Atlanta: Justin Lofton preview

* Meet the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Team Driver: Justin Lofton Crew Chief: Mark Rette Truck Chief: Dan Bormann Engine Tuner: Steve Morgan Mechanics: Tyler Jones, Andy Shahann, Jared Hewitt Tire specialist: Jared Hewitt Transport Driver: Jamie Price...

* Meet the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Team Driver: Justin Lofton Crew Chief: Mark Rette Truck Chief: Dan Bormann Engine Tuner: Steve Morgan Mechanics: Tyler Jones, Andy Shahann, Jared Hewitt Tire specialist: Jared Hewitt Transport Driver: Jamie Price Spotter: Timmy McKichan Last race review... Justin Lofton made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut a day later than planned at Daytona International Speedway on February 13th, after rain pushed the race back 24 hours. He ran well through both practice runs and qualified a solid 19th behind the wheel of the No. 7 Toyota Tundra. Unfortunately, as is the case with superspeedway racing, Lofton fell victim to an accident on lap 1, which caused right side damage to his machine. Thanks to the valiant work of his Mark Rette-led pit crew, Lofton fought back to finish 18th while teammate Timothy Peters nabbed the win.

* Not just another day... With two off weeks separating track time for the NCWTS, Lofton used the time and headed west to his native California to celebrate his 24th birthday with family and friends on February 18th. A few days later, he took advantage of NASCAR's "other" top two divisions' schedules, by stopping by the Auto Club Speedway and taking in the Nationwide Series race.

* Lofton a beginner at Atlanta...an intermediate's more like it... Though Lofton is a rookie at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he is very well versed on intermediate tracks that measure a mile and a half in length. Atlanta, a high speed 1.54-mile track, could be compared to other 1.5-mile facilities that Lofton has proven success at. Last season he notched a pole and a runner-up effort at Kentucky, and the race win at Chicagoland.

Back on board...VisitPit.com will grace the hood of Lofton's No. 7 Toyota Tundra again this week in Atlanta. Based in Race City U.S.A., Mooresville, N.C., PIT, Performance Instruction and Training, is an award winning facility for motorsports related training, team building, and special events.

Justin Lofton on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway "Daytona was disappointing but made us stronger. The true character of our team showed because we never gave up, and came home with a decent finish. I like Daytona, but I'm really looking forward to Atlanta. I like racing on other tracks this size, but haven't been to Atlanta yet. It's always fun to race on high-speed tracks that let you run wide open. I'm really looking forward to the race."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Atlanta Motor Speedway "We're ready to go racing after the superspeedway. Anything can happen, and did happen, at Daytona. I'm excited to go to a mile and a half where we can just go racing. It will be interesting to take a rookie to one of the fastest tracks that we go to. Justin has driven on Kentucky, Chicago, but he hasn't driven on Charlotte, Atlanta, or Texas yet. He's working hard on the simulator to learn those tracks."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis RHR141. "It's a newer truck. We've been working hard on it, trying to get the best package that we think will get Justin to the front," Rette said.

-source: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Timothy Peters , Justin Lofton
Teams Red Horse Racing