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Jun 01

Lofton To Make Return Visit To Fort Riley

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Lofton To Make Return Visit To Fort Riley


For the second year in a row, Justin Lofton, driver of the No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series, will be heading to Kansas early in order to visit soldiers at nearby Fort Riley. Located roughly two hours from the Kansas Speedway, Lofton will spend Thursday at Fort Riley meeting soldiers, family members of deployed soldiers, signing autographs, and participating in various activities. Lofton's No. 77 Toyota Tundra will also be on display at Fort Riley throughout the day.     


"Last season's visit was a lot of fun. We got to do a lot of cool things around the base. But to be able to personally thank the troops, that meant a lot," Lofton said.    


Many of the soldiers Lofton met last season are now deployed. Fort Riley currently has close to 1,000 soldiers in Iraq and nearly 1900 in Afghanistan, with more set to deploy on Thursday, June 2, the day of Lofton's visit.  


"Some of the soldiers we met last year are now deployed. It will be nice to be able to see their families, and hopefully put a smile on their face while they are missing their loved ones," Lofton added.


This year, Lofton's trip will be even bigger. He will be joined by Germain Racing teammates Todd Bodine and Brendan Gaughan, as well as a SPEED camera crew. The visit will be featured on the pre-race NCWTS Set Up show next week in Texas.   


The cameras will have a lot of action to cover throughout the Kansas trip, and not just at Fort Riley. Lofton's No. 77 Toyota Tundra will have a different look this week in honor of his friends within the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (1HBCT), 1st Infantry Division (1ID) of Fort Riley. The hood of Lofton's Tundra will feature the "Devil Brigade" Crest, as well as the Brigade name across the quarter panels.   


Over two dozen soldiers will join Lofton and the Germain Racing team at Kansas Speedway on Saturday to see the No. 77 Devil's Brigade Tundra battle it out in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.   


The 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is the Army's oldest Brigade. The Brigade was reactivated in July 1958 at Fort Benning, Georgia as the 1st Infantry Brigade. In 1964, it rejoined the 1st Infantry Division, this time at Fort Riley, Kansas, and was re-designated as the 1st Brigade ("Devil Brigade") of the Big Red One. Throughout its history, 1st Brigade has always lead with pride as a member of "The Big Red One". 1st Brigade stands ready to defend our Nation, forever dedicated to the motto: "NO MISSION TOO DIFFICULT, NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT - DUTY FIRST!"



Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations