Bristol: Justin Lofton preview

* Last time out... Lofton and the No. 7 team put together another impressive run on Saturday at Darlington Raceway but circumstance in the closing laps hindered the result. 24-year-old Lofton showed speed early, notching the fifth fastest speed in...

* Last time out... Lofton and the No. 7 team put together another impressive run on Saturday at Darlington Raceway but circumstance in the closing laps hindered the result. 24-year-old Lofton showed speed early, notching the fifth fastest speed in the final practice session. He followed that up with a career-best third place qualifying effort. With 200 miles of racing on tap, he settled in behind the wheel and drove a strong race within the top three for the majority of the event. On lap 107 of the 147-lap race however, Lofton's Tundra suffered damage after being involved in a multi-truck wreck. The damage sent Lofton to the garage for repairs. He ended the event in 20th.

* Knocking on the door... Lofton picked up ground in the point standings following the last race at Darlington. Though he remains 12th in the driver point standings, he narrowed the gap, trailing the 11th position by just 90 points. He also closed the gap between his position and tenth place. 121 points now separate him from the elusive top-10.

* Concrete confidence... Though he has yet to turn a competitive lap on the high banks of Bristol, Lofton has showed well this season on other concrete tracks. His best finish of third came at the Dover International Speedway. Two races ago, he added another top-10 to his resume, tallied at Nashville, another concrete track. Bristol however, is a challenge of its own, measuring .533-miles with steep banking and tight turns.

* Bristol history... Lofton's crew chief Mark Rette has a storied history at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." Rette has visited victory lane on three separate occasions at Bristol, including in the Sprint Cup Series with Kurt Busch and in the Nationwide Series with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Justin Lofton on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway "I'm looking forward to Bristol. It's always been an exciting race to watch and I am glad I get to be a part of it this time around. We're bringing one of our stronger trucks this weekend and we've put up good numbers with it this year. I'm ready to go to Bristol and add to it with another strong run."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Bristol Motor Speedway "I've been fortunate to work with really good teams. I have won a lot at Bristol. I've won in Cup and Nationwide, and I'm looking forward to the possibility of winning in a truck with the Red Horse Racing team this weekend. I was a little nervous at Dover, since it was Justin's first time, but both tracks are very tricky. I think he'll adapt to Bristol fairly quickly, like he did at Dover. There are a lot of similarities, but Bristol is unique on its own. I look forward to going. I think we'll run very well."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis RHR110 on Wednesday at Bristol. It is the same truck that he drove earlier this season at Dover, Iowa, Gateway, and Nashville. Lofton nabbed his highest finish (third) of the season thus far at Dover. Of his three top-10 runs this year, two have been scored in chassis RHR110.

-source: justinloftoninc.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kurt Busch , Justin Lofton
Teams Red Horse Racing