Mooresville, NC (August 26, 2021) – Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced today that 27-year-old Dylan Lupton will join Sam Hunt Racing for two upcoming races — adding another young talent to the team’s 2021 roster. Lupton, who will be returning to the series for the first time since 2018, will be piloting the No. 26 Toyota Supra at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway later this season.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to drive for Sam Hunt Racing this season,” said Dylan Lupton. “It’s been several years since I’ve competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but Sam is making my return seamless.” Lupton looks forward to being a part of the growth of the team and is excited to work alongside a young owner like 28-year-old Sam Hunt.
Lupton has recorded one top-10 across 35 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. Additionally, he has made four NASCAR Cup Series starts and participated in 11 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, earning one top-five and four top-10 finishes.
The Wilton, California native finished second in the ARCA Menards Series West event at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway earlier this year. Across 33 career West Series starts since 2011, he has registered two wins, 14 top-five, 27 top-10 finishes and finished runner-up in the series championship standings in 2014.
An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative, Lupton has prior Xfinity Series starts at both Las Vegas and Texas respectively.
“Sam, Andrew (Abbott, crew chief) and the entire Sam Hunt Racing team have done a great job building the program this season and I feel like with a little luck we can go out and not only be competitive in our races together, but hopefully contend for top-10 finishes too,” he said.
The addition of Lupton adds another young talent to the lineup at Sam Hunt Racing. On average, the age of drivers on the SHR roster is 25. The young team contains drivers from various motorsports backgrounds including IndyCar, IMSA and FIA Formula, but Lupton adds a long history of stock car racing to the mix.
“I’m excited to add Dylan to our 2021 driver lineup,” said Sam Hunt. “He’s a great guy and fits the personality of our race team well. His prior experience in these cars will be helpful for all of us as we dive in together at Las Vegas with no practice — even if it has been a couple years since he’s competed (in the Xfinity Series). He brings a positive and mature attitude toward our shop, has realistic yet challenging goals, and seems like a true team player. I think we will have a lot of fun working together and know he will give us his all.”
Sponsorship for Lupton’s efforts will be announced at a later date.
First up on the schedule for Lupton is the Alsco Uniforms 302 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 25th at 7:30 PM ET.
About Sam Hunt Racing: Sam Hunt Racing is owned and operated by 28-year-old Sam Hunt, a former competitor in the NASCAR ARCA Menards Series (previously known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East). Hunt, who raced throughout his college career, opened the doors to Sam Hunt Racing upon graduation from VCU in the Fall of 2017. In 2018, Hunt set up shop in the former Hunt-Seller Racing building in Danville, Virginia, competing in the ARCA Menards East Series full-time with Colin Garrett before relocating to the Roush Yates Engine shop in Mooresville, North Carolina at the end of 2018.
In 2019, Sam Hunt Racing became an Xfinity Series operation, making its first start in the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Garrett. The 2020 season marked a part-time effort for the team but it proved to be a very promising year of growth and development.
Starting in 2021, Sam Hunt Racing began a relationship with Toyota Racing Development, fielding entries for Toyota Racing drivers like Lamborghini Super Trofeo champion Brandon Gdovic, IndyCar Racing Series star Santino Ferrucci, former NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star, John Hunter Nemechek in addition to allowing rookies like Will Rodgers and Kris Wright showcase their talents in one of NASCAR’s top series.
About Toyota Racing: Toyota has been a part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2007 and will compete in their 500th event in the series later this season. They drove to their first Xfinity Series win with the late Jason Leffler in 2007, and have since scored over 170 victories and multiple driver and owner championships. Since 2019, Toyota has campaigned the Toyota Supra body in the Xfinity Series to much success. Toyota supports two teams in the Xfinity Series – Joe Gibbs Racing and Sam Hunt Racing – and supplies them with several tools to support their efforts to win races and compete for titles.