Lofton Finishes Eighth at Chicagoland Joliet, Ill. (September 6, 2008) -- Justin Lofton fell victim to a late-race caution occurring immediately following his green-flag pit stop in Saturday's Chicagoland ARCA 200. With the caution trapping...
Lofton Finishes Eighth at Chicagoland
Joliet, Ill. (September 6, 2008) -- Justin Lofton fell victim to a late-race caution occurring immediately following his green-flag pit stop in Saturday's Chicagoland ARCA 200. With the caution trapping the No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge a lap-down to the leaders, Lofton was unable to make up the loss in the final laps and surrendered to an eighth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
"It was just a very frustrating end to what could have been a great race," said Lofton. "We were really fast. I was able to stay in the top-5 for the entire race until the green-flag pit stop. We kept waiting to see if a caution would come out and couldn't wait any longer. That was my first green-flag stop ever and I sailed it in a little too hard according to ARCA. I want to apologize to my guys for that one. I felt just awful getting the penalty. The caution on lap 115 just killed us. I think we really had a car that could have contended for the lead and the win. We just couldn't get back there after that penalty."
Lofton qualified the No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge in the third position. About 2/3 through the race, Lofton reported that the Charger was "way tight in the entry and center." The No. 20 came to pit road on lap 103 for right-side tires and adjustments to free the car's handling. ARCA officials assessed the team a 15-second penalty for speeding while entering pit road. The caution on lap 115 trapped Lofton a lap down to the leaders. During this caution the No. 20 came to pit road one final time for left-side tires. Restarting in the 12th position, Lofton sailed the Lofton Cattle Dodge up to the 8th position in the final laps.
"As always, my team worked really hard today," stated Lofton. "I appreciate all of their hard work and effort. I'm looking forward to these final races. We have fast cars and the opportunity to make it to Victory Lane before the season is over."
Next Stop: Lofton and his No. 20 Lofton Cattle head to Salem, Indiana for the Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts. SIM Factory Pole Qualifying takes place on Saturday, September 13th at 3:00 p.m. Driver introductions follow at 6:45 p.m. and the green flag for the 200-lap event drops at 7:15 p.m. All times listed are EASTERN.