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Hattori Racing hires Brett Moffitt to drive No. 16 Truck

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Brett Moffitt, the 2015 Cup rookie of the year, will drive for Hattori Racing in the Camping World Truck Series this season. He replaces Ryan Truex, who moved to the Xfinity Series to drive for Kaulig Racing.

Moffitt will be reunited with crew chief Scott Zipadelli. They worked together for six Truck races in 2016 at Red Horse Racing. Moffitt scored his first career Truck win at Michigan with Zipadelli as crew chief. Moffitt drove one Truck race for Hattori Racing in 2013.

“This is an awesome opportunity for me to reunite with Shige Hattori and get back into a position to win races,” Moffitt said in a team release. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with so many familiar faces. I believe the people in place at HRE are the right group for us to find a lot of success.

“Working with (Zipadelli) again makes this opportunity even better. We had a great stretch together a couple years ago, especially winning at Michigan. Hopefully we can do that again, because Zippy, Shige, and everyone at HRE have built an impressive program over the last two years.”

Five Cup teams to lose practice time Saturday

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DOVER, Delaware — Two playoff teams are among the five teams that will miss 15 minutes of practice in Saturday’s final practice session at Dover International Speedway.

Missing 15 minutes will be playoff contenders Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth because their cars failed inspection twice before last weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Also missing 15 minutes in Saturday’s final practice session will be Ross Chastain, Brett Moffitt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Each is being docked practice time because their cars failed inspection twice before last weekend’s race at New Hampshire.

The final practice session is from 1 – 1:55 p.m. ET on CNBC.

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Weekend NASCAR schedule for Michigan (Cup, Trucks) and Mid-Ohio (Xfinity)

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NASCAR has another split weekend with the Cup and Truck Series at Michigan International Speedway, while the Xfinity Series will race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kyle Larson has won the last two Cup races at MIS: his first career Cup win last August and again in June. He goes for another win Sunday.

As for the Truck Series, which races Saturday at MIS, Brett Moffitt earned his first career series win there last year.

And the Xfinity Series takes part in its second straight road course race Saturday – and part of three road course events in a four-race stretch (also Road America on Aug. 26).

This will be the fifth Xfinity race held at Mid-Ohio. Justin Marks won last year’s race, preceded by wins from A.J. Allmendinger (2013), Chris Buescher (2014) and Regan Smith (2015).

Here’s the weekend schedule at Michigan and Mid-Ohio:

(All times Eastern)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

At MICHIGAN

9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Truck garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

5:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, MRN)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

At MID-OHIO

11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

4 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

At MICHIGAN

6 a.m. – Truck garage open

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage open

8:30 – 9:25 p.m. – Cup practice (CNBC, MRN)

9:30 a.m. – Truck qualifying (single vehicle, two rounds) (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBC Sports App, MRN)

12:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

1 p.m. – LTI Printing 200 Truck race (100 laps, 200 miles) (FS1, MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

At MID-OHIO

8 a.m. – Xfinity garage open

12 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, two rounds) (CNBC)

2:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – Mid-Ohio Challenge Xfinity race (75 laps, 169.35 miles) (NBCSN, MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13

At Michigan

9:30 a.m. – Cup garage open

1 p.m. – Cup driver/crew chief meeting

2:20 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

3 p.m. – Pure Michigan 400 (200 laps, 400 miles) (NBCSN, MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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Brett Moffitt joins BK Racing for next two Cup Series races

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Brett Moffitt will make his return to the NASCAR Cup Series as he joins BK Racing for the next two Cup races.

Moffitt will step into the No. 83 Toyota this weekend at Watkins Glen International and at Michigan International Speedway.

The 2015 Cup Rookie of the Year, Moffitt will make his first start in the series since the 2015 finale. Moffitt enters the cockpit a week after he made his first Xfinity start of the year at Iowa Speedway, finishing 11th in the No. 96 owned by GMS Racing.

Moffitt began his year by competing in five Camping World Truck Series races with Red Horse Racing before the team shut down.

“I’m very excited to be back in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car for the next two weekends, and I can’t thank BK Racing and JAS Expedited Trucking enough for making it happen,” Moffitt said in a press release. “I have only raced Watkins Glen once in a K&N car, but it was a great race and I finished third. I can’t wait to race the Glen in the No. 83 Toyota Camry this weekend and Michigan next week.”

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Moffitt’s return to Michigan comes a year after he won his first national NASCAR race at the track, taking Red Horse Racing’s No. 11 truck to victory lane after a last-lap pass of teammate Timothy Peters.

The 24-year-old is the fourth driver to be in the No. 83 the season. Corey LaJoie has been in it for 14 races, Ryan Sieg for four and Stephen Leicht for one. Sieg withdrew from the Brickyard 400 and the No. 83 was not entered at Sonoma.

“I have been watching Brett display his ability to drive at the Cup level for many years,” said Ron Devine, Owner of BK Racing in a press release. “He is a big part of the Toyota family, and we are very excited to have him in our car for the next two races.”

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Brett Moffitt joins GMS Racing for Xfinity Series race at Iowa

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Brett Moffitt, the 2015 Cup Series Rookie of the Year, will join GMS Racing for the July 29 Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway.

A native of Grimes, Iowa, Moffitt will drive the team’s No. 96 Chevrolet, which has been driven by Ben Kennedy in four starts this year.

It will be Moffitt’s first Xfinity start of the year and just the second of his career.

His first came in 2012 at Iowa for Robby Benton.

The race will be Moffitt’s first NASCAR action since making five starts for Red Horse Racing in the Truck Series to start the year before the team shut down.

“I am really excited to be racing in my home state again,” Moffitt said in a press release. “I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity with GMS Racing and I’m very grateful of the support that the Iowa community has shown and put in to support this race. It would be really awesome to bring home a solid finish in front of my hometown fans.”

Moffitt earned his first NASCAR win last year with Red Horse Racing at Michigan International Speedway.