Dylan Lupton Earns Career High Ninth Place Finish In NASCAR XFINITY Series Race At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Courseby Hunter Thomas August 17, 2015 0 comments
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LEXINGTON, Ohio – In only his six NASCAR XFINITY Series start, Dylan Lupton drove the Athenian Motorsports No. 25 Zaxbys Chevrolet Camaro to an impressive ninth place finish in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday.
Lupton started the event in 16th, but for most of the race, he competed well inside the top-10. In fact, the competitive finish marked Lupton’s first career top-10 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Previously, his best finish was 17th at Iowa Speedway just weeks before. On Saturday, he really showed patience and the ability to hit his marks under high pressure situations as he drove through the field.
“I knew it was my job to get up on the wheel and drive,” Lupton said. “The car was pretty strong in qualifying, which had me looking forward to the race.
“In the race we took our time. We didn’t need to put ourselves in a position where we would lose all the track position we had. It was nice to be running inside the top-10 for a majority of the race. Of course, I would have loved to have finished a little better than what we did, but we have to look at the positive. The car was good, we stayed on the track and when push came to shove, I gave 100 percent behind the wheel.”
Lupton says that a lot of his success this season has come from his previous experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In 2014, he was runner-up in the championship point standings to Greg Pursley. The one thing Lupton really benefited from in the series is the diversity in the tracks.
“The K&N Series is pretty competitive itself, and it seems like it just has gotten me prepared by all of the racetracks I went to, and I got a lot of laps,” Lupton said.
Dylan Lupton is also a member of the NASCAR Next class of 2015. He believes the program offers many opportunities that will help him attract sponsors for future seasons. One of his favorite experiences while in the elite group came last year when he had the opportunity to experience Chase Media Day while in Chicago. The event really opened his eyes to what it’s like being a driver participating in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup because he had a firsthand view of all the media activities, and he was able to talk to the drivers.
“It’s a huge honor and privilege,” said Lupton on being named one of the 2015 NASCAR Next drivers. “Having NASCAR support me is huge, and all of the extra media time I get from it is really a huge help for nailing down a sponsor for next year. It’s cool to be able to go to all of these NASCAR Next events and meet media people and drivers that are up in the Cup Series.
Now that Lupton has six races under his belt, the UNC Charlotte senior who’s majoring in Finance will set his sights on Road America as he’ll compete in the Road America 180 Fired Up By Johnsonville in two weeks on Saturday, August 29. He’s hoping to carry over the momentum from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to the road course in Wisconsin.
“Hopefully we can take this momentum into Road America in about two weeks and maybe have a shot at an even better finish,” Lupton said. “I can’t thank Mike (Ford), Rick (Carpenter), Mike (Hamlin), Tony and John Wes (Townley) enough for the opportunity. I certainly had a lot of fun. Can’t wait to get to Road America.”
Following Road America, the only other NASCAR XFINITY Series event Lupton has on his 2015 schedule is the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, September 26. Lupton has been able to pilot the No. 25 Zaxbys Chevrolet Camaro for Athenian Motorsports because their primary driver, John Wes Townley is running the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and has had a few schedule conflicts with the two schedules.