TMS Media Relations | Jun 06, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 6, 2014) – NTS Motorsports driver Justin Lofton won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole for tonight’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 during NTT DATA Qualifying Day at Texas Motor Speedway.
Lofton (No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet) ran a lap of 179.677 miles per hour in the final 12-truck qualifying session to capture the second pole of his career. His other pole came at Chicago in 2012. Lofton actually started on the pole at Texas Motor Speedway in this event in 2012, but was in that position after qualifying was rained out and the field set by owner points. Per NASCAR rules, he was not credited with a pole.
It was a cat-and-mouse qualifying finale as the dozen drivers opted to conserve their tires and all of them went out in the final 30 seconds of the five-minute session for their lone qualifying lap attempt.
Lofton won the pole in the one-lap shootout while defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (No. 88 Slim Jim-Menards Toyota) was second at 179.384 mph and Ryan Blaney (No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford) was third at 178.635 mph.
Rounding out the top five was two-time Texas Motor Speedway NCWTS winner Johnny Sauter (No. 98 Nextant-Curb Records Toyota) at 178.601 mph and 18-year-old rookie Erik Jones (No. 51 Hiring Our Heroes/ToyotaCare Toyota) at 178.577 mph.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete at 8 p.m. CT tonight in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 (167 laps/250.5 miles).
Tickets for the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.
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