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Grimes’ Moffitt makes NASCAR Sprint Cup debut

DOVER, Del. – Twenty-one-year-old Brett Moffitt of Grimes finished 22nd Sunday in the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.

It was Moffitt’s first-ever start in the Sprint Cup Series, NASAR’s elite division. The race was telecast live nationally by the Fox Network.

Jimmy Johnson won the race with Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Moffitt drove the Jay Robinson-owned No. 66 Toyota, replacing veteran Joe Nemechek behind the wheel. He started 18th in the 43-car field and finished four laps behind Johnson at the race’s end. He drove a steady race, avoiding several on-track incidents during the 400 laps on the “Monster Mile.”

Jay Robinson Racing is a partner with Michael Waltrip Racing. Moffitt has been employed by MWR this season as a test driver. He has competed in the NASCAR K&N East Series during the past two seasons and drove a Toyota for Hattari Racing in 2013. While serving as a Waltrip test driver this season, Moffitt has been seeking a fulltime ride within NASCAR.

There was no immediate word on whether or not Moffitt will drive for Robinson in this week’s NASCAR event at Pocono (Pa.) International Raceway.