In the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, it is becoming increasingly more important that you take advantage of the opportunities you receive. Success could guarantee you more chances to prove yourself and may allow you to climb the ladder further in NASCAR. However, failure could get you knocked out the sport.
Dylan Lupton is a driver that knows this well.
The 25-year-old had been looking for any opportunity after last competing in NASCAR in June 2018. Over a year later, Lupton finally got his chance to return as DGR-Crosley Racing with a six-race schedule, with his first race coming at Chicagoland Speedway.
Now, this wasn’t a guarantee Lupton was going to end up back in the sport more consistently, as at the end of the six races, he could be exactly where was before the deal. So ultimately, it was critical for his career that he did well with DGR, which he has.
At Chicago, Lupton qualified and ran inside the top-10 before finishing tenth. A solid day for a driver who, let’s not forget, was not in NASCAR in anyway for over a year.
The California-native returned to the seat this weekend at Kentucky, where again he impressed. Lupton scored his first top-five with a fifth-place finish, which is a statement itself for part-time. However, what may have been more impressive was how he got there.
He started the night in 20th in a race that seemed chaotic, with several multi-truck accidents and fuel strategy biting a lot of the race’s top contenders as the race neared its conclusion. However, at the end of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225, Lupton had a damage-free No. 15 and a career-best finish.
It has only been two races, but Lupton is doing everything that he needs to be doing and more. If the next four races for him go as well, and his current trend of succeeding continues, then it should open up more opportunities. Specifically, a full-time ride.
Let’s face it, Lupton is doing all of this without a lot of time to prepare, that it makes it interesting to wonder what he would be doing if he were given a more consistent, guaranteed, that allowed him to grow with a team for more than just six races.
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