Dylan Lupton joins Spire for Mid-Ohio Trucks
Dylan Lupton has a rather curious tendency to do NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins during the second half of the season; of his fourteen career races in the series, the earliest was the 2019 Chicagoland event in late June. After not racing at all in the first four months of the 2022 season, the streak continues as he enters the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course race on Saturday July 9 at the wheel of the Chevrolet Silverado n°7 for Spire Motorsports.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity to drive for Spire Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,” said Lupton. “Every time they have taken to the track at a Truck Series race in 2022, Spire Motorsports has been a frontrunner. I would like to continue on this rhythm this weekend.
“I have experience at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and with my on-road background, as well as running Bono (Manion, team leader)I think we can surprise a lot of people on Saturday afternoon.
Much of Lupton’s National Series career has been as a part-time journeyman making numerous one-off starts. In 2016 and since 2019 he has raced for six truck teams in addition to Spire: Young’s Motorsports, Athenian Motorsportsnow-David Gilliland Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsportsand Race of the Reaume brothers. He ran the Darlington race last year for KBM, followed by starts in Las Vegas and Talladega with RBR. He has four career top ten finishes in trucks and a best fifth-place finish in Kentucky.
The bulk of Lupton’s starts are in the Xfinity Series, where he has thirty-nine starts, including the top half of the 2018 roster before a lack of funding doomed his JGL Races stroll. His only top ten in the series came at Mid-Ohio in 2015, when he finished ninth with Athenian.
He also has four Cup Series short in 2016 in his name.
Due to its already tight schedule in addition to their relatively small amount up to recent years, Saturday will be the first time Lupton has hosted a Truck Series road race. After his ninth in 2015, he crashed on his second and final Xfinity start at Mid-Ohio two years later.
Spire, primarily a Cup team, has expanded to include a part-time truck program for 2022. Technical Ally Hendrick Motorsports has frequently loaned its Cup drivers to #7, although the team also brings in other talents like Austin Hill and Rajah Caruth. William Byron marked the team’s first win at Martinsville.
“Dylan Lupton has shown a lot of promise over his career, so we can’t wait to see what he can do this weekend in Mid-Ohio,” commented the co-owner of Spire TJ Puchyr. “He’s a good hard-nosed road runner and he’s got the leadership and the wealth of knowledge between Mike (Greci, team leader) and Bono will be important to Dylan. He’s done well at Mid-Ohio in the past, so we think we have a good combination going into Saturday.