During the last stop for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Texas Motor Speedway, Justin Lofton and the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team overcame early troubles to come home with a solid 10th place finish. After starting the event sixth, crew chief Dan Bormann coached Lofton through the night, as some issues in the pits and pit strategy shook up the complexity of the race. The team worked together and Lofton wheeled his way to 10th at the drop of the checkered flag.
Lofton at Homestead-Miami: Last season Lofton started the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway from the sixth position, battled back from a flat tire, and closed out his rookie season of NASCAR competition in the seventh spot.
One and done: This Friday's event at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks the season finale for the NCWTS. Sophomore driver Justin Lofton currently sits in the 14th position in the driver point standings after accumulating three top-10s (with a best finish of seventh) throughout the season. Team owner Eddie Sharp shows 16th in the owner point standings with a team total of four top-10s.
Sponsor support: Lofton trekked to Florida early this week in order to spend some time at sponsor College Complete (CollegeComplete.com)'s headquarters in Deerfield Beach before heading to Homestead for Friday night's race. During his time at College Complete, he met with numerous staff members, watching how they change lives for the better with their education assistance. On Friday, the College Complete headquarters will close early in order for the staff members to shuttle to Homestead to support Lofton and the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet Silverado.
For a good cause: On Friday before heading to Homestead, the staff at College Complete will be visited by a representative from the Community Blood Centers of South Florida in order to take more than 40 cheek swabs for registry in the National Marrow Donor Program. Dan Haim, co-founder of CollegeComplete.com knows all too well the importance of donor testing. His mother Eve was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disorder, Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which can transform into Leukemia, in March of 2010. Eve received a transplant via the National Marrow Donor Program that November. Sadly, Eve passed away in June. Since then, Lofton's No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet Silverado has donned an orange ribbon on the B-post in her honor in recognition of leukemia awareness. For more information on the registration drive at College Complete, please visit http://www.collegecomplete.com/collegecomplete-com-registers-staff-for-national-marrow-donor-program.html.
Lofton on Homestead-Miami: "I'm excited about Homestead because we've had a lot of success on intermediate tracks this year. I'm really looking forward to it because it is a fun track, and a lot of folks from CollegeComplete.com will be joining us. It means a lot to have their support."
Truck information: Lofton will race chassis 004 this weekend in Miami. It will be the first time Lofton has raced the truck since the team acquired it from Kevin Harvick Inc.
Plans for the Second Annual Justin Lofton Charity Golf Tournament are beginning to take shape, with dates being set for January 6th and 7th, 2012. The tournament, as it was last year, will take place in Lofton's native California, at the Del Rio Country Club in Brawley, California. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Imperial Valley. Registration and donation information is available via www.BGCImperialValley.org. The two-day event includes autograph sessions, golfing, a dinner, live concert with Curb recording artist Tim Dugger, and a charity auction. Last year Lofton raised $40,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs.