NASCAR Truck: Dylan Lupton makes debut at Talladega
By AMANDA VINCENT
Dylan Lupton plans to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Saturday in the Fred’s 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway from behind the wheel of the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet.
“This is a great opportunity at Talladega,” Lupton said. “I’m extremely appreciative to Tyler (Young, truck owner), Andrew (Abbott, crew chief) and the entire Young’s Motorsports team for giving me this opportunity. Obviously, Talladega is a crap shoot, but we’re focused on going down there and giving it all. I’m hoping we can find ourselves in a good position to have a good finish when the race is all said and done.”
Lupton already has four NASCAR national-level starts this season, one each at the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series levels. He drove two Sprint Cup races for BK Racing and two Xfinity races for RSS Racing. His two 2016 Cup starts are his first two career starts in Sprint Cup, while he has made a total of 10-career starts in the Xfinity Series. He has one-career Xfinity Series top-10 finish, a ninth-place showing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington in 2015.
Saturday’s race at Talladega will be Lupton’s first restrictor-plate race in one of NASCAR’s national series, but his lone ARCA Racing Series start came on the plate track of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in that series’ 2016 season-opener. He qualified 17th and finished 24th in that race.
“I’m glad I have some drafting experience, even though I expect the truck to be a lot different than the ARCA car,” Lupton said. “I’ve talked to Tyler and some of my other friends that race trucks, and they’ve told me what to expect this weekend. I know these trucks tend to bounce around a lot in the draft and that the closure rate is extremely quick. I think it’s going to be a blast out there, but I also know I have ea job to do, too.”