MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2019) – Dylan Lupton and the No. 5 Tundra finished 10th in Friday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. The finish marked Lupton’s third top-10 in four races with DGR-Crosley.
Lupton went into the weekend with one previous start at the 1.5-mile speedway which occurred in the NASCAR XFINITY Series last season. With only one practice session on the schedule, the No. 5 team went to work right away on Friday morning. The team unloaded with a steady balance and continued to work on it as they ran 37 laps throughout the session. Lupton was scored 18th on the speed chart at the conclusion of practice. During single-truck qualifying later that afternoon, he earned a 17th place starting position with a lap time of 30.774 seconds.
When the green flag flew, Lupton was on the move immediately. By lap six, the 25-year-old had worked himself up to the 12th position before an early caution came out. The race went back to green with 17 laps remaining in the first 30 lap stage. Lupton lost one position on the track, crossing the line 13th after Stage 1. Under the stage ending caution, Lupton brought his No. 5 Tundra down pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. During the pit stop, the team received a penalty forcing them to start Stage 2 from the rear of the field. Lupton was able to navigate the No. 5 back up to 14th by lap 50. He earned one more spot before the end of Stage 2, resulting in a 13th place finish after 60 laps of racing. During Stage 3, a caution came out on lap 81 where Lupton’s Crew Chief called him down pit road for two tires and fuel. On lap 85, Lupton cracked the top-10. He maintained that position for the remainder of the race, earning a 10th-place finish in the World of Westgate 200.
With two races remaining on his schedule for the 2019 season, Lupton’s next race with DGR-Crosley will occur on Nov. 8 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. He will also compete in the series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
Lupton on Las Vegas: “The mile-and-a-half tracks have been pretty good for us. Other than Bristol, we’ve finished inside the top-10 every race. We haven’t made it easy on ourselves with some of the mistakes we are making, but we are learning every race. I lost a few positions on pit road, and we had to battle back from a penalty tonight. We had good speed all night, we just needed track position and to fire off a little better. I think we have some good notes from tonight that we can take to Homestead at the end of the season.”