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Lupton Continues To Prove Himself

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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XFINITY

ASHLEY ASKS…… Dylan Lupton

After a season-best 12th-place finish last year at Daytona International Speedway, Dylan Lupton will once again drive for JGL Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, set for an expanded schedule this time around.

Before he takes to the track this year, the 24-year-old talked to POPULAR SPEED about his thoughts entering the year.

POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts entering the season?

DYLAN LUPTON: I’m excited. I think this is the first season that I have quite a bit of races lined up in February. Usually, it’s mostly April and we’re slow trying to get our race plans together. So it’s exciting that we were able to get these 22 events aligned with JGL Racing. I’m going to be doing the first six races, and trying to secure sponsorship for those other 12 to make it full-time.

PS: What are your goals and expectations?

DYLAN: I think we built a really solid base last year with the JGL team, and our relationship grew throughout the year and the last two races I was able to run the 28, which we will have this year. So I really think we’ll be a top-15 team as the weeks progress. If we can run top-15 every week and get finishes around there, that’d be a good goal to set for us.

PS: What track are you most excited for?

DYLAN: I’d have to say California. I love Auto Club Speedway. There’s not much grip, and the seams make it awfully interesting, and there’s so many different line options you have as a driver. I wasn’t able to run there last year, but I was able to in 2016 and it’s just a fun track to race at in my opinion.

PS: What was the biggest thing you learned last year you’re carrying into this season?

DYLAN: I gained a lot of experience at new tracks – say half of my schedule, if not more last year, was at tracks that I hadn’t been to before. It helped speed up the process. I was able to learn how to adapt to new tracks quickly. I also have a lot of notes going into the race tracks that I was able to go to last year. I was able to gain a ton of experience, so looking forward to carrying that into this year.

PS: What are your thoughts on how the stage racing played out? Does it change your strategy for this year?

DYLAN: It didn’t change our strategy last year, because I wasn’t running full-time or for the points. However, I’m a big fan of the stage racing. You’re able to put these few different strategies and now that we’re trying to go full-time this year, we’re going to be looking to try and get some stage points. At some tracks we’re running good at, or there’s not much tire fall off, we might risk it and stay out if there’s a caution near the end of the stage and try to battle our way into the top-15 to get some stage points.

PS: How did you initially get involved in racing?

DYLAN: I started racing dirt bikes when I was younger, and just broke a lot of bones, so my parents wanted to get me on four wheels because it’s a little safer so I started racing go-karts. Then I think I moved into a Late Model when I turned 16 at Irwindale Speedway, and been climbing the ranks since.

What’s been your most memorable career moment to date?

I’d have to say my first Cup start at Sonoma. That’ll always be probably one of my biggest memories. Sonoma is my home track. I grew up going out there and racing on the go-kart track on the hill, and always looking down on the big track, dreaming one day of being out there battling against the Cup guys. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that it’d actually come true. It was a really cool experience to have all my friends and family out there at my home track for my first Cup start.

Down the road, what would it mean to you to become a full-time Cup Series driver?

That’d be a dream. I think every driver in XFINITY, Truck Series, K&N Series, even the weekly level, all strives to someday go full-time in the Cup Series. If I can make a career out of NASCAR, I’d be very happy. I’ve put in a lot of time in the trenches for my family business, and I know racing a car is a lot more fun than digging a dirt hole with a shovel.

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XFINITY

Lupton Returns to JGL Racing

We may have just turned the calendar page over to a new year, but the announcements have already began.

JGL Racing confirmed on Wednesday that Dylan Lupton will be back behind the wheel of the No. 28 Ford Mustang this season for at least 21 events.

“I’m very excited to return to JGL Racing in 2018,” stated Lupton. “We continued to improve throughout the 2017 season and I was able to gain valuable experience that will help tremendously in the new season. With the switch to Ford over the off-season and our new alliance with Roush Fenway Racing, I am confident that we will be competitive right out of the gate. I would like to thank James Whitener and the whole JGL Racing organization for this opportunity.”

The announcement is an expansion compared to 2017, following 14 races with JGL Racing, with a career-best 12th at Richmond Raceway in April. The Californian has made 24 starts in the XFINITY Series to date.

“I am extremely happy we were able to put something together and have Dylan back with us for the 2018 season,” said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. “Dylan gained valuable experience in the 2017 season and went to many tracks for the first time, which will all help him in 2018. Also, Dylan became a great fit with our team and really became a part of our family. We look forward to his continued growth and think he has some exciting times ahead of him in the No. 28 Ford.”

Lupton will begin the season in the No. 24 at Daytona International Speedway in the PowerShares QQQ 300, along with the following four events. JGL Racing stated sponsor and crew chief announcements will be forth coming in the “near future.”

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News

JGL Racing Adds Lupton to “Young Guns” Program

JGL Racing’s driver lineup for their “Young Guns” program continues to grow, as they announced that Dylan Lupton will run a part-time schedule.   

Lupton, who has competed in all three of NASCAR’s top-tier series, will pilot the No. 24 with his first race in two weeks at Richmond.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity and excited to start this venture with JGL Racing,” said Lupton.  “I feel strongly that this is the right home for me and gives me the best chance to succeed.  I cannot wait for Richmond and look forward to growing this program with the No. 24 team.”

In addition to Richmond, Lupton’s will also compete for JGL at Dover (6/3), Pocono, Iowa (6/24), Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, and Road America, with the possibility of more races.

“We are excited to add Dylan to our Young Guns program, and he is someone that we have watched for the last few years and felt he was a perfect fit”, added JGL Racing team owner James Whitener.  “His schedule will have a good mix of races which will allow him to showcase his talents in the No. 24 Toyota.”

Lupton joins Scott Lagasse Jr., Corey LaJoie, Drew Herring and Jeb Burton to drive the No. 24 this season, as JGL continues their goal of showcasing NASCAR’s rising stars.

So far this season, the team has scored five top-20s, with a season-high sixth place finish at Daytona with Lagasse.

Mitchell Breuer is a POPULAR SPEED Development Journalist

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Trucks

Lupton to Run Talladega for Young’s Motorsports

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field for Talladega Superspeedway will feature a mix of veterans and youngsters chasing a championship, with some drivers mixed in getting the opportunity they’ve dreamed of. One of those drivers will be Dylan Lupton.

Lupton will make his series debut in the Fred’s 250 fueled by Coca-Cola on Saturday driving for Young’s Motorsports, behind the wheel of their No. 02 Young’s Motorsports / Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet Silverado.

“This is a great opportunity at Talladega,” Lupton said. “I’m extremely appreciative to Tyler (Young), Andrew (Abbott, crew chief) and the entire Young’s Motorsports team for giving me this opportunity. Obviously, Talladega is a crapshoot, but we’re focused on going down there and giving it all. I’m hoping we can find ourselves in a good position to have a good finish when the race is all said and done.”

The truck the California native will pilot carried Tyler Young to a career-best sixth place finish at Daytona International Speedway in February.

“Dylan came to Las Vegas and he really gelled with the team,” Young said. “He is a determined driver with a lot of heart, passion and motivation. That’s exactly what we like to see at Young’s Motorsports. I think even though he doesn’t have any experience in a truck, he’ll be fine at Talladega. He has a great group of people around and we look to have a duplicate performance from Daytona.”

Lupton has previous restrictor plate experience, running the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona this year. He was running within the top-five till an engine failure resulted in a 24th place finish.

“We’ll race our race,” he said. “We’ll have a plan and we’ll stick to it. I know I’ll have a rookie stripe on my bumper, but I’m hoping I’ll have some drafting partners when it matters most.”

The NASCAR Next alumnus has been busy this season, running two XFINITY races for RSS Racing and two Cup races for BK Racing. BK Racing Cup spotter Chris Monez will be on the roof for Lupton. He made his move up to the top-three NASCAR divisions following a runner-up in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship in 2014.

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