Moffitt Continues to Impress with Chicagoland win
Brett Moffitt won the Overtons 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night. This was Moffitt’s third win of the season and the team was unsure if they’d even make it to Chicagoland to race due to lack of sponsorship.
Noah Gragson brought the field to the green flag, but the pole sitter never established a lead second place starter Dalton Sargeant stayed by his side for the opening two laps. Sargeant took the lead for himself and seemed to have the best truck in the 35-lap stage. The yellow flew for the first time when Bo LeMastus spun on lap 21. Due to low tire allotment, nobody pitted under caution. This hurt Sargeant as he spun his tires on the restart and surrendered the lead to Gragson. John Hunter Nemechek tailed the leader for the final 8 laps before passing him on the backstretch on the stage’s final lap.
Stage 2 belonged to Gragson as he won the race off pit road to start with. Korbin Forrester restarted with the lead because he didn’t pit but he quickly fell through the field, giving Gragson the lead and he would keep it the entire stage. The caution flew twice in the stage due to Ross Chastain cutting a tire and Sargeant spun on the backstretch.
Nemechek took the lead in the pits and jumped out to a lead on the restart. Moffitt’s truck seemed to come to life and he took the lead on lap 88. Nemechek would pass him back 10 laps later. Stewart Friesen and Jordan Anderson tangled to bring out the caution with 30 to go. Moffitt regained the lead in the pits but Nemechek snagged it back on the restart. Moffitt never let him get away though and ran in his tire tracks as the laps wound down. On the final lap Moffitt drove deep into turn 1 and passed him with ease as Nemechek’s motor blew simultaneously.