Lofton Tops Gordon In SUPER Trucks
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Justin Lofton outran Robby Gordon to win Saturday’s Stadium SUPER Trucks race during the Sand Sport Super Show.
After multiple practice sessions, the Stadium SUPER Trucks took to the track for the best of two laps qualifying session. Robby Gordon continued where he left off the night before laying down the quickest lap of the session with a 58.372.
Saturday night’s final would see a six-car invert and for the second night in a row Mike Jenkins would pace the 15-lap SST final to green. Apdaly Lopez would race out to the early lead before Jenkins would enter the second turn too fast resulting in a complete roll over.
Lopez would lead the first three laps, before fourth starting Justin Lofton would take over the lead entering the dirt stadium portion of the racecourse. Lopez would get loose coming to the start/finish line loosing a tremendous amount of ground to the sixth starting Robby Gordon.
With Lofton out to a commanding lead, Lopez would spin in the big sweeping corner allowing Gordon to drive past into second place.
In a repeat of the night before Gordon and Lofton would remain the class of the field racing away after a lap-six caution. The hard charging Lofton would hit his marks corner after corner showing the No. 7 around the tricky race course. Lap 10 saw Gordon cut into the lead of Lofton, but a small bobble would allow Lofton to pull away.
The Southern California native went on to capture his third SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win of the season; he was followed to the finish by second place Robby Gordon and third finishing Apdaly Lopez.
Other feature winners included Robert Vambercum in Side x Side Mod, Keenam Rogerson in Side x Side Stock, and D. J. Noerr in Trophy Kart 450.