Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Lofton Cattle/J6Ink team demonstrated speed throughout the day at Chicagoland Speedway. However, as the temperatures dropped and the Westmorland, Calif., native took the green flag he was faced with a tight-handling Chevrolet Silverado that resulted in a 15th-place finish under the lights of the Joliet, Ill. facility.
With many teams opting to take only fuel, the No. 6 Chevrolet was placed in the 19th position for the restart. The Berry-led team executed solid pit stops with a series of chassis and air-pressure adjustments on laps 49, 69 and 103, but the tight-handling condition persisted.
Lofton was able to climb back into the top 10 by lap 108, but the ensuing green-flag run lasted the remainder of the 150-lap event. Still wrestling with the tight condition, Lofton fell in the running order and was relegated to a 15th-place finish.
Justin Lofton: "We had a great Lofton Cattle/J6Ink Chevrolet throughout the afternoon and a great qualifying effort, but when the race started and the temperatures dropped it was just way too tight to maintain the track position.
It definitely was not the night we had expected. We are going to do some testing before heading to Las Vegas so we can get the finish that I know this Sharp-Gallaher Racing team is capable of."