On a brisk Southern California day, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks invaded the opening day of the 2013 Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, Calif., for a night of practice, qualifying, along with Trophy Kart, 1400 Truck and SST main events.
After multiple practice sessions, the Stadium SUPER Trucks took to the temporary track for the best of 2-lap qualifying session. Brawley, Calif., native, Justin Lofton, edged out Wisconsin native Keegan Kincaid by .005 to capture the quick time with a lap of 58.222.
After a six-car invert Mike Jenkins of Plano, Texas, would pace the 15-lap SST final to green. Craig Potts would race out to the early lead, but entering the second turn Potts would lose the handle on his No. 59 truck spinning and losing multiple positions.
Fourth starting Robby Gordon wasted no time getting to the front of the field racing back to the line first ahead of P.J. Jones and Lofton. Jones then had a mechanical problem and dropped out on lap five.
Gordon and Lofton remained the class of the field racing away after a lap-seven caution. A hard-charging Lofton would be glued to the bumper of the No. 7 corner after corner, but would lose his chance after striking a water barrier that Gordon bumped loose.
Gordon went on to capture his third SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win of the season; he was followed to the finish by second place Keegan Kincaid and third-finishing Apdaly Lopez.
Lofton would encounter mechanical issues coming to the finish line dropping him to a fifth-place finish.
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No. 12 at the Sand Sports Super Show at the OC Fair and Events Center will begin at 6 p.m. with SST qualifying, followed by 1400 truck heats. Trophy Kart qualifying, Stock and Modified Side x Side qualifying, SUPERMoto qualifying, followed by finals in all classes.