Pocono II: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

ESR Heads to Pocono Looking for Three in a Row! DENVER, N.C. (July 29, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing heads to Pocono Raceway with three of the last four checkered flags in hand (MIS, Kentucky and Berlin). Justin Lofton, Scott Speed, and Ken ...

ESR Heads to Pocono Looking for Three in a Row!

DENVER, N.C. (July 29, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing heads to Pocono Raceway with three of the last four checkered flags in hand (MIS, Kentucky and Berlin). Justin Lofton, Scott Speed, and Ken Butler, III are all anxious to return to speedway action at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania 2.5-mile triangle for the second time this season. ESR, which unloaded three strong cars in June and claimed the pole position, returns this weekend with three rockets ready for the Pennsylvania 200.

With back-to-back wins at Berlin Raceway and Kentucky Speedway, the No. 2 Red Bull team is looking forward to returning to Pocono where Speed grabbed his first career pole position. ESR has had a lot of success at the speedway. ESR alum Michael McDowell took the win at this event in 2007 and Speed finished second in the Pocono 200 in June (2008). Speed is currently the only ARCA RE/MAX Series winner this season to capture consecutive victories and is looking to make it three in a row.

Lofton is anxious to return to Pocono this weekend. The June race proved a turning point in the young rookie's season. With team owner Eddie Sharp coaching him, Lofton qualified the No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge solidly in the fifth position. Running in the front nearly all day, Lofton was in contention for the win on the final laps when contact sent him sliding across the track and back to a 19th finishing position. Lofton is looking forward to round two at the famous triangular track.

KBIII had a strong race here in June, bringing the Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota home in the 11th position. This weekend will mark Butler's second visit to the speedway and this time, returns with new Crew Chief Jonathan Davis. The team has been very successful in recent weeks unloading strong cars at every track; however, bad luck continues to prevent the team from finishing where it belongs. Look for the No. 22 Aaron's machine to be a factor up front this weekend in the Pennsylvania 200. KBIII is hungry and is looking forward to running hard this weekend.

All three driving machines are ready to tighten their belts and run wide open on Saturday afternoon! Here are some quotes from each of the ESR drivers:

Scott Speed (No. 2 Red Bull Toyota):

"We were very competitive on our last visit to Pocono so I am looking forward to another good result there this weekend."

Justin Lofton (No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge):

"I love Pocono. I can't wait to go back there this weekend and get the win that I really truly think we could have had in June. It was a turning point for me, as a driver and I'm very excited to get back there with Wayne and my guys. They have built me awesome cars since we've started working together and the results have been there."

Ken Butler, III (No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota):

"We ran pretty good there in June. It's a tough track to race because each corner is so different. But it's a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the challenges again!"

ARCA RE/MAX Series practice runs from 10:15 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. on Friday, August 1, 2008. SIM Factory Pole Qualifying follows Friday at 1:45 p.m. Driver Introductions begin Saturday August 2nd at 12:30 p.m. and the green flag for the Pennsylvania 200 drops at 1:00 p.m. All times listed are EASTERN.

Catch all the action at arcaracing.com offering LIVE Timing & Scoring of all on-track activities as well as LIVE flag-to-flag streaming audio coverage of the race through the ARCA Racing Network exclusively on arcanation.com presented by Team Glock.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Justin Lofton , Ken Butler