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Brett Moffitt

There have been four races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division this year. Brett Moffitt, 18, has won two of them.

His most recent victory, May 21 at Iowa Speedway, was particularly special. Moffitt grew up in Grimes, Iowa, only 40 miles from the race in Newton.

"Winning in my home state was amazing," Moffitt said recently. "I don't really know how to describe it because not only is it a win at a big track like the Iowa Speedway, which is a big race, but it's in front of my hometown crowd where they had 17,000 people watching. So it was really great to get that opportunity."

So far, though, victories haven't turned into sponsors for Moffitt, who has been racing since age 10.

"We're working hard at getting" sponsorships, Moffitt said. "Right now we don't have any. But we're working hard at trying to get some to run some Nationwide (Series) races and some to put on the K&N car."

To race at the top levels, that hard-to-find sponsorship is key. Moffitt doesn't know exactly how much money has been invested into his career, but he knows it's a lot.

"It is a huge investment, but if everything works out, then it's definitely worth it in the long run," he said. "It's something that I love doing and want to spend my career and my life doing."

Moffitt earned his high school degree in February after being home schooled for two years, and he said he had hoped not having school meant sleeping in for him.

But duty calls, and it calls early.

"I'm working in the shop every morning from 7-11:30, so that plan didn't really work," he said. "But it's been good to not have to worry about school and focus on racing."

At the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Moffitt was among racers with a line of fans waiting for his autograph. He said being in the spotlight was both fun and stressful.

"It's a different life than a normal teenager, but at the same time, it's the life I hope to live for my career and be a Cup driver and be surrounded by that stuff," Moffitt said. "It's fun having fans come up and talk to you. It's starting to happen a little more in public.

"It's cool having someone notice you, so that kind of makes you smile and brightens your day."

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