Higher Education Advising Service College Complete NASCAR Driver Justin Lofton Shines in Daytona

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Education Matching Service CollegeComplete.com NASCAR driver Justin Lofton finished 3rd in Daytona. The push to provide free education advice to the public is off to a good start.

Justin Lofton and the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet

Finishes like these are what will really help get the word out to the NASCAR community about the free education advice that CollegeComplete.com provides.

Friday night, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returned after ninety-seven days and graced the surface of Daytona International Speedway for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. After Miguel Paludo qualified on the pole, he showed us within the first forty laps why he was there, to win, by leading all the laps. By lap eight, their speeds were already up to 191 miles per hour, going three-wide into turn three. On lap sixty-one, John King bounced Cale Gale sideways into the wall, where he collected his Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) teammate, Mike Skinner. With two of the three ESR trucks out of contention, Justin Lofton in the No. 6 College Complete Chevrolet was ESR's only hope for winning the race. Fifteen laps later, pole sitter, Miguel Paludo got loose and spun out, hitting the inside wall with extreme force.

This is when the wrecks started: when going three-wide, Parker Kligerman was sandwiched and spun out, collecting David Starr and Dusty Davis; Clay Greenfield spun Brad Keselowski and collected rookie, Max Gresham, and Rick Crawford along the way; John King unintentionally got into the back of leader, Johnny Sauter, sending him spinning into David Starr, Brendan Gaughan, Grant Enfinger, Parker Kligerman, and Matt Crafton; finally on the third Green-White-Checkered, James Buescher got into the back of Joey Coulter, sending him into the catch fence, allowing John King to win the race.

While all of this was going on, Justin Lofton was extremely pleased that he was running in the front of the pack, specifically in the top-ten, for a good majority of the night. After qualifying fifteenth, the No. 6 team was unsure of how they would perform during the race after a broken shock plagued them during practice on Thursday. The No. 6 team only making three pit stops during the course of the race helped gain valuable positions on the track. At the final restart of the night, Lofton knew it was time to move. He rallied through the trucks like it was nothing, crossing the line in the third position - a career best. The last time he finished third was during his rookie season in 2010 at Dover International Speedway. With such a great start to the year, this will be the motivation the team needs to get ready for the next NCWTS race on March 31 at Martinsville and for the rest of the season.

Daniel Haim, CEO of CollegeComplete.com was extremely pleased with this performance. "We knew coming into this season that we had the right driver, right equipment and right team. We were prepared for a strong season and Justin jumped right out there with a great performance." He continued, "Finishes like these are what will really help get the word out to the NASCAR community about the free education advice that CollegeComplete.com provides."

Saturday brought on its fair share of wrecks and surprises in the Nationwide Series Drive 4 COPD 300. After winning the pole, Danica Patrick quickly fell back. On the last lap of the race, just when everyone thought it was over, there was another wreck, only this one took out the top-ten drivers; this enabled Buescher to soar past the wreckage and win the race. James Buescher proved that anything can happen - especially being eleventh and winning.

The Daytona 500 was scheduled to run Sunday afternoon, but rain left the track waterlogged. By five o'clock, it was announced that the race would begin on Monday at noon; unfortunately, that didn't happen either; the race was finally held at seven o'clock Monday night. On lap one, everyone was surprised to see a multi-car wreck, caused by Elliott Sadler bumping Jimmie Johnson. After this caution, the rest of the race was pretty calm with only a few accidents, until Juan Pablo Montoya "set fire to the track." After a long red flag, Matt Kenseth was able to hold off teammate, Greg Biffle, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to become the 2012 Daytona 500 Champion.

With forty laps remaining, a piece of the suspension broke on Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 42, sending him straight into the jet dryer on the track. Montoya's car had made a hole in the jet dryer, and the 200-gallon diesel fuel tank erupted into flames. Both Montoya and the jet dryer driver, Duane Barnes, are fine. It took the safety crews two hours and five minutes to clean up the track. By using Tide laundry detergent, the safety crews were able to clean all of the oil off the track and make sure it was safe to race on. Tide is used after all of the races to remove all of the oil from the track to protect the track's surface. The head of the recent track resurfacing was there directing the clean-up to make sure the track surface wasn't destroyed. Many NASCAR fans were wondering why the jet dryer erupted into flames. The jet dryer, from Michigan International Speedway, was at Daytona because of all the rain. Since it's the biggest race of the year, why not have a few jet dryers handy, just in case? The jet dryer, introduced into NASCAR in 1976, is composed of a jet engine to clear the track of debris and water.

The safety crews on Monday night are very well-trained for emergencies like that one. To become a NASCAR safety crew member - more specifically a part of the fire crew, one would need to undergo mandatory once-a-month, six hour training with NASCAR and would need to have at least a high school diploma. Once becoming a part of the NASCAR fire crew and gaining the valuable years of experience needed, many decide to move on and become certified firefighters. This is where College Complete can help. To become a certified firefighter, a degree in Fire Science or Fire Safety Engineering is necessary. College Complete can help you find the right school to get the degree you want and get you on the road to happiness and success. Free Education Advice is available at collegecomplete.com or 877-543-2655

About College Complete

Partnered with hundreds of educational institutions and across all types of education goals, including traditional college degrees, trade and vocational certifications, and professional licensure, College Complete helps students assess all of the information that exists in the public domain, allowing them to understand and make sense of their educational opportunities. Their services are free and available to anyone.    Whether you are interested in Art and Design, Business, Computers and Technology, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare and Medical, Science and Engineering, and much, much more; if you’re an Electrician, a Nurse, an Automotive Mechanic, a Teacher, a Police Officer, or you’re simply interested in learning Computer Programming, Networking, Web Development, or Graphic Design College Complete is available for you at no cost. You can reach them by filling out a form on their site or calling to speak with your personal Education Advocate at 877-543-2655. College Complete has an initiative to assist those in the US Armed Forces and their families and is able to assist in identifying schools that will not only provide the educational requirements of the soldier, veteran or family member but will do so in a cost effective manner.

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