Wilton’s Dylan Lupton has been chosen one of 12 NASCAR Next drivers, a designation the stock car racing organization makes each year to highlight up-and-coming drivers.
“I’m always motivated, but now I’m even more motivated to do well on and off the track,” Lupton, 20, said. “NASCAR has put its faith in me, and I want to make sure that I continue to show them that they had good reason to pick me.”
Roseville-based Bill McAnally Racing also had two of its drivers – Cole Custer, 16, of Ladera Ranch and Brandon McReynolds, 23, of Mooresville, N.C. – selected as NASCAR Next drivers.
NASCAR will provide the drivers with off-track training, including working with media and securing sponsorships.
All three drivers will race Saturday in the K&N Pro Series West Stockton 150 at Stockton 99 Speedway.
None of the Pro Series West drivers in Saturday’s event have led a lap at Stockton 99, which should make the race more interesting. On such a tight track, rubber marks on the paint and dents almost are certain.
“It’s an interesting track and will make for good competition because in turns 1 and 2 you dive down low and in 3 and 4 you’re up next to the wall,” Lupton said. “We’ll beat and bang, but I hope to qualify in front and stay there.”
Custer won last weekend’s K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Bill McAnally Racing drivers have won the first two races of the West series. Custer won the series opener in Phoenix in February and Patrick Staropoli won in Irwindale in March.
The Stockton 150 is scheduled to be televised on a delayed basis on FS1 on May 9 at 10:30 p.m.
For more information about the race, go to www.stockton99.com.
Beaubier is on fire
Roseville’s Cameron Beaubier won the season-opening AMA race in March at Daytona International Speedway, his first aboard a Superbike, and he finished a close second Sunday in the Superbike Showdown at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
He’s looking to score another win this weekend in the Arai Pacific Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, with several friends and family watching.
“Since it’s so close, I’ll have a lot of people there to watch me,” said Beaubier, who rides for Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha. “It was great to see a lot of friends and family on my dad’s side in Fontana. My grandparents hadn’t seen me race in Southern California since I was 13.”
The three-race AFM Superbike Showdown is a Western United States series meant to complement the AMA’s Pro Road Racing Series, which doesn’t race again until May 30 at Road America in Wisconsin. The final event of the Superbike Showdown is May 24-25 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
• The Dave Bradway Memorial Race, part of the King of the West Sprint Car Series, will be run Saturday night at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Local drivers entered include Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst and Willie Croft, Elk Grove’s Bobby and Sean McMahan, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Fair Oaks’ Chad Compton, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. For more information, go to www.kwssprints.com.
• Fast Fridays speedway motorcycle racing kicks off the season May 9 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. For more information, go to www.fastfridays.com.
Mark Billingsley covers local motor sports for The Bee. Reach him at email@example.com.