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Dylan Lupton Fights Loose Condition, Tire Wear in Atlanta

Start: 28th
Stage 1 End: 17th
Stage 2 End: 21st
Finish: 21st
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 160/163
Driver Standings: 24th

  • This was Dylan Lupton’s first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • The No. 28 thinQ Technology Partners Mustang fought a loose condition on entry and exit for much of the race.
  • Lupton’s Ford fought heavy right-front tire wear during the second stage.
  • The 24-year-old’s best finish on an intermediate track is 16th at Kansas Speedway.
  • JGL Racing has made a total of 10 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a best finish of 16th (J.J. Yeley in 2014 and Corey LaJoie in 2017).

“We had an up and down day today at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We had speed throughout the race and were able to make progress going forward. However, in our second run, our right-front tire had heavy wear and was a handful, which ultimately resulted in us falling a lap down at the end of the stage. The final stage, we actually had good speed, but it was just a little too late. The good news is that we kept the car in one piece and will build on this weekend as a team. I have to give a big thanks to thinQ Technology Partners for their support and to the JGL crew for all their hard work.”


Dylan Lupton to Make Atlanta Debut in thinQ Technology Partners Ford Mustang

  • Dylan Lupton will be making his first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.
  • Lupton has made four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts on 1.5-mile tracks (Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway).
  • The 24-year-old’s best finish on an intermediate track is 16th at Kansas Speedway.
  • Lupton has two 1.5-mile track starts for JGL Racing (Kansas and Texas)
  • JGL Racing has eight previous starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a best finish of 16th (J.J. Yeley in 2014 and Corey LaJoie in 2017).

“After kicking off the season in Daytona, I’m fired up to get to Atlanta. I was able to run two mile-and-a-half tracks at the end of last year with my No. 28 JGL Racing crew, and we built a solid foundation heading into this weekend. It will be interesting to feel out the new body at a high-speed track and how it will react around other cars. Even though this will be my first visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway, I have been watching film and running the simulator to prepare. Our new partnership with thinQ Technology Partners has started off great and I’m looking forward to continuing that partnership in Atlanta and beyond.”


Blown Tire and Subsequent Crash Marred Dylan Lupton's Promising Daytona Debut

Stage 1 End: 16th
Stage 2 End: 14th
Finish: 27th
Status: Accident
Laps Completed: 137/143
Driver Standings: 25th

  • This was Dylan Lupton’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway and first superspeedway race in the series.
  • Lupton was running 14th at the time of his lap-139 crash
  • Lupton had been running solidly in the top 15 for a majority of the race
  • Lupton’s race-ending accident on lap 139 was caused by a blown left-rear tire
  • The No. 28 Ford Mustang had previously sustained damage in an 18-car crash on lap 123

“Daytona can be a really frustrating track. We made great strides from our two practice sessions yesterday and the car was handling pretty good throughout the race. I decided to stay with the front pack to gain as much experience as I could during the first two stages. Unfortunately, we were short on fuel and had to make a stop that had us restarting in the back with not many laps to go. And as it so often happens at plate races, we were a victim of circumstance and got collected in the big one. We were able to continue running with damage after that, but then we cut a left-rear tire that turned us into the outside wall and ended our day. Our crew guys worked hard over the off season on this car and it’s disappointing that our race ended as it did. I want to thank JGL Racing and thinQ Technology Partners for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to getting back on track in Atlanta next weekend.”


Dylan Lupton Making Daytona Debut with JGL Racing

  • Saturday’s race will be Dylan Lupton’s first NASCAR start at Daytona International Speedway.
  • The Wilton, California native made one ARCA Racing Series start at Daytona in 2016.
  • 24-year-old Lupton has competed in one NASCAR superspeedway race, running the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Lupton is embarking on his second season with JGL Racing and will be making his 25th NASCAR Xfinity Series start.
  • He is currently slated to run at least 21 NXS races in 2018 with the support of thinQ Technology Partners.

“With all of the recent changes at JGL Racing over the off-season, I’m eager to get down to Daytona. The crew has worked so many long hours over the winter to build a new car for Daytona, and I can’t wait to hit the track. The superspeedways are always exciting because it’s anyone’s race to win. We will just have to focus on staying out of trouble and positioning ourselves to not only gain stage points, but contend for the win as well. Even though this will be my first Xfinity start at Daytona, I am confident going in because of my past experience on superspeedways in the Truck Series and ARCA. I can’t thank James Whitener and thinQ Technology Partners enough for giving me the opportunity to pilot the No. 28 Ford Mustang at Daytona and beyond.”

About JGL Racing

JGL Racing fields two entries in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as it continues its growth in the NASCAR arena. Led by successful entrepreneur James Whitener, the Denver, North Carolina-based team prides itself in its proven product both on and off the track. The team charged into the 2018 season with a manufacturer switch to Ford and a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing. 19-year-old racer Kaz Grala pilots the team’s No. 24 Ford Mustang, while Dylan Lupton will be behind the wheel of the No. 28 Ford Mustang for a majority of the season. For more information, visit

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