Charlotte, N.C. (April 21, 2013) – In a dominating performance, Justin Lofton overcame a practice mishap on Saturday by another driver to be the class of the field on Sunday en route to winning his first ever SST race in the Stadium SUPER Trucks Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Near perfect weather conditions blanketed Long Beach, Calif., the highly anticipated Round #2 of Stadium SUPER Trucks took to the temporary constructed asphalt street course of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
A Saturday afternoon practice crash by a fellow driver put the JLR and SST team members to work overnight thrashing to fix bent bars and mounting on a fresh white Weekend Warriors Productions body in preparation for Sunday’s showdown on the streets.
During Sunday morning practice, SST Officials determined that the drivers best lap time would be used for the qualifying order. With that said, Lofton wasted no time making himself comfortable navigating through the 11 twists and turns and four jumps of the 1.968 mi course. At the conclusion of the 20-minute practice session, the No. 6 had the quickest time of the 12 competitors with a blistering lap of 1:47:775. Nearly, two seconds faster than second place, Jeff Ward with a 1:49:615.
The starting line-up for the 8-lap SST Final would be determined by a complete invert of the qualifying times in practice, placing the Weekend Warriors Productions / Imperial Valley Full Plate truck to the back of the field, in the 12th starting position. As the green flag flew in front of a jam packed grandstand Lofton quickly moved to the front passing truck after truck and taking the lead on Lap 3. A restart on Lap-4 bunched the field back up, but that did not hinder Lofton and the Weekend Warriors Productions truck as he went right back to work where he left off hitting all his marks on the tricky course to pull away from second place and secure his name in the record books as a Stadium SUPER Trucks winner.
After the race Lofton commented on winning Stadium SUPER Trucks Round #2:
“I’m super stoked to capture my first Stadium SUPER Trucks win. The outcome from Round #1 at Phoenix was disappointing, but to come out here today and put on such a dominating performance racing through the complete field is simply just awesome.”
“Hats off to my crew and the SST crew for getting the truck back together after being rolled 7 times the day before by a fellow driver. I appreciate the Grand Prix of Long Beach for giving us the opportunity to race in front of all these fans. I cannot wait to come back next year.” Stated Lofton.
Lofton was followed to the line by Orange, Calif. native Robby Gordon and third place finisher Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas, Nev.
In 2013, 11 SST events will be televised via tape delay on NBC networks, seven on NBC and four on NBC Sports. Check local listings for channels and times.
Venues include the University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.), Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach, Calif.), Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, Calif.), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, Calif.), Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Mo.), Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.), Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.), Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas), Metrodome (Minneapolis, Minn.), Stadium SUPER Trucks Finals (Las Vegas, Nev.), and one to-be-named international event.
The next race for Justin Lofton and the Imperial Valley Full Plate / J6INK / Weekend Warriors Productions / Smith Sport Optics / Rockwell Time / Impact Racing No. 6 will be Saturday night, April 27, as stadium racing will make its return to the place where it all began; the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif.