Brett Moffitt clinches finals berth after Kansas win

After late-race cautions and an overtime finish, Brett Moffitt picked up a Championship 4 berth with a victory at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon. 

The win is Moffitt’s first at Kansas Speedway in his truck series career. The win is also his first since Aug. 25, 2019 (Canadian Tire). 

Sheldon Creed took the lead over Chandler Smith through the first lap of the race. Creed continued to lead the field and vaulted ahead to a second-plus lead over Smith through the conclusion of stage one. 

Austin Hill began stage two as the leader. Although Hill led the rest of the field on the lap 37 restart, a wreck among the middle of the field in the backstretch brought out the caution and the eventual red flag. Raphael Lessard, Tanner Gray and playoff driver Tyler Ankrum, among others, were the six+ drivers involved in the wreck. 

The red flag lifted after seven-plus minutes. At the onset of the green flag restart, Zane Smith took the lead over Hill and maintained possession of it for six laps until Creed vaulted back ahead on lap 54. Creed held back Smith to pick up the stage two victory and his second stage win of the day. 

Creed won the race off of pit road and begin the final stage as the leader. After leading the field for 28 laps, Smith would retake the lead for 22 laps before a combination of five drivers led over the next 20+ laps. After Smith regained the lead on lap 124, a caution involving him on the backstretch saw the lead switch to Brett Moffitt.

At the restart in overtime, Moffitt maintained the lead and picked up the victory. 

Creed finished second. The finish is Creed’s seventh top-five finish and 10th top-10 finish of the season. 

Smith finished 11th. Smith has now finished outside the top 10 in five of his last six races.

In her NASCAR national series debut, Hailie Deegan finished 16th. In 20 ARCA Menards Series races this season, Deegan finished inside the top five four times and inside the top 10 17 times. 

The Round of 8 will continue next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Coverage will begin on FOX Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. EST. 

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