Justin Lofton became a first-time race winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by taking Charlotte Motor Speedway's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 18. Lofton grabbed the lead from Sprint Cup Series regular Brad Keselowski after a restart with 10 laps remaining when Ron Hornaday Jr. bumped Keselowski from behind and shoved him down the track, allowing Lofton to slip by. With the win, Lofton moved atop the point standings for the first time in his truck career. His lead is only one point over Timothy Peters heading into the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover. ... INDYCAR announced on May 24 it had re-introduced engine manufacturer competition for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, and chassis competition will debut in 2013. Approved suppliers will design and develop the aero kits, and upon INDYCAR approval, may charge teams a maximum of $75,000 per complete kit. Areas open for development for road/street/short ovals include sidepods, front- and rear-wing endplates, flaps and the engine cover. The Speedway configuration includes sidepods, front- and rear-wing endplates and the engine cover. No IZOD IndyCar Series entrant may run more than three homologated aero kits within the two-year period, with one being the 2012 Dallara road/street/short oval and superspeedway aero kit. A list of approved suppliers will be announced in June by INDYCAR, with on-track testing tentatively scheduled for January 2013.
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