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Lack of Sponsorship Forces Justin Lofton Into New Opportunity

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR

By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical

One of the pleasant surprises of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, was the emergence of Justin Lofton as a championship contender. Although he would finish the season eighth in the point standings, Lofton nabbed his first career win in 2012, and he held the points lead following three consecutive races, and he held a spot inside the top-three of the standings after 10 of the 22 races last season.

It appeared that Lofton and Eddie Sharp Racing would band together for another run at the title in 2013 — that won’t be the case.

Lack of sponsorship has forced Lofton to reduce his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series efforts in order to run the full-season in Robby Gordon’s new Stadium Truck Series.

This was a story that was first reported by SB Nation back in December, but it is still unsure how many events Lofton would be able to compete in in the NASCAR Truck Series. What is known is that Lofton will be behind the wheel in the Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona in a few weeks.

The Stadium Truck Series will be a new off-road series that will have events at numerous well-known stadiums across the country such as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Lofton told SBNation back in December that this opportunity is a cool one, but that he would like to make his way back to NASCAR full-time if/when the opportunity were to arise. With the economy the way it is how many more prominent Truck Series drivers will we see on the sidelines in 2013?

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Toby Christie is the Editor In Chief for DailyPitstop.com. He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show. Christie is a proud member of the NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) and has covered the sport of NASCAR since 2007. He can be reached via twitter or email. Tweet him @dailypitstop or email him at tobalical@sicknissified.com.

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