Lofton wins ARCA race at Pocono

  • By Dan Gelston Associated Press
  • Saturday, August 1, 2009 8:18pm
  • SportsSports

LONG POND, Pa. — Justin Lofton held off Matt Merrell in a green-white-checkered finish to win the ARCA race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.

“This is an awesome racetrack,” Lofton said. “I wanted to win at this track. There’s nothing like it in the world. I almost had it last June. We were able to pull it off and I’m real excited about that.”

Lofton’s win in the No. 6 Toyota shot him to the top of the points standings, where he holds a five-point lead over Parker Kligerman. Kligerman, who won on the triangle track in June, got turned into on the final laps and finished 21st.

“I’m just really excited to have the points lead in Pocono like I wanted to,” Lofton said.

Craig Goess, Steve Arpin and Frank Kimmel rounded out the top five.

Lofton is getting set to make his debut in the Nationwide Series in August at Michigan. He’ll also compete in NASCAR’s second-tier series at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Texas and the finale at Homestead.

Lofton led 65 laps of the race that was extended by two overall to 82, earning his third win of the season and fourth of his career.

“It was going to be who pushed their car the most,” he said.

Saturday at Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pa.

1. (1) Justin Lofton, Westmorland, Calif., Toyota, 82

2. (3) Matt Merrell, Portland, Texas, Dodge, 82

3. (6) Craig Goess, Greenville, N.C., Toyota, 82

4. (8) Steve Arpin, Fort Frances, Ont., Toyota, 82

5. (4) Frank Kimmel, Clarksville, Ind., Ford, 82

6. (28) Tom Hessert, Cherry Hill, N.J., Ford, 82

7. (14) Robb Brent, Shelby Township, Mich., Dodge, 82

8. (27) Justin Marks, Rocklin, Calif., Toyota, 82

9. (30) Bobby Gerhart, Lebanon, Pa., Chevrolet, 82

10. (37) Kyle Martel, Lebanon, Pa., Chevrolet, 82

11. (10) Patrick Sheltra, Indiantown, Fla., Dodge, 81

12. (5) Joey Coulter, Miami Springs, Fla., Chevrolet, 81

13. (7) Bryan Silas, Stuart, Fla., Ford, 81

14. (38) Sean Corr, Goshen, N.Y., Ford, 81

15. (22) Mikey Kile, Westlake, La., Chevrolet, 80

16. (12) Kory Rabenold, Slatington, Pa., Ford, 80

17. (36) John Ferrier, Middletown, N.Y., Ford, 80

18. (26) Gabi DiCarlo, Phoenix, Toyota, 80

19. (9) Tim George, Jr., New York, Toyota, 80

20. (15) Jeremy Petty, Smolan, Kan., Chevrolet, 80

21. (2) Parker Kligerman, Westport, Conn., Dodge, 80

22. (25) Alli Owens, Daytona Beach, Fla., Toyota, 79

23. (16) Darrell Basham, Henryville, Ind., Chevrolet, 78

24. (24) Jason Basham, Henryville, Ind., Chevrolet, 78

25. (17) Steve Fox, Hazleton, Pa., Chevrolet, 77

26. (20) Barry Fitzgerald, Sykesville, Md., Ford, 76

27. (34) Ed Pompa, Ballston, N.Y., Chevrolet, 76

28. (35) Brian Kaltreider, Reading, Pa., Ford, 62, engine

29. (11) Dakoda Armstrong, New Castle, Ind., Dodge, 47, accident

30. (33) Tom Berte, New Berlin, Wis., Chevrolet, 42, accident

31. (19) James Hylton, Inman, S.C., Ford, 25, suspension

32. (39) Chase Mattioli, Long Pond, Pa., Dodge, 23, engine

33. (21) Todd Antrican, Lebanon, Pa., Chevrolet, 22, handling

34. (32) Marc Easton, Lake Saranac, N.Y., Dodge, 17, vibration

35. (18) Brad Smith, Shelby Township, Mich., Ford, 16, overheating

36. (29) Dwight Laird, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 16, oil leak

37. (31) Charlie Vest, Ocoee, Fla., Ford, 15, vibration

38. (23) Brett Butler, Lilburn, Ga., Ford, 9, accident

39. (40) Tony Palumbo, Frankfort, Ill., Ford, 9, accident

40. (13) Mike Holt, Snow Camp, N.C., Toyota, 2, vibration

41. (41) Chris Lafferty, Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of race: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 17 seconds.

Margin of victory: .502 seconds.

Lap leaders: Lofton 1-29, Kligerman 30-36, Lofton 37, Arpin 38-41, Goess 42, Arpin 43-47, Lofton 48-82.

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