Daytona: Justin Lofton preview

* Meet the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Team Driver: Justin Lofton Crew Chief: Mark Rette Truck Chief: Dan Bormann Engine Tuner: Steve Morgan Mechanics: Tyler Jones, Andy Shahann, Jared Hewitt Tire specialist: Jared Hewitt Transport Driver: Jamie Price...

* Meet the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Team Driver: Justin Lofton Crew Chief: Mark Rette Truck Chief: Dan Bormann Engine Tuner: Steve Morgan Mechanics: Tyler Jones, Andy Shahann, Jared Hewitt Tire specialist: Jared Hewitt Transport Driver: Jamie Price Spotter: Timmy McKichan Welcome to the Truck Series... 23-year-old Justin Lofton will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut on Friday, February 12th when he takes the green flag in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Lofton, the 2009 ARCA Racing Series champion, has an impressive resume to his credit. In 2009 Lofton earned the ARCA title courtesy of six race wins, 15 top-5 and 19 top-10 finishes spanning the season's 21 race schedule. Before climbing behind the wheel of a stock car, the California native honed his racing skills racing mountain bikes and off-road vehicles.

* Get to know the newcomer... Lofton, though new to NCWTS competition, made his NASCAR debut in the midst of his ARCA championship campaign in 2009. He made his debut in the Nationwide Series at Michigan in August, where he started 19th and finished 16th. Lofton spent two seasons in ARCA before making the transition to NASCAR. When he's not racing, Lofton doesn't stray far from the racetrack. With a passion for video production, he promotes grassroots racing via his production company, Weekend Warriors TV, which tells the stories of fellow racers across the country in a bi-weekly web show.

* Same faces, new places... Lofton joins Red Horse Racing with most of his championship-winning ARCA crew intact. Crew chief Mark Rette, along with truck chief Dan Bormann, crew members Jared Hewitt, and Tyler Jones, all made the move to Red Horse Racing with Lofton.

Lofton at Daytona... The NCWTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Lofton has a stellar record on superspeedways. Last season he earned the pole for ARCA's season-opener at Daytona, before finishing a solid third. To follow up the run, in April at Talladega Superspeedway, a comparable 2.66-mile high-speed track, he won his first of six races.

On board for the ride... VisitPit.com will grace the hood of Lofton's No. 7 Toyota Tundra this week at Daytona. Based in Race City U.S.A., Mooresville, N.C., PIT, Performance Instruction and Training, is an award winning facility for motorsports related training, team building, and special events.

Justin Lofton on racing at Daytona International Speedway "I am so excited for this week to be here. The entire team is ready to get back to racing. They have been working so hard over the long off season to get all of the trucks ready for this season. I really feel we have a very competitive team and will run up front really early on in the season. We have a lot of momentum behind us and it will carry on into the 2010 season."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Daytona International Speedway "I'm ready to go back racing. It's going to be a learning curve, for sure, to find what Justin needs in a truck compared to a Nationwide Series car and an ARCA car. The air around the truck is much different than an ARCA car. You're going to be in a tight pack, and the air is more of a factor. We're going with a pretty conventional setup to let him get some laps and see what we have."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis RHR108 on Friday night at Daytona. The last time it hit the track was last October with T.J. Bell behind the wheel at Talladega Superspeedway.

-source: justinloftoninc.om

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers T.J. Bell , Justin Lofton
Teams Red Horse Racing