Speed, Lofton, and Butler are Making a Run for the Canadian Border for the ARCA RE/MAX 250 DENVER, N.C. (June 26, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing travels north of the border this weekend to Nelles Corner, Ontario, Canada for inaugural ARCA RE/MAX...
Speed, Lofton, and Butler are Making a Run for the Canadian Border for the ARCA RE/MAX 250
DENVER, N.C. (June 26, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing travels north of the border this weekend to Nelles Corner, Ontario, Canada for inaugural ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Cayuga Motor Speedway. This weekend marks the tenth event on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. ESR enters the weekend with a combined total of two wins, seven Top 5, and 12 Top 10 finishes.
"We are turning the corner at the half-way point for the 2008 season," stated team owner Eddie Sharp. "We have had a decent first half, but of course, as competitors we look to improve upon that. We have made some recent changes that I think are very positive for our teams and the entire organization as a whole. There is an energy in the shops that is very positive and exciting. And I think the second half of this season is going to be very, very good for Eddie Sharp Racing."
Upon returning from their win at Michigan International Speedway, the No. 20 Lofton Cattle team moved into the main Eddie Sharp Racing facility located at 3570 Denver Driver. It's a tight squeeze, but the move gives all three ESR ARCA RE/MAX teams the opportunity to work together and create more unity.
Another change following MIS was to move Crew Chief Wayne Carroll and his team from the No. 22 of Ken Butler, III to the No. 20 of Justin Lofton and the No. 20 crew to the No. 22 team.
Jonathan Davis joins the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog team as Crew Chief. Davis has been involved in racing nearly his entire life. Racing quarter midgets as a child, Davis worked in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 1997, and was most recently the Car Chief for the Test and Development program and Chip Ganassi Racing.
"I'm really excited to be here and be a part of Eddie Sharp Racing," said Davis. "This is an exciting program to be a part of. Racing is the hobby that I am lucky enough to get paid for!"
Following the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway the ARCA RE/MAX Series enjoyed off weekend. ESR drivers each took the opportunity to relax and unwind. Ken Butler, III traveled back to his hometown of Lilburn, GA to spend time with family. Justin Lofton spent the weekend hanging out with friends and playing on Lake Norman. Scott Speed, who has had zero free time with his NASCAR Craftsman Truck commitments in addition to his ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, spent the weekend at home, resting and relaxing.
Speed, Lofton, and Butler are ready to get back in their respective seats and beat and bang fenders at the 0.625-mile paved oval in Nelles Corner, Ontario.
Scott Speed (No. 2 Red Bull Toyota):
"We had a strong race at Toledo and should have finished better than the sixth position that we did. To be honest, we should have won it. We had a few things go wrong, but we were still pretty competitive. The team has made improvements on the short-track car and I think we will be very, very fast this weekend."
Justin Lofton (No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge):
"I'm excited to get back to a short track. They always make for good, fun racing. The team has a lot of momentum coming off the win at Michigan. We're just going to go and take what the track gives us. If it gives us a Top 5, we'll take it. Hopefully it will give us a win!"
Ken Butler, III (No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota):
"I'm looking forward to getting back to a short track. We had a really strong qualifying effort and race at Toledo until the late-race contact cost us. I tested this week at Hickory with my new Crew Chief, Jonathan Davis. I'm really looking forward to working with him. He has great experience and I think the team changes will work out very well."