Dylan Lupton earned his best career ARCA Menards Series finish of fourth Friday evening at Kansas Speedway in his first ARCA start since 2016
Start: Fifth (based on owner points)
Finish: Fourth (100 |100 laps complete)
Dylan Lupton made his first ARCA Menards Series start since 2016 Friday evening at Kansas Speedway in the No. 17 Crosley Brands | John Jaames Ford Fusion. He started fifth based on owner points. Still getting the feel of the car after only a brief practice, he fell back to eighth as he struggled with a tight-handling car. By the first caution for the race break on lap 31, Lupton was up to sixth and brought his car to pit road for new tires, fuel and adjustments.
When the race resumed on lap 34, Lupton moved into the top five for the first time since the start of the race. By the halfway point on lap 50, he was still tight and had fallen back to eighth, but was seventh when the final race break came on lap 61. He pitted for the final time for his last set of tires, fuel and adjustments to free up the car for the last 40 laps of the race.
With 37 laps to go, Lupton’s Ford came to life and he shot up to fourth place passing his DGR-Crosley teammate, Hailie Deegan. Although he did not have the speed to catch the leaders without another caution, Lupton held on to fourth place to finish the 100-lap race for his best ARCA Menards Series finish to date.
Lupton will return to DGR-Crosley next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 17 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race Sunday, Oct. 25.
Lupton on Kansas: “We had a good run out there and I’d love to come back and run more races. I’d like to collect some trophies, that was the goal coming out here this weekend to get a win. We just missed the set up a little bit and part of that is my fault. I made a bonehead call after practice saying that we were a little bit too free and then we struggled being too tight those first two stages. We made some good adjustments, but we just needed a little bit more.”