Charlotte: Justin Lofton preview

* Race rewind ... Justin Lofton scored his best finish to date in the Camping World Truck Series last Friday on the one-mile concrete Dover International Speedway. Lofton started 19th but drove an impressive race, climbing through the field to the...

* Race rewind ... Justin Lofton scored his best finish to date in the Camping World Truck Series last Friday on the one-mile concrete Dover International Speedway. Lofton started 19th but drove an impressive race, climbing through the field to the top-10 for the majority of the 200-mile event. In the closing laps, Lofton raced as high as second, finishing third at the drop of the checkered flag. The third place effort gave Lofton his first top-five of the season.

* Closing the gap... Lofton's third place finish in Dover allowed him to make up serious ground in the point standings. Lofton jumped from 16th to 12th in the driver standings, leaving him just 59 points out of the top-10. The finish also moved the No. 7 team from 20th to 16th in the owner standings. Lofton also moved within two points of Austin Dillon in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year battle.

* A lot going on... Lofton will be busy at the speedway this Friday, with the on-track schedule packed into one day. In addition to two practice sessions, qualifying, and the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on tap, the rookie racer will also make his weekly appearance on Sirius Satellite Radio's Tradin' Paint show at 12:30 before heading out to the Toyota Pit Pass display to sign autographs from 1:30 - 2 PM.

* Similar, but new... Lofton has been to races at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a spectator. He's also raced on tracks similar to the 1.5-mile track this season, including Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, but he has yet to race at the Concord, N.C. facility.

Justin Lofton on racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway "It felt so good to get a good run for the guys last week in Dover. They work really hard on these trucks day in and day out. I'm looking forward to Charlotte and getting another solid run. I've never raced at Charlotte, but I've been to similar tracks already this year; Atlanta and Texas, and I feel like I've learned enough to roll it over to Charlotte."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Charlotte Motor Speedway "I'm excited to go to Charlotte. The track is similar to Texas and Justin figured Texas out pretty quick in the Nationwide Series car. He was fast and consistent. Atlanta also has a lot of the characteristics of Charlotte. He got right up to speed the first time there in a truck. He's caught on to similar tracks pretty quick, and we have a lot of momentum going."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis RHR129 this Friday at Charlotte. The truck is brand new, with a rebuilt body.

-source: jli

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Justin Lofton , Austin Dillon