• Truck Series champion Moffitt replaces Sauter at GMS Racing

    By: JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt is moving to GMS Racing this season.

    The hiring came a day after GMS Racing abruptly released Johnny Sauter, the 2016 series champion who won 13 races in three seasons with the team. Sauter was released because Moffitt was available, and Moffitt was available because he didn't have the financial backing to return to his championship-winning team.

    Moffitt won the title with Hattorri Racing Enterprises last season but the team was in constant financial danger of not making it to the track. Moffitt was replaced for 2019 by Austin Hill, who brings sponsorship money to the seat.

    Moffitt won six races last year and the season finale to claim the title. Sauter was one of the drivers he beat for the championship.

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