(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - August 20, 2012) - Matt Lofton and the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet Coulter Motorsports team finished 14th Sunday in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Allen Crowe 100 at the Springfield dirt mile.
While most race weekends are spanned across a weekend, the ARCA dirt track spectacle is wrapped up in one day, the final day of the 2012 Illinois State Fair. Lofton kicked off his early morning with the day’s lone practice session. Taking to the dirt for the first time in his career, Lofton was excited to learn the new characteristics and techniques required to sling the car sideways into the turns. At practice’s end, Lofton laid down the 22nd-fastest time at 34.566 seconds at 104.149 mph. Menards Pole Qualifying quickly followed around the 1.00-mile dirt horse track, where Lofton would wheel his No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet to the 17th position with a fast time of 34.746 seconds at 103.609 mph.
As fair goers backed the main grandstands, ARCA officials waved the green flag over the set field of primarily asphalt racers. Lofton, eager to continue learning the ever-changing dirt patterns, found his race groove and started clicking off consistent lap times. By the day’s first caution on lap 23, Lofton radioed to crew chief Skip Eyler that his Chevrolet was tight in the turns. Eyler brought Lofton to pit road where his Coulter Motorsports crew would give him right side tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Lofton regained the field in 15th on lap 29.
Now combating a dry, slick track, Lofton adjusted his racing line to compensate and help save his tires. The days second caution waved on lap 38, giving Lofton another opportunity to hit pit road, this time for fuel and another round of track bar adjustments As the green waved on lap 42 with Lofton in 16th, the Roxboro, N.C., native once again worked on producing consistent and fast lap times.
With little radio chatter all day, Lofton radioed on lap 70 that his tires were going away fast and starting to chatter. The final caution on lap 74 gave Eyler another chance to bring the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet to pit road, opting for four fresh tires and another track bar adjustment. Lofton regained the pack on lap 78 in the 16th position, one lap down. With the field quickly spreading out, Lofton found himself stuck behind slower cars, allowing the leader to catch him as the race neared the end. Lofton, fighting valiantly around the slick dirt, brought the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet across the finish line on lap 200 in the 14th position, two laps down.
Next up for Lofton and the No. 16 Strutmasters.com Coulter Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, August 26.
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