LONG POND, PA. (June 12, 2017) – For the second week in a row Dylan Lupton made his career debut at one of the most difficult tracks on the NASCAR circuit. In his third start of the season, Lupton brought his No. 24 Nut Up Toyota home to a 22nd place finish in the running of the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway.
“This weekend had its high and lows, but it was overall a valuable learning experience,” said Lupton. “We got the car rolling pretty good in Friday’s second practice as I was getting more comfortable with the track. However, in the race we struggled with our short run speed. It would take our car a few laps to get rolling good. We had good track position coming into our last pit stop, but had to spend a few extra seconds taping the left side skirt that came loose, so I lost a ton of spots. On the final restart, I was pretty aggressive and made up a bunch of spots. But I made a small mistake on the outside of Dakoda and slipped up out of the groove and got freight trained, losing 5-6 spots. Unfortunately, there were just not enough laps for me to make up the lost track position.”
Dylan would start the 100-lap event from the 20th position as a result of his qualifying effort earlier Saturday morning. The Wilton, California native would spend the first stage of the race just learning his way around the track while dealing with traffic. While he reported that his No. 24 Nut Up Toyota was a little tight off the corners, he would be sitting in the 23rd position at the end of the stage.
The second stage would find Dylan learning more about “The Tricky Triangle” as he slowly gained spots on the track. With varying pit strategies coming into play at the end of the second stage, the No. 24 Nut Up Toyota would finish in the 14th
The second half of the 250-mile event would continue with the learning while also picking up positions to the field. With varying pit strategies again coming into play, Lupton would find himself sitting in the seventh position as caution flew on lap 78. A much-needed down pit road turned lengthy for necessary repairs on a side skirt. Dylan would battle in the closing laps and come home with the 22nd place finish in his Pocono debut.
“It was a frustrating end to the race and the finish doesn’t reflect the speed in our race car,” added Dylan. “I can’t thank everyone at JGL Racing enough for their hard work throughout the weekend. It was also another great weekend with Nut Up Industries on board, and we had a blast meeting fans throughout the campgrounds and during the autograph session. I’m looking forward to getting to Iowa in two weeks – a track I have raced at before.”
The JGL Racing team will next head to Michigan International Speedway for the running of the Irish Hills 250. The 13th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday June 17th and can be seen LIVE on FOX Sports1 at 1:30 pm ET. It can also be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.