Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/8/14

CONCORD, NC - MAY 29: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Tech-Net Auto Service 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Justin Lofton was able to hold off Brad Keselowski on Friday night to take home the victory in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is Lofton’s first CWTS victory and he now leads the series standings by a mere one point over Timothy Peters.

Rookie Ty Dillon started in the pole position with Lofton on the outside pole. Just three laps into the race, Brennan Newberry spun his truck out of Turn 4 to bring out the caution flag. Newberry would eventually spin his truck three more times throughout a difficult night. Dillon held the lead of the race until caution flew on Lap 24, when John King crashed his truck in Turn 2 while running in the 22nd position.

Ryan Sieg did not pit and stayed on track to pick up the lead of the race on the restart. It took only one lap for James Buescher to take over the lead in his No. 31 Turner Motorsports truck. However, Brad Keselowski had a fast truck all night and took the lead from Buescher just 10 laps later.

On Lap 84, Buescher’s strong night came to a screeching halt when the No. 5 truck spun and clipped Buescher when he slid up the track, causing Buescher to slam the outside wall. Buescher had damage to the right side of his truck and had to pit for repairs. Just a few laps later, Buescher’s teammate, Nelson Piquet Jr., crashed his truck into the Turn 4 wall.

With 35 laps to go, Lofton was leading on the restart with Keselowski closing in quickly. 19 laps later, Keselowski caught Lofton, just before the caution came out with 14 laps to go. To add insult to injury, Piquet impacted the wall hard once again and was forced to take his truck to the garage. It was a terrible ending for the Turner Motorsports team after running in the Top 10 for the first half of the race.

The restart came with 10 laps to go, with Keselowski leading the field. After Keselowski did not get going on the restart, Lofton was able to take over the lead once more. Despite caution being waved with seven laps to go for debris, Lofton was able to hold onto the lead for a frantic final few laps to earn his first NASCAR victory in the CWTS.


North Carolina Education Lottery 200 top 10:

1. Justin Lofton
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Todd Bodine
4. Jason Leffler
5. Ron Hornaday
6. Jason White
7. Joey Coulter
8. Jeb Burton (R)
9. Timothy Peters
10. Ty Dillon (R)

Truck standings after 5 of 22 races:

1. Justin Lofton
2. Timothy Peters, -1
3. Ty Dillon (R), -16
4. James Buescher, -18
5. Parker Kligerman, -30
6. Ron Hornaday, -31
7. Jason White, -42
8. Nelson Piquet Jr., -45
9. Todd Bodine, -49
10. Joey Coulter, -55


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