Last race review: Last weekend on the dirt track in Springfield, ESR drivers Justin Lofton and Tim George Jr. drove home to solid top 10 and top 15 runs respectively. Lofton waved the banner for ESR, finishing sixth and George Jr. finished 14th.
Last race review: Last weekend on the dirt track in Springfield, ESR drivers Justin Lofton and Tim George Jr. drove home to solid top 10 and top 15 runs respectively. Lofton waved the banner for ESR, finishing sixth and George Jr. finished 14th. ESR's third entry, driven by Craig Goess, was caught up in an accident just beyond the halfway mark in the event. He was credited with a 26th place finish.
Quick turnaround: After racing on Sunday in Springfield, the ESR teams stayed in Illinois before heading to the Chicago area for Friday's 150-miler. On Monday morning, some crew members worked on the cars out of the truck from their hotel parking lot before making the approximate150-mile trip. Driver Goess on the other hand, headed back to N.C. to work in the family dealership on Monday and Tuesday before re-joining the team late Wednesday. All three teams will be back on track on Thursday with the first practice beginning just after 5 PM EST.
What to expect: The last time ESR drivers Lofton and Goess were on a 1.5-mile track, each scored a top five finish, crossing the stripe third and fourth last month at Kentucky. As for Chicagoland, last season, Lofton made his debut on the track, finishing eighth.
In order to familiarize himself with Chicago and put himself in position for a solid run, rookie George Jr. tested on the 1.5-mile track last Wednesday before heading to the dirt track. Of the 22 cars that participated in the open test, George Jr. clocked in the 15th fastest time.
What they're saying:
Justin Lofton, driver of the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota
"We were so close last week but had some issues there at the end. The guys have been working so hard. We're fast everywhere we go. We led a lot of laps last week but didn't get the finish we wanted. We'll get back at them this week. We ran well at Kentucky so we expect the same this weekend."
Craig Goess, driver of the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota
"I don't care what track we are going to this weekend - as long as we are back on asphalt, I'll be happy. I know Patrick (Donahue, crew chief) is pretty comfortable with the setup. He's ran well there previously and I feel like he'll have it close right away. We were good at Kentucky so I think we'll do pretty well."
Tim George Jr., driver of the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota
"Chicago is a challenging track. It is very line sensitive, and that will make for some tough racing. I tested there and learned a lot about where I need to be on the track and where I need to drive the car to in the corner. I am looking forward to going back and having a solid run. I lived in Chicago for three years growing up, so the area is familiar and I will have a good group there to support me."