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Phoenix Raceway proves to be valuable learning experience for Diversified Motorsports Enterprises and Robby Lyons

Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway | Lucas Oil 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 97 Sunwest Construction Chevrolet Silverado

Driver: Robby Lyons

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Get to know team owner Logan Puckett by following him on Twitter @LPuckett_89.

Start: 33rd (Event Formula)

Finish: 29th; Running (152 | 156 laps completed)

Robby Lyons Quote: “Such a frustrating night. We never get could the handling to our liking in the No. 97 Sunwest Construction Chevrolet Silverado. It wasn’t from a lack of effort from everyone on the team.

“It’s difficult to start that deep in the field and run green that entire first stage and get trapped a lap down. From there, we kept making adjustments and making gains but just didn’t to make those chassis adjustments often enough with just so few cautions in the race.

“I appreciate the effort of Bruce (Cook, crew chief) and the entire Diversified Motorsports team for allowing me to drive in the season finale. On to 2021.”

Next Up: NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Fri., Feb. 12, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. (Tentative ET) live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) | Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.

For more on Robby Lyons, like him on Facebook, (Robby Lyons) follow him on Twitter (@RLRacing2) and Instagram (@RLRacing2).

For more on Diversified Motorsports Enterprises, please visit team-dme.com, like them on Facebook (TeamDME97) or follow them on Twitter (@teamDME97).

Get to know team owner Logan Puckett by following him on Twitter @LPuckett_89.

About Sunwest Construction:

Sunwest Construction was founded in 1986 and has grown into the premier construction and development company on the west coast of Florida.

Over the past 30 years, they have built and developed over 17,000 condominium units and now specialize in mid-high-rise developments as well as commercial buildings and hotels alongside Marriott and Hampton Inn.

Diversified Motorsports Enterprises to close out season at Phoenix Raceway

Diversified Motorsports Enterprises to close out season at Phoenix Raceway

AVONDALE, Ariz.: Diversified Motorsports Enterprises (DME) started the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) season at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and will close out the season with Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.

Robby Lyons will drive the team’s No. 97 Chevrolet Silverado in his second NGROTS start at the 1.0-mile.

Lyons, 31, will continue to have the support of Sunwest Construction for the 23rd race of the season.

Industry veteran and winning NASCAR crew chief Bruce Cook will call the shots for the highly anticipated season finale.

“Diversified Motorsports Enterprises is glad to be back at the track this weekend at Phoenix,” said team owner Logan Puckett. “Without question, the year hasn’t gone as we hoped with the pandemic and all – but as an organization, we’ve rolled with the punches and we’re just thankful to be able to participate in the races that we have.

“Robby did a great job in our most recent race at Talladega Superspeedway in October. We were fast and competitive but had an issue late in the race that kept us from a better finish. We have an opportunity to end the season on a high note and that’s exactly what we plan to do.”

Phoenix is home of Lyon’s Truck Series debut in 2017 where he finished 12th after starting 20th. And although the Seminole, Fla. native hasn’t competed on the new configuration, he is hopeful that his prior experience will pay dividends in the 33-truck field.

“Bruce Cook and the entire Diversified Motorsports Enterprises crew have put together an incredible truck in preparation for this weekend’s race at Phoenix,” said Lyons. “I had an awesome experience in my first Truck Series race there three years ago, but the track has changed since then.

“It’s going to be a little tougher to get used to that with no practice or qualifying, but we have 150 laps to learn (it) and execute. With the new configuration, the start | finish line will be one of the biggest challenges on the start and restarts because of the design, as well as the pit road layout.

“I’m confident in my team though and that we can overcome the challenges and deliver a good finish for Logan (Puckett) and the entire DME team.”

Knowing that 2020 hasn’t gone exactly to their plan, Puckett says he is proud of his team for overcoming adversity and making it to the track, especially with the uncertainty because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Without Bruce (Cook), Jesse (Little), Robby (Lyons), and all the team members of this DME team, 2020 wouldn’t have happened and I appreciate their hard work and dedication despite some forks in the road,” added Puckett. “No, we haven’t had the finishes we hoped for, but it hasn’t been for a lack of effort and we’ve learned a lot that will help us move into 2021.

“Robby has established himself as a well respected and talented driver. Both he and Bruce have experience at Phoenix and that should prove to be beneficial. Because of the formula, we’re going to be starting deep in the field, but Robby is a smart racer and he’ll make the moves when it counts most.

“If we can leave Phoenix with a top-15 finish, I’d be ecstatic.”

In 16 prior NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series starts, Lyons has delivered five top-20 finishes, including a top-20 finish earlier this year at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June. He has been running at the finish of 14 of the 16 races.

Phoenix marks the sixth NGROTS start of 2020 for the popular driver.

Follow Robby Lyons on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the weekend.

For more on Diversified Motorsports Enterprises, please visit team-dme.com, like them on Facebook (TeamDME97) or follow them on Twitter (@teamDME97).

Get to know team owner Logan Puckett by following him on Twitter @LPuckett_89.

The Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps | 150 miles) is the 23rd of 23 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 33-truck field will take the green flag on Fri. Nov. 3, 2020, shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Mountain).

About Sunwest Construction:

Sunwest Construction was founded in 1986 and has grown into the premier construction and development company on the west coast of Florida.

Over the past 30 years, they have built and developed over 17,000 condominium units and now specialize in mid-high-rise developments as well as commercial buildings and hotels alongside Marriott and Hampton Inn.

Refreshed JJL Motorsports, Jesse Little ready for ISM Raceway battle

AVONDALE, Ariz.: Set to return to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) scene for the first time since competing at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August, JJL Motorsports and driver Jesse Little are refreshed and confident heading into the penultimate race of the season at ISM (Ariz.) Raceway.

Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 will be the organization’s ninth start of the season and Little’s second in the heart of the desert. In his previous start at ISM Raceway – Little qualified 24th and contended for a top-10 finish before being a victim in a late race accident that left him with an 18th place finish.

“To say that I’m excited to get to Phoenix would be an understatement,” said Little. “It has been a couple of months now since our last race and we couldn’t be more pumped up then to get going here soon.

“Phoenix has always treated me well going back to the K&N car and even my one start I made there in the truck. This JJL Motorsports Ford will hopefully have the speed we seek and help have a competitive top-10 night.”

Planning to compete at Phoenix on Friday night and next weekend’s season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) International Speedway, the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-native is confident his team can finish what they started two years ago in Avondale.

“The layout will be a little different since the last time I was there, but I still think that the track will drive pretty similar,” added Little.

“Since August, we’ve been working hard on our two trucks getting them ready for Phoenix and Homestead. I think our preparation will pay off in practice and qualifying and hopefully a strong finish can carry us to the last race of the season with a lot of momentum.”

While Little’s team led by veteran crew chief Bill Henderson has been diligently preparing for the final 350 miles of the season, and the recent announcement of the sale of JJL Motorsports at the end of the season is nearing completion.

The No. 97 team is expected to continue to operate in 2020 under the leadership of a new owner.

Further details of the team’s plans for next season will be announced next week leading into Homestead-Miami Speedway race weekend.

“I’m really happy that my NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team will have a new owner in the garage next season,” said team principal Jason Little.

But before the keys are passed on to new ownership – Jesse Little is focused on making the final 284 laps of the season the best it can be.

Long-time JJL Motorsports partner Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access systems that are easy to install joins the team for their 10th race of the season.

“We are excited to once again be partnering with JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little for this week’s Phoenix race,” offered Skuttle Tight president Chad Kompelien. “We find this marketing partnership as a great avenue to market our products to all of the fans of NASCAR.

“Jesse and the team do a great job for us and we are excited for this Friday night’s race in Arizona.”

Jesse Little added, “I can’t stress enough how thankful I am for all of our supporters and partners this year. I owe it to each and every one of them to finish the year on a high note and give it all we have.”

Little, the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chad Little will make his 31st career Gander Truck Series start on Nov. 8 and hopes to secure his eighth career top-10 finish.

Additionally, JJL Motorsports welcomes back associate partners Grindstaff Rub and Parker Fibernet for the next-to-last race of the season.

The Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps | 150 miles) is the 22nd of 23 races on the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 8 from 8:05 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. A final practice has been etched in from 9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Mountain).

For more on Skuttle Tight, please visit skuttle-tight.com or by calling 1-866-SKUTTLE. Also, visit them on Facebook (Skuttle Tight Inc.) or on Twitter @SkuttleTight.

For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing.

Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.

For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.

JJL Motorsports tweets too. Follow them @JJL_Motorsports.