WATKINS GLEN, NY — Friday afternoon might have been the first time in five years since Brett Moffitt was behind the wheel of a K&N Pro Series East vehicle, but he hasn’t lost his speed.
The Grimes, Iowa native and two-time K&N East championship runner-up posted the quickest time (1 minute, 26.819 seconds) in the one and only 85-minute practice session for Friday’s Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 at Watkins Glen International, which occurred while precipitation fell in the finger lakes region of upstate New York.
Moffitt has nine wins in five seasons of full-time K&N East competition, as well as 33 top five and 44 top 10 finishes. However, this weekend marks his first start in the series with Hattori Racing Enterprises, the team in which he competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
HRE competed in this race last year. Ryan Truex won the pole and led 26 laps before an accident relegated him to a 19th-place result.
RACING-REFERENCE: PRACTICE RESULTS
K&N East championship leader and winner of the last three events, Tyler Ankrum was second quickest (1 minute, 29.955 seconds) with two-time K&N East winner Noah Gragson (1 minute, 27.144 seconds) behind him in third.
Two-time WGI K&N East winner (2014, 2015) Scott Heckert was third quickest (1 minute, 27.931 seconds) and Austin Hill (1 minute, 28.378 seconds) completed the top five when the session concluded.
Spencer Davis, Dale Quirterley, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., Harrison Burton and Anthony Alfredo rounded out the top 10 quickest lap times.
Will Rodgers, winner of the last five K&N Pro Series road course events, was scored 21st on the speed charts after turning two full laps.
Group qualifying for the Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET with the green flag for the 41-lap, 100.45-mile event taking place at 4:45 p.m. ET.