BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brett Moffitt will get even more opportunities to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after signing a multiyear contact with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Moffitt, who will be making his second Sprint Cup start this weekend at Michigan Int’l Speedway, will race a part-time schedule this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His exact schedule has not yet been determined.
“It’s a really big step in my career and I’m really excited to get this going,” Moffitt said. “It’s a weight lifted off my back and off my shoulders as far as every year I don’t really know what I’m doing so it’s nice to have something done and complete that’s for the next several years and it’s just a lot of stress gone. It’s nice to know I have something.”
Ty Norris, executive vice president of business development and general manager of MWR, said the deal came together after Moffitt’s impressive 22nd-place finish in his Sprint Cup debut at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway in the No. 66 Toyota.
“An opportunity came available to run him in the Cup car at Dover with our relationship with Jay Robinson Racing,” Norris explained. “Brett was as good as we thought he was going to be and very, very impressive. We decided to bring him up here (Michigan) and run with a full MWR effort and just kind of see where he goes.
“In the meantime, we’ve decided to go ahead and put him under contract with a multiyear driver contract to try to advance his career and try to see if we can give him some opportunities to showcase his talent,” Norris said.
At this point Moffitt likely won’t be back in a Sprint Cup car until at least August, but Norris said he hopes to run Moffitt in four to five Sprint Cup races later this year. Jeff Burton is scheduled to drive the No. 66 in select events this season as well.
“He might run another four or five races this year at least, but it will have to be the right place at the right time with the right resources supporting it,” Norris said. “He probably won’t run again until at least August because at the same time Jeff Burton is going to run for us at New Hampshire and we’re still trying to figure out the whole schedule of the 66.”
The 21-year-old driver has worked for MWR as a test driver for some time. He raced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series full time from 2009 to 2013, earning nine victories and finishing second in the championship standings twice and third three times. Two of those victories came in 2011 while he was a developmental driver for MWR.
“Considering I have one Nationwide race and two Truck races under my belt, going straight from the East Series to Cup is a big step,” Moffitt said. “I feel like if you’re with a really good team and a team that believes in you like Michael Waltrip Racing does with me then I think you can make that transition.”