BY AMANDA VINCENT
John Wes Townley will miss a second-consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday when the series takes the green flag for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. He remains sidelined by an off-track ankle injury. Dylan Lupton will fill in behind the wheel of the No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet for Townley for the PIR race.
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to drive for Athenian Motorsports this weekend at Phoenix,” Lupton said. “I hope John Wes is on the road to a speedy recovery and can return soon. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to going to Phoenix this weekend and having a good run in our No. 05 Lupton Excavation/Zaxby’s Chevrolet. Phoenix is one of my best tracks, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in Friday night’s race. We’ll have a good truck, so our goal is to run up front and get a good finish.”
Lupton’s no stranger to Athenian Motorsports. He ran eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races for the organization in 2015, including a race at PIR in which he finished 19th.
Friday night’s race at Phoenix will be Lupton’s second-career start in the Truck Series. He made his series debut last month at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, finishing 12th.
“I really experienced a lot in the truck at Talladega,” Lupton said. “But Phoenix will be different compared to track sizes, feel, rhythm and more. The good thing for me is that I’ve been with two teams who car about my best interest and want to see me succeed. We’ll make the most of practice, try to qualify up front and see how the race plays out.”
Cody Coughlin filled-in for Townley in the No. 05 last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and finished 28th.
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