Nashville: Justin Loftin preview

* Last race review... Justin Lofton had an impressive run going last Saturday at Martinsville Speedway before trouble yet again found the 24-year-old. After starting 16th, he moved into the top 10 in just 15 laps. Unfortunately, a lapped...

* Last race review... Justin Lofton had an impressive run going last Saturday at Martinsville Speedway before trouble yet again found the 24-year-old. After starting 16th, he moved into the top 10 in just 15 laps. Unfortunately, a lapped competitor lost his brakes, running into Lofton and sending his Toyota spinning. Contact with the retaining wall forced Lofton behind the wall while his crew repaired the damage. The team persevered to finish the event in 31st. After the first three events, Lofton shows 19th in the point standings.

* One and done...This week's race at Nashville Superspeedway is the first one-day show for the Camping World Truck Series with practice, qualifying, and the 200-mile race all set for one day, Friday. The race is the second night race for the series this season. Despite the day's activities being crammed into one day and practice being run much earlier, during the heat of the day, crew chief Rette says it won't affect the team's approach for the 200-mile event. "Concrete doesn't change as much as asphalt does," he said.

* Concrete conqueror... Lofton has experience on the 1.33-mile concrete Nashville Superspeedway surface, having raced there in 2008 in ARCA. He started the race in sixth and finished a strong fifth.

Doing what he's supposed to... Lofton heads to Nashville eyeing his first top 10 run of the season. Though he has yet to notch the statistical finish, he's been running within the top 10 in two of the first three events. In Daytona, he got caught up in a lap one accident, hindering the effort from the start. In Atlanta, he started 22nd and muscled his way into sixth before contact from a lapped truck ended the run. In Martinsville, it was much of the same, as he wheeled his way from 16th into the top 10, before contact from a lapped machine halted his climb. "He's doing exactly what he needs to be doing. It's just the luck of misfortune," shot-caller Rette said of Lofton. "It's frustrating when we run so well and it gets taken away by someone else," Lofton commented. "I'm excited about Nashville though. It's a fun track. The goal is qualify up front and finish there."

Restless rookie... Raybestos Rookie of The Year contender Lofton isn't one to sit still. Free time isn't something he has much of these days thanks to his busy racing schedule - and he wouldn't want it any other way. Fans looking to take advantage of his availability can meet the California native this Thursday at the Nashville area Camping World located at 2622 Music Valley Dr. Nashville, TN 37214. Or, if heading to the racetrack on Friday, stop by and meet Lofton in between on-track activity from 1 to 2 PM in the fan expo area near the gate 3 entrance.

Justin Lofton on racing at Nashville Superspeedway "I can't wait to get to Nashville. It will be the first track other than Daytona that I have seen before and run well at. I know we will have a good truck. The guys do an excellent job every day working in the shop and at the track. We need some luck to come our way, be patient, and we will bring our Tundra home with a solid top five finish."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Nashville Superspeedway "We're looking forward to going to Nashville and getting the monkey off of our back. It is the first track Justin has seen other than Daytona, which was a crapshoot. We took 141 to Atlanta and we were running well. We're going to do what we have been doing, hopefully avoid some of the misfortune, and come home with a top five."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis RHR141this Friday. It is the same truck he ran earlier this season at Atlanta, finishing 20th.

-source: lofton racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Justin Lofton