BOWMANVILLE, Ont. — Brett Moffitt led 45 of 64 laps of Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on his way to a second straight win in the NASCAR Truck Series playoffs.
The defending champion of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series led for two-thirds of the race. The Iowa native moved to the middle of the pack during the second stage of the race based on pit strategy.
"We had a plan of what we wanted to do since the beginning of the week and we executed it to perfection," Moffit said.
The race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was the second of a series of playoff races to the championship.
Moffitt won last week's opening playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
He is one of eight drivers in the playoffs.
In addition to picking up the maximum points available for a race win, Moffitt also earned an additional bonus point for winning the opening stage of the race.
"Our goal was to win Stage 1 and get the playoff point and then win stage and then try to win the race for those five playoff points and we executed it 100 per cent."
Veteran driver Alex Tagliani was the top Canadian and finished second. The Montreal native took part in his only Trucks race of the season and fended off a challenge from series regulars.
"We didn't really have to pace to start, but as the race went along we were able to tighten up some things," said Tagliani, who started fourth but dropped as far down as 13th. "Overall, it's a good points day for the team."
It was Tagliani's second race of the day.
He competed in the Total Quartz 200, a NASCAR Pinty's Series race, a series he competes in full-time. He had led up until the final lap when Kevin Lacroix bumped into him on the next to last turn to claim the checkered flag.
Tagliani finished fourth.
"It's funny, because earlier today Kevin's father came up to me and threatened to touch his car, he was going to (put his) hands (on) me and not even be in shape to race the truck." Tagliani said. "I'm a five-foot-six guy, I'm definitely not a fighter. I don't fight. It's really unfortunate."
The lone Canadian still in the playoffs, Stewart Friesen, had a difficult weekend, but it ended positively.
The Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont., native crashed his main car during practice on Saturday and raced in his backup. He was in the middle of the pack for much of the day after starting 12th, but short-filled on his final pit stop to move up and finish fifth.
"I felt I could have finished a little higher so I'm a little bummed," Friesen said. "But we got out of here with a decent finish that should set us up for the next round."
Friesen is third in the standings for the championship, 24 points back of leader Moffit.
Moffit led Stage 1 from start to finish. His next closest competitor finished over 16 seconds behind him.
Pit strategy forced Moffitt further back in the field on the restart for Stage 2.
Ross Chastain won the second stage. It was the third consecutive race in which he picked up a stage point.
The race is broken up into stages in which an additional bonus point in the standings are earned and they carry over into each playoff round.
There were a total of seven Canadians taking part at CTMP, the only road course on the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. It is also the lone Canadian stop in the series.
Sixty-one-year-old Dan Corcoran of Elginburg, Ont., caused a full-course caution on lap 29 after losing control of his vehicle while taking a turn.
The top six drivers after next week's race in Las Vegas advance to the next round, with the final four over the following three races vying for the championship at the season-ending race in Miami.