Brett Moffitt made it back-to-back wins in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs with a commanding victory in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Moffitt, who also won Stage 1, led 44 of the 64 laps and took the checkered flag by 5.2 seconds over Alex Tagliani. He has won four straight playoff races dating back to his two victories last season that included the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I’d say we are hitting our stride at the right time,” said Moffitt. “Before it was like we were missing a little bit everywhere and now we’re hitting on all cylinders. So this is great.”
During his celebration burnout Moffitt’s truck ran out of fuel and had to be pushed to Victory Lane.
“It was close, anytime I would take a right hand corner the last two laps it started dropping in fuel pressure,” Moffitt said. “I was extremely worried but once we got to the last lap on the backstretch I knew we would have enough momentum to get to the finish line.”
Tagliani’s career-best finish came in his fifth career Gander Truck start, this time with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“It was a pleasure to run for KBM,” said Tagliani, who piloted one of the team’s Toyota trucks. “We were a little bit tight there at the end but overall it was great to have a day like we did with this team.”
Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed and playoff driver Austin Hill rounded out the top five.
“It was a good points day for us,” Hill said. “If we were going to win we would have had to short pit and we wanted to go for stage points. All in all to come home with a top five that’s what we needed to do.”
Johnny Sauter, Stewart Friesen, Ross Chastain, Tyler Ankrum and Rafael Lessard completed the first 10 finishers.
It was a rough day for two other Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland. Burton was running inside the top five until he blew an engine late that handed him a 21st-place finish. Gilliland endured damage to his truck in an early incident and then suffered a mechanical issue late to add to his woes.
“We had a pretty good run going, running fourth there at the end,” Burton said. “Not sure exactly what happened, we just blew a motor somehow. I think a belt got knocked off somehow.”
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns to action on Friday night, September 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It will be the last race of the first playoff round with Sauter and Ankrum currently the two drivers outside the cutline.