Lofton Nabs Ninth In Nashville Justin Lofton endured 200 challenging miles on the concrete at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday night in the Camping World Truck Series event, claiming his second top-10 run in as many weeks. The 24-year-old ...
Lofton Nabs Ninth In Nashville
Justin Lofton endured 200 challenging miles on the concrete at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday night in the Camping World Truck Series event, claiming his second top-10 run in as many weeks. The 24-year-old started the Nashville 200 from the ninth position, battled within the top-10 for the majority of the event, and ended the night with a ninth place finish. The result gave Lofton his third top-10 of the season.
"It feels good to give the guys another top-10 run. Mark Rette and all of my guys on the 7 team have been working overtime lately to make sure we have a fast truck. We've been running great from practice, to qualifying, through the race nearly every week the last month," Lofton boasted. Throughout the 150-lap race, Lofton noted that his truck was battling an aero condition. As early as lap 12, the California native keyed over the radio that he felt the condition, but his solid ninth place starting position made the run easier, since he was already near the front of the field.
Only four caution flags waved during the race, allowing for extended green flags runs. Under caution, the team made two separate pitstops with the pit crew doing their job, maintaining - and even gaining - spots for Lofton on pitroad.
The team's final stop of the day fell 50 laps from the finish under a yellow flag. The crew swapped out tires, added fuel, and sent him back on track two positions higher than where he had entered. The restart waved on lap 111, with Lofton scored in the ninth position.
The race remained green through the finish, with Lofton digging in as he battled the track and traffic. With 10 laps to go, he moved into the eighth position, and in the closing laps, moved into seventh. Tight racing ensued in the closing laps, with Lofton crossing the finish line securely within the top-10, in ninth place.
"It was tough to pass out there. I tried different lines and moving the truck around to break up the air, but not much helped. I just didn't have much off of the corners. All of the guys on the No. 7 visitipit.com Toyota did a fantastic job. They had good stops all night and helped keep me in the mix," Lofton explained.
"We were running the highest we were all night there at the end, I got pinched down racing in traffic and ended up ninth. But I'm happy to get another top-10. The guys deserved it. It's nice to get a rhythm going." Lofton maintained the 12th position in the driver point standings. He will hit the track next on Saturday, August 14th at Darlington Raceway.