(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - July 16, 2012) - Matt Lofton, driving the No. 16 Strutmasters Chevy for Coulter Motorsports, recorded his sixth top-10 finish of the season Friday night in the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Entering the season’s 11th race, Lofton was confident that his past experience at “America’s Place to Race” would lead him to a solid top-10 finish. Participating in Friday morning’s two practice sessions, Lofton dialed his Chevy in for the evening’s event. He would pace the field seventh in both sessions at 24.271 seconds at 129.785 MPH and 23.941 seconds at 131.573 MPH respectively.
Drawing an early qualifying spot, Lofton would head out for his run during the high-heat of the afternoon. Running a lap of 24.295 seconds at 129.656 MPH, Lofton would start the evening’s Prairie Meadows 200 from the 11th position.
Shortly after ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards officials waved the green flag, Lofton cracked into the top-10 with his No. 16 Strutmasters Chevy. Lingering areas of sunshine and high temperatures on track caused Lofton to become incredibly tight, forcing him to go a lap down on lap 53. The day’s first caution on lap 74 gave crew chief Jon Wolfe a chance to bring Lofton down pit road for attention by his Coulter Motorsports crew. They would give Lofton four fresh Hoosier tires, fuel, and an air pressure and track bar adjustment. He would rejoin the field for the green flag on lap 82 in 14th.
Quickly racing his way into the “Lucky Dog” position paid off for the Roxboro, N.C. native as the caution would wave once more on lap 114, placing Lofton back on the lead lap. Lofton would once again hit pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure and track bar adjustment before restarting 13th on lap 120. Making quick work of his competitors and using the ensuing caution to his advantage, Lofton found himself in second pacing behind the leader on lap 134.
Lofton would race well within the top-10 for the next 40 laps, before worn tires would force him to slide back to 13th. A caution on lap 185 provided the break needed for the Coulter Motorsports team as Lofton headed back down pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of air pressure and track bar adjustments. Lofton took the green flag on lap 191 in 13th, but wasted no time working back into the top-10. A green-white-checkered finish provided tight side-by-side racing, where Lofton would bring home his No. 16 Strutmasters Chevy 7th.
Next up for Lofton and the No. 16 Strutmasters Coulter Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Ansell ActivArmr 150 from Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, July 21.
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