Talladega: Justin Lofton race report

Lofton Takes the Checkered at Dega Talladega, Alabama (April 24, 2009) -- Under bright blue skies, Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton drove to his second career ARCA RE/MAX Series win in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Qualifying...

Lofton Takes the Checkered at Dega

Talladega, Alabama (April 24, 2009) -- Under bright blue skies, Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton drove to his second career ARCA RE/MAX Series win in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Qualifying in the fourth position and starting behind teammate Craig Goess, Jr. the Westmorland-native ran up front most of the day, calmly, taking the lead on lap 52 and driving it all the way into victory lane.

"This is definitely an awesome win for me," said Lofton. "I am so excited for this. The guys deserved this win in Daytona! Everyone did a great job and we have the first one under us, so now we can move on to the next race. It feels really good to recover the points we lost last weekend in Rockingham. Now we are solely focused on Kentucky."

Despite being a "tick on the tight side," Lofton qualified the No. 20 Lofton Cattle Toyota Camry in the fourth position with a 51.381 second lap on Thursday afternoon.

After qualifying a strong 4th, the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota Camry team was confident throughout the race. The team made no adjustments as the car rolled onto pit road for just one stop during a caution on lap 46, changing only the right side tires and fueling.

Lofton would restart in the second position on lap 49 and take the lead on lap 52 after a push from the No. 25 into turn 3. From there, Lofton would go on to drive it all the way into victory lane.

"We needed this one at Daytona," said Lofton. "We had an awesome car and an awesome race. I was just kind of picturing what Justin Allgaier did to Joey last year in this race during those last couple of laps and hoping that didn't happen to me. The only way to go big picture racing is to gain maximum points and the way to do that is to win races so that's what we did with the Lofton Cattle Toyota today."

As the checkered waved and Justin Lofton claimed his second career victory, he ecstatically came over the radio, "I had a great car, today. This car was built to lead races and to win races as it did today. I'm just sorry it came four races late."

Teammates Steve Arpin and Tim George, Jr. finished the race in 11th and 13th place, respectively. Craig Goess, Jr., who started the race on the outside pole, completed just 82 of 97 laps, unfortunately suffering from an overheating problem and finished the race in the 30th position.

Next Stop: The whole Eddie Sharp gang will travel to Sparta, Kentucky for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 Saturday night, May 9 at the Kentucky Speedway.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Allgaier , Justin Lofton , Steve Arpin , Craig Goess