(WINCHESTER, Ind. - June 25, 2012) - Coulter Motorsports driver Matt Lofton posted his fourth consecutive top-five finish and fifth overall of the season Sunday in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway.
Kicking off the ARCA triple-header weekend, Lofton participated in Saturday’s two practice sessions, pacing the filed eighth at 16.579 seconds at 108.571 MPH in the first session and seventh at 16.240 seconds at 110.837 MPH in the final session. Shortly following practice was Menards pole qualifying, where Lofton would lay down the sixth fastest lap at 16.060 seconds at 112.080 MPH.
As the green flag waved to start the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 Sunday afternoon, Lofton set in towards the front while conserving his tires on the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevy. The day’s first caution waved on lap 42, where the Roxboro, N.C. native radioed crew chief Jon Wolfe that the car had become free up off, but was otherwise good. Opting for track position like the leaders, Lofton stayed on track until the next caution waved on lap 92.
Lofton radioed that his Chevy was becoming progressively looser on the worn tires and brought his car to pit road for the attention of his Coulter Motorsports crew. The team gave Lofton four tires, fuel, a track bar and air pressure adjustment before sending him back out in fourth on lap 99. Racing his way through several more ensuing cautions, Lofton preserved his spot within the top-five while maintaining his tire control.
Another caution on lap 153 would give the leaders a chance to hit pit road for the final time of the day. Lofton, exclaiming his car felt good, came for right side tires and fuel, before heading back out fourth on lap 153. Making quick work of the cars in front of him, Lofton overtook the second position on lap 154. He would battle in the top-five for the remaining laps, before crossing the checkered flag in fifth on lap 200 in the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Coulter Motorsports Chevy.
Lofton’s 2012 ARCA Racing Series Schedule resumes next Sunday, July 1 at the Series’ only visit to a road course, New Jersey Motorsports Park for the All-American Race Weekend presented by Global Barter Corporation.
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