(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - June 11, 2012) - Matt Lofton and his No. 16 Strutmasters.com crew headed to the "Tricky Triangle" this past weekend for the Pocono ARCA 200.
The weekend got off to a rough start as the 2012 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year contender made hard contact with the wall in practice forcing the team to go to a backup car. The crew worked hard to get Lofton back out on the track. Lofton ended practice fifth on the speed charts with a best time of 53.411-seconds.
That afternoon Lofton laid down a qualifying lap of 52.715-seconds strong enough to start the event in the fourth spot. Shortly after, the field took the green flag with Lofton on the outside of the second row. In the early laps, Lofton posting times as strong as the competition around him. He radioed to crew chief Jon Wolfe saying the car was strong and it was starting to come to him. The caution flew on lap 15 which allowed Lofton to hit pit road for four tires and a tank full of fuel.
Green-flag racing resumed on lap 20 with Lofton in the eighth position. Over the next several laps Lofton charged forward and climbed back inside the top five. Lofton reported that his Chevy was a little tight off turn one. The caution-flag flew once again on lap 58, Lofton hit pit road for air pressure and track bar adjustments along with four tires and fuel. He restarted fourth on lap 68. Lofton settled in for the remaining laps of the 200 miles and ultimately brought home his Strutmasters.com Chevy in the fourth spot.
“We had a great run this afternoon, especially after having to go to a backup car at the beginning of practice,” said Lofton. “I can’t thank the No. 16 team enough for their hard work this weekend to get us back out for practice. We’ll take this momentum and head to Michigan next weekend and continue to make gains.”
Lofton's 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule resumes next Friday, June 15, for the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
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