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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Dylan Lupton, ToyotaCare 250


Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
April 24, 2015

Dylan Lupton
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), 29th Annual Richmond 250
Event No. 8, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
Final Practice Notes And Quotes
Friday, April 24, 2015

The NASCAR XFINITY Series held their lone practice session of the day at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway for tonight’s Richmond 250. Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) will make his second XFINTIY Series start driving the No. 25 Zaxby’s Chevrolet Camaro for Athenian Motorsports.

Last month, he made his debut at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, finishing 19th after starting 23rd.

Lupton, a member of the NASCAR Next program has no prior NASCAR experience at the 0.75-mile paved oval, but has a late model start several years ago.


Team: Athenian Motorsports

Practice Time: 22.363 seconds at 120.735 MPH.

Practice Position: 30th

Fastest Lap: 48th

Number of Laps Completed: 106

Qualifying Draw: 19 / 42

“We struggled a little bit with our No. 25 Zaxby’s Chevrolet Camaro. The good thing is we made some progress during the end of practice and after debriefing we feel that we’ll have a good setup for qualifying and then for the race later tonight.

“It’s my first trip to Richmond in an XFINITY car, so getting me comfortable was important, but also getting car dialed in was just as important. Even though I was loose in (the corner), we would be good for the first couple of laps, then after our two consecutive 15 laps run, we would lose rear grip in the rear tires.

“Mike (Ford, crew chief) and the Athenian Motorsports guys will do a good job getting our car tuned for the race, so we can keep our goal of a top-15 finish in check.”

The Richmond 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles) is the eighth of 34 events on the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule. Qualifying is set for later in the day, scheduled to lift off at 3:45 p.m. The 40-car starting field will take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90. All times are local.

Fast Links:

Driver: Dylan Lupton on Twitter @LuptonDylan or visit LuptonRacing.com.

Team: Follow Athenian Motorsports on Twitter @AthenianMotors.

Marketing Partner: Zaxby’s: Zaxbys.com.

Sanction: NASCAR XFINITY Series: NASCAR.com.

About Zaxby’s Racing:

Zaxby’s has been a fixture in NASCAR since 2007 with driver John Wes Townley. In July 2014, Zaxby’s joined forces with Athenian Motorsports. AMS will operate out of a new, state-of-the-art, 43,000 square foot facility in Concord, N.C. in 2015. The team will carry the Zaxby’s colors as it fields full-time entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

About Zaxby’s:

An alternative to fast food, Zaxby’s offers its guests prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. Childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley hatched the Athens, Ga.-based chain in 1990 to provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere that would keep guests coming back for more. The company ranked number seven in the 2012 Top 10 Excellent Large Fast-Food Chains With 500 or More U.S. Units Quick-Track study published by Sandelman & Associates.

The chain also ranked number five in the nation for total sales and number one in the chicken segment in the 2012 Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report published by Technomic. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 595 locations in 13 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dylan Lupton, driver of the No. 25 Zaxby’s Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for Athenian Motorsports. (Photo Credit: Grace Wyant Krenrich for Lupton Racing).


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