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Source — Justin Lofton Media/ab
Date Posted — October 19, 2010
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• Last time out... Lofton notched his sixth top-10 finish of the season following the last race in Las Vegas nearly one month ago. Lofton started the 146-lap event from the 17th position, but finessed his way to eighth at the drop of the checkered flag. The finish boosted the 24-year-old back into the top-10 in points.

• Off track, but on duty... Though the Camping World Truck Series has not been in action since September 25th, Lofton has kept busy with racing related duties. From participating on national radio shows, to filming episodes of his Weekend Warriors TV project, the California native has maintained a non-stop schedule. Before heading to Martinsville later this week, he'll continue the trend, by making an appearance at the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lofton will be signing autographs in the Toyota booth at the convention. Lofton, who hails from Calfornia, was a member of the FFA from 2002 to 2004.

• Martinsville, take 2... Lofton will make his second series start on the paperclip-shaped Martinsville Speedway short track this Saturday in the Kroger 200. During his first run in March, Lofton started the race 16th but finished 31st after early contact from a lapped truck sent him behind the wall for repairs. The team ended the event in 31st. Though the two are characteristically different, the last time Lofton raced on a short track (Bristol Motor Speedway), he scored a strong fifth place finish.

• Testing the Motor... Last week, Lofton, crew chief Mark Rette, and the rest of the No. 7 team headed to Virginia to test at the Motor Mile Speedway in preparation for this weekend's run at Martinsville. Rette said of the test, "It went well. It backed up what we saw there last time. We played around with some different adjustments. We'll see what we have this weekend."

Justin Lofton on racing at Martinsville Speedway "I can't wait to get back in the truck. It was tough not racing the last month but it was good to get back in the seat during our test last week. I felt like we learned a few things with the truck, and I know I've learned a lot since our first race there in the spring. I'm anxious to get back there and get the finish we deserve."

Crew Chief Mark Rette on Martinsville Speedway "I look forward to going back to Martinsville since we didn't get to complete too many laps in the spring. We had a really good truck. We had a top three truck and only got to run 15 laps before we got caught up in someone else's misfortune. I felt like it would have been a good race for us. Heading back there, I think we can go back and compete within the top three."

Equipment Information Lofton will race chassis RHR93 this weekend at Martinsville. It is the same truck Lofton raced during the tour's first Martinsville stop. It has also been raced at Indianapolis and New Hampshire, with a best finish of 11th.

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Article posted by staff on October 19, 2010.