Iowa: Justin Lofton race report

Mechanical Failure Ends Day Early at Iowa for Lofton NEWTON, Iowa (April 20, 2008) -- Under dreary skies, the No. 93 Lofton Cattle Dodge took the green flag Saturday afternoon in the 27th position. Because ARCA RE/MAX Series Practice and...

Mechanical Failure Ends Day Early at Iowa for Lofton

NEWTON, Iowa (April 20, 2008) -- Under dreary skies, the No. 93 Lofton Cattle Dodge took the green flag Saturday afternoon in the 27th position. Because ARCA RE/MAX Series Practice and Qualifying were cancelled due to rain, the field lined up according to the 2007 Owner's Points for the Prairie Meadows 250. Mechanical failure caused the throttle to hang, planting the No. 93 squarely into the outside wall of turn 1. With the day over and completing only 27 laps, Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton packed up early and recorded a 27th-place finish at Iowa Speedway.

"The car was a rocket ship," said Lofton. "It was definitely a car that was going to be in contention to win the race. It's just unfortunate that we had a little carburetor trouble and the throttle hung open and we hit the wall at lap 28."

Prior to the green flag, the No. 93 Lofton Cattle Dodge dropped from the 27th position where it was placed due to points, to the end of the line as a result of a penalty enforced for being late in the tech inspection line. By lap 15, Lofton had already climbed to the 19th position.

The Lofton Cattle Dodge was still climbing when the caution was brought out at lap 27. As Lofton attempted to back down for the yellow flag, he was unable to slow the car as the throttle was hung wide open. Trying to turn down into Turn 1, the No. 93 made hard, right-side contact with the outside wall.

Once the car came to a rest, Lofton climbed from the window and took the mandatory visit to the infield care center where he was evaluated and released. The No. 93 Lofton Cattle Dodge was done for the day, logging 27 laps and marked in the 36th position for the Prairie Meadows 250.

"It's really unfortunate for the Lofton Cattle Dodge and the guys that work so incredibly hard on it all week," commented Lofton when he returned. "I really appreciate the work they have been doing. It is frustrating for me when I cannot deliver them the finish that they deserve. But we'll keep our heads up, go to Kansas and do it all over again."

This coming weekend Lofton will visit Kansas Speedway for the first time for the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand. The Eddie Sharp Racing team attempted to test at the 1.5-mile speedway two weeks ago for the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test. Inclement weather caused the cancelation of the test session. Not only will this be Lofton's first time on the speedway, this will be his first experience on a 1.5-mile speedway in his career.

When asked what the rookie has been doing to prepare for the event, Lofton replied, "I've been putting a whole lot of laps on the ARCA SIM Factory Racing game. Between Saturday and now I've logged over 150 laps. I also trust my team and Crew Chief, Randy Nelson. I know when we unload the car it will be solid and spot on. I'm really confident going into Kansas. We won't have any trouble there."

Next Stop: Justin Lofton and the Lofton Cattle team travel to Kansas City, KS this weekend to race Friday, April 25th in the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand. The race goes green at 5:00 p.m. The race will air on SPEED, Saturday, April 26th at 8:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

-credit: esr

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