Lofton Prevails for First Victory

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By Tyson Lautenschlager

Justin Lofton, driver of the # Complete/SPEED Energy Chevrolet entered victory lane for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career. Lofton had troubles on restarts but was able to prevail on the final restart against veterans such  as Brad Keselowski, Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday. The race saw a total of  eight cautions. The first caution of the night happened when Brennan Newberry got loose and hit Jennifer Jo Cobb causing Newberry to go for a spin. Not his only spin of the night either.

 Ty Dillon led on the restart. The second caution of the night came out not much longer. Ross Chastain had a mechanical failure causing him to drop out of the race and evidently by the end of the night, he dropped out of the top 25 in owner points to Bryan Silas. Once again, Ty Dillon led on the restart but that didn’t last. About 10 laps later, we saw our next caution.John King, the rookie winner from Daytona wrecked out of the event after getting loose.

Before the restart, everyone on the lead lap pitted under caution except for Ryan Sieg. Sieg got a good jump on the restart that allowed him to keep the lead until they went in to turn 3 when James Buescher blasted around him to take the lead. In just a short 10 laps, Sprint Cup driver, Brad Keselowski took the lead and led about 25 laps until the first round of green flag pit stops. When he pitted, Ron Hornaday took the lead and led one lap until he had to pit. In the middle of pit stops, Brennan Newberry took a spin yet again causing the next caution.

 Timothy Peters was leading when the caution came out and after pit stops. Peters led until lap 85 when we saw the next caution. Paulie Harraka went for a spin and went down onto the apron and slid back up the track just barely catching James Buescher. Buescher suffered damage but didn’t fall out of the race, Harraka did.

Peters led on the restart but not for long. Eventual winner, Justin Lofton quickly took the lead on the restart.He was able to lead for quite a bit but then Brad Keselowski was really catching him. At one point, he cut off about half a second of the lead in just one lap. It was only a matter of time until Keselowski would relinquish the lead from Lofton. He did but soon after the next caution came out. This one was for Nelson Piquet, Jr. He smacked the wall which brought out the next caution.

The next restart didn’t go well for leader Brad Keselowski. Ron Hornaday gave him a shove in which he got into the second place truck of Justin Lofton giving Lofton back the lead. Even though we had one more caution for debris, Lofton kept the lead on the restart and went on to his first win in the series. It was also his first win for team owner Eddie Sharp who was very emotional in victory lane. Emotions ran high after the race with Brad Keselowski as well. He was visibly unhappy with Ron Hornaday Jr. after the race and the two shared choice words. The race win earned Justin Lofton the points lead. James Buescher’s wreck caused him to lose the points lead.Timothy Peters is now second in points, just one point behind Lofton. He is followed by Dillon, Buescher and Kligerman rounding out the top 5 in points.

Results Via

1 2 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet CollegeComple
48/5 134 Running
2 9 119 Brad Keselowski Ram Cooper Standard 0 134 Running
3 17 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Toyota Care 41/0 134 Running
4 5 18 Jason Leffler Toyota Dollar General 40/0 134 Running
5 15 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Joe Denette Motorsports 40/1 134 Running
6 7 23 Jason White Ford JW Demolition
38/0 134 Running
7 3 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 37/0 134 Running
8 21 27 Jeb Burton * Chevrolet State Water Heaters 36/0 134 Running
9 4 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Tire Kingdom 36/1 134 Running
10 1 3 Ty Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Allstate 35/1 134 Running
11 14 29 Parker Kligerman Ram Draw-Tite / MOPAR 33/0 134 Running
12 11 2 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 0 134 Running
13 24 98 Dakoda Armstrong * Toyota 31/0 134 Running
14 12 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Duroline Brakes and Components 30/0 134 Running
15 6 88 Matt Crafton Toyota Menards / Fisher Nuts 29/0 134 Running
16 22 09 John Wes Townley * Toyota Toyota “Save in May” Sales Event 28/0 134 Running
17 34 81 David Starr Toyota Build Your Future / Zachry 27/0 134 Running
18 31 92 David Reutimann Chevrolet / BTS Tire & Wheel / QMI / Fatbacks Tire 0 134 Running
19 8 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet Rheem 25/0 134 Running
20 26 99 Bryan Silas * Ford Rockingham Speedway 24/0 134 Running
21 35 275 Caleb Holman * Chevrolet Food Country USA / Morning Fresh Farms / Lopez Wealth Management 23/0 134 Running
22 10 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Exide Batteries 23/1 134 Running
23 28 101 Jake Crum Chevrolet Bandit Chippers 21/0 132 Running
24 23 24 Max Gresham * Chevrolet / Made in USA Brand 20/0 131 Running
25 13 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota Hot Honeys / Curb Records 19/0 127 Running
26 25 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ram 18/0 126 Running
27 29 214 Brennan Newberry Chevrolet The Jeremy Staat Foundation 17/0 125 Running
28 27 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet Pull A Part Used Auto Parts 17/1 101 Engine
29 16 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet Alpinestars 15/0 98 Accident
30 20 5 Paulie Harraka * Ford Child Help 1-800-4-A-CHI-
14/0 84 Accident
31 30 60 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Turn One Racing 13/0 61 Overheating
32 32 84 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet Glenden Enterprises 12/0 40 Engine
33 19 7 John King * Toyota CONSOL Energy 11/0 24 Accident
34 36 138 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet RSS Racing 10/0 19 Overheating
35 18 08 Ross Chastain * Toyota Florida Watermelon Association 9/0 12 Engine
36 33 168 Clay Greenfield Ram @ClayGreenfield 8/0 6 DNF

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