Dylan Lupton Prevails in Kern County

Dylan Lupton Prevails in Kern County

by August 31, 2014 0 comments

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Dylan Lupton rolled into victory lane at the Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday night after earning the victory in the Bakersfield 150 in quite the bizarre fashion.

The 20-year-old from Wilton, California led only one lap of the 150-lap race – the final one – to claim his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory and his first of the season. Lupton, however, wouldn’t cross the finish line first. Greg Pursley looked as if he was on his way to his third consecutive Kern County win but race officials would hit the driver of the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford with a restart violation and would ultimately be scored as the last car on the lap – handing Lupton the win.

Officially, Lupton was scored ahead of Brandon McReynolds, Jesse Little, James Bickford, and Thomas Martin at the finish. Taylor Cuzick, Justin Funkhouser, Jairo Avila, Pursley, and David Mayhew would round out the top-10 with Pursley being the last car scored on the lead lap.

“We unloaded the car today for practice and we were fast right off the bat,” Lupton said post-race. “We were second in first practice and fifth in second practice and then we qualified ninth – a little surprising as the car was just super loose. I was a little insecure about going in Turn 1 on the first lap. We were real loose when we pulled the car down off the wall down in the center for the first 75 laps when my crew chief made an absolutely great adjustment to the car and we were able to drive a little bit lower down on the track in.”

“I was able to start picking off drivers one-by-one and coming to that last restart, there’s a restart point and Greg Purlsey jumped it by a car-and-a-half to two car lengths early and gave us the win right there. I think if we would have battled I think we could have prevailed … , we had a great car in the Sunrise Ford, the crew guys worked so hard and they deserve this win more than anybody.”

Nearly one quarter of the race would be run under caution as eight separate caution flags would fly during the 75-mile race with all but the first caution being for spins or accidents.

Third-place finisher Little would be the only driver to provide Pursley with a real challenge throughout the race as the 17-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina would lead 26 laps to Pursley’s tally of 128. Officially, there were three lead changes in the race.

Lupton’s win draws the Wilton native to within 15 points of Pursley in the drivers’ standings as the K&N Pro Series West now heads to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah for the Utah Grand Prix.

Top-10 Finishers of the Bakersfield 150

  1. 9 – Dylan Lupton – Ford – Bob Bruncati
  2. 16 – Brandon McReynolds – Toyota – Mike Curb
  3. 97 – Jesse Little – Chevrolet – Jason Little
  4. 6 – James Bickford – Ford – Bob Bruncati
  5. 5 – Thomas Martin – Chevrolet – Charlie Silva
  6. 42 – Taylor Cuzick – Ford – Danny Cuzick
  7. 11 – Justin Funkhouser – Chevrolet – Jack Sellers
  8. 36 – Jairo Avila – Toyota – Kevin McCarty
  9. 26 – Greg Pursley – Ford – Gene Price
  10. 17 – David Mayhew – Chevrolet – Steve McGowan

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 11 of 14

  1. 26 – Greg Pursley – 459 | Leader
  2. 9 – Dylan Lupton – 444 | -15
  3. 16 – Brandon McReynolds – 433 | -26
  4. 17 – David Mayhew – 416 | -43
  5. 6 – James Bickford – 388 | -71
  6. 5 – Thomas Martin – 374 | -85
  7. 30 – John Wood – 332 | -127
  8. 84 – Rich Delong III – 314 | -145
  9. 15 – Jack Sellers – 302 | -157
  10. 54 – Anthony Giannone – 288 | -171
Kyle Pokrefky
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