Chicagoland: Justin Lofton preview

Chicagoland awaits Lofton, No. 6 team Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing team head to Chicagoland Speedway this Friday with expectations of nothing less than a win. Prior to last weekend's run on the dirt in Springfield, Lofton and...

Chicagoland awaits Lofton, No. 6 team

Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing team head to Chicagoland Speedway this Friday with expectations of nothing less than a win.

Prior to last weekend's run on the dirt in Springfield, Lofton and the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota crew had pieced together two consecutive wins in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Late race contact however, spoiled Lofton's drive for three straight after starting from the pole and leading the most laps. He ended the race in sixth.

The determined 23-year-old now heads to Chicago this weekend with plans to return to victory lane, hitting the 1.5-mile Chicagoland facility where he notched an eighth place effort in his debut at the track last season.

"We were so close last week but had some issues there at the end. The guys have been working so hard. We're fast everywhere we go. We led a lot of laps last week but didn't get the finish we wanted. We'll get back at them this week. We ran well at Kentucky so we expect the same this weekend," Lofton said.

"I love these 1.5-mile tracks because there are multiple grooves and you can really pick up speed off of the corners. Mark (Rette, crew chief) and I are looking forward to the first practice to see what we've got. I'm sure we'll be fast right away, the car always is with these guys behind me."

The last time Lofton's No. 6 Toyota toured a track measuring 1.5-miles in length, was last month at Kentucky Speedway. He finished third.

After the first 14 races of the 21-race schedule, Lofton has 12 top-10 finishes and a series leading 10 top-fives. He also has five pole awards and three wins. He currently sits second in the point standings, a mere 35 points out of first.

-credit: esr

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