Profitable back-to-back NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Collection championships is a uncommon feat certainly: Solely Matt Crafton has achieved it, in 2013 and 2014.
Profitable consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Collection titles, alternatively, is comparatively commonplace. Sam Ard, Larry Pearson, Randy Lajoie, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. all have achieved it.
Nobody, nonetheless, has received back-to-back titles in both collection driving for 2 totally different homeowners, and each Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt have the chance to take action this yr.
Reddick was final yr’s upset Xfinity championship winner in a JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Moffitt was launched from his journey after successful the Truck Collection title with Hattori Racing Enterprises.
To Reddick, a second title would have added significance. His present staff, Richard Childress Racing is celebrating its golden anniversary in NASCAR this season and already has introduced that Reddick will drive a Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection automotive for the group subsequent yr.
“It might imply loads,” Reddick mentioned on Thursday throughout Championship four Media Day at The Version. “The second — I type of mentioned it just a few instances right this moment — for me it’s extra about successful it for RCR within the 50th yr. Granted, Cup racing subsequent yr, however I wish to do every little thing I can to win what I can for them. That’s an Xfinity Collection championship.
“All the blokes on the chassis store, on that compound, have put numerous effort into these automobiles all yr lengthy. We’ve got the 5 wins, obtained probably the most high fives (23), regular-season championship. These are all good issues. We wish to add another factor to that and be a champion on Saturday after the race is over.”
Reddick has to beat Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 (three:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to safe his second Xfinity title.
Moffitt will face off towards Crafton, Ross Chastain and Stewart Friesen in Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200 Truck Collection race (eight p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Moffitt doesn’t take into account himself significantly statistics-oriented, however, clearly, he would relish a second championship. That it might be a second straight with a unique staff isn’t the foremost consideration.
“Properly, yeah, clearly successful the championship is the primary objective,” Moffitt mentioned on Thursday. “I used to be lucky to be with a superb staff final yr and get the job achieved, and I’m lucky to be with a superb staff once more this yr and be in place to do the identical.
“So, I imply, clearly, successful it with two totally different groups is a bit more tough than staying with the identical staff two years in a row, however we have now gained traction as a staff and we get extra aggressive week in and week out. So I really feel actually good about it.”
Moffitt took no explicit delight when Austin Hill, his successor within the Hattori journey, fell out of the playoffs within the Spherical of 6.
“Yeah, I imply, you attempt not to consider it that approach, however … clearly I used to be not completely satisfied about how the yr ended final yr, successful a championship and getting launched from my job. And I assume it’s karma — I’ll say that.”
Solely as soon as in NASCAR’s high three touring collection has a driver received back-to-back championships driving for 2 totally different homeowners. In 1956, NASCAR Corridor of Famer Buck Baker received the title with Carl Kiekhaefer as his main proprietor. The next yr, Baker drove his personal automotive to the title.
—By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service. Particular to Discipline Stage Media.