Chicagoland: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

Lofton, Butler and Speed are Sweet Home Chicago-Bound DENVER, N.C. (September 4, 2008) -- The ESR trio of Justin Lofton, Scott Speed, and Ken Butler, III have shaken the dirt out of their fire suits and are ready to hit the pavement this weekend...

Lofton, Butler and Speed are Sweet Home Chicago-Bound

DENVER, N.C. (September 4, 2008) -- The ESR trio of Justin Lofton, Scott Speed, and Ken Butler, III have shaken the dirt out of their fire suits and are ready to hit the pavement this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This season the teammates have a combined total of five wins, six pole positions, 13 top-5 and 24 top-10 finishes in 16 races. Having survived their first experiences on a dirt track, Lofton, Speed and KBIII are full of focus and fire, and ready to return to speedway success in Saturday's Chicagoland ARCA 200.

Speed's point lead narrowed in the Illinois dirt over the last two races. Speed and his No. 2 Red Bull team are looking to repeat history this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. In 2007 Michael McDowell dominated the 1.5-mile paved oval, taking both the pole position and the win. In addition to the Championship point standings, Speed also leads the pack for SunTrust Rookie of the Year and Superspeedway Challenge honors. Crew Chief Patrick Donahue is leading the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year standings.

Lofton enters the weekend 13th in points after only 15 starts. With one win and a pole position this season, Lofton is ready to return to pavement and add to those statistics. Eddie Sharp Racing was a force to be reckoned with at Chicagoland in 2007 and Lofton is looking to duplicate that success with his No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge.

KBIII joins his teammates in making his first career start at Chicagoland. KBIII and teammate Speed are the only members of the ARCA RE/MAX Series with multiple pole positions. With his P-1 start at Nashville and two consecutive top-10 speedway finishes fresh in his back pocket, KBIII is armed with focus and momentum. Look for the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota to be a contender this weekend for the pole and the podium.

All three speedway sensations are ready to rip on Saturday! Here are some quotes from each of the ESR drivers:

Scott Speed (No. 2 Red Bull Toyota):

"I'm very happy where we are right now in the points and with our team. We're running smart and that's exactly what we need to do. We have five races ahead of us and every member of this team is focused on the big picture, and that is wrapping up this championship. We had a good test at Chicago a couple of weeks ago and I think this weekend will go very well for us."

Justin Lofton (No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge):

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend at Chicago and returning to much more familiar territory. We had a good test here a few weeks ago and I have the utmost confidence in my team. Week in and week out we unload pretty close to what we need for the race. I feel very good going into this weekend and am looking to continue the string of ESR success at Chicagoland."

Ken Butler, III (No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota):

"The dirt was a good experience but I am very happy to be returning to pavement this weekend. My guys have been working really hard on the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota and I feel very confident going into this weekend that we will run well and be very competitive."

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Justin Lofton , Ken Butler