Illinois: Justin Lofton preview

Lofton looks to make it three straight, add dirt track to wins list 23-year-old Justin Lofton heads to the dirt track at Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend for the Allen Crowe 100 riding a wave of momentum. Lofton, driver of the No. 6...

Lofton looks to make it three straight, add dirt track to wins list

23-year-old Justin Lofton heads to the dirt track at Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend for the Allen Crowe 100 riding a wave of momentum. Lofton, driver of the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing, has shown his diversity in recent weeks, winning the last two ARCA RE/MAX Series races spanning the short track in Berlin and the 2.5-mile speedway in Pocono.

Adding to his repertoire, Lofton made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last week at Michigan International Speedway, qualifying 19th and finishing an impressive 16th.

"We had a blast at Michigan. I couldn't have asked for anything better. Having Mark (Rette, crew chief) and all of the guys with me, made it a lot less stressful. They did great work on the car. Overall, it was just a lot of fun," Lofton said.

"We proved we can run with those guys and now we're focused on winning this ARCA championship. We have a lot of momentum working for us."

Lofton will be making his second start on the one-mile track in Springfield. Last season he maneuvered his way from a 34th starting spot but as he was making his climb through the field, another car spun and Lofton was left with nowhere to go, getting collected in the melee. After repairs, he returned to the track, finishing 24th.

"Last year was a learning experience for sure. I feel like I've grown a lot as a driver since then. All of the guys are pumped up to get back to the ARCA garage and see if we can add a win there to keep things rolling."

Lofton currently sits second in the point standings, just 20 points out of the lead.

-credit: esr

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