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Dylan Lupton NASCAR XFINITY Series Lakes Region First Practice Report


Stock Car Racing Topics:  Dylan Lupton, Lakes Region 200

Dylan Lupton NASCAR XFINITY Series Lakes Region First Practice Report

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
July 17, 2015


Dylan Lupton
NASCAR XFINITY Series, 26th Annual Lakes Region 200
Event No. 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
First Practice Notes And Quotes
Friday, July 17, 2015


The NASCAR XFINITY Series held their first practice session of the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (HMS) for Saturday afternoon’s Lakes Region 200. Dylan Lupton, a graduate of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make his fourth XFINITY Series start driving the No. 25 Zaxby’s Chevrolet Camaro for Athenian Motorsports.

The UNCC-Charlotte student made his most recent start at Chicagoland Speedway making his intermediate track debut in a ride he shares with teammate John Wes Townley. In April, he made his second series start at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway. In March, the Wilton, California native made his XFINIY debut at Phoenix (Ariz.) International, finishing 19th after starting 23rd.

Lupton, a member of the NASCAR Next program has no prior NASCAR experience at the 1.058-mile paved oval and will make his third short track start in the 17th race of the 2015 season.

DYLAN LUPTON, NO. 25 ZAXBY’S CHEVROLET CAMARO

Team: Athenian Motorsports

Practice Time: 30.726 seconds at 123.960 MPH.

Practice Position: 25th

Fastest Lap: 35th

Number of Laps Completed: 45

Qualifying Draw: 37 / 40

“I think we have a pretty good No. 25 Zaxby’s Chevrolet Camaro. I’ve never seen New Hampshire Motor Speedway before this morning, so we worked on getting me comfortable during this first practice.

“The longer that we ran the quicker I became and we were able to adjust the car as needed. I still have some work to do to get better, but I think we’re going to get there. The final practice session is coming up soon, so we’ll see if we can’t make some more gains there.

“Mike (Ford) and the Athenian Motorsports guys have brought a good car to the track. I just need to work on not being so tight in the center of the corner. We can’t get the car turned and get back to the throttle like we want. We’ll make adjustments and see what we can get.”

The Lakes Region 200 (200 laps / 211.6 miles) is the 17 of 34 events on the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule. The final practice session of the weekend has been etched in closer to race conditions later today from 3:00 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Saturday, July 18 scheduled to lift off at 11:15 a.m. The 40-car starting field will take the green flag shortly after 4:00 p.m. with live coverage on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), the Performance 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.

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