Texas: Justin Lofton preview

* Text Box: 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, Bob Heilburn Tire specialist: Kyle Shook...

* Text Box: 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, Bob Heilburn Tire specialist: Kyle Shook Transport Driver: Chris Miko Spotter: Kyle Harvey Lofton set for second Nationwide start... In the midst of a full-time ARCA Racing Series schedule, Justin Lofton made his NASCAR debut last August in the Nationwide Series. He started 19th and impressively finessed his way through the field, at times running within the top 10, before a cut tire forced him to the pits late in the race. He finished the event a solid 16th. After claiming the 2009 ARCA championship, Lofton and crew chief Mark Rette joined Camping World Truck Series powerhouse Red Horse Racing. This weekend Lofton and Rette will return to the Nationwide ranks with the RHR team, fielding the No. 71 WeekendWarriorsTV.com Toyota Camry. The event will be the first of several runs for Lofton and the RHR team within Nationwide competition this season, with goals of hitting the track again as soon as next month at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

* Online and on the hood... WeekendWarriorsTV.com will grace the hood of Lofton's black, red, and grey No. 71 Toyota this weekend at Texas. WWTV is an online, bi-weekly web show hosted by Lofton's sister, Brittany Lofton, and directed by Brett Bortle. The show delves behind the scenes with crews and drivers alike spanning racetracks across the country, telling the story of true grassroots racers. Just 10 episodes deep, the show has already covered everything from dirt modifieds, late models, karts, and open wheeled machines, to off road racing events south of the border in Mexico. Check out WeekendWarriorsTV.com for more information and to catch past episodes.

* Off week leads to a study lesson... With a break in his racing schedule last weekend, Lofton headed to Arizona and the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving for two days to keep his skills sharp despite the downtime. "It was fun to be back at Bondurant and knock the dust off. It was nice to get back on track and build some confidence heading into the Nationwide Series race," he said. Lofton made the stop with fellow road racing alum Matt Loiodice.

* Consistency is the key... After the first four races of Camping World Truck Series competition, 24-year-old Lofton is still in search of his first top-10 finish. The final result however, shouldn't cloud the team's performance. The reputation of the superspeedway in Daytona and the short track in Martinsville proved true, as racing circumstance hindered the champion's charge. In back-to-back events, Lofton was on track for solid top-10 efforts, running sixth and eighth respectively before contact from lapped trucks ended the team's contention. So far, he has a best qualifying effort of 10th, the last time out on the intermediate track at Nashville, with a best finish of 18th. Though he has never raced at Texas, things are looking good for the California racer to do well as he goes to school on learning the track. He conquered numerous intermediate tracks last season in ARCA, claiming a pole and a runner-up finish at Kentucky, and the race win at Chicagoland.

* Listen to Lofton... The California native will hit the airwaves this Friday following the final practice session in Texas, as a guest on Sirius Satellite Radio's Tradin' Paint show. Lofton is scheduled to go on-air at 1:30 PM EST. Following his chat, he'll climb behind the wheel of his No. 71 Camry for qualifying.

Justin Lofton on racing at Texas Motor Speedway "I am really excited to be making our first Nationwide Series start of the year at Texas. We will be running there in June with the Truck Series, so I am hoping that a little more seat time will help us when we return. I really enjoyed racing in the Nationwide Series last August and I am really excited to be back. I am looking forward to making more starts through the year."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Texas Motor Speedway "We will have a bit of a learning curve, switching series and running at a new racetrack. But he will get with one of the more experienced guys once we get there, to take him around the track and show him what Texas is all about. There will be a lot of cars out there that he will be able to watch. The ARCA race will also give him a chance to watch different lines around the track."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis JLR019 this weekend at Texas. The car was initially built by CJM Racing and was obtained during the off season. It will hit the track for the first time on Thursday in the first practice session.

-source: lofton racing/rhr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Justin Lofton
Teams Red Horse Racing