Iowa: Justin Lofton preview

Lofton seeking redemption in Iowa The ARCA RE/MAX Series had two weeks off but Justin Lofton just couldn't stay away from a racetrack. Though he took some time out to mountain bike and play a few hands of poker, Lofton...

Lofton seeking redemption in Iowa

The ARCA RE/MAX Series had two weeks off but Justin Lofton just couldn't stay away from a racetrack. Though he took some time out to mountain bike and play a few hands of poker, Lofton and his Eddie Sharp Racing teammates headed west and spent a portion of their down time at an open test at Iowa Speedway in preparation for Saturday night's Prairie Meadows 200.

This weekend's race at Iowa is one Lofton has had penciled in on the schedule for some time now. Last year in his debut on the 7/8-mile tri-oval, Lofton got caught up in an accident, finishing 36th.

With a test under his belt and momentum strong for Lofton and the No. 6 Toyota team, all signs point to a solid run for Lofton, who sits second in the series standings with one win and four runner-up showings to date.

On June 27th however, Lofton shifted his focus away from points and racing, when he participated in the WAM Poker Run, an event benefiting ESR crew member Matt Daniels. Daniels was recently diagnosed with Guillan-Barre Syndrome, a perplexing disorder that causes the immune system to attack the central nervous system.

"The WAM Poker run was a great event. I have to thank Pat Rogers Harley Davidson for helping with the event. Myself and the whole ESR team would like to thank everyone that came out to support the event and help raise money for Matt Daniels and his family," Lofton said of the cause.

After the Poker Run, it was back to work as usual for Lofton. Earlier this week he was back at the track, testing the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, the next stop for the ARCA tour.

Though Lofton's No. 6 team didn't make the trip for the test, Lofton did, hopping in his teammate Tim George Jr.'s car for a few laps around the track. If nothing else, the test gave him some mental notes for his return trip to Kentucky and, something extra for Iowa.

"I was able to learn a lot at the Kentucky test, on and off the track. I was able to make laps in my teammates car, and was able to help adjust it on and off the track. It was interesting being on the outside watching and helping someone else and not being there with your own car and crew," he said.

With a new perspective, Lofton will hit the track in Iowa on Friday for practice followed by qualifying and 175 miles of racing on Saturday in the Prairie Meadows 200. Action can be heard live on ARCARacing.com.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , Tim George Jr.