MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 12, 2019) – Dylan Lupton and the No. 15 team earned a career-high finish at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. The race was Lupton’s second start at the speedway, but his first in the Gander Trucks Series. Lupton drove up 15 positions to finish in fifth place.
Thursday started with two practice sessions before qualifying. Lupton and the No. 15 team dealt with some issues with starting the Tundra during both sessions. These issues prevented them from doing a mock qualifying run like the team wanted to. Once the No. 15 team was able to fix the problem, they were able to work on the feel of the Tundra and make the correct adjustments. The team went on to qualifying where they qualified for the 20th starting position.
Within the first 25 laps of the race, Lupton had moved up a few spots to the 17th position. Lupton crossed the line in 18th-place for the end of stage one. Avoiding all the wrecks in stage two, Lupton was able to finish the stage in third. During the stage ending caution, the No. 15 pitted for two tires and fuel. After pitting for fuel only on lap 121 during the green flag, Lupton cycled around to the sixth position. Lupton was able to move up to finish the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 in fifth-place.
Lupton’s next race will be at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 15th.
Lupton on Kentucky: “What a weekend, I’m very excited about how the race went. With that being said, it was a roller coaster of emotion throughout the day. Unfortunately, we were just too free in qualifying and a big bobble in turns 1 & 2, resulting in a 20th place starting position. We struggled with the balance of the racecar in the first stage, being too free on entry. We never gave up though, and Blake made great adjustments throughout the race. Once the sun went down, our truck came alive. I’m proud of the whole crew for all the hard work they have put in the last few weeks at Chicago and here. To kick off my schedule with a 10th and 5th place finish is absolutely great. Even better, we have brought the truck home in one piece and can continue to get better. This race was especially special for Crosley, so it feels great to give them a top 5 finish. I’ve learned so much aero wise the last two races and can’t wait for the remainder of my schedule. Next goal is to get to Victory Lane.”