Dylan Lupton picks up 16 positions for solid Phoenix Raceway season finale Truck Series finish

Dylan Lupton, No. 17 Crosley Brands Ford F-150

Start: 32nd (based on qualifying formula)

Finish: 16th

Stage One: 21st

Stage Two: 21st

Stage Three: 16th

• Dylan Lupton started 32nd Friday in his No. 17 Crosley Brands Ford F-150 based on NASCAR’s qualifying formula. Throughout the first 45-lap stage, he was a tick-free on entry and tight in the center and off the corners. Without a caution, until the stage ended, Lupton lost a lap to the leaders and finished the first stage in 21st place. He came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.

• As the second stage began, Lupton restarted 22nd and was still one lap down. He moved up to 21st but was still tight in the center of the corners. There were no cautions in the second stage either to help him regain his lap and he was not in the lucky dog position when Stage Two ended on lap 90. He said the Crosley Brands Ford F-150 was better than it was during the first stage but needed more of the wedge adjustment they made earlier.

• He was 21st when the final stage began on lap 99. He was running in the lucky dog position when a caution came on lap 105. Lupton was able to regain his lap and rejoin the lead-lap trucks. He pitted for four tires and more adjustments. He was up to 19th when the race resumed and was 18th with 25 laps to go. It looked as though he would finish the race there, until a late-race caution with two laps remaining. With a set of sticker tires still in the pits, Lupton came to pit road to prepare for the NASCAR overtime two-lap shootout to finish the race.

• The race resumed for the overtime shootout with Lupton restarting in 18th place. As the field fanned out for the restart, he was able to hang on for the final two laps to finish the race in 16th place in the No. 17 Crosley Brands Ford F-150.

Lupton on Phoenix: “I appreciate the hard work of everyone on the DGR-Crosley team tonight. It was a bummer to get trapped a lap down and had to fight for most of the race to get back on the lead lap. Once we did, we just didn’t have the balance we needed. Luckily, the caution came out with a couple of laps to go and we were able to pit for tires and get a few positions on the restart for a solid finish.

“I’ve had a lot of fun with the DGR-Crosley team this year. We were challenged by our starting positions, but to have three lead-lap finishes and a top-10 finish I think really showed a lot of what we’re capable of. I hope to get to do it some more in 2021.”