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Dylan Lupton announces departure from JGL Racing

NASCAR Xfinity Series ALSCO 300 - Practice

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 24: Dylan Lupton, driver of the #28 Fatal Clothing Ford, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series ALSCO 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Dylan Lupton will not drive JGL Racing’s No. 28 Ford in the Xfinity Series for the rest of the season, Lupton announced Thursday in a press release.

“Due to unfortunate circumstances, I will not be competing in this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway nor will I be returning to JGL Racing for the remainder of the 2018 season. I appreciate the opportunity I had to drive for James Whitener and I wish him and JGL Racing the best in their future endeavors.

“I’m re-focusing my efforts to secure a competitive ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and look forward to announcing my plans for the rest of the 2018 season when appropriate. I’d like to thank all of my marketing partners, family, friends and the fans for their continued support.”

NBC Sports has reached out to the team for comment.

Lupton, 24, leaves JGL Racing after making 11 starts this year. He is 30th in points. He has one top 10 in 35 Xfinity starts since 2015. Twenty-five of his 35 starts were with JGL Racing.

Lupton is the second driver to leave the team this season following Kaz Grala’s departure following the May 5 race at Dover International Speedway.

JGL Racing initially said Grala’s departure was due to lack of sponsorship, but Grala revealed owner James Whitener was dealing with medical issues that kept him from supporting both cars. Whitener later confirmed to NBC Sports he had been diagnosed with liver failure.