Justin Lofton drove the No. 6 College Complete Chevrolet home to a solid 14th place finish after getting caught up in a wreck in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night. Despite damage to the right side of his truck, Lofton dug in to reclaim as many positions as possible in order to remain in the championship hunt.
“This is what can make or break a championship run, overcoming adversity like that. We’ve had a lot of luck this year so far, and unfortunately, we got the wrong end of it tonight,” Lofton said. “We started off real loose so we had to hold on for a while. The track was just really rough and it made things dicey out there.”
Lofton took the green flag for the 150-lap race from the 10th position. His qualifying effort was intense after his No. 6 College Complete Silverado broke loose on the second lap of his run. Once the green flag waved, Lofton continued to battle his machine, before getting a break courtesy of the first caution flag on lap 18. He pulled his truck onto pit road, taking on two right side tires and a slight adjustment to help the handling condition.
Back on track, Lofton, the points leader entering the race, maintained a spot within the top-five before the time came for another round of pitstops. Under the second stop, the team swapped out all four tires.
Once the restart waved, the competition got dicey, and with trucks scattering three-wide around the 1.5-mile track, Lofton dropped back a few positions. With a slick and bumpy track providing a competitive race, Lofton had nowhere to go as a multi-truck wreck broke out in the midst of the intense battle on lap 70 off of turn 1.
After suffering right side damage to his College Complete ride, he made multiple pit stops for repairs to the tow of the truck, before returning to the track one lap down. After battling just outside of the top-20 due to the damage, a break came by way of a caution flag on lap 111. The yellow provided Lofton with the wave around to rejoin the lead lap.
With over 30 laps to go, Lofton was able to regain multiple positions, ending the night in the 14th spot.
Lofton and the entire College Complete team will observe an off week before heading to Iowa Speedway on July 14th. He enters the event second in the series point standings, just four markers out of the top spot.