Brett Moffitt will be behind the wheel on the no. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports for the next three races starting this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the team announced Wednesday. The 21-year old will also race for the team at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway on March 15 and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on March 22.
The Iowa native is filling in for veteran David Ragan, who is subbing for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 car. Moffitt is a nine-time winner in K&N Pro Series East competition and is a test driver for Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Michael Waltrip Racing. He made starts in the NASCAR XFINITY (2012) and Camping World Truck (2013) series before making his Sprint Cup Series debut last June at Dover International Speedway.
Last Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Moffitt made his first Sprint Cup start of the season in relief of MWR driver Brian Vickers who has been recovering from open heart surgery but is expected to return this weekend. Last week at Atlanta Moffitt staged an impressive run finishing eighth after starting 22nd in just his eighth career NASCAR Sprint Cup series start.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to run some races for Front Row,” Moffitt said. “After last weekend, I’m obviously eager to get back into a car and keep racing. I’m grateful to Bob Jenkins and his team for giving me the chance to do that. I’ll do my best to get some good finishes for them. I’m also thankful that Michael Waltrip Racing is allowing me to pursue this opportunity. I think it’s going to benefit everyone in the end.”
Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman had released a statement earlier the week praising young Moffitt’s finish Sunday. Wednesday he said the team is supportive of the Front Row Motorsports arrangement.
“As we anticipated, there has been heightened interest for Brett Moffitt’s services after his solid performance last weekend in Atlanta,” Kauffman said. “While he is committed to MWR, we are happy for him to gain further valuable experience and help Bob Jenkins, Jerry Freeze and the team at Front Row Motorsports over the next few races. Bob and Front Row were very gracious with our Toyota teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing after Kyle Busch’s unfortunate injuries by allowing David Ragan to vacate the No. 34 to drive the No. 18. We will continue to work on future opportunities for Brett.”
From Row Motorsports team owner Bob Jenkins said Moffitt brings valuable experience and a desire to continue learning — to the No. 34 team. The team has one Sprint Cup win that coming in 2013 with Ragan behind the wheel.
“We know Brett doesn’t have a ton of Sprint Cup experience, but he’s got a lot of hours behind the wheel in testing time, and he was certainly impressive Sunday in Atlanta,” Jenkins said. “For only his eighth start, he showed a lot of poise, patience and maturity that you don’t often see in drivers that age.”