December is a month known for the silly season news it brings to NASCAR and today was no different as two drivers announced their plans for the 2013 season.
Joey Gase announced that he will run the entire 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for Jimmy Means Racing. Gase raced in 18 of the 33 races in the Nationwide Series in 2012, including 12 races with Means. Gase's best finish in the 2012 season was a 19th at Kansas Speedway with Means' team.
"Joey really stepped up for us at the end of the year," Means said. "We made some races that were very competitive and hard to make. We out ran some really good cars. I think he impressed a lot of people."
Gase wasn't the only one who announced his plans. Justin Lofton has announced he will run a part time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and put his focus towards the newly formed Stadium Super Trucks Series organized by former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon. The Stadium Super Trucks Series is an off road truck series. Lofton said he has always had a passion for off road truck racing.
"I've known Robby Gordon for a long time and this is something he's wanted to do as long as I've known him. We grew up doing this and it's something I have a passion for," Lofton said.
Lofton expressed that a lack of funding was the reason he has had to scale back in the Truck Series.
"I want to be seen as the NASCAR driver who went over to the Stadium Truck Series and found some success," Lofton said. "Hopefully some of my NASCAR fans will follow me on this new venture and I'll take some rally fans with me when I come back to NASCAR."
Lofton said he plans on running 10 truck races on tracks a mile and a half or longer. Lofton won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte in May. He finished eighth in the Series points standings in 2012 with Eddie Sharp Racing.
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