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2013 Chicagoland: SGR NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Sep 15, 2013 - 07:24 AM
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2013 Chicagoland: SGR NASCAR Truck Race Preview


Top-15 Finish Under the Lights at Chicagoland Speedway for Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Lofton Cattle/J6Ink Team

 

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Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Lofton Cattle/J6Ink team demonstrated speed throughout the day at Chicagoland Speedway. However, as the temperatures dropped and the Westmorland, Calif., native took the green flag he was faced with a tight-handling Chevrolet Silverado that resulted in a 15th-place finish under the lights of the Joliet, Ill. facility. Lofton turned the fourth-quickest lap during qualifying at the 1.5-mile racetrack. Initially climbing to the second position in the opening laps of the race, Lofton fell to the eighth position as the truck's handling became tight on the exit of the corners. Crew chief Bryan Berry called his driver to pit road during the first caution period on lap 14 for four tires and adjustments. With many teams opting to take only fuel, the No. 6 Chevrolet was placed in the 19th position for the restart. The Berry-led team executed solid pit stops with a series of chassis and air-pressure adjustments on laps 49, 69 and 103, but the tight-handling condition persisted. Lofton was able to climb back into the top 10 by lap 108, but the ensuing green-flag run lasted the remainder of the 150-lap event. Still wrestling with the tight condition, Lofton fell in the running order and was relegated to a 15th-place finish.

Justin Lofton Quote:
"We had a great Lofton Cattle/J6Ink Chevrolet throughout the afternoon and a great qualifying effort, but when the race started and the temperatures dropped it was just way too tight to maintain the track position. It definitely was not the night we had expected. We are going to do some testing before heading to Las Vegas so we can get the finish that I know this Sharp-Gallaher Racing team is capable of."

Max Gresham and the AmWINS Group, Inc. Team Finish 19th at Chicagoland Speedway

Sharp-Gallaher Racing's Max Gresham finished 19th in Fridays EnjoyIllinois.com 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway after battling handling issues. The 20-year-old driver started the race from the 20th position. As soon as the green flag dropped, Gresham alerted crew chief Chris Showalter that he was battling loose handling on the No. 8 Chevrolet during the early stages of the race. Showalter called the Milner, Ga., native to pit road under yellow-flag conditions during the first caution for tires, fuel, track bar and a wedge adjustment in an attempt to alleviate the handling issues Gresham was fighting. Although he was battling a free handling condition throughout the night, Gresham's lap times were comparable to the cars running in the top 10 during long green-flag runs.

Back on track, Gresham maintained a position in the top 20, but reported the No. 8 AmWINS Chevrolet was still too loose which led the pit crew to make major chassis adjustments during their next scheduled pit stops. As the race progressed, Gresham worked his way up to 10th in the running order, but as the loose-handling condition persisted, he slipped back in the field ultimately crossing the finish line in 19th position. Gresham remains 16th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings following his first career start at Chicagoland Speedway's 1.5-mile oval.

Max Gresham Quote:
"We just didn't have it right all night. Our AmWINS Group, Inc. team tried a number of adjustments and pit strategies, but nothing seemed to work in our favor. We have to put this weekend behind us and move on to Las Vegas (Motor Speedway). We're a much better team than where we finished today."

UP NEXT: LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Following an off-weekend, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Smith's 350 on Saturday, Sept. 28. The 17th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

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