Brett Moffitt, the 2018 Truck Series champion, has a ride for the 2019 Truck Series season. Johnny Sauter, the 2016 Truck Series champion, does not.
Moffitt was announced as the driver of GMS Racing’s No. 24 truck on Thursday. The No. 24 was driven by Justin Haley in 2018. Haley is moving up to the Xfinity Series in 2019.
Moffitt was in need of a ride after Hattori Racing Enterprises parted ways with him after their title-winning season. Moffitt won six races in 2018 on the way to his first NASCAR title in his first full season of competition in one of NASCAR’s top three series.
But the team struggled for sponsorship throughout the season and announced earlier this week that Austin Hill would drive the No. 16 truck in 2019. Hill’s announcement was also tied to a sponsor.
Wednesday, GMS Racing said it was parting ways with Sauter, a driver who hasn’t finished lower than fourth in the points standings since 2012. But Sauter, 40, is 14 years older than Moffitt. It’s hard not to think the age difference — and possible salary differences that come with it — didn’t play a role in the team’s decision to release him.
Sauter drove the No. 21 truck for GMS Racing. The team will not field a No. 21 truck in 2019.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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