Justin Lofton




California-native Justin Lofton began racing mountain bikes at an early age but a broken femur kept him sidelined for over a year before he made the move to off-road.  Lofton first moved to the Colorado Hill Climb Association competing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb before following in his father’s footsteps and entering his first BITD race in 2004.  He quickly found success in Class 1000 competition, earning three wins and rookie-of-the-year honors.  Lofton then moved to ARCA where he was crowned champion in 2009 and then onto NASCAR’s Truck Series where he’s raced since 2010.  In 2012 Lofton returned to desert action where he will run a full BITD schedule in a Class 1500 Unlimited Buggy in addition to his full-time NASCAR Truck Series ride.  Lofton will certainly be a contender for the championship in 2012.

Did You Know?

Relationship status: single

Twitter: @jlracing

Favorite person(s) to follow on Twitter: @L_constable; @BrettBortle; @teamGT

Dailey driver (what GT or Conti tires do you have on it?): 2012 Chevy Silverado Z71 w/33XIT Grabbers

Best thing I ever ate :  Beef!  It’s what’s for dinner.

Favorite place: Inside my helmet

Hidden Talents: Cooking, not dancing!

What’s playing on my iPod: Motley Crew; The Offspring

I have to set my DVR for: NCIS; NASCAR Camping World Truck races

Three must see movies: Book of Eli, Fly Boys, Hot Tub Time Machine.

Person I admire most and why: My father.  He has taught me a lot about racing, both desert and stock car.

Most memorable race/event and why: My first Truck Series start at Daytona in 2010.  The Baja 1000 in 2008 which was my first Trophy Truck start and my first Baja 1000.  The 2005 Pikes Peak race.  The 2009 Rockingham ARCA race where I won my ARCA championship.

Best advice I ever got: To finish first, you first must finish.

Other athletes I give big props to: Jimmie Johnson – 5 consecutive NASCAR Cup Championships.  Robby Gordon – for his diversity.

How I got my start racing/competing: My dad started racing when I was born.  So I was always around it.  I started racing bikes at nine and broke my femur racing downhill.  Figured it was time to put a cage around me and went to a car.

Favorite social media outlet and why?
Instagram because every post has a picture.

What's your daily driver?
A Chevy truck on Red Letter Grabbers

Favorite race and why?
The general Tire Vegas to Reno race because you start down in the desert and run up thru the mountains of Nevada. Also because of the distance.

How do your General Grabbers help you during and off-road race?
My Generals are great for forward bite.  It is really awwesome to have a tire than can get maximum power to the ground and launch us forward.

Best location for a weekend of off-roading and why?
I am a big fan of the Glamis Sand dunes. Mostly because it is close to my house, but also because I have a great group of friends I go with.

What other adventure activities do you do outside racing?
Biking has always been a one of my favorite activities outside of racing.

If you are going to do a weekend off-road trip, what five essential things would you bring with you?
1. Steak
2. Captain Morgan and Coke ( don't drink and drive)
3. Grill
4. Motorhome
5. Ice

Top three road trip songs in your opinion?
1. Fun - "Some Nights"
2. George Strait - "Clear Blue Sky"
3. Pit Bull & Kesha - "Timber"

Best road trip you've ever taken?

Best road trip was probably when I was 10 with my Mom, sisters, aunt and cousins. It started out as a two week trip that was going to take through most of the western United States. We stopped at every National Park, State Park, and monument along the way. But after so many daus in the car, when we arrived in Durango, CO, we all mysteriously  became sick (Wink Wink) and we ended up staying there for another week to 10 days.

BONUS QUESTION: If you could go anywhere on your Grabbers, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere on my Grabbers it would probably be across South America for the DAKAR rally.

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