Brett Moffitt crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway, in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Native Iowan Brett Moffitt remembers when the site of what is now the Iowa Speedway was just a corn field.
Moffitt will finally get a chance on Saturday night to race at his hometown track in a major NASCAR event.
Moffitt, who grew in nearby Grimes, a 40-minute drive from the 0.875-mile short track in Newton, will pilot his No. 11 truck in the annual trucks race at Iowa. Moffitt has run at Newton before _ even winning a race in the lower-tier NASCAR K&N series _ but he said that winning in his home state "would be huge."
"Growing up racing go-karts in Newton and dirt (tracks) in Marshalltown and all around here, it's great to have a short track in the state of Iowa _ where short-track racing and dirt racing are huge," Moffitt said. "It gives a dream for all those (Iowa) racers out there. It gives them something to look forward to."
Moffitt, 25, has struggled throughout his career to generate enough revenue to find a consistent ride. He's found a home with Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2018 so far, and it's no coincidence that he's had a breakout season.
Moffitt entered the weekend sitting in third place, with a win in Atlanta and three other top-five finishes. But he's still fighting to find sponsors for the rest of the season, putting his shot at a Truck series title in jeopardy.
Moffitt is hoping his success this season will convince would-be sponsors to help him fill the open spots in his schedule, which includes the Chicago event set for June 29.
"We're certainly in a tight spot," Moffitt said. "It's something where we're looking to close that gap, but there's a lot of uncertainty on those open races."