MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 29, 2019) – Dylan Lupton returned to NASCAR competition this weekend as he raced in the Camping World 225 for DGR-Crosley at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Lupton and his No. 5 Crosley Brands team earned stage points and collected a 10th-place finish in their first race together.
With only two previous Truck Series starts, Lupton used all three of Thursday’s practice sessions to get comfortable behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra. In the second practice session, the No. 5 was ranked fifth quick on the speed chart after a qualifying mock-up run. During the final practice session, Lupton was scored 11th on the charts with a top lap time of 30.869 seconds. When qualifying rolled around on Friday afternoon, he laid down his fastest lap of the weekend. Lupton earned a ninth place starting position with a qualifying lap of 30.727 seconds around the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval.
When the green flag flew, Lupton maintained a position near the top-10. He reported that his Tundra was really good on corner entry but was fighting loose conditions on corner exit. By lap 20, the 25-year-old driver was settled into the 12th position but continued to work himself back inside the top-10 before the conclusion of Stage 1. He brought his Tundra down pit road under the stage ending caution for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. On lap 50, Lupton had worked himself up to the ninth position but reported that he was only comfortable running the middle; he needed more turn to run in the top or bottom grooves. When the green-white-checkered flag flew to end Stage 2, Lupton was scored 10th. After pit stops under the yellow flag, Lupton restarted the race from 8th for the final Stage of the Camping World 225. With 40 laps remaining, Lupton had settled into 8th-place before green flag pit stops began. After the green flag pit stops cycled through, Lupton was running in the 10th position. He maintained that position, earning his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series top-10 finish.
Lupton’s next Gander Outdoors Truck Series race will take place in two weeks on July 11 at Kentucky Speedway.
Lupton on Chicagoland: “I’m really happy with how the whole weekend went. Everything that we learned this weekend in Chicago is going to lead us into Kentucky really well. We have a few things to build off of from this race and some data to look at. I need to button up a few things on my end, especially pit road. That’s where we lost a few spots there at the end. I really think by the end of this year there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be contending for wins. The DGR-Crosley Tundras are all good. All my teammates and I are competitive right now. We just need to find a little more speed.”