HUNTERSVILLE, NC. – After a lengthy break in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition, Justin Lofton and the No. 6 College Complete (http://www.collegecomplete.com, 877-543-2655) Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team will head to Martinsville Speedway this week with one word in mind: momentum.
Lofton and his Dan Bormann led team kicked off the 2012 season strong in Daytona last month, scoring a solid third place finish, setting the theme for the season. The finish equaled Lofton’s career-best showing, and gave Bormann his highest finish to date as crew chief.
“Daytona was big for us and it was really hard to not run another truck race since,” Lofton said. “I passed the time in California, got my tonsils removed, and raced in the Mint 400 last weekend. But I am definitely ready to get back in the College Complete Chevrolet.”
With some time on his hands in between the first two Truck Series events, Lofton opted to return home to his native California in order to focus on his health before returning to the seat of his No. 77 unlimited buggy for the legendary Mint 400 in Nevada. After starting the event from 23rd last Saturday, Lofton wheeled his way to an impressive third place finish.
With the NCWTS resuming this week, Lofton will transition from the 92-mile rugged desert terrain that he ran last weekend to a .526-mile short track.
He enters the Kroger 250 event weekend with four previous starts at the paperclip-shaped half-mile short track under his belt. Last year, the 26-year-old qualified for both events within the top-10 in the eighth position. Unfortunately, he has faced the challenges of short track racing, leaving him with a best finish of 13th.
“I am really excited about this race. The guys have been working really hard on our College Complete Chevrolet, and I always like racing at Martinsville. It’s matter of track position, and I feel like we have a good shot at running up front all weekend.”
Lofton, crew chief Dan Bormann, and the rest of the No. 6 College Complete Chevrolet team will see two practice sessions on Friday at Martinsville, followed by qualifying and the Kroger 250 on Saturday, March 31st at 1:30 PM Eastern time.
About Eddie Sharp Racing: Eddie Sharp Racing (TeamESR.com) is a 40,000 square foot championship winning race team based in Denver, NC. After just four short years of competition within the ARCA Racing Series, the team impressively accumulated upwards of 20 race wins. 2009 was a pivotal year for ESR, as they dominated the series with six race wins, 15 top-fives and 19 top-10s en route to the series championship with driver Justin Lofton. In 2010, ESR made the transition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2011, owner Sharp and Lofton were reunited within truck competition. In 2012, ESR will expand to three teams, with Lofton set to return to the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet Silverado, Cale Gale set to join the team behind the wheel of the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado, and Mike Skinner in the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado.
About College Complete: Partnered with hundreds of educational institutions and across all types of education goals, including traditional college degrees, trade and vocational certifications, and professional licensure, College Complete helps students assess all of the information that exists in the public domain, allowing them to understand and make sense of their educational opportunities. Their services are free and available to anyone. Whether you are interested in Art and Design, Business, Computers and Technology, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare and Medical, Science and Engineering, and much, much more; if you’re an Electrician, a Nurse, an Automotive Mechanic, a Teacher, a Police Officer, or you’re simply interested in learning Computer Programming, Networking, Web Development, or Graphic Design College Complete is available for you at no cost. You can reach them by filling out a form on their site or calling to speak with your personal Education Advocate at 877-543-2655. College Complete has an initiative to assist those in the US Armed Forces and their families and is able to assist in identifying schools that will not only provide the educational requirements of the soldier, veteran or family member but will do so in a cost effective manner.
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