Moffitt wins wild Truck race at Kansas to qualify for finale

View photos Brett Moffitt (23) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Brett Moffitt wasn't about to finish second again -- not with a spot in the NASCAR Truck Series finale on the line.

So when Zane Smith tried to pass him with three laps to go, Moffitt moved down ever so slightly and sent his teammate into a spin along the backstretch. Then, the 28-year-old from Iowa held off a field full of playoff contenders, winning a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.

It couldn't have come at a better time, either. It was the first of three Truck races that will trim the playoff field from eight to four for the finale, and the victory means that Moffitt won't have to worry about qualifying the next two events.

Austin Hill finished third with Grant Enfinger fourth and Chandler Smith fifth.

"We were so good and then we just didn't keep up with it and got really loose there," Creed said. "Man, I'm happy I could push my teammate to the lead there and have a shot at the win."

Smith wound up finishing 11th and is the last driver above the cut line. Enfinger is seven points back after his top-five run, while Matt Crafton is next after finishing eight. Ben Rhodes and Tyler Ankrum are the last two in the standings.

Moffitt, who was second in the July race at Kansas, had the lead with 10 to go when Smith went around him. Moffitt began riding the wall and quickly closed the gap, then passed Smith as the GMS Racing pair hit the start-finish line.

Smith got a run on Mofitt down the back stretch but got too close to the No.

23 Chevrolet, and the 21-year-old Smith came oh-so close to saving his own truck as he slid down the entire back stretch.

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