The desert racing season seems like it just ended, but it is time to dust off the race trucks and get back to work. The Best in the Desert (BITD) season is set to kick off this weekend with the Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona.
Justin Lofton has had great success in past couple seasons winning the Mint 400 the last two years in a row. Recently, Lofton just fixed up his truck with a complete Holley EFI system. To do this he reached out to Ison Racing Engines and Holley to convert his powerful Roush Yates Engines RY45 Ford to electronic fuel injection.
Mike Hupertz was the main engine builder on the project while working side by side with Holley’s Robin Lawrence. “One of the biggest reasons we chose Holley EFI is for the ease of use,” Hupertz said. “Robin sat right there next to me and helped me out with the Version 4 software. It’s perfect for a common-plenum manifold and individual fuel and timing control, and I can’t say enough about how easy it was to use. First time on the dyno, it worked flawlessly.”
To some Lofton’s truck is one of the best in the field. “I’m really excited to see how he runs this year,” Hupertz said of Lofton, who, in addition to his NASCAR experience and massive off-road success, won the 2009 ARCA stock car championship in only his second year driving in that series. “You couldn’t ask for a better driver.”
“Being partnered with Cometic Gaskets and moving forward to a Roush Yates RY45 engine for this year, there’s no question what fuel injection we wanted – Holley EFI,” Lofton said. “Mike really has confidence in this, and when your engine builder is confident, it eases your mind and makes you confident.”
Make sure to keep an eye on Lofton during the entire BITD season.