Lofton Looking to Continue Dominance in the Desert This Weekend

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Justin Lofton will climb back into the driver's seat of his No. 1577 unlimited buggy this weekend in Parker, Arizona for the Best in the Desert (BITD) Racing Association's 41st running of the BlueWater Parker 425.

The last time he raced his Class 1500 entry in December, he dominated the field after scoring the top qualifying spot and the TransWest Ford Henderson 250 event win. Lofton crossed the finish line with over a 13-minute lead over the rest of the competition.

"I am really excited about running these new General Tire Grabbers on the car and seeing the hook up that they have," Lofton said. "It's a fun course and with these new tires, it should be a good weekend for us."

The Lofton entry will have support from primary co-sponsors General Tire and his NASCAR Truck Series sponsor College Complete (http://www.collegecomplete.com), as well as support from MasterCraft, Fox Racing Shocks, Fortin Racing Inc., Dougan Racing Engines, and Rusty's Motor Car Inc.

Jorge Lameda will serve as the navigator during Lofton's drive through the course, which is a 136-mile loop run three times, with additional miles at the beginning and end of the event.

In between his off-road racing ventures over the last two months, Lofton hosted the Second Annual Justin Lofton Charity Golf Tournament in his native California. All proceeds from the tournament and auction benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Imperial Valley. For the second straight year, Lofton, who hails from nearby Westmorland, raised over $40,000 for his hometown charity. Following the event, he headed east and spent some time with his Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) No. 6 College Complete Chevrolet Silverado team in North Carolina, prepping for the 2012 NASCAR season. After adding a few local appearances to his schedule and participating in photo shoots, and other pre-season duties, he returned to the west coast to ready for this weekend's off-road event.

The BlueWater Parker 425 is the first of six BITD off-road events Lofton has scheduled through the 2012 season in addition to the full NCWTS schedule. Following this weekend's run, Lofton will shift his focus to his No. 6 College Complete Chevrolet Silverado for the season-opening NCWTS race at Daytona International Speedway on February 24th.

Lofton's first run in his Class 1500 unlimited buggy will be on Thursday, February 2nd during time trials.

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