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2013 Texas II: SGR NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Nov 04, 2013 - 07:15 PM
2013 Texas II: SGR NASCAR Truck Race Preview

Justin Lofton Finishes Fifth at Texas Motor Speedway

For the third time this season, Justin Lofton lined up the No. 6 Lofton Cattle/J6Ink Chevrolet Silverado on the front row to start the WinStar World Casino 350 from the second position. Faced with the challenge of having his left wrist in a cast as a result from a last-lap accident two weeks prior at Talladega Superspeedway, Lofton remained in the top 10 for all 147 laps of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and took the checkered flag in the fifth position. The Westmorland, Calif., native struggled when the green flag was dropped because he could not shift while adequately gripping the steering wheel with his left hand. However, after a few laps the Lofton Cattle machine came to life. The Gere Kennon-led crew made only slight air pressure adjustments to free up the truck's handling during routine pit stops for four tires and fuel while under caution on Laps 26, 60 and 101. Lofton never fell below the eighth position throughout the course of the event and claimed a fifth-place finish, his best at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth racetrack, in his final start in the No. 6 Sharp-Gallaher Racing Chevrolet for the 2013 season.


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Justin Lofton Quote:

"This was the best truck I've ever had at Texas Motor Speedway. The guys at Sharp-Gallaher Racing did a great job setting it up and the pit crew was on it tonight. I really struggled on the restarts because of the cast, and it just took a few laps for the truck to come in. Once it did, it was a rocket."

Max Gresham Finishes 18th at Texas Motor Speedway

Friday night was a lesson in patience and perseverance for Max Gresham as he fought for his 18th-place finish in the WinStar World Casino 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. After a strong qualifying effort of fifth place, Gresham struggled with handling issues throughout the long night. Gresham had to manhandle a truck that was loose on entry into the track's 24-degree banked corners, and tight center off during every lap around the 1.5-mile oval. His No. 8 Leviton / Made in USA Brand (MIUSA) Chevrolet Silverado was stubborn in its progress, but Gresham and crew chief Chris Showalter stayed the course and the duo continuously worked on the green and blue machine under the Texas stars. After taking the green flag the Milner, Ga., native surged from fifth to second in pursuit of the leader, but by Lap five he reported to the No. 8 Sharp-Gallaher Racing team that he was a little free. Unable to run the bottom line around the Fort Worth racetrack, Gresham began to fall in the ranks. During routine pit stops for service while under caution, Showalter provided his driver with fresh tires and fuel on each visit, and a series of air pressure and chassis adjustments to assist with the handling. As the race entered the final laps, a long green-flag run ensued, and the No. 8 Leviton / Made in USA Brand team began to slip back through the field. Gresham crossed the finish line in the18th position for the 20th race of the season.

Max Gresham Quote:

"Despite the finish, I'd like to thank Leviton and the Made in USA Brand for their support this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. I was happy we could start up front for their first race with our No. 8 Sharp-Gallaher Racing team."


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back in action on Nov. 8 at Phoenix International Raceway. The 21st race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 at 8 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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