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!
|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|