LOS ANGELES – SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks made the return to the birthplace of Stadium truck racing on a specifically designed dirt and asphalt course inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Mike Jenkins began the qualifying session, running three smooth laps. Next was Lalo Laguna as he blistered a quick lap of 42.123 jumping to top of the charts. Laguna remained the quick qualifier throughout much of the event even after successful laps by off-road new comers Arie Luyendyk and Nick Baumgartner. P.J. Jones found trouble on his third qualifying lap turning the American Racing Wheels No. 98 over on its side.
The Solar City No. 6 of Justin Lofton continued his qualifying ways jumping to the top position with a 41.773. Lofton’s, quick time did not last long as Robby Gordon in the SPEED Energy/MAPEI/Toyo Tires truck came out racing its way to the fastest lap time of the day with a 40.620.
“To be fast qualifier at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is pretty cool; we’ve had Lofton as the quick qualifier twice this year. Tonight Lofton came out and qualified third putting the both of us in the same heat race tomorrow night. Heading into Round No. 3 the race for the SST Championship is very close. Point Leader Rob MacCachren qualified second tonight setting up a great battle for the points lead tomorrow night. There is nothing like being at the coliseum and flying down the peristyles,” said fast qualifier Gordon.