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Lupton Scores a Top-Ten Finish in Return to NASCAR Racing

July 1, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 29, 2019) – Dylan Lupton returned to NASCAR competition this weekend as he raced in the Camping World 225 for DGR-Crosley at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Lupton and his No. 5 Crosley Brands team earned stage points and collected a 10th-place finish in their first race together.

With only two previous Truck Series starts, Lupton used all three of Thursday’s practice sessions to get comfortable behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra. In the second practice session, the No. 5 was ranked fifth quick on the speed chart after a qualifying mock-up run. During the final practice session, Lupton was scored 11th on the charts with a top lap time of 30.869 seconds. When qualifying rolled around on Friday afternoon, he laid down his fastest lap of the weekend. Lupton earned a ninth place starting position with a qualifying lap of 30.727 seconds around the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval.

When the green flag flew, Lupton maintained a position near the top-10. He reported that his Tundra was really good on corner entry but was fighting loose conditions on corner exit. By lap 20, the 25-year-old driver was settled into the 12th position but continued to work himself back inside the top-10 before the conclusion of Stage 1. He brought his Tundra down pit road under the stage ending caution for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. On lap 50, Lupton had worked himself up to the ninth position but reported that he was only comfortable running the middle; he needed more turn to run in the top or bottom grooves. When the green-white-checkered flag flew to end Stage 2, Lupton was scored 10th. After pit stops under the yellow flag, Lupton restarted the race from 8th for the final Stage of the Camping World 225. With 40 laps remaining, Lupton had settled into 8th-place before green flag pit stops began. After the green flag pit stops cycled through, Lupton was running in the 10th position. He maintained that position, earning his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series top-10 finish.

Lupton’s next Gander Outdoors Truck Series race will take place in two weeks on July 11 at Kentucky Speedway.

Lupton on Chicagoland: “I’m really happy with how the whole weekend went. Everything that we learned this weekend in Chicago is going to lead us into Kentucky really well. We have a few things to build off of from this race and some data to look at. I need to button up a few things on my end, especially pit road. That’s where we lost a few spots there at the end. I really think by the end of this year there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be contending for wins. The DGR-Crosley Tundras are all good. All my teammates and I are competitive right now. We just need to find a little more speed.”

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Dylan Lupton picks up six Gander Outdoors Truck Series races with DGR-CROSLEY

June 13, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 13, 2019) – DGR-Crosley announced today that Wilton, Calif. native Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) will join the team for a minimum of six NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races this season.

“I am excited to finally announce my 2019 plans and join DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series,” said Lupton. “DGR-Crosley has proven to be a very competitive team in the series in a short amount of time, and I believe we will be contending for wins throughout my schedule.”

Lupton is no stranger to the NASCAR ranks.

A NASCAR Next alumnus, Lupton has experience in all three of NASCAR’s national series levels, including four starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Most recently, the Californian competed in 11 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series during the 2018 season.

A two-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West division, Lupton returns to Gander Truck Series competition after two starts in 2016 finishing 12th for Young’s Motorsports at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and 19th at ISM (Ariz.) Raceway in Avondale for Athenian Motorsports.

“We were super excited when we got the call that Dylan wanted to do some races with us,” said DGR-Crosley team co-owner David Gilliland. “His experience across multiple levels of racing is going to be a huge asset as we go to some of these tracks through the summer and fall months. I know that Dylan has the talent to run up front and I’m looking forward to working with him. I feel confident that we will put together some strong finishes with him this season.”

While juggling an aggressive racing schedule, Lupton graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

“Even though I have experience in all of NASCAR’s top three series, I don’t have that many Gander Outdoor Truck Series starts,” he remarked. “I’m eager to learn from people like David [Gilliland] to strengthen my racing resume and becoming an asset to the DGR-Crosley organization.”

Lupton, 25, will make his DGR-Crosley debut at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway on June 28 aboard the team’s No. 5 Toyota Tundra entry. Lupton returns at Kentucky Speedway (Jul. 11), Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (Aug. 15), Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (Sept. 13), ISM (Ariz.) Raceway (Nov. 8) and the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway (Nov. 15).

Dylan Lupton on social media:

Facebook:    Facebook.com/luptonracing

Instagram:    @LuptonDylan

Twitter:        @LuptonDylan

Website:       LuptonRacing.com

About DGR-Crosley:

DGR-Crosley is a race team owned by NASCAR veteran David Gilliland and Crosley Brands CEO Bo LeMastus. The team specializes in driver development, competing full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series and CARS Tour, as well running select ARCA Menards Series and Late Model races with factory support from Toyota.

In its first year of operation, DGR-Crosley won 7 of 14 K&N East races, securing a driver and owner Championship. The team operates out of two buildings totaling 55,000 square feet in Mooresville, N.C.