Berlin: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

From Friday Night Lights to Saturday Night Short Trackin'; ESR Heads to Berlin Raceway DENVER, N.C. (July 23, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing turns its focus from the speedways to the short track this weekend as teammates Scott Speed, Justin ...

From Friday Night Lights to Saturday Night Short Trackin'; ESR Heads to Berlin Raceway

DENVER, N.C. (July 23, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing turns its focus from the speedways to the short track this weekend as teammates Scott Speed, Justin Lofton, and Ken Butler, III head to Berlin Raceway for some fender-banging, good ol' Saturday Night racing. Rookies Speed and Lofton will get their first taste of the 0.4-mile oval while teammate KBIII returns to a track where he started third and posted ninth-place finish in 2007. Geared up for another race under the lights, the ESR teams are ready to beat and bang for 200 laps.

Fresh off their win at Kentucky Speedway, the No. 2 Red Bull team is looking forward to hitting Berlin Raceway. ESR has had success on short tracks such as Berlin. Last year, ESR alum Michael McDowell took the pole position and Ken Butler, III started directly behind his teammate, in the third spot. McDowell led the most laps but Brian Keselowski pitted later than the No. 2 and fresher tires prevailed for the win. McDowell finished second and KBIII came home in the ninth position.

This will be the first trip to Berlin for No. 22 Crew Chief Jonathan Davis, but for driver KBIII, who had a stellar show last year. "We're looking to have a good weekend at Berlin. The driver [KBIII] has run well here before. We've had good cars these last few weeks, but just haven't gotten the finishes we need."

Wayne Carroll, Lofton's Crew Chief, is making his second visit here with ESR. In 2006, Carroll coached driver Ryan Matthews to a top-10 start and finish. Though it is Lofton's first visit to the track, the driver of the Lofton Cattle Dodge has no problem wheeling the short tracks. Lofton took the pole position at Cayuga Motor Speedway in the same Dodge that they are bringing to Berlin.

All three wheel-men are ready to rock and roll on Saturday night! Here are some quotes from each of the ESR drivers:

Scott Speed (No. 2 Red Bull Toyota):

""I am looking forward to Berlin. I am expecting it to be very challenging. I was able to meet up with my man Johnny B, who is the master of the place. He gave me all the inside tricks so I think I am going into this weekend as prepared as possible."

Justin Lofton (No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge):

"We are taking our Cayuga car to Berlin this weekend. We sat on the pole there and it was really strong until we had some engine issues. We have some very good momentum right now and I think we'll continue that and run well this weekend."

Ken Butler, III (No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota):

"We ran really well there last year so I'm looking forward to going back to Berlin. We definitely need a good run this weekend! We need a little redemption from the last couple of races. I know my guys are working hard and I really appreciate everything they do!"

ARCA RE/MAX Series practice runs from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2008. SIM Factory Pole Qualifying follows on Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. Driver Introductions begin at 8:15 p.m. The green flag for the Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway drops Saturday night at 8:30. Catch all the action at arcaracing.com offering LIVE Timing & Scoring of all on-track activities as well as LIVE flag-to-flag streaming audio coverage of the race through the ARCA Racing Network exclusively on arcanation.com presented by Team Glock.

-credit; esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Justin Lofton , Brian Keselowski , Ken Butler