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Final Lap Accident at Talladega Superspeedway Relegates Justin Lofton to 20th-Place Finish in fred's 250

Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Lofton Cattle/J6Ink team started the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola from the 16th position and after persevering through multiple on-track incidents, was collected in the final lap's "big one" and scored with a 20th-place result. Following the green flag, Lofton demonstrated that the pink adorned Lofton Cattle/J6Ink machine, painted in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, was balanced and fast as he advanced in the running order. On lap 53, crew chief Bryan Berry called him to pit road under green-flag conditions for two fresh tires and a full tank of Sunoco fuel. A lap-55 accident occurred while the No. 6 team was a lap down to the leader; however, as the recipient of the Lucky Dog award, Lofton was returned to the lead lap. As the 94-lap event neared its completion, the excitement on the 2.66-mile track began to heat up. After narrowly avoiding an incident on lap 66, the Westmorland, Calif., native drove to pit road so the team could check if the truck was damaged. The unscheduled pit stop placed the black, white and pink truck towards the back of the field and as Lofton was working his way to the front again, he received significant left-front damage during the next multi-truck accident on lap 80. The Berry-led crew made fast repairs on pit road and following the next caution on lap 88, the team received the Lucky Dog award again. Returned to the lead lap and in the 20th position, Lofton was ready to battle his way forward during the three-lap shootout to the checkered flag. On the final trip down the frontstretch of the Alabama-based facility, chaos ensued and resulted in many heavily damaged trucks, including the Lofton Cattle/J6Ink Chevrolet. NASCAR's unofficial results list Lofton in the 20th position at the race's conclusion.

 

Justin Lofton Quote:

"That was a pretty crazy situation, and I'm just glad that no one was seriously injured. When you look at the damaged trucks, it's pretty impressive that everyone was able to walk away from that. Thank you also to the No. 6 Lofton Cattle/J6Ink Chevrolet team for all of their hard work. They worked hard all day and never gave up, putting us in position to get a solid finish going into that last lap."

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