Justin Lofton continued his battle for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Championship this weekend at Iowa Speedway in the No. 6 J.D. Heiskell & Co. Chevrolet Silverado. With a new sponsor on board, Lofton fought the competition with a fast truck all weekend recording times inside the top-five throughout both practice sessions, qualifying fourth and ultimately crossing the finish line in the fifth position.
Lofton rolled off in the third position for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. With the sun still beating down on the track, Lofton's No. 6 J.D. Heiskell & Co. Chevrolet was a little loose off the green flag. As the driver raced in the fifth position, the J.D. Heiskell & Co. team utilized the lap 51 caution to fine tune the handling of their Chevrolet. After receiving an air pressure adjustment and a slight chassis adjustment, Lofton was back on track to battle the competition.
As the track cooled off, the J.D. Heiskell Chevrolet began to dial itself in. Track position proved to be critical in America's Heartland as many drivers struggled to pass on the 0.875-mile speedway. Still, Lofton slowly worked around the competition and began picking up positions.
Things got interesting on lap 169 as Ron Hornaday, "the King of Restarts," dive bombed the competition going into turn one, which pushed Lofton up to the high groove of a three-wide pack. In a chain reaction, Lofton had to lift off the throttle a little more than usual and lost a few positions. From there, it was a fight to the finish as the driver of the J.D. Heiskell & Co. Chevrolet raced for a position inside the top five. By the end of the 200-lap race, Lofton crossed the finish line in the fifth position scoring his fourth top-five finish of the 2012 NCWTS season.
"I had a great time in Iowa this weekend," commented Lofton following the race. "We had around 50 guests from our sponsor J.D. Heiskell & Co. join us for the race. We had a great time getting to know them, and loved having them there to support us. Our Chevrolet was so good and fast off the truck. We hoped for a stronger finish, but we just couldn't get the clean air that we needed."
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