MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 16, 2019) – Dylan Lupton was scored 27th at the conclusion of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway after being involved in a crash with 70 laps remaining the event. Thursday’s race was Lupton’s third Truck Series starts with DGR-Crosley and only his second career start at the 0.5-mile track in Bristol, Tenn.
In an action-packed day, sharing the track with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, Lupton took to Bristol Motor Speedway for two practice sessions on Thursday morning. During the first practice session, Lupton and his No. 15 team made 29 laps around the high-banked track. During a mock-run, the team laid down a fast lap time of 15.479-seconds, earning them a 14th-place position on the speed chart. The crew continued to work on their setup in final practice running a total of 36 laps during the 55-minute session. Later that afternoon, the Truck Series returned to the track for qualifying where Lupton qualified 15th with a time of 15.462-seconds.
As expected, chaos ensued almost immediately as the green flag flew to kick-off the 200 lap race. The first of 12 cautions came out on lap four. Lupton stayed out under the caution. The race stayed under green flag conditions for the remaining 45 laps in Stage 1 of the UNOH 200. Lupton earned a 21st-place finish after the first 55 laps of racing. He reported that his Toyota Tundra was way too tight in traffic. Therefore, his team called him in to pit under the stage ending caution where they took four tires fuel and made a major track bar adjustment. During the stop, Lupton had trouble getting his truck to retire after it stalled as he was leaving his stall. The issue forced the team to go another lap down. Lupton stayed out of trouble during Stage 2, ending the next 55 stage lap in the 26th position. With minor damage to his Tundra, Lupton brought it back down pit road under the stage ending caution where the team opted for four tires, fuel, and more adjustments. The night continued to go downhill when Lupton was collected in an incident that happened in front him on lap 130. The No. 15 sustained substantial damage, taking Lupton out of contention for the evening. He was scored 27th at the conclusion of the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Lupton’s next race with DGR-Crosley will occur on Sept. 13 as the Gander Outdoors Truck Series travels to the 1.5-mile track of Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.
Lupton on Bristol: “I was excited heading into the Bristol, unfortunately the race didn’t pan out as expected. We were tight throughout a long run that led to us going down a lap. On our first pit stop we ended up losing another lap on pit road when the truck stalled and had problems refiring. Problems only got worst when we ended up being collected in a crash right in front of us. It was an unfortunate day at the track, but I am fired up to head to Vegas in a few weeks. I know we can rebound there after showing strong runs at Chicago and Kentucky. I appreciate all the hard work from my crew at DGR-Crosley and look forward to our next race.”