Lofton wins first career Truck Series race, Keselowski and Hornaday argue

Justin Lofton eyes his trophy after winning the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Matt Weaver/NASCAR Ranting and Raving)

CONCORD, N.C. - On October 11, 2009, Justin Lofton won the ARCA championship for Eddie Sharp Racing, while driving under veteran crew chief Daniel Bormann. Three years later, the trio stood together in victory lane on Friday night as winners in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

It wasn't an easy journey. The trio went their separate ways after winning that championship and didn't reunite until this season, after Sharp had purchased the Truck Series assets of Kevin Harvick Inc.

Lofton has a reputation of being overly confident, a trait not fitting for a guy with such limited success in NASCAR. But with Friday's win, everything could change for the 26-year old Californian, who now assumes a one-point championship lead over Timothy Peters. Lofton is surging with success and confidence and has started the season with five consecutive top-five finishes.

Lofton could easily enjoy a David Reutimann-style career, getting signed by a Sprint Cup team just before his 30's and scratching out several Cup wins against guys with considerably larger checks. As long as he sticks with Sharp and Bormann, the trio could accomplish great things moving forward, something all three parties appear agreeable to.

"People have always credited me for standing behind young guys and I'm in full support of Justin," Sharp said. "If the day has to come where I'm on the outside of the fence looking in the garage, asking that Justin come get me, I'm okay with that because I'm proud of what he's accomplished."

Speaking of success, that's exactly what Jeb Burton accomplished all night prior to placing in eighth - the top finishing rookie.

He was even more impressive in the media center where he was thankful to everyone on his team and answered questions to the tune of 'yes ma'am and 'no sirs.' This prompted many in attendance to draw comparisons to his father - 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton.

"A chip off the old block," NASCAR moderator Kerry Tharp confirmed.

The complete finishing order can be found after the jump!

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Number 5
Unofficial Race Results for the 10Th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery
200 - Friday, May 18, 2012
Charlotte Motor Speedway - Concord, NC - 1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 134 Laps - 201 Miles - Purse: $485,978
Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 2 6 Justin Lofton CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet 134 48 5 126.9 $42,625 Running 2 44
2 9 19 Brad Keselowski(i) Cooper Standard RAM 134 0 134.2 $25,765 Running 2 32
3 17 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Care Toyota 134 41 89.7 $21,235 Running
4 5 18 Jason Leffler Dollar General Toyota 134 40 114.4 $15,825 Running
5 15 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Joe Denette Motorsports Chevrolet 134 40 1 99.7 $14,900 Running 1 1
6 7 23 Jason White JW Demolition / GunBroker.com Ford 134 38 96.3 $12,200 Running
7 3 22 Joey Coulter RCR Chevrolet 134 37 92.0 $11,700 Running
8 21 27 Jeb Burton # State Water Heaters Chevrolet 134 36 78.8 $14,800 Running
9 4 17 Timothy Peters Tire Kingdom Toyota 134 36 1 100.9 $11,475 Running 1 17
10 1 3 Ty Dillon # Bass Pro Shops / Allstate Chevrolet 134 35 1 106.3 $14,950 Running 1 25
11 14 29 Parker Kligerman Draw-Tite / MOPAR RAM 134 33 85.5 $10,950 Running
12 11 2 Brendan Gaughan(i) Southpoint Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 134 0 78.6 $10,775 Running
13 24 98 Dakoda Armstrong # EverFi.com Toyota 134 31 61.9 $10,650 Running
14 12 32 Miguel Paludo Duroline Brakes Chevrolet 134 30 79.0 $10,550 Running
15 6 88 Matt Crafton Menards / Fisher Nuts Toyota 134 29 89.7 $11,325 Running
16 22 09 John Wes Townley # Toyota - Save in May Sales Event Toyota 134 28 65.5 $10,550 Running
17 34 81 David Starr Build Your Future / Zachry Toyota 134 27 61.1 $10,300 Running
18 31 92 David Reutimann(i) FleetHQ.com/BTSTire/QMI/FatbacksTire Chev 134 0 61.1 $8,000 Running
19 8 33 Cale Gale # Rheem Chevrolet 134 25 63.5 $10,200 Running
20 26 99 Bryan Silas # Rockingham Speedway Ford 134 24 44.5 $10,775 Running
21 35 75 Caleb Holman # Food Country USA / Morning Fresh Farms Chevrolet 134 23 46.3 $7,830 Running
22 10 31 James Buescher EXIDE Batteries Chevrolet 134 23 1 89.8 $8,775 Running 1 10
23 28 01 Jake Crum BanditChippers.com Chevrolet 132 21 52.5 $7,750 Running
24 23 24 Max Gresham # BugBand.net / Made in USA Brand Chevrolet 131 20 61.0 $8,725 Running
25 13 13 Johnny Sauter Hot Honeys / Curb Records Toyota 127 19 92.2 $8,825 Running
26 25 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor.org RAM 126 18 31.6 $7,650 Running
27 29 14 Brennan Newberry The Jeremy Staat Foundation Chevrolet 125 17 33.2 $7,625 Running
28 27 39 Ryan Sieg Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts Chevrolet 101 17 1 60.7 $7,600 Engine 1 5
29 16 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Alpinestars Chevrolet 98 15 62.4 $7,550 Accident
30 20 5 Paulie Harraka # Child Help 1-800-4-A-CHILD Ford 84 14 45.2 $8,025 Accident
31 30 60 Chad McCumbee Turn One Racing Chevrolet 61 13 34.1 $7,500 Overheating
32 32 84 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 40 12 37.1 $7,450 Engine
33 19 7 John King # CONSOL Energy Toyota 24 11 37.8 $7,425 Accident
34 36 38 Dennis Setzer RSS Racing Chevrolet 19 10 30.6 $7,400 Overheating
35 18 08 Ross Chastain # Florida Watermelon Association Toyota 12 9 32.3 $7,370 Engine
36 33 68 Clay Greenfield @claygreenfield RAM 6 8 27.4 $7,350 Power
Race Comments: Before an estimated attendance of 25,000, Justin Lofton won the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Prior to the green flag, the following trucks dropped to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: #14 (engine change), #81 (adjustments outside impound), #92 (missed drivers meeting).
Failed to Qualify: (5) 07 Johnny Chapman, 70 Jeff Agnew, 57 Norm Benning, 93 B J McLeod, 28 Wes Burton.
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 49 Mins, 51 Secs. Average Speed: 109.786 MPH Margin of Victory: 0.261 Seconds
Caution Flags: 8 for 36 laps: Laps: 4-6 (#10, 14 accident frontstretch [None]); 13-17 (Oil on the track from the #08 [38]); 25-30 (#7 accident turn 2 [None]); 72-75 (#14 spin turn 4 [19]); 85-90 (#5, 31, 92 accident turn 2 [22]); 95-99 (Debris [33]); 121-124 (#30 accident turn 1 [31]); 127-129 (Debris [31]).
Lead Changes: 8 among 7 drivers: T. Dillon # 1-25; R. Sieg 26-30; J. Buescher 31-40; B. Keselowski(i) 41-66; R. Hornaday Jr. 67; T. Peters 68-84; J. Lofton 85-118; B. Keselowski(i) 119-124; J. Lofton 125-134.
Top 10 Driver Points: (1) J. Lofton 200;(2) T. Peters 199;(3) T. Dillon # 184;(4) J. Buescher 182;(5) P. Kligerman 170;(6) R. Hornaday Jr. 169;(7) J. White 158;(8) N. Piquet Jr. 155;(9) T. Bodine 151;(10) J. Coulter 145.
Featherlite Most Improved Driver : Jeb Burton, #27 28 Places Keystone Light Pole Award : Ty Dillon, #3 181.616 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Earnhardt-Childress Racing, #6 Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race : Justin Lofton, #6
Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Jeb Burton, #27
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Jun. 1, 2012 - Dover International Speedway
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