Michigan: Justin Lofton preview

Feelin' good ... NCWTS rookie Justin Lofton will hit the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway with renewed confidence. Despite getting caught up in an accident in Texas, Lofton muscled his way from a 16th starting spot to a solid...

Feelin' good ... NCWTS rookie Justin Lofton will hit the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway with renewed confidence. Despite getting caught up in an accident in Texas, Lofton muscled his way from a 16th starting spot to a solid sixth place run before the misfortune took over. Lofton said that his Mark Rette led crew has worked feverishly to find the right feel for him as he makes the transition from cars to trucks. Texas, he says, was the best he's felt in a truck and his expectations are high now that he knows what he needs behind the wheel. Lofton enters the weekend with a season's best finish of third under his belt and a 12th place position in the point standings.

Past meets the present... 24-year-old Lofton has a solid history on the two-mile oval that is Michigan International Speedway. The California native scored his first career stock car win in 2008 at MIS behind the wheel of an Eddie Sharp Racing entry in the ARCA Racing Series. Last season, Lofton started from the pole and led 39 laps before mechanical woes bit the tenacious racer. Not only does the track hold memories as Lofton's first stock car win, but it is also the site of his NASCAR debut. In August last season, Lofton made his NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series after qualifying for the event on speed. He started the event in 19th and ended the day in 16th.

Inside look... Fans attending activities at Michigan International Speedway on Friday will get an inside look into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage and a chance to meet Lofton, along with other NCWTS competitors. MIS and SPEED are hosting an "open garage" from 3 to 5 PM. Lofton will be participating in the open autograph session, signing autographs behind his No. 7 team hauler from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

Justin Lofton on racing at Michigan International Speedway "Last week was another week of bad luck for all of us on the No. 7 team. We had the best truck that we've had all year so far. I was the most comfortable I have ever been in a truck. I'm really looking forward to Michigan where I've had really strong runs before and I am looking forward to capitalizing on what we have learned over the last couple of weeks."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Michigan International Speedway "I'm very excited about Michigan. Justin won there in 2008 in ARCA and we were leading last year in the ARCA Series race before we had electrical issues. Justin knows his way around Michigan and the track seems to suit his driving style."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis RHR65 in Michigan. It is considered a sister chassis to RHR129, the truck Lofton raced in Charlotte and Texas. Michigan marks the first run for RHR65 this season after being rebuilt following T.J. Bell's Michigan run last season.

-source: justinloftoninc.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers T.J. Bell , Justin Lofton