Salem: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

ESR Heads to Salem for Short Track Showdown Denver, N.C. (April 1, 2009)- The whole Eddie Sharp Racing gang, including, Tim George, Jr., Justin Lofton, Steve Arpin, and Craig Goess, Jr. will head to the Salem Speedway this Sunday, April 5th,...

ESR Heads to Salem for Short Track Showdown

Denver, N.C. (April 1, 2009)- The whole Eddie Sharp Racing gang, including, Tim George, Jr., Justin Lofton, Steve Arpin, and Craig Goess, Jr. will head to the Salem Speedway this Sunday, April 5th, for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care. The talented foursome will hit the track for the reconvening of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, which has been on hiatus for a six week span.

Rookie, Tim George, Jr. heads in to Sunday's race 8th in points after finishing 8th at February's Daytona faceoff. This Sunday marks George's first run at the Salem Speedway in his career. A task he is looking forward to taking on. "I am very excited to race at Salem this weekend. My girlfriend and former Miss Indiana will sing the National Anthem, which is a wonderful way for her to support me in my first short track race of the season. We went and tested at Salem and it was a very difficult track. The only time I have raced on a short track is in a late model, and it will be a lot more difficult to apply so much more power to the ground. I am looking forward to the challenge."

Returning ESR driver of the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota Camry, Justin Lofton, is the sole returning ESR driver to take on the Salem Speedway this weekend. Lofton's best finish was 12th last season at Salem after suffering a wreck midway through the race. This season Justin wants revenge with the track that was plagued with bad luck last year. "I'm really excited to head back to Salem this week. Salem was my first race last year and I'm looking forward to taking to the track there once again. I'm stoked about being in the top-5 entering into next week's race and I would like to leave Salem with a win and the points lead. Despite the fact that we didn't test in Salem with the rest of the ESR teams, I'm really confident in the No. 6 Lofton Toyota team's short-track abilities."

Steve Arpin, driver of the No. 20 Jeff Taylor Motorsports Toyota Camry will make his first appearance and run at the Salem Speedway this weekend. Arpin tested in Salem last month and was happy with his run, "I am looking forward to the short tracks most this season, so the Salem Speedway was an awesome place to start. Short-track racing is where I began my career and I am excited about applying my dirt-track racing knowledge to that of short-tracks. The whole team has been working really hard to prepare a good car for me and I am so excited to work with three of my teammates this week."

After topping ESR's crew as the fastest at the Rockingham test, driver of the No. 81 Greenville Toyota Camry Craig Goess, Jr. will hit the asphalt at Salem Speedway for the first time in his career Sunday. Goess is anxious to race again, 'I am just ready to get back in the car and with my crew. It doesn't matter where we are going, if we have a shot at a win, I am happy."

Eddie Sharp racing is excited about fielding four cars at Salem this year. The Salem Speedway has a rich history dating back to 1947. It's been said about the demanding .555 mile oval, located in Southern Indiana, that "if a man goes fast at Salem, he can go fast anywhere."

-credit: www.teamesr.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , Steve Arpin , Craig Goess