New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been the site of a number of runner-up finishes for Brett Moffitt. He finally broke through with the first win of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career at the track on Friday in a rain-shortened race. Moffitt, who finished second three times in five starts at New Hampshire, led his Revolution Racing teammates in a 1-2-3 finish and trimmed the lead of K&N Pro Series East standings leader Max Gresham to 21 points with one race remaining.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Racer Brett Moffitt
Brett Moffitt wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
"Before the race I was thinking about how many times I had finished second here, and I wanted to get that off my back, so we did," Moffitt said. "Although we didn't run the whole race, I feel like we would have been there at the end either way."
Moffitt led a race-high 53 laps taking the lead from pole winner Darrell Wallace Jr. on lap 16 of the New Hampshire 125. The race ended after 78 laps because of rain and darkness.
"We knew we were way better than him," Moffitt said. "It was just a matter of getting the momentum off the corner here with these little horsepower motors. It's hard to do that."
Sergio Peña finished second, followed by Wallace in third. Gresham, who came into the race at New Hampshire with a 65-point lead over Moffitt, finished seventh.
"We knew the rain was coming, we were watching the radar all day," Peña said. "They were saying to go as quick as you can. We got up there to second pretty early and we were trying to chase down the (No.) 00 but Brett and all of those guys at Michael Waltrip Racing are always a fast car."
It was Wallace's best finish in four career K&N Pro Series East starts at New Hampshire.
"We qualified pole, set a track record," Wallace said. "We were leading those first couple of laps and getting those extra bonus points. But the car started to fade away. We had to fight for that lost two positions. Just sat there and rode in third. I was able to pull away from the fourth place car. I didn't really have anything to worry about behind me, just focus on the two guys in front of me."
There were two caution periods in the race, the second one coming on lap 70 when Scott Bouley spun out as the rain started to fall on the track. The race ended under caution on lap 78 with Moffitt in the lead.
"It was definitely getting slick," Moffitt said. "But as soon as that caution came out, I was just praying, let it rain."
Moffitt has won the past two K&N Pro Series East races at Dover International Speedway, site of the season finale on Friday night. He might need a third win in a row to chase down Gresham for the K&N Pro Series East championship.
"We had a dominant car and I think we definitely deserved this win," Moffitt said. "Now the championship chase is on going in to Dover."
The New Hampshire 125 will be broadcast on Speed on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
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