Salem: Justin Lofton preview

Lofton Ready for Short Track Excitement and ARCA Debut at Salem Speedway SALEM, Ind. (April 10, 2008) -- Although Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton is arriving fashionably late to the party, you had better bet that he plans on making a grand...

Lofton Ready for Short Track Excitement and ARCA Debut at Salem Speedway

SALEM, Ind. (April 10, 2008) -- Although Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton is arriving fashionably late to the party, you had better bet that he plans on making a grand entrance in the No. 93 Lofton Cattle Dodge. This weekend's race at the Salem Speedway marks the Westmorland, California-native's ARCA RE/MAX Series debut.

[IMAGE]"I'm excited to be driving this year at Eddie Sharp Racing," said Lofton. "I'm really looking forward to getting back on track this weekend. I've been getting pretty antsy here. There's nothing worse than having to sit and wait for the season to get started."

The Lofton Cattle team has been working day and night to get ready for the full season with Lofton. Recently testing at Rockingham and Iowa, the team has also endured soggy sessions at Salem and Kansas speedways. Despite what has seemed like constant precipitation while on the road, the team has turned some very impressive laps.

"The team has really come together over the last month," commented Lofton. "After our test in Iowa and a lot of bonding time during the rainouts, we have gelled well; really clicked. The chemistry is definitely an affirmation to the decision to sign for the entire year and I can't wait to see what we can do together."

A veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Series West, Lofton is no stranger to short track racing. Lofton understands well the philosophy that a team must first finish to finish first.

"With my West experience I know that patience will be the top priority this weekend," stated Lofton. "We're planning to be smart and stay out of trouble until about 20 to go. Then we'll pick up the pace and drive to the front, although hopefully we'll already be there," Lofton added with a grin.

For the next three races, Lofton will be behind the wheel of the No. 93 Lofton Cattle entry. Due to ARCA RE/MAX Series rules, an owner cannot purchase a car number and immediately transfer points to a previously owned car number. As a result, Lofton will wheel the No. 93 at the Salem, Iowa, and Kansas speedways. Following the Kansas race, the points from the No. 93 will transfer to the No. 20 entry. The No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge will take to the track for the Carolina 500k at Rockingham Speedway.

-credit: esr

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