Lofton To Run NNS In Chicago, NCWTS In Iowa This Weekend With his scheduled run in the Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series event at Iowa Speedway set for Sunday, 24-year-old Justin Lofton couldn't pass up the opportunity to squeeze in a run...
Lofton To Run NNS In Chicago, NCWTS In Iowa This Weekend
With his scheduled run in the Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series event at Iowa Speedway set for Sunday, 24-year-old Justin Lofton couldn't pass up the opportunity to squeeze in a run in the Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Lofton, who won the ARCA Racing Series event last season at Chicagoland Speedway en route to the 2009 championship, will run his second Nationwide Series race of the season under the Baker Curb Racing banner, behind the wheel of the No. 27 Ford.
"I am excited about all of the racing I am going to get to do this weekend. Running the No. 27 car in Chicagoland, and then driving down to Newton for the truck race will be a great time, and I will surely benefit from the seat time. Both Baker Curb Racing and Red Horse Racing are competitive teams and I really want to give them the results that they deserve," Lofton explained.
Lofton claimed the 2009 ARCA championship with six race wins and 15 top-five finishes. He is in his first full season of NASCAR competition. Though he is running the Camping World Truck Series full-time for Red Horse Racing, he also dabbles in Nationwide competition. To date, Lofton has made nine starts in the Truck Series with a best finish of third. He also has three career Nationwide Series starts, with a career-best qualifying effort of ninth, scored two weeks ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and a best finish of 16th in 2009.
"I am really excited to be driving the 27 car again this weekend at Chicagoland. All of the guys on the team did a great job all weekend in New Hampshire. I felt that we were competitive, we just didn't get the finish that we were hoping for," Lofton said.
Friday's schedule at Chicagoland is a busy one with a full day for Lofton behind the wheel with two practice sessions, qualifying, and the race all on tap. Following his 300-mile run at Chicagoland on Friday night, Lofton will log more miles and make the nearly 300-mile trip to Iowa, where he will transition from a car to a truck and a 1.5-mile intermediate track, to a 7/8-mile short track. Saturday's schedule will be a bit lighter, with practice and qualifying on the agenda. The 200-mile Camping World Truck Series race is set for Sunday.