(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - August 13, 2012) - Matt Lofton and the No. 16 Coulter Motorsports Strutmasters.com Chevrolet team finished a hard-fought eighth in Saturday night's Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway.
Racing festivities kicked off the one-day show Saturday morning, with the first of two practice sessions. Lofton, having never seen the Marne, MI.I., facility, set out to acclimate himself with the tiny 0.4375-mile oval while dialing his Chevrolet in for the evenings race. At the end of session one, Lofton posted the eighth fastest time at 17.522 seconds at 89.990 mph. He would follow suit in final practice, posting the seventh quickest time at 17.368 seconds at 90.788 mph. After going out seventh of the 29 entries in Menards Pole Qualifying, Lofton wheeled the No 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet to a fast lap of 17.299 seconds at 91.150 mph, placing him 12th in the field.
With the field set, ARCA officials waved the green flag to start the Berlin ARCA 200 in front of a full house. Traffic immediately was on the minds of most as the tight corners provided little margin for error. Lofton found himself trapped behind a lapped down car at the bottom of a three-wide situation, forcing him to fall to 16th early on. Undeterred, Lofton set course back to the front, slowly working the heavy traffic.
Running under green, Lofton relied heavily on his spotter to clear him a path to motor thru and the duo did just that moving to the ninth position by the lap 100 halfway point. While constantly picking off cars, the leader managed to catch Lofton’s pack, placing most two laps down. Lofton kept his race pace however, and motored past the leader on lap 127 to regain a lap. He found himself breaking into the top five on lap 140 and shortly after on lap 155 came to pit road for a green flag pit stop. His Coulter Motorsports crew gave him right side tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
As luck would have it, the evenings first caution waved on lap 161 with Lofton now in the ninth position, trapped two laps down. Crew chief Skip Eyler took the opportunity to bring Lofton back down pit road for four fresh tires. The field would retake the green on lap 169 before the final caution waved on lap 175. Lofton reported that his Chevrolet felt really good on the green flag runs.
Once again taking the green on lap 181, Lofton set pace to gain the eighth place position, the last car two laps down. Working his way around the tight bullring and setting a fast pace, Lofton battled for the position all the way to the end. Coming to the checkered flag off Turn 4, Lofton wheeled his No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet into eighth as he completed lap 200.
Next up for Lofton and the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Coulter Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Allen Crowe 100 from the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday, August 19.
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