Kentucky II: Justin Lofton race report

Lofton comes home third in Kentucky Justin Lofton kept with the consistency on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway in the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race, contending near the front of the field from flag to flag, ...

Lofton comes home third in Kentucky

Justin Lofton kept with the consistency on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway in the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race, contending near the front of the field from flag to flag, steering his No. 6 Lofton Cattle / CGS Imaging Toyota to a third place run at the finish.

"It builds momentum for the guys. We had a rough June and the start of July. We're going to take this and build on it. We have some really awesome racetracks coming up for us," Lofton said.

Following the 100-lap race, which officially marked the halfway spot on the schedule, Lofton maintained the second position in the standings thanks to his ninth top-10 finish of the year, his third straight. Lofton also leads the series with top-fives with eight.

Lofton finished runner-up during the tour's first stop at Kentucky, making him a clear choice as one of the guys to watch once the cars first hit the 1.5-mile track for practice on Friday. He qualified for the 100-lap race from the fifth position and in a typical display, Lofton held his position up front all race long.

Caution flags unfortunately fell early and often with two yellows waving over the field with less than 10 laps on the board. Seven caution flags dropped throughout the race, forcing the field to a crawl behind the pace car for a devastating 36 laps of the 100-lap race.

The caution flags gave the field the opportunity to gamble on various pit strategies but Lofton's shot-caller Mark Rette stuck to the game plan and took advantage of a late race yellow in order to give his driver new tires for the final run.

Once the race reached the halfway mark, the usual suspects were up front and following another caution flag on lap 63, Lofton dropped his No. 6 Lofton Cattle / CGS Imaging Toyota down pitroad to the attention of his crew. With fresh Hoosier tires underneath him, Lofton took to the track for the final charge to the checkers.

Parker Kligerman and Grant Enfinger battled for the lead as Lofton chased them down in the closing laps. With a car that ran better on the longer runs, Lofton clicked off faster lap times at the finish but track position and the lack of more laps left him third at the rundown.

Kligerman went on to win the race and now leads Lofton by 150 points in the standings.

"I feel good about next weekend's race. The guys are pumped, I love short track racing - we have a great short track program and it's time to get back into victory lane," Lofton said.

Next weekend Lofton will reunite with primary sponsor Valvoline Instant Oil Change at Berlin Raceway for the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac on Saturday, July 25th. In the previous short track races run this season, Lofton has two pole awards and three top fives.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , Parker Kligerman , Grant Enfinger