Talladega: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

Eddie Sharp Racing Trio Talladega Bound DENVER, N.C. (October 1, 2008) -- With only two races remaining in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Scott Speed, Justin Lofton, and Ken Butler, III head to Talladega Superspeedway for 250 miles of ...

Eddie Sharp Racing Trio Talladega Bound

DENVER, N.C. (October 1, 2008) -- With only two races remaining in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Scott Speed, Justin Lofton, and Ken Butler, III head to Talladega Superspeedway for 250 miles of restrictor plate racing.

This weekend Speed returns to the site of his stock car racing debut. In one year, Speed has proven to naysayers that a former F1 driver can indeed make his mark on the oval tracks. Leading the hunt for the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship, Speed has notched out four wins, three SIM Factory Pole Awards, 17 top-10 and ten top-5 finishes in only 19 events. Speed enters the weekend with a 65-point lead over Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for the Championship title and continues to lead the charge for SunTrust Rookie of the Year. In his 2007 appearance at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Speed both started and finished in the seventh position.

Joining the ESR team after the season opener, Lofton makes his superspeedway debut in the No. 20 Lofton Cattle Toyota. Lofton and the Lofton Cattle team tested at the Talladega, Alabama speedway recently. The test was very satisfying, with the Toyota Camry in the top-5 on the speed charts. Lofton has made an impressive move into the ARCA RE/MAX Series this season, boasting a win at Michigan International Speedway and the SIM Factory Pole at Cayuga.

KBIII makes his Talladega debut this weekend in the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota. Butler made his first superspeedway start in February's ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Butler qualified the Toyota Camry in the 5th position; however, following inspection the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog was required to start 34th. Suffering damage in a multi-car pile-up early in the race, KBIII brought the No. 22 home in the 19th spot. KBIII has earned two pole positions this season and is tied for ninth-place in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point standings.

The ESR teams are geared up for the final speedway event of the season and the conclusion of the 2008 Superspeedway Challenge. Speed and the No. 2 Red Bull team currently hold the lead with 1545 points. KBIII and the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog team are in third with 1350 points, and Lofton and the Lofton Cattle crew hold the fifth position with 1280 points.

Scott Speed (No. 2 Red Bull Toyota):

"Talladega should be very exciting this weekend. I made my first stock car start here last year, which is the only time I have been on the track so it should be pretty interesting running both series this weekend [ARCA RE/MAX and Craftsman Truck Series]. I will have plenty of laps, no doubt about it. Hopefully we can have a good finish at these last two races and win the Championship. Things really haven't been going our way lately, so I hope to turn things around this weekend."

Justin Lofton (No. 20 Lofton Cattle Toyota):

"I'm really looking forward to racing at Talladega. We had a great test here a couple of weeks ago. The guys have been working incredibly long hours for our final two races and I really appreciate everything they've done. This should be an exciting race. You never know what can happen at a superspeedway. I'm excited to race on one for the first time. Hopefully we can stay out of trouble, avoid the 'Big One' and leave here with the finish this Lofton Cattle team deserves."

Ken Butler, III (No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Dodge):

"This will be my first race at Talladega Superspeedway. I am really looking forward to driving the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota at a track where Aaron's has been so involved. We had a strong car at Daytona in February. If we can avoid major trouble on the track, I think we'll be good and competitive."

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Scott Speed , Justin Lofton , Ken Butler