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Hattori Racing Enterprises is a Japanese-American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The team is owned by former NASCAR and open-wheel driver Shigeaki Hattori. The team currently fields the No. 61 Toyota Supra part-time for Austin Hill in the Xfinity Series, the No. 16 Toyota Tundra full-time for Austin Hill in the Truck Series, and the No. 1 Toyota Camry full-time for Max McLaughlin in the K&N Pro Series.

Hattori Racing Enterprises
Hattori Racing Enterprises.jpg
Owner(s)Shigeaki Hattori
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Xfinity Series
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Race driversXfinity Series:
61. Austin Hill
Timmy Hill
Truck Series:
16. Austin Hill
K&N Pro Series East:
1. Max McLaughlin
SponsorsXfinity Series:
61. Aisin Group
Toyota Tsusho
Truck Series:
16. Chiba Toyopet, Aisin Group, United Rentals
K&N Pro Series East:
1. Textron Off Road, Mohawk Northeast Inc.
ManufacturerToyota
Opened2008
Career
DebutXfinity Series:
2014 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)
Truck Series:
2013 Michigan National Guard 200 (Michigan)
Latest raceXfinity Series:
2019 Indiana 250 (Indianapolis)
Truck Series:
2019 World of Westgate 200 (Las Vegas)
Races competedTotal: 57
Xfinity Series: 10
Truck Series: 37
ARCA Racing Series: 10
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 1
Xfinity Series: 0
Truck Series: 1
2018
ARCA Racing Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 9
Xfinity Series: 0
Truck Series: 9
ARCA Racing Series: 0
Pole positionsTotal: 6
Xfinity Series: 0
Truck Series: 5
ARCA Racing Series: 1

Contents

Xfinity SeriesEdit

Car No. 80 historyEdit

2014Edit

Hattori made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with Johnny Sauter at the 2014 DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona. Sauter qualified ninth and finished twenty-eighth, one lap down.[1] After that race, Hattori was quoted as saying "we have decided that we need to focus more on our Nationwide Series program,”.[2] Sauter would pilot Hattori's Toyota for two more races, finishing 16th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 15th at the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona. Starting at Michigan, Ross Chastain piloted the car for four races, turning in a best finish of tenth at Kentucky Speedway.[3] Alex Bowman ran one race for Hattori, at Dover International Speedway.[4]

2015Edit

One weekend after making his Truck debut for HRE, Ross Kenseth made his second Xfinity start and the only start of the year for HRE.[5] Kenseth started 29th, but he suffered from the limited resources at HRE and finished 33rd, 51 laps down.[6][7]

Car No. 61 historyEdit

On May 30, 2019, it was reported that HRE would field the No. 61 Toyota at the July Daytona race, marking the team's first Xfinity race since 2015.[8] On June 16, 2019, it was announced that the car would driven by Austin Hill, who was to make his Xfinity Series debut;[9] however, a drive line failure prevented Hill from setting a qualifying time and he missed the race.[10]

In August, HRE partnered with MBM Motorsports to renumber the latter's No. 42 to the No. 61 for the Food City 300 at Bristol. Timmy Hill drove the No. 61 to a career-best seventh.[11]

The No. 61 AISIN Group Toyota attempted the race at Indianapolis with Hill. Hill scored a top ten in his first-ever Xfinity start as he finished ninth.

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

Truck No. 16 historyEdit

Hattori made his major-series NASCAR debut at Michigan in 2013 with Brett Moffitt. Moffitt started fourteenth and finished seventeenth, one lap off the pace. It would be HRE's only Truck start of the year.[12][13] The team would bring back the No. 16 for Ryan Truex to drive full-time in 2017.[14] Truex missed the playoffs in a tiebreaker with Ben Rhodes,[15] but grabbed his first two career poles during the first round of the playoffs. The team would return full-time in 2018, with Brett Moffitt. In Atlanta (2018), Moffitt was able to get the team's first win in the Truck Series.[16] Moffitt proceeded to win a total of six races on the season, including at Chicagoland where the team nearly wasn’t able to race due to lack of sponsorship, to secure Hattori’s first ever NASCAR championship. With Moffitt’s win at Phoenix in November, HRE’s fifth ever in the truck series and Moffitt’s fifth on the season, the team became locked into the Championship 4 Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The next weekend, Moffitt held off Noah Gragson to win the team's first ever championship.

On December 6, 2018, it was announced that Moffitt was released from the No. 16 team due to financial issues. The team plans to replace Moffitt with a driver who has sponsorship backing. On January 8, 2019, HRE announced that Austin Hill will drive the No. 16 in the 2019 season.[17][18] Hill scored his record first win at the season-opening Daytona race.[19]

Truck No. 18 historyEdit

Ross Chastain returned to HRE to attempt to qualify at Michigan, but failed to qualify. Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, made his first Truck series start with Hattori at Martinsville Speedway. Kenseth qualified 25th and finished 17th in the Aisin AW Toyota. Kenseth failed to qualify for the Truck series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[20]

Truck No. 81 historyEdit

In early 2016, it was announced that Mayetta, New Jersey's Ryan Truex would drive the No. 81 Toyota for the full season, contingent on sponsorship, according to Truex.[21] Truex turned in a stellar run at the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250, finishing second. Truex may have won the race if not for NASCAR's "freeze-the-field" rule, which freezes the field when a caution comes out. Truex had lost support from Parker Kligerman, which allowed Johnny Sauter to win in his first race for GMS Racing. Truex did lead fourteen laps in the race.[22] Truex would follow that up with a 20th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a 12th at Martinsville.[23] Funding fizzled out mid-season, and the team was forced to skip some races in the middle of the season.[24] The team also switched crew chiefs, bringing in Wauters Motorsports owner Richie Wauters mid season.[25] The No. 81 became the No. 16 at the end of 2016.

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

Car No. 1 historyEdit

In 2018, HRE fielded the No. 1 for Brett Moffitt at Watkins Glen International, where they won.

In 2019, dirt track racer Max McLaughlin signed with HRE to drive the No. 1 Camry with sponsorship from Textron Off Road and Mohawk Northeast Inc..[26]

Car No. 11 historyEdit

 
Brett Moffitt in 2013.

after competing in East Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2010 and Michael Waltrip in 2011, Brett Moffitt joined Hattori Racing and competed in the East Series in 2012 with two wins coming in that season. A crash on the final lap of the 2012 season at Rockingham knocked Brett out of the points lead surrendering the championship to Kyle Larson. Moffitt drove the full East Series Schedule again in 2013 without a win, but with a runner up points finish.

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

Car No. 01 historyEdit

HRE ran four drivers in the No. 01 in 2008, with Sean Caisse making five starts, Justin Marks making two, and Chrissy Wallace and Brent Glastetter making one start each. Caisse recorded two top-fives, a second and a fifth, and Marks recorded two top-tens, a seventh and an eighth.[27][28][29] Michael Annett made HRE's only start in 2009, a 41st at Daytona after a crash.[30]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "NASCAR: Hattori Racing Enterprises Refocusing, Shifting Attention to Nationwide Series". Race Chaser Online. 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  3. ^ "Ross Chastain 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  4. ^ "Alex Bowman 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  5. ^ "Ross Kenseth to Make Second XFINITY Start at Phoenix – POPULAR SPEED". www.popularspeed.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  6. ^ "Ross Kenseth 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  7. ^ "For Ross Kenseth, a season of starts and stops". www.jsonline.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  8. ^ Christie, Toby (May 30, 2019). "Hattori Racing to Run July Daytona Xfinity Series Race". TobyChristie.com. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Utter, Jim (June 16, 2019). "Austin Hill to make NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Daytona". Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  10. ^ McFadin, Daniel (July 5, 2019). "Tyler Reddick wins Xfinity pole at Daytona". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  11. ^ Albert, Zack (August 17, 2019). "Timmy Hill savors new partnership, equals career-best finish at Bristol". NASCAR. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  12. ^ "Brett Moffitt 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  13. ^ "Shigeaki Hattori Owner Statistics - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  14. ^ "Ryan Truex to compete full time for Hattori Racing". Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  15. ^ "Ryan Truex to compete full time for Hattori Racing". Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  16. ^ "Moffitt takes wild Truck win at Atlanta after drama for Kyle Busch". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-02-25. On June 16, 2018, Brett Moffitt held off a late charge from Noah Gragson on the final lap to grab Hattori's second career truck series win at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Moffitt started 16th in the race, making him the farthest back in qualifying to ever win at Iowa in the truck series.
  17. ^ Vincent, Amanda (December 6, 2018). "2018 NASCAR Truck Series Champion Brett Moffitt Released From Team". The Drive. Time Inc. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "Austin Hill nabs full-time ride with Hattori Racing Enterprises". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 8, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  19. ^ "Hill earns first career win after overtime finish in Truck season opener at Daytona". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "Ross Kenseth 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  21. ^ "Stafford's Ryan Truex to race in NASCAR's Truck Series this season". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  22. ^ Christie, Toby. "Ryan Truex proves that persistence pays off with great run at Daytona". Tribute Racing. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  23. ^ "Ryan Truex 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  24. ^ "Driver Ryan Truex 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  25. ^ "Ryan Truex to compete full time for Hattori Racing". Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  26. ^ "HRE Returns to K&N Pro Series with Max McLaughlin in 2019". Hattori Racing Enterprises. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  27. ^ "Shigeaki Hattori Owner Statistics - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  28. ^ "Sean Caisse 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  29. ^ "Justin Marks 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  30. ^ "Michael Annett 2009 ARCA Re/Max Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-04-13.

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