Iowa: Eddie Sharp Racing race report

Arpin, Lofton finish in the top 10, Goess and George Jr. run top 20 at Iowa Eddie Sharp Racing continued their dominance of the top 10 on Saturday at Iowa Speedway with Steve Arpin and Justin Lofton both nabbing top 10 runs. ESR's other entries...

Arpin, Lofton finish in the top 10, Goess and George Jr. run top 20 at Iowa

Eddie Sharp Racing continued their dominance of the top 10 on Saturday at Iowa Speedway with Steve Arpin and Justin Lofton both nabbing top 10 runs. ESR's other entries driven by Craig Goess, Jr. and Tim George Jr. also had strong nights, with all four ESR teams claiming finishes within the top 20.

Arpin entered the Prairie Meadows 200 fresh off of his career-best finish of fifth that he put up on the short track in Mansfield, Ohio over two weeks ago. Despite the time off in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, his momentum was still high in the No. 20 Pinewood Sports Toyota, as Arpin was the highest finishing ESR entry, crossing the line in the eighth slot.

"Our Pinewood Sports Toyota was very strong all weekend. We just really struggled through the middle of the race That one set of tires just had no grip and I was just along for the ride until the next caution came out and we could get them off.

"Jefferson (Hodges, crew chief) and the guys did a great job on the car and my spotter did an awesome job keeping us clean. I am not at all happy with an eighth place finish but I do know that we are still heading in the right direction and our cars are getting better each week," Arpin said.

Arpin's ESR teammate Justin Lofton, in the No. 6 Lofton Cattle/J.D. Heiskell & Company Toyota, closed out the top-10 finishers with Lofton, who started from the fourth slot in the second row, claiming the tenth position. The top-10 was the eighth of the season for Lofton, who won Talladega earlier this year.

Wheeling the white No. 81 Greenville of N.C. Toyota, Craig Goess, Jr. was solid throughout the 175-mile event, running within the top 10 most of the night. He narrowly missed a finish within the top 10 but settled for 12th at the finish.

Tim George Jr., running the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday/Chrome Hearts Toyota, valiantly battled back after the team was forced to a backup car following a practice crash. George Jr. rallied in his new ride, finishing 19th.

Next week, Eddie Sharp Racing's four teams will head to the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway next Saturday, July 18th, for the running of the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150. ESR rookies Craig Goess, Jr. and Tim George Jr. recently tested the track and Lofton was also on hand, making Team ESR the team to watch next week.

-credit: esr

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