Lofton, ESR Team Placing Bets On Continued Gains In Las Vegas

Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team started the last race at Kentucky Speedway from the fifth position, Lofton's highest qualifying effort to date this season.

He raced consistently within the top-10 all race long, and ran as high as second before ducking down pit road for a pit stop in the closing laps. While Lofton flexed his muscle on track, crew chief Dan Bormann showcased his savvy skills atop the pit box by making good calls throughout the event. After all 225 miles of racing Lofton showed in the 11th position. The result boosted him to 14th in the driver point standings and moved team owner Eddie Sharp to 17th in the owner point standings.

Success since the switch: Nearly a month ago Lofton and his ESR team made the move to the Chevrolet camp. In the three races since, Lofton has been consistent, quietly making gains. In addition to securing a season high qualifying effort of fifth, he has notched finishes of 15th, 13th, and 11th. Additionally, he has moved from 17th in the point standings to 14th.

Lofton at Las Vegas: Lofton has one previous start from 2010 on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas race track. He started the event 17th and finished solidly within the top-10 in the eighth position.

Truck information: Lofton will race chassis 060 this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It will be the third time that Lofton has raced this chassis. He last raced it two weeks ago at Kentucky Speedway. He started a season's best fifth and finished 11th.

Lofton on Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "I always love racing out west because a lot of family and friends can come out to the race track. I grew up in California, so this is one of few rare opportunities that I get to visit home and race. We're taking a good truck out there and I'm confident we can bring home a top-10. It's going to be exciting. We have a busy weekend planned, that's for sure."

Double duty in the desert:Following Saturday's Smith's 350 NCWTS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lofton will head three hours south to Parker, Arizona, where on Sunday, he will run the final leg of the Best in the Desert (BITD) Racing Association's BlueWater Desert Challenge. Lofton will be splitting seat time with his father Bob behind the wheel of the No. 1577 Class 1500 Buggy. The BlueWater Desert Challenge is a two-day event run on a 28-mile course. Bob will qualify and race the first day of competition on Saturday with Justin primed to take over on Sunday.

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