Lofton, Miles Already Friends

Justin Lofton, the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race winner, enters this week's race at the Dover International Speedway as the new points leader. His position is definitely deserved, as the first five races  provided Lofton and the No. 6 College Complete Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team with a race win, three top-five and five top-10 finishes.

"It's been a great start to the season," Lofton said. "Getting that win in Charlotte meant a lot. To be able to get not only my first win, but to be able to give Dan (Bormann, crew chief), Eddie (Sharp, team owner) and our sponsor College Complete their first wins too, that really meant a lot to me."

With plans to stretch his lead atop the point standings from just one point to a more comfortable gap, this week Loftonand Bormann will unload truck number 49 at Dover for Friday's Lucas Oil 200. The College Complete team previously raced the truck at Rockingham in April and finished 10th.

While Rockingham is known for its legendary abrasive surface, Dover is in a category all its own. Steep banking and fast concrete provide the track with the nickname the "Monster Mile."  The Dover trophy has become one of the most prestigious to win on the circuit, because taming Miles the Monster isn't always an easy thing.

In 2010 Lofton  finished an impressive third against the Mile, but last season he was involved in an accident and finished 25th.

"We ran really good at Dover my rookie year. It was my first top-five finish, actually. But last year we struggled a little bit. It is one of my favorite tracks. I'm looking forward to going there to see if we can't get back-to-back wins," Lofton added.

"My roommate, and one of my best friends, his name is Miles. I beat him on Xbox a lot, but it sure would be nice to be able to say I beat the monster Miles. I'd like to put that trophy right next to the TV. It can taunt the other Miles every time we play a game on there."

Fans attending the Dover activities can meet Lofton prior to the 200-mile race from 12:30 to 1:00 on Friday during a NCWTS autograph session, or from 1 to 1:30 at the Chevrolet stage in the FanZone located outside of turn 4.

JLPR

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