Berlin: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

A look back Last weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway was a shining example of Eddie Sharp Racing's strength within the ARCA RE/MAX Series, as three of ESR's four teams finished in the top 10. Justin Lofton waved the banner for ESR, finishing a...

A look back

Last weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway was a shining example of Eddie Sharp Racing's strength within the ARCA RE/MAX Series, as three of ESR's four teams finished in the top 10. Justin Lofton waved the banner for ESR, finishing a strong third in his familiar No. 6 Toyota. Craig Goess, Jr. drove to his career best finish, following Lofton across the finish line in fourth in the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota and Steve Arpin, behind the wheel of the No. 20, finished sixth.

Arpin says goodbye

Steve Arpin, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, scored his fourth straight top 10 finish last weekend at Kentucky but this week's run in Berlin marks his final race for ESR. Despite the 20 team's consistent finishes as of late, Berlin was set as Arpin's final run at the beginning of the season, leaving the seat in the No. 20 open for the next promising racer.

"Our driver development program really speaks for itself," car owner Eddie Sharp said. "We're looking for a serious racer who can bring funding to the No. 20 and join a very strong team. "

Welcome back

The red, white and blue colors of Valvoline Instant Oil Change will again grace the hood of the No. 6 Toyota of Justin Lofton this weekend. Valvoline Instant Oil Change first teamed up with Lofton and ESR at Michigan in June. In addition to Berlin, Lofton and Valvoline Instant Oil Change will reunite yet again in September for the Toledo event.

Short track stats

This weekend's run at Berlin brings the return of close quarters short track racing. The last time ESR visited a track under a mile in length, the team brought home two top-10 runs. Lofton, who sits second in series points, revels in short track glory, earning pole awards at Salem and Mansfield, in addition to runner-up showings at Salem and Toledo. Last season at Berlin, Lofton finished fourth. Saturday night's run at Berlin will be the first visit for his teammates Arpin, Goess and Tim George Jr., all in their rookie year of competition.

What they're saying

Tim George Jr., driver of the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota "I'm always looking for ways to expand my vocabulary of driving. Berlin will be like no track I've been on before. From my simulator, it seems that you can actually drive off the track and into the woods. I will believe it when I see it. From what I hear during the race, there is no full throttle or going straight. My endurance is up to par, and I look forward to a good Saturday night at the short track in Michigan."

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , Tim George Jr. , Steve Arpin , Craig Goess