Illinois: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

Off week review: With two weeks off since the last ARCA race in Pocono, the Eddie Sharp Racing drivers kept busy on and off of the racetrack. Justin Lofton, driver of the No. 6 Toyota, packed up his ARCA crew, led by crew chief Mark Rette, and...

Off week review: With two weeks off since the last ARCA race in Pocono, the Eddie Sharp Racing drivers kept busy on and off of the racetrack. Justin Lofton, driver of the No. 6 Toyota, packed up his ARCA crew, led by crew chief Mark Rette, and made his Nationwide Series debut last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Lofton had a steady weekend, running near the top of the charts in practice, qualifying 19th and finishing a solid 16th in his debut.

Craig Goess and Tim George Jr. spent the following Tuesday after the Pocono race testing on the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course. Following the test, Goess, wheelman of the No. 81 for ESR, spent his downtime working at the family dealership, Greenville Toyota of N.C. and catching up with extended family at Lake Hickory.

Tim George Jr., driver of the No. 2 Toyota, headed back to his native New York where he attended a launch party for Social Life magazine, as George Jr. is the magazine's cover story this month.

Down and dirty: Team ESR will return to the track this week, running the one-mile clay surfaced track in Springfield, Illinois. The trip to the dirt track will be the first for rookies Goess and George Jr. Last season, Lofton finished 24th in his debut run.

Quick rundown: Lofton has won the last two ARCA races, putting him second in the standings, just 20 points out of first. Goess nabbed a career-best finish of third at Pocono, putting him in the fourth position in the points. George Jr. sits 11th after the first 13 races.

What they're saying:

Craig Goess, driver of the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota "I'm looking forward to it because it is something different. We're going to go up there, have fun and wing it," Goess said. "I'm never happy unless we're winning races. We're constantly getting better. Our finishes are getting better. We're going in the right direction. I wish it didn't take so long to do that but I feel like we should be able to contend for a win before the year is over."

Justin Lofton, driver of the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota "The dirt track is a lot of fun. It takes some car control to get through the turns. I love it. It's different. I have a different background coming from the off road cars and some of the slides remind me of that, the car can break loose in a second."

Tim George Jr., driver of the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota "This weekend will be my first time on dirt in any type of car. I have driven road course cars in the rain, and I am hoping that the experience will help. I have a feeling Springfield will be a handful applying all that power, but I am looking forward to the car control practice. It is a one day show, so it will be important to learn quickly."

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , Tim George Jr. , Craig Goess