Impressive Start To The Season For Lofton
The award for the most impressive turnaround since last season goes to third place contender, Justin Lofton.
The 2011 season left Lofton with only three finishes inside the top-10, a feat he has already surpassed this season with four straight top-10 finishes.
The California native sits third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings only 11 points out of the lead.
Following a two-day test in Nashville, Lofton will fly to Las Vegas to compete in the Canidae Tap Silver State 300 off-road event in the Best in the Dessert Racing Association.
Changing of the Guard Continues in the NCWTS
Just four races into the 2012 season, the young guns continue to outshine the veterans in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.
The top-six have never won a series championship.
Timothy Peters currently leads the standings by four points over Kansas winner James Buescher.
Justin Lofton – 11 points back in third - continues his impressive start to the season with four straight top-10 finishes.
Rookie standout Ty Dillon – who finished second at Martinsville last month – and Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. complete the top five followed by Parker Kligerman in sixth.Crafton Excited About Repaving Of Pocono Raceway
Matt Crafton was one of seven NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World drivers to participate in last week’s Goodyear Tire test at Pocono Raceway. The track was repaved following last August’s Sprint Cup/truck weekend. “They outdid themselves on the pavement. It’s definitely one groove right now, but I’m sure, as you get more race cars on the track, they’ll be running side-by-side, and it’ll be interesting to see,” said Crafton, who finished third and eighth in his two trips to the “Tricky Triangle.”
Up Next: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Friday, May18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the N.C. Education Lottery 200.
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will be racing to assist breast cancer research in Round 4 of the 2012 season, the Global Barter 250 presented by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will have family activities at the circuit throughout the Mother’s Day weekend. Breast cancer survivors are invited to participate in the “Start your engines” command on Saturday and Sunday. The Central and South Jersey Affiliate is also sponsoring an on-line charity auction for opportunities to wave the green flag or to participate in VIP experiences with several of the leading Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge teams.
Philadelphia Native Segal Helps New Ferrari 458 To First Victory
Jeff Segal returns to his home track on a winning roll. The Philadelphia native joined co-driver Emil Assentato in winning the recent Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, giving the Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am its first victory.
Segal and Assentato also finished second in the recent Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari, and hold a three-point lead in the Rolex Series GT point standings over Rolex 24 winners Andy Lally and John Potter.
Segal and Assentato scored their best New Jersey finish during their 2010 GT championship season when they finished third in a SpeedSource Mazda RX-8.
Defending NJMP Winners Pruett, Rojas Take Championship Lead
Three-time Daytona Prototype champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas got off to a slow start to the current season with a sixth-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. A runner-up finish in the recent Grand Prix of Miami elevated the drivers of the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley to familiar territory atop the point standings.
The TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers scored their first victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2011 – their fifth triumph of the season. Pruett and Rojas enter the Global Barter 250 presented by Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a two-point lead in the DP standings over Starworks Motorsport driver pairings Ryan Dalziel/Enzo Potolicchio and Alex Popow/Lucas Luhr.
New Jersey’s Donohue Has Momentum On His Side In Action Corvette DP
David Donohue has plenty of momentum on his side when he returns to New Jersey Motorsports Park in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. The Malvern, N.J. driver joined Darren Law in finishing third in the recent Grand Prix of Miami, and are looking to bring the new Corvette DP its third consecutive victory in the Global Barter 250 presented by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia gave the Corvette DP its first victory at Barber Motorsports Park in March, while Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli won the recent race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The son of Mark Donohue – racing legend and 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner – Donohue moved up to sixth in the DP championship standings with his strong showing in the rain-soaked race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Rum Bum Racing On Winning Roll
The No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche Carrera is undefeated in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition. Matt Plumb – a native of Chesapeake City, Del., and Nick Longhi won at both Barber Motorsports Park and Homestead-Miami Speedway, and look to make it three in a row at the B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 12.
Plumb and Longhi won six races for Rum Bum Racing in a BMW M3, finishing second at NJMP in 2010. They switched to Porsche after finishing fifth in their BMW in the 2012 season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.
Roush, Johnson Look For New Jersey Hat Trick
Jack Roush Jr. and Billy Johnson will be looking for their third consecutive victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park when they pilot the No. 61 Roush Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302R in the B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR. The pair opened 2012 with a victory at Daytona, and are currently fifth in the Grand Sports standings.
Roush Performance will field a second Mustang at NJMP, the No. 51 for Daytona pole winner Shelby Blackstock and Jade Buford. Blackstock is the son of popular singer/actress Reba McEntire.