ARCA Honors Champ Lofton

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HARDWARE: Justin Lofton stands with the ARCA RE/MAX Series trophy during the awards banquet Saturday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Convington, Ky. (ARCA Photo)

HARDWARE: Justin Lofton stands with the ARCA RE/MAX Series trophy during the awards banquet Saturday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Convington, Ky. (ARCA Photo)

COVINGTON, Ky. — Justin Lofton and his Eddie Sharp Racing team were honored Saturday night at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center as series champions during the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet.

Lofton and company took home more than $175,000 in point fund and special prize money from a number of sponsors, including Hoosier Tire, Menards, Sunoco, Ansell and Toyota.

A native Californian, Lofton was also presented with a letter and certificate signed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledging his achievement.

In addition to earning the driver and owner titles this season, Eddie Sharp Racing’s No. 6 team also took home the Hoosier Tire Speedway Challenge Championship, which earned the team an additional $15,000.

Lofton’s crew chief Mark Rette was also presented with the Cosmetic Crew Chief of the Year award by ARCA Vice President of Competition Joe Wells and the Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Year Award by John Klotz.

Parker Kligerman, who finished just five points behind Lofton for the series crown, was honored with the Bill France Four Crown Award, the Racing Electronics Lightning Challenge and the series Rookie of the Year Award. Kligerman’s car owner Mark Gibson received a $5,000 check from Hoosier Tire for posting the most victories this season.

Third-place point finisher Frank Kimmel, along with his father Bill Kimmel, were awarded the Marcum Award, given to an individual or entity whose positive efforts have elevated ARCA’s stature to the benefit of all involved. Kimmel Racing was also presented with the Mo’s Gold Best Appearing Car Award by Bill Shafley.

Others honored during the event were Joey Coulter (HG Adcox Sportsman of the Year Award), Steve Arpin (National Speed Sport News-ARCA Nation Most Popular Driver Award), Robb Brent (CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award) and Dave Jameson of Hutch-BSR (ARCA Spirit Award).

Phil Parsons of Speed served as the master of ceremonies during the event.