Salem II: Justin Lofton preview

Salem short track welcome stop for Lofton The ARCA RE/MAX Series returns to Salem Speedway this Saturday for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic 200. But it's far from just another race. With only three races remaining on the 2009 ...

Salem short track welcome stop for Lofton

The ARCA RE/MAX Series returns to Salem Speedway this Saturday for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic 200. But it's far from just another race. With only three races remaining on the 2009 schedule, Justin Lofton is planning on the 200-lap event providing him with a return to victory lane and the sole titleholder of points leader.

"Salem is a big race for us. We ran well there earlier in the year but pit strategy and tire wear got us in the end. We're not going to Salem to finish second again," Lofton said.

During the tour's first visit to the .555-mile Indiana track, Lofton paced practice, claimed the pole, led 105 of the 200 laps and finished second.

The last time Lofton entered a race weekend with the mindset of winning, it paid off, improving his previous finish of second at Toledo with the win. In fact, if the past is any indicator of what's to come, Lofton and the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing crew will be taking the same car that led him to recent victories at other short tracks, Berlin and Toledo.

"I love this car. I love Salem. Those two things give us so much confidence heading into the race weekend. Salem is so different than a lot of the other tracks on the schedule. It's what true short track racing is all about. It's gritty. It's tight. It's a challenge at times. You have to be on your toes and really race not just the other cars, but the track too. I'm excited about this one," he added.

-credit: esr

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