was a full team effort tonight and we executed the race how we needed to. Even when we lost track position we never got down."
The win is Moffitt’s second of the season and the ninth of his career.
Brandon Jones, who started 19th and won Stage 1, finished second, 3.95 seconds behind.
"It’s heartbreaking to hear those lap times come across the radio — that I was a half-tenth or a tenth faster, just too big of a gap there," Jones said. "I don’t know if we could have done something else with pit strategies or not, but that’s why we had good pit position there. We did learn a lot and that’s the most fun I’ve had in a truck race in a long time."
Stewart Friesen, Harrison Burton and pole-sitter Austin Hill rounded out the top five.
"Just me I made a bad call in practice yesterday on a hot greasy track to keep the truck pretty tight and it bit us in the ass," Friesen said. "Trip (Bruce) and the boys had to adjust on it all race. Great pit stops we got some track position, once we got to the front we were fast but not as fast as Brett and the 51."
Todd Gilliland, Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Anthony Alfredo and Dylan Lupton completed the top 10.
Lupton’s finish was a career-best.
"I am just excited to be here and be in competitive equipment," Lupton said. "It’s a blast. The DGR guys worked really hard to give me a great truck for tonight. I have to button-up a few things on my end, especially on pit road. That is where we lost a few spots at the very end, but I am very happy how the whole weekend went. It is going to lead us into Kentucky really well. We have a few things to build off of, and I think by the end of this year we can be contending for wins."
Grant Enfinger led 49 laps and won Stage 2, but he got loose in a four-wide situation and fell back in traffic on Lap 70. One lap later Enfinger made contact with the outside wall in Turn 4 in an incident with the No. 44 Chevrolet of Spencer Davis, who then made contact with the No. 22 Chevrolet of Austin Wayne Self.
Johnny Sauter made his return to the series after a one-race suspension and finished 18th after he made multiple trips to pit road to diagnose an issue under the hood.
Ben Rhodes was forced to the garage on Lap 1 with engine issues.
"I dont know what to say," Rhodes said. "A big letdown."
Enfinger leads the point standings by 52 over Friesen. Chastain is now 10 points behind 20th-place Jennifer Jo Cobb to become playoff eligible.