Justin Lofton Continues to be Name to Watch
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Justin Lofton (No. 6) scored his first career win at Charlotte, and is currently ranked fourth in points.
By Zachary Lange
As the closing months of the NASCAR season starts to loom, many drivers have started their hot streaks of the summer. Typical household name Jeff Gordon won his first race of the season in dramatic fashion at Pocono last week, while Ryan Newman has scored three consecutive top 10 finishes. However, one name that is being commonly talked about in the Camping World Truck Series was sizzling hot right off the bat.
Driver Justin Lofton, from Westmorland, California hasn’t even thought about being on the rebound, and why need to? With an average finish of 8th place, and all laps completed through the eleven truck races this year, Lofton is a name not to be messed with.
He contributes his
success to Eddie Sharp Racing’s top tier equipment, the really great people
working on the truck week in and week out, and the knowledge in the notebook
that Lofton can relay to the crew chief about the setup.
Lofton, 26, is in
his first full Camping World Truck Series season with Eddie Sharp Racing.
However Justin and team had the advantage of working together in 2009 in
another series, and having him run most of the truck races in 2011 for ESR.
When asked about whether or not he expected this success he replied, “We were
sure hoping for it, we had an early start to the year back in 2011, and we knew
that the 2011 season was all about growing in preparation for this season, and
it was a really big weight off our shoulders when we unloaded at Daytona and we
had good trucks. And we had backed up our good finishes week in week out.”
Despite backing up his third place at Daytona with a fourth at Martinsville and a win at Charlotte, Lofton's says his letter grade for his performance and team would be an A-, “because of a couple slips in the past few races.”
fans and writers alike speculated that when primary sponsor CollegeComplete.com
had left after the Kentucky race, Lofton’s ride might be in potential
danger due to lack of funds. When asked about this, Justin reassured me he was in no danger.
good for the rest of the season [financially]. Losing CollegeComplete.com
didn’t set as back at all and in fact opened up a lot of doors to work with
other companies. And actually helped our options for the 2013 season, and with
the offseason only a few months away we’re started to look towards that.”
And when asked about his future, Lofton cheerfully replied.
“Right now the way
things are looking, and where Eddie Sharp Racing is as an organization, another
full time season in the Truck Series, it’s a great series with so many
competitive trucks it makes it very fun to race, and I’m looking forward to
help build Eddie Sharp Racing into a three full-time truck team.”
Lofton also relayed
information of a new teammate for him at the Atlanta race who will be announced
in due time, along with a part time Nationwide Series ride with ESR.
Justin, who cites
Parker Kligerman and Ty Dillon as his toughest competition on track, certainly
means business in the Camping World Truck Series. Lofton wants to be a name to
be reckoned with, where people in the garage know that he will compete every
week and will contend for wins. And as far as the stats go, other teams need to
be on the lookout, for the No. 6 of Justin Lofton.