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Germain deal reunites Lofton with Eddie Sharp

June 22, 2011, Team Release,

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Germain Racing and Eddie Sharp Racing have reached an agreement to put Justin Lofton back behind the wheel of ESR equipment. The 2009 ARCA Series champion earned victories and his title with ESR. The move has been facilitated by the departure of Craig Goess from ESR.


"Eddie and I talked at length about this and we feel it's the best decision for Justin's career. Justin earned his championship with ESR and that's a special bond we can certainly respect," Germain Racing general manager Mike Hillman Sr. said. "Winning championships is about chemistry as much as it is about being the best. We wish Justin and ESR success in finding that chemistry together again soon."

Germain Racing and ESR will work cooperatively to make the transition seamless for Lofton. Ryan "Rudy" Fugle, crew chief for Lofton's No. 77 Toyota at Germain Racing, will remain with Germain.

In 2004, Germain Racing began as a single-truck organization competing solely in the Truck Series. The team has since earned two championships and Germain's 22 victories have played a key role in Toyota's five-year reign as the manufacturers' champion.