Mansfield: Justin Lofton preview

LOFTON PLANNING FULL ASSAULT AT MANSFIELD Mechanical issues forced Justin Lofton and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 6 team to have a rare off week at Michigan International Speedway last Friday. The result was a 30th place finish in addition to...

LOFTON PLANNING FULL ASSAULT AT MANSFIELD

Mechanical issues forced Justin Lofton and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 6 team to have a rare off week at Michigan International Speedway last Friday. The result was a 30th place finish in addition to Lofton losing the points lead.

But that's old news.

Lofton is now looking ahead to this Saturday's Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

"I've been excited about Mansfield ever since I climbed out of the car at Michigan," Lofton said.

"I love short track racing. And it'll be fun to get up there and race Parker (Kligerman) again. We had a good battle going last week. I felt like we had the faster car until we had that problem. He's got the points lead. I want it back. The gloves are off now. We're going to give it all we've got."

After the mechanical gremlins took control of Lofton's No. 6 Toyota Camry last week, Kligerman went on to win the race and inherited the point lead. Lofton now trails by just 45 markers.

Added Lofton, "I feel like we're racing him every week now at the front -- like the start of a friendly rivalry. We're making each other better every week."

Lofton and his Mark Rette-led crew head to Mansfield with a trusty hotrod and high expectations. Lofton has amassed runner-up finishes in the two previous short track races this season at Salem and Toledo. He also nabbed the pole award in Salem.

With a win on the superspeedway in Talladega, Lofton proved he has the ability to not just lead laps, but win races. He enters Mansfield as the Aaron's Lap Leader with 375 laps led spanning just the first seven races (including 39 last week in Michigan).

"It's good to be out front but it's even better to finish it off in victory lane," Lofton said. "We're going to Mansfield with nothing else in mind."

Lofton will first hit the track at Mansfieldat 2:30 PM EST on Saturday for the first practice, followed by qualifying at 5 PM, an autograph session at 6 PM and 200 laps, 100 miles of racing at 8:30.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , Tim Richmond