That didn’t take long.
Less than 24 hours after announcing GMS Racing had parted ways with Johnny Sauter and he announced Moffitt was taking his seat. The team released this video announcing the addition of Brett Moffitt. The defending series champ who was without a ride after the season will step into one of the most competitive rides the series.
— GMS Racing (@GMSRacingLLC) January 10, 2019
Moffitt will drive the #24 Chevy Silverado in 2019. No sponsorship was announced but you can expect Allegiant Airlines to play a large role.
For the sake of comparison let’s look a few stats real quick.
Moffitt: 7 wins in 36 starts (19.44% win percentage)
Sauter: 23 wins in 244 starts (9.43% win percentage)
Moffitt: 6 wins, 13-Top 5’s, 13 Top 10’s, Championship
Sauter: 6 wins, 14 Top 5’s, 17 Top 10’s, 4th in Championship
Moffit is 14 years younger than Johnny Sauter. He hasn’t reached his ceiling yet and GMS appears to have aspirations of moving to the Cup Series at some point and they are bolstering their Xfinity program. Sauter meanwhile has been there, he’s done that, and he came back to the Truck Series. He’s a stout Truck Series driver but his marketability is poor, and the future of programs isn’t built on the back of 40-year old drivers.
GMS is taking a bit of a gamble here. Moffitt’s 7 wins have come with Scott Zipadelli atop the pit box, in 2019 he won’t have that familiar voice on the radio. On the flipside, if Moffitt continues the tear he went on last year then GMS looks like geniuses for bolstering their Truck Series lineup.
Time will tell but for now, there are only 36 days until the green flag drops Friday night in Daytona.
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