(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - July 23, 2012) - After running in the top five for a majority of the 100-lap Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, Matt Lofton and the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevy finished 16th after a late race run-in caused the left rear tire to come apart.
Lofton kicked off the weekend with Friday evening’s lone practice session. Working closely with crew chief Jon Wolfe, Lofton dialed his Chevy in for the late afternoon race on Saturday. By sessions end, Lofton posted the fifth fastest time at 31.109 seconds at 173.583 MPH. Menards pole qualifying kicked off early Saturday morning, where Lofton laid down a fast time of 30.810 seconds at 175.268 MPH placing the No. 16 Strutmasters.com, Coulter Motorsports Chevy second in the tight field.
As the green flag waved at Chicagoland, Lofton quickly set pace behind the leader and began settling in for the long haul ahead. Working his way thru heavy traffic, Lofton radioed on lap-25 that his car had become free on exit of the turns and was made worse by all the congestion on track. He continued to race within the top-five when another caution on lap-45 gave Lofton a chance to come to pit road. His Coulter Motorsports crew gave the No. 16 machine four fresh tires, fuel, a track bar and spring rubber adjustment before sending him back to the green on lap-52.
Once again racing within the top-five, Lofton set his race pace while working thru traffic. He radioed on lap-80 that his car was good in traffic but a touch loose by itself. Unfortunately damage sustained when a competitor ran into the side of Lofton’s car would cause the left rear tire to come apart on lap-84 forcing the Roxboro, N.C. native to pit road under green flag conditions. His crew made quick work of getting him four fresh tires and repairing body damage but Lofton would be two-laps down when regaining the field on lap-90. Lofton made the most of the last 10-laps on track and brought home the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevy 16th.
Next up for Lofton and the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Coulter Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 from Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, July 27.
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