Lofton Wins Racing for Wildlife 200Share
Rookie Justin Lofton thought he could take the ARCA RE/MAX series by storm this year as an unknown kid from California.
This morning at Michigan International Speedway he did just that, easily winning the Racing For Wildlife 200, but taking an entirely different tact. He substituted patience for aggressiveness in becoming the eighth different winner in the nine ARCA RE/MAX races contested this season.
“A lot of it was me and just realizing that I need to just sit back and let the race come to me instead of attacking the race the whole time. I just really got that mindset,” said the 23-year-old Lofton. “I wanted to come into the series and as an unknown and I knew deep down I had the talent to run with these guys and I was just probably trying to show it off too much. You definitely have to let these races come to you.”
Lofton’s best previous finish this season was 12th at Kansas.
“It was an emotional day,” added Lofton, driving the Lofton Cattle car. “We had a great qualifying effort, qualifying second. We had a little trouble on the restarts spinning my tires. I fell back into fifth and rode all day. I fell behind to 14th at one point but on the second to last pit stop our guys did an excellent job and got us out in third and just sort of let the race come to us after that. It was pretty easy.”
It wasn’t as easy for another rookie, Ricky Stenhouse, who finished second but could never really close the gap between himself and Lofton over the last few laps, finished almost two seconds by the winner.
“I know we had a car to win but we probably chose the wrong gear,” said Stenhouse, driving for Roush-Fenway Racing. “Everything went well. We still have the points lead and you can’t ask for much more.”
Frank Kimmel, nine time ARCA RE/MAX series champion, finished third followed by pole-sitter Scott Speed.
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