2014 Lucas Oil Modified Champion

Dylan Cappello Records Runner-Up Result at Havasu 95 Speedway

26 Promotions·Thursday (November 1, 2018)

Lake Havasu City, AZ - Dylan Cappello finished one spot short of his second Lucas Oil Modified Series victory of the season Saturday at Havasu 95 Speedway.

“Havasu has always been an Achilles heel for as long as I have been in this series,” said Cappello. “We have had many ups and downs at this track and have never seemed to gain a good handle on what needs to be done to win. With that being said, Dean and I talked about what teams that are successful there all have in common and this led us to set up a game plan of our own on how we could win.”

A strong practice session on Friday evening allowed Cappello and his team to mark off many of the things on their checklist and focus on Cappello’s driving style around the tricky quarter-mile oval.

“We showed a lot of speed on Friday night and Saturday morning and posted a solid third-place qualifying effort,” he said. “This was by far the best racecar we have had at this facility.”

Qualifying third would put Cappello into the Quick 6 Dash where he would finish sixth after dropping to the back of the field to run clean laps and setting the fastest in the six-lap event, but the Hitman’s focus was on ending the Lucas Oil Modified Series championship season in victory lane. With the fast qualifier pulling a three for the invert, Cappello would start the 100-lap feature event from the pole position.

“We settled into the lead and set a reasonable pace that gave us a solid lead until a caution came out. Another segment came and went as I began to pull away and began to save my tires once more,” he explained. “The last segment was crucial and having tires for the last 15-laps was our game plan. We saved and saved and with 15-laps to go the speed wasn’t there to finish off the race how we wanted. We came up two-laps short after lapped cars, and a typical short track move placed us into the second position.”

Cappello ends the championship part of the Lucas Oil Modified Series schedule third in points with one win, eight top-five, and nine top-ten finishes.

“I want to thank the whole RBK Racing team; Dean, Jim, Steve, Shawn, and Kenny for giving me a shot at the win and working their tails off on this racecar all year,” he said. “We had a great game plan in place, stuck with it all weekend and we executed extremely well. Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be, and that’s why they call it racing.”

Cappello closes out his 2018 season in Las Vegas with the Spillvak Triple Crown at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Hitman holds a slim advantage in the Spillvak Triple Crown standings and looks to take home the extra $1,000 on November 17th.  


Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, SpillVak, Quick Response Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

 

Results

Qualifying: 3rd, 15.282

Quick 6 Dash: 4th -> 6th

Feature: 1st -> 2nd

 

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Dylan Cappello Records Fifth-Place Result at Madera Speedway

26 Promotions·Thursday (October 11, 2018)

Madera, CA - Dylan Cappello left Madera Speedway disappointed after a fifth-place run at one of his best tracks on the Lucas Oil Modified Series circuit.

“Going into Madera, the team and I were extremely confident in our ability to win at this track. We nearly had it won last time, but with a motor expiring with less than five laps to go, we ended with a DNF,” said Cappello. “We went into practice Friday night with a plan to see how our speed and handling changed as the sun went down and more rubber was laid down. The outside lane seemed to be preferred towards the end of the night, and we felt like our car was well suited.

Following Friday night’s practice, Cappello and his team went over ideas they had in hopes of gaining more speed for the race on Saturday night.

On Saturday morning, Cappello struggled to put together the mock qualifying run they were looking for and knew it would be a tough task to find the speed during qualifying.

The Hitman qualified eighth, missing the dash, but luck would be on his side when an eight was pulled for the feature invert, placing him on the pole for the start of the 75-lap race.

“The green flag dropped, and we just didn’t quite have the drive off and cut through the center to keep up with the leader,” he explained. “We fell back to second initially and lost another spot with each restart.”

Cappello would battle hard to keep the car in the top five, crossing the line fifth to secure his sixth top-five finish of the year.

“I hate to be disappointed after a top-five finish in a great field of cars, but that just isn’t what we showed up to do,” he said. “All of us expect to win, and we just missed it by a little bit this time. We will be back for Havasu ready to close out the season strong.”

Cappello will return to the dirt this weekend as he pilots the Streaker Racing 20az Micro Sprint at Canyon Speedway Park, and he will be back in action with the Lucas Oil Modified Series on October 27th at Havasu 95 Speedway.

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, Quick Response Garage Doors, SpillVak, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their support.

 

Results

Qualifying: 8th, 15.153

Feature: 1st -> 5th

 

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Dylan Cappello Victorious at Orange Show Speedway

26 Promotions·Tuesday (September 18, 2018)

San Bernardino, CA - Dylan Cappello ended a 12-race winless drought Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway after leading the final 42-laps en route to his first Lucas Oil Modified Series win of the season.

“I feel like most people show up to Orange Show Speedway hoping to load up in one piece, but all we wanted to do was win from the start,” Cappello said. “We unloaded really good, and we were cutting the center of the corner faster than anyone which is, in my opinion, how you win there.”

Friday’s practice took a turn for the worst when a rocker arm broke during the second practice session.

“The sound was pretty bad, and I wasn’t sure how hurt the engine was after immediately taking it out of gear and shutting off the power,” he explained. “After assessing the damage, we were lucky, and the damage was minimized with the 84 of Eddie Secord lending us a spare for Saturday’s event.”

On Saturday afternoon Cappello laid down a couple of mock qualifying runs that would land him on top of the speed charts heading into qualifying.

In qualifying, Cappello would pick up just under two-tenths of a second from his practice time but would fall three-one-hundredths of a second short of the top spot. Qualifying second quick would earn him a fifth-place starting spot in the Quick 6 Dash.

“Falling short in qualifying was a big heartbreak, I’ve wanted to prove we can still qualify well, and we have made big gains as a team compared to last year,” he said. “The trophy dash was a good practice session for passing, and we posted the quickest lap of the race as well which was a good sign.”

With a five pulled for the invert, The Hitman would start the 100-lap feature from the outside of the second row.

“The plan, like usual, was to fire off fast and grab as many spots as possible, then settle in for conservation,” he explained. “I cleared the inside row on lap three putting me in second behind track veteran Jimmy Mardis. I began following his entry into the corner and picking up on where I was faster and where I needed to make improvements.”

Cappello would remain in the runner-up position leading up to back to back cautions on lap 55. Cappello was able to sneak by Mardis on the last restart and began to pull away from the field, cruising to the checkered flags with over a four-and-a-half second advantage.

“We have worked on this car a lot, and I owe it to my crew chief, Dean, for never giving up and always searching for speed and trusting my calls on the track.”

Cappello currently sits third in the Lucas Oil Modified Series championship standings as the series heads to Madera Speedway on October 6th.

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, Quick Response Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their support.

 

Results

Qualifying: 2nd, 13.632

Quick 6 Dash: 5th -> 4th

Feature: 4th -> 1st

 

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Dylan Cappello Nets Fifth Lucas Oil Modified Series Top-Five at Irwindale Speedway

26 Promotions·Tuesday (August 28, 2018)

Irwindale, CA - Dylan Cappello scored his fifth top-five finish last Saturday night during the second round of the Spillvak Triple Crown at Irwindale Speedway.

“During Friday’s practice we started out slow and struggled to find speed on older tires,” he explained. “We were still pretty good compared to the other cars making fast laps and decided to bolt on new rubber to see the gains we could possibly make. We were able to make a couple of last minute changes that helped the car a ton and helped our long run lap times.”

Cappello ended Friday’s practice session as one of the top cars and began thinking about the changes he and his Team RBK crew members would make for qualifying on Saturday.

“Unloading Saturday, we kept a similar game plan and car setup to where we ended on Friday but loosened the car up in order to fire off a quick lap for qualifying,” he said. “The mock qualifying run put us on top of the board and gave us confidence going into qualifying.”

The Hitman laid down the fourth fastest lap in qualifying, which put him in position to make the draw. With a three pulled for the invert, Cappello’s starting position for the feature would be unchanged, but he would be in the Quick 6 Dash before the 75-lap main event.

“Starting third in the dash, we were going for the win, and we’ve seemed to have good luck this season in these dash situations,” said Cappello. “I was able to make a move to the bottom of the race track and pass second and first on lap four and went on to win by about five car-lengths for our third K & N Trophy Dash win of the season.”

After a successful outing in the Quick 6 Dash, Cappello and his team went back to work getting the car setup for the 75-lap feature event where he would start on the outside on the second row.

“The game plan was to save tires, but still stay within striking distance of the leaders,” explained Cappello. “A long green flag run allowed me to settle into third-place for the first half of the race. With not enough forward bite, we struggled to make moved on other cars and simply put, we had a fourth-place car. A tight battle for third after a late-race restart with veteran Scott Winters was fun, but we came up a bit short.”

Cappello took the checkers in fourth securing his fifth top-five finish in seven Lucas Oil Modified Series starts this season.

“It has been frustrating being a tick off lately, but I know our team can bounce back to our winning ways late in the season,” he said. “I just want to thank my whole crew and sponsors for giving me this opportunity and supporting me.”

The Hitman returns to action on September 15th at Orange Show Speedway.

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, Quick Response Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their support.


Results

Qualifying: 4th, 18.857

Quick 6 Dash: 3rd -> 1st

Feature: 4th -> 4th

 

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Dylan Cappello Earns Podium Finish at Rocky Mountain Raceways

26 Promotions·Wednesday (July 25, 2018)

Salt Lake City, UT - Dylan Cappello scored his fourth podium finish of the season Saturday as the Lucas Oil Modified Series made their final appearance at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

Cappello opened the Lucas Oil Products 75 weekend at the three-eighths-mile oval on Friday with a four-hour practice session.

“We were really good Friday night and didn’t change much on the car between new and old tires staying near the top of the board every session,” explained Cappello. “The game plan Saturday was to qualify good enough to make the invert and win the race, plain and simple.”

Cappello qualified sixth quick on Saturday afternoon, placing him on the outside of the third row for the start of the 75-lap feature and on the pole for the Quick 6 Dash.

The Hitman jumped out to the lead, clearing the outside row through one and two, leading all six-laps to pick up the $500 trophy dash win.

Following the Quick 6 Dash and a brief rain shower, the Team RBK crew was ready to tackle the 75-lap feature event.

“Starting sixth, our plan to get towards the front early worked out, and we were in third by lap five,” he explained. “With a better short run car, we were lucky to get a good amount of cautions and grab second early in the race. We had a hard-fought battle for the position that allowed the leader to pull away and I eventually settled into third.”

Cappello would take the checkered flags in third for his fourth podium finish in his last five Lucas Oil Modified Series races.

“We simply had a third-place car,” he said. “The crew did an excellent job getting the car as good as possible, and we will learn and apply it to Irwindale next month.”

The Hitman will be back in action with the Lucas Oil Modified Series on August 18th at Irwindale Speedway.

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, Quick Response Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their support.

 

Results

Qualifying: 6th, 15.618

Quick 6 Dash: 1st -> 1st

Feature: 6th -> 3rd

 

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Dylan Cappello Records Runner-Up Result at Kern County Raceway

26 Promotions·Wednesday (July 4, 2018)

Bakersfield, CA - Dylan Cappello scored his third podium finish of the season Saturday at Kern County Raceway.

“During practice on Friday night we started very fast right off the trailer,” said Cappello. “It was great to know that we weren’t lacking any power after a motor failure in Madera. My guys did a great job getting the motor in a day before leaving for Kern. We began making changes to help our long-run speed late in the evening, and in our last session we found what the car needed and felt like we had a great car going into Saturday.”

Cappello and his Team RBK crew decided to only make one run during Saturday's practice sessions due to the warm weather and track conditions that wouldn’t be seen during the feature race.

Cappello qualified third with a lap of 18.928, earning himself a spot in the Quick 6 Dash.

“In the Dash, we were given a chance to put on our race setup and see how the car handled in traffic,” he said. “Coming in second was a nice confidence booster for the main event, and it gave us some insight into more adjustments needed to keep a balanced car for 75-laps.”

With a six pulled for the invert, Cappello started the SpillVak Triple Crown I presented by GEICO feature event on the outside of the second row.

“At the start of the race we jumped into third and quickly gained second while setting our sights on the leader,” Cappello explained. “The car behind us was faster, and I let him by to possibly learn a new line or follow him by the leader. The plan almost worked, but as the faster car took the lead, I became held up behind second. I tried rattling his cage for close to 30-laps and was finally able to pull off the pass on the last lap. We didn’t have anything for Jason Irwin, he was bad fast, and it was cool seeing him get a win in the series.”

Cappello sits fourth in Lucas Oil Modified Series points as the series heads to Rocky Mountain Raceway on July 21st.

“We look forward to building off of another top three this year going into one of my favorite tracks,” he said. “We have had a lot of success at Rocky Mountain Raceway, and we plan on being even better than last year.”

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, Quick Response Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their support.

 

Results

Qualifying: 3rd, 18.928

Quick 6 Dash: 3rd -> 3rd

Feature: 4th -> 2nd

 

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Dylan Cappello Returns to Form in Tucson

26 Promotions·Friday (April 20, 2018)

Tucson, AZ - Dylan Cappello had been looking forward to the Lucas Oil Modified Series event at Tucson Speedway since he left Havasu 95 Speedway with a tenth-place finish.

“The RBK team has been ready to bounce back after a below-par performance in Havasu,” said Cappello. “Practice went well on Friday night; we made multiple changes that benefited the cars long run handling. We made a couple more adjustments following our mock qualifying runs, and I felt very comfortable in the car going into Saturday."

Saturday’s Lucas Oil Modified Series schedule saw two early afternoon practice sessions before qualifying. Cappello made a couple of baseline runs in the early session to make sure the handling of the car was still where it needed to be as temperatures were drastically different from Friday night’s practice. The team agreed to put new tires on for a mock qualifying run where Cappello laid down a solid time.

“Going into qualifying, I had a lot of confidence in the ability of the race car in both race and qualifying trim,” he explained. “A slightly tight car in the middle hindered us from qualifying in the top five, but inside the top ten set us up for a solid start and a long race ahead to move forward.”

A slow pace at the start allowed the Hitman to make up a few positions on new tires. Following multiple yellows and a red flag, Cappello worked his way up to third with his sights set on the leader.

“The gap was cut in half before lapped cars and a battle with second slowed our forward momentum,” he said. “With another yellow, a last-minute charge could have been made, but a strong second-place finish was what the team needed. We are moving into our strongest set of tracks and having this great finish will add to our momentum moving forward.”

Cappello also picked up a top-ten finish in the Tucson Modified Series on Saturday night.

“I was given the opportunity by Dean Kuhn and the Arcas race team to drive the local number 47 modified throughout the weekend,” explained Cappello. “The driving characteristics were completely different from the Lucas Oil Modified I am used to driving. It was a fun experience which also helped the team get feedback on what I felt in the race car. Qualifying and finishing sixth wasn’t what we expected, but it was a good run against some really good cars that created a building block for races to come.”

The Lucas Oil Modified Series resumes action on May 5th at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the General Tire 75 presented by SuperClean.

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, Quick Response Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their support.

 

Lucas Oil Modified Results

Qualifying: 8th, 16.168

Feature: 8th -> 2nd

 

Tucson Modified Results

Qualifying: 6th, 17.351

Heat: 6th -> 5th

Feature: 4th -> 6th

 

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Dylan Cappello Posts Top Ten Finish at Havasu 95 Speedway

26 Promotions·Thursday (March 15, 2018)

Lake Havasu City, AZ - Dylan Cappello kicked off his 2018 Lucas Oil Modified Series campaign this past weekend with a trip to Havasu 95 Speedway for the Racing Plus 100 presented by LucasOilRacing.TV.

The season officially got underway on Friday night with three hours of practice from Lake Havasu City.

“Practice went well for us, we ended each practice session in the top five and worked on long-run speed all night,” explained Cappello. “We battled a car that was loose on entry all night and went back to the drawing board Friday night in order to find a solution. We came up with some adjustments that we believed would assist the car on entry without losing drive off the corner. Practice on Saturday was shortened due to rain, but we were able to try a few adjustments before practice was called off.”

Racing activity was halted on Saturday due to rain at the quarter-mile oval, pushing qualifying and the feature to Sunday afternoon.

“Sunday was a fast-paced schedule that only allowed for five laps of practice before qualifying. In those five laps we were able to scuff our race set and do a mock qualifying run that put us second on the board,” he said. “The qualifying format was a bit different this time around, five cars for five laps. Our second lap was good enough to place us just inside the top five.”

Starting on the outside of the second row, Cappello knew he needed to quickly get to the bottom of the race track and preserve his tires for late in the race.

“After settling into fourth for the first 40-laps, lapped cars began to come into play,” said Cappello. “Restarts on lap 43 and 70 placed six lapped cars between the leader and the rest of the field. Choosing the inside lane for both restarts proved to be the wrong choice, losing six spots altogether on restarts.”

Cappello fell back to tenth with 15-laps remaining, a spot he was unable to battle back from.

“We were unable to rebound on a slick track with a loose-handling race car,” he said. “A tenth-place finish isn’t the worst that we’ve come out of Havasu 95 Speedway with and we will keep our heads high going into Tucson.”

The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by MAVTV resumes on April 14th at Tucson Speedway.

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Geico, Quick Response Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their support.

Results

Qualifying: 4th, 15.405

Feature: 4th -> 10th

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Dylan Cappello’s Havasu Results Not Indicative of Performance

26 Promotions·Friday (November 3, 2017)

Lake Havasu City, AZ - After a wreck ended his night early at Madera Speedway earlier in October, Dylan Cappello entered Havasu 95 Speedway looking to secure the second position in the standings as the championship portion of the Lucas Oil Modified Series came to a close.

“The weekend started out rough on Friday night, we spent the first practice diagnosing a miss in the engine that we found out was caused by a broken spark plug. Then the next practice, a throttle linkage adjustment was made,” said Cappello. “Both of these adjustments took time to fix and once everything was figured out, on old tires, we were about a tenth off from where we wanted to be. At the very end of the night, new tires were bolted on and we jumped to second on the board. It was good to know that on newer tires we had good speed.”

Saturday’s practice session was spent focusing on qualifying, something the team has struggled with a bit in recent races.

“After two mock qualifying runs, I was confident in our car,” he said. “For the past couple races, I feel we have been slightly missing on our qualifying setup and driver execution could also be much better. This problem surfaced again after a tenth-place qualifying position.”

Starting mid-pack, Cappello knew making his way to the front wasn’t going to be easy.

“We put trust in our race setup and went to work,” he said. “With a long green flag run from the beginning, the field spread out and catching cars was hard to do, by the first caution, we were up to eighth and then found ourselves stuck in seventh. On multiple restarts, it seemed as if the choose cone wasn’t working to our advantage. With laps winding down, drivers, including myself, began to make some more aggressive moves towards the front. After contact directly in front of me, we were involved in a wreck coming off of turn four.”

Cappello’s crew quickly went to work following the incident to replace the two right side tires that were flat and bent, Cappello then joined the tail of the field on the restart.

“With new tires on a very slick race track, I was able to pass multiple cars a lap and found myself in a top five situation with ten laps to go,” he explained. “A last lap pass allowed us to cross the line in third. After the race, a call was made that we worked on the car under a red flag condition and the penalty resulted in a twelfth-place finish. It was disappointing, to say the least after the whole team never quit and battled all the way up to the checkered flag. Thank you so much to the RBK Racing crew for believing in me and never giving up the whole weekend.”

Cappello ends the championship season second in Lucas Oil Modified Series points, he returns to action for the final race of the year on November 18th for the Spray Nine Race of Champions at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Dylan would like to thank Ram Mounts, Arizona Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

Results

Qualifying: 10th, 15.038

Feature: 10th -> 12th

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Cappello Hopes to Close Out Irwindale Speedway with Win

26 Promotions·Wednesday (August 16, 2017)

Peoria, AZ - Dylan Cappello has had quite the summer, he's won the last three Lucas Oil Modified Series races and he has led 225 consecutive laps all while traveling back and forth from the race track to North Carolina where he has spent the summer on an internship with Stewart-Haas Racing. Cappello looks to cap off his incredible summer with one last win at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday night.

“Confidence with the team is at an all-time high,” said Cappello. “It seems like we are firing on all cylinders when it matters most and the plan is to keep it that way.”

Cappello has had success in his four previous starts at the track. He won his first race there in 2014 and has finished no worse than fourth since then.

“Irwindale is one of the biggest tracks we race at so momentum is key to being successful. Some other tracks on the schedule you can almost man handle the car to gain speed, but it seems if you miss the setup here you have a rough seventy-five laps ahead of you,” explained Cappello. “Experience is the biggest factor and Ryan Patridge, Travis Thirkettle, and Austin Barnes have a lot of laps around this place, so I will be watching and learning from them as well.”

This will likely be the last time the Lucas Oil Modified Series runs at the speedway after it was announced last week that January 31st, 2018 would be the final day of operation.

“It is such an awesome facility that has been home to so many racers in Southern California,” said Cappello. “Watching some of the best in the business race here in many showcase events has been a cool experience and being able to pick up another win there in the last race would be very special.”

You can catch all the action from Irwindale Speedway on LucasOilRacing.TV Saturday night starting at 7 PM Pacific time, a yearlong subscription for $99.99 is required to watch the event.

Dylan would like to thank Ram Mounts, Arizona Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography, and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

 

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Cappello Goes Back to Back with Win at Kern

26 Promotions·Thursday (July 6, 2017)

Bakersfield, CA - Carrying the momentum from his win at Madera Speedway three weeks ago, Dylan Cappello and the rest of the Lucas Oil Modified drivers invaded Kern County Raceway for race number five of the championship season.

Four thirty-minute practice sessions were on tap for Friday and Cappello felt great right out of the box.

“Once again, I have to give a huge thank you to my crew for being bad fast out of the trailer,” said Cappello. “Friday night we ran one or two sessions to make sure the balance of the car was where I wanted it. Quickly after, we got our scuff runs out of the way to find out which tires would be our race set. This left us a whole session to convert to race trim and practice long setups for the race. We learned that on old tires we were very good, but still had some ideas on how to improve.”

One forty-minute and a thirty-minute final practice kicked off the action on Saturday. Cappello ran the tenth fastest lap in the first practice and followed that up with the fastest lap in the final practice before setting up for qualifying.

“Rolling out Saturday, we ran laps on the same old tires to see how the car reacted to cold and hot track temperatures,” Cappello explained. “With what we learned, we began formulating a plan for the race. Qualifying went well and we put up a stellar lap that was good enough for second. The team has been improving on our qualifying throughout the year and that is great for track position to save tires early in the race.”

Following qualifying was the Quick 6 Dash. Starting on the inside of the third row, Cappello planned to use the six laps to assess the competition.

“The trophy dash turned out to be a great show for the fans,” said Cappello. “Starting fifth, the plan was to take it easy and see where we stacked up against the fastest cars in the field. Coming out of turn two I saw a hole for third and took the spot. At that point, I decided to go for the win. Passing for second with three to go, I didn’t know if we had enough to catch the leader who was about a second ahead. On the last lap, I got a run off turn two that put us in a drag race through turn three and to the finish line. It was awesome to see that we had a car that had potential to make passes if we found ourselves in traffic.”

With a two pulled for the invert, Cappello started on the pole for the seventy-five-lap feature. Cappello beat the 24-car off turn two and pulled out to the lead.

“Saving tires became the priority after pulling out to a decent lead over second,” explained Cappello. “That stayed the plan until lap thirty when second began to make a run and I had to protect my position by charging harder than I wanted.”

With no cautions by lap fifty-five, Cappello knew he was in a race to the finish with heavy lap traffic coming into play.

“For the last twenty laps, we ran up on cars two wide and cars that were leaking oil,” he said. “This made for an intense race that was nose to tail on multiple occasions. Taking the checkered flag was an awesome feeling to finally put together a win at a racetrack where we have shown speed recently with bad luck.”

Cappello’s second win of the year closes the gap between him and point leader Taylor Miinch down to thirty points with five more races to go in the championship series.

Next up for Cappello is a trip to Rocky Mountain Speedway in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 22nd.

Dylan would like to thank Ram Mounts, Sears Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

 

Results

Practice 1: 10th, 19.499

Final Practice: 1st, 18.951

Qualifying: 2nd, 18.813

Dash: 5th -> 1st

Feature: 1st -> 1st

 

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Cappello Looks to Carry Momentum into Kern

26 Promotions·Monday (June 26, 2017)

Peoria, AZ - After leading all 75-laps at Madera Speedway two weeks ago, Dylan Cappello hopes to carry that momentum over to the fifth race of the championship season.

“After Madera, we know that we have what it takes to win, now we just have to relate what we learned about the car for this weekend,” said Cappello. “The momentum that we have from our win last race is awesome, it gives me and my team confidence to show up and make the right calls throughout the weekend so that we can keep winning races.”

This will be the series second visit to the half-mile oval after starting the season there with the Spray Nine Race of Champions back in February. Cappello qualified third quick and was running sixth before a carburetor issue ended his night, but Cappello isn’t worried about the car going forward.

“I don’t have any concerns about the car mechanically and how it will run,” he said. “That is a really good feeling as a driver knowing that my crew has prepared a car that is one hundred percent ready to hit the track when it rolls out of the trailer. We learned from that small carburetor issue in February and haven’t had a problem since.”

Cappello knows everything is in place for him to end his night in victory lane again this weekend.

“We won the inaugural event there which really made the place special for me,” Cappello said. “Ever since then we have had a top-five race car every time. We have the team, driver, engine, and car to win and that’s exactly what we plan to do Saturday.”

Dylan would like to thank Ram Mounts, Sears Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

 

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Prince of Peoria Becomes Madera Majesty

26 Promotions·Wednesday (June 14, 2017)

Madera, CA - Dylan Cappello entered this weekend’s race at Madera Speedway with one goal, end up in victory lane at the end of the night and that’s exactly what he did.

“Coming into the weekend I knew we had a great set of notes to help us prepare for the race,” said Cappello. "We were really good right out of the trailer. We quickly switched to race trim and ran a long run to gauge the car's balance. We learned the even with a gripped-up race track, we needed to start the race tighter.”

Cappello ran the third, fourth and fifth fastest laps in the three practice sessions on Friday night.

Saturday kicked off with two practice sessions that saw Cappello run the fastest lap in session one and the second quickest lap in final practice before qualifying fourth with a lap of 14.593.

“On Saturday we ran some good lap times and that gave us some confidence to qualify well,” he said. “Fourth place wasn’t a bad effort for the team and we knew that put us in a great place for the invert.”

The five-car invert worked perfectly for Cappello, lining him up on the outside of the front row.

“Starting second was the best place in my opinion to start the race,” he explained. “I held the same speed as the leader and I was able to get a nose lead coming to the green flag. With the drive our car had, we were clear by two-car lengths by turn one.”

Cappello had to keep his focus through a plethora of cautions throughout the first half of the race, leading officials to move to single file restarts and counting caution laps around the halfway point. Unlike the first half of the race, the second half ended with a long green flag run, where the Hitman showed just how dominate a car he had.

“With about thirty to go, the caution light finally stayed off and we were able to show what we really had,” said Cappello. “We were clear by a quarter track and then I went into cruise mode with heavy lap traffic in front of me.”

Cappello went on to lead all seventy-five laps crossing the checkered flag with over a four-second lead to pick up his first win, second top five and third top ten of the season.

“Getting this win was so cool for our team,” he said. “It was such a great feeling seeing their hard work pay off. I can’t thank them all enough.”

The Hitman now has two wins, to go along with a second, two-thirds and a fourth-place finish in six appearances at the one-third mile oval.

Next up for the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts is a trip to Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Cappello enters the July 1st race second in the championship points standings, thirty-seven points behind the leader.

“Kern is a really fast track that I enjoy racing at. It takes a big motor and a setup that will roll through the center to keep momentum,” said Cappello. “Jumping up in the points battle was awesome and having momentum after a win will help us to follow-up with some good finishes. Wins are the only outcome we are chasing at this point in the series. If we do our job and run out front, then the rest will take care of itself.”

Dylan would like to thank Ram Mounts, Sears Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

 

Friday’s Practice Results:

Session 1: 3rd, 14.836

Session 2: 4th, 14.7

Session 3: 5th, 14.440

 

Saturday’s Results:

Practice 1: 1st, 14.603

Final Practice: 2nd, 14.568

Qualifying: 4th, 14.593

Feature: 2nd -> 1st

 

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Cappello Looks to Turn Luck Around in Madera

26 Promotions·Tuesday (June 6, 2017)

Peoria, AZ - Dylan Cappello and his Team RBK crew are looking to get things turned around this weekend in Madera, California. After a fourteenth-place finish in Tucson and a sixth-place finish three weeks ago in Las Vegas after leading sixty-six laps, Cappello is hungry for his first win of the year.

“I’m ready to put all the pieces together this year finally,” he said. “It was tough coming up just short at the Bullring and as a team, we began preparing right away for this weekend. We have evaluated all of our options and we are coming with an even stronger car than what we won with last year at this race.”

Madera has been a place that Cappello has excelled at, finishing no worse than fourth in five starts including last year’s win.

“Madera has always been such a fun race track for me,” said Cappello. “We have had some really strong runs, against some great competition. I found myself, luckily logging a lot of laps behind Scott Winters the first couple years there. I definitely credit him with teaching me how to attack the corners and what your race car needs in order to win the race.”

Cappello knows this is the place that he can get his season back on track and will be focused on making sure he has a car that can compete for the win.

“Like a lot of races in the past, the car that can click off the fastest lap isn’t necessarily the best race car,” he said. “Some competitors seem to struggle here and this is a track my team and I feel strongest at. We are going to attack the weekend exactly how we did last year, focusing on our car and getting the characteristics I feel will win the race. We’ve shown a lot of speed here in the recent races and with how tight this series is we have to go all in. Wins are what we need right now.”

Cappello’s weekend gets underway on Friday night with three thirty-minute practice sessions and one hour-long session to close out the night. Saturday’s racing schedule gets started with two twenty-minute practice sessions followed by Qualifying, a forty-lap B-Main and the seventy-five lap Lucas Oil Modified Feature closes out the weekend at the one-third mile oval.

Dylan would like to thank Ram Mounts, Sears Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

 

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Cappello Finishes 6th After Leading 66 Laps in Vegas

26 Promotions·Tuesday (May 23, 2017)

Las Vegas, NV - Dylan Cappello and the rest of the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts drivers invaded the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend for the third event of the championship season.

The weekend kicked off on Friday night with four practice sessions for the Lucas Oil Modifieds. Cappello didn’t record a lap in the first session, put down the sixth fastest lap in session two and ran the fifth quickest lap in session three and four to wrap up the night.

“We unloaded decent on old tires,” said Cappello. “We struggled to get the car to finish cutting in the center which was hurting our drive off.”

After a Friday night strategy session over dinner, Cappello and the Team RBK crew adjusted on the car Saturday where The Hitman was fifth in practice session one and laid down the second fastest lap in final practice prior to qualifying.

Cappello’s fastest qualifying lap of 15.312 was good enough for sixth. Fortunately, the invert worked in his favor and he’d line up on the pole for both the Dash and the 75-lap Feature.

The Hitman used the 6-lap Dash as a test session for the Feature. He’d lead all six laps, winning the Dash by just under a second to pick up the $500 prize.

“We made a last second adjustment that really helped the car quite a bit,” explained Cappello. “Rolling out for the Main Event I felt very confident that my guys gave me a good piece to contend for the win.”

Cappello didn’t face much pressure over the course of the Feature. He’d continue to pull out to about a two to three car length advantage after each restart over second before a caution would bunch the field back up one more time. The last restart came on lap 49 and Cappello knew immediately something wasn’t right.

“Going into turn one on the last restart I knew we had a problem,” he said. “The brakes just didn’t feel the same. We were still able to hold on to the lead for 17 laps before getting passed.”

With the brakes not operating consistently in the final laps, Cappello hung on to cross the checkered flag in sixth.

“We came in with half the heat we should’ve had in the front brakes,” he explained. “It’s tough to lead for that long and have a good enough race car to win the race.”

The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts heads to Madera Speedway in Northern California on June 10th for round four of the championship season.

Dylan Cappello would like to thank Ram Mounts, Sears Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsport, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

 

Friday Practice Results:

Session 1: NA

Session 2: 6th 15.461

Session 3: 5th 15.297

Session 4: 5th 15.222

 

Saturday Results:

Practice Session 1: 5th 15.444

Final Practice: 2nd 15.324

Qualifying: 6th 15.312

Dash: 1st -> 1st

Feature: 1st -> 6th

 

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Cappello Looking to Hit the Jackpot in Sin City

26 Promotions·Wednesday (May 17, 2017)

Peoria, AZ - After a six-week break, Dylan Cappello and the rest of the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by Ram Mounts make their way to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s third race of the championship schedule.

“I love The Bullring overall as a racetrack,” said Cappello. “It is a track where you can really attack the corners and be aggressive. In the past, there has been carnage, so staying out front will be key.”

Cappello enters Saturday’s event sitting 7th in the point standings and looks to rebound from a 14th place finish on April 8th in Tucson.

“We’ve had a lot of time to think about how we can improve at The Bullring the past six weeks,” he said. “We have been fast there and I have a lot of laps under my belt too, so just a couple minor changes have been made that we believe will add some speed.”

The Hitman has had past success in Las Vegas with 4 top 5’s including a win in 2015 in six starts. The one blemish on his record at the track came last year when he was forced to retire after completing only 2 laps.

“Last year’s result was due to a pushrod failure on lap 3,” Cappello explained. “Considering we had the 2nd fastest lap while still in traffic early in the race, I thought the car was going to be really good.”

Action at The Bullring gets underway Friday with practice from 3:30 to 9 and resumes on Saturday with another practice session at 1:30. That will be followed by Qualifying at 5, opening ceremonies at 6:45 with Feature Events, including a 40-lap Lucas Oil Modified B Feature, getting underway at 7 PM. The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by Ram Mounts will close out the evening’s racing action with 75 laps around the three-eighths mile oval.

Dylan would like to thank Ram Mounts, Sears Garage Doors, Spray Nine, Driven Motorsports, Team RBK, Pro Power Racing Engines, Total Power Batteries, Roger Seymour Photography and Bilstein Shocks for their continued support.

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Cappello Finishes 14th After Wreck Ends Top 3 Run

26 Promotions·Tuesday (April 11, 2017)

Tucson, AZ - Dylan Cappello is developing a love/hate relationship with Tucson Speedway, a place where the results, including this passed Saturday’s, haven’t reflected how well Cappello has competed at the track.

The weekend kicked off with four 30-minute practice sessions on Friday night where Cappello would look to improve upon a loose, but fast, race car.

“I knew we had a super-fast car when we unloaded,” said Cappello. “From there it was just trying to make it even better. We hit on a couple things but overall couldn’t get the drive we wanted.”

As practice progressed on Friday night and opened Saturday’s racing activities, Cappello realized he wasn’t alone.

“After watching everybody on Friday and Saturday, I noticed everyone was having the same issue,” he said. &ld