PEORIA, Arizona – Dylan Cappello, one of the brightest young stars in American motor sports, is ready to take the next step forward in a career that has seen him win championships at every level.
The talented 19-year-old will make his debut in the NASCAR K&N West Series on October 17 at All-American Speedway, a 1/3-mile oval in Roseville, California.
Cappello will be driving a Ford Fusion recently acquired from West Series driver Johnny Borneman. Short Track Race Cars owner Steve Teets and team owner Mike Garcia will handle the setup and preparation of the car for Cappello and Garcia Racing, with veteran mechanic Mike Creevan serving as car chief on race day.
Sears Garage Doors, Garcia Racing, Creevan Performance Fabrication and Prep, STR, Racer Bling Graphics, Driven Steering Wheels and Roger Seymour Photography are sponsoring the venture, which the reigning Lucas Oil Modified Series champion said is being undertaken with an eye on next season.
“We don’t have anything definite yet,” Cappello said. “We want to do this one and see how it goes and maybe put something together to do a few more next year. We’re definitely looking for sponsors.
“We got calls from a couple of K&N East teams and we got a call from an ARCA team, but those were a little out of our reach right now. Then Mike and Steve got us together with Borneman. That was almost too good to be true. It’s a really good deal.
“Hopefully we can run good and get a chance to show some people what I can do. You’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got. If you get one opportunity you’ve got to make the best of it.”
Cappello, who recently began his sophomore year at Northern Arizona University, has shown throughout his career that he has a knack for turning opportunity into success. He got his first exposure to racing as a toddler by going to the race track with his father Danny Cappello, a bracket drag racer, and raced Big Wheels against other youngsters during the down time at the drags.
He started racing on four wheels in karts, went from there to Quarter-Midgets and won seven national championships, tried his hand at Modified Midgets and was named Rookie of the Year, and moved on Legends Cars and won the Nevada state championship while racing at The Bull Ring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In 2014 Cappello teamed up with Garcia Racing to compete in the Lucas Oil Modified Series, a highly-competitive regional touring series, and quickly impressed everyone by displaying a maturity beyond his years, both on the track and in his dealings with series officials, his competitors and the fans.
When the season was over he had won twice, finished in the top five seven times in 10 starts and become the first rookie champion since the series’ inaugural season in 2006. This year he has won twice more and is second in the standings, 14 points out of the lead, with three of the 10 races remaining.
The preparation for the K&N West race, the commitments to the Modified series and college are going to keep Cappello extremely busy for the next few weeks. He has Modified races September 19 at Irwindale, California, and October 10 at Madera, California. Sometime in between those races there will be testing, at Stockton 99 Speedway in California in the K&N West car and at Roseville in a Late Model the team has acquired to help Cappello get a feel for the heavy, full-bodied stock car, which he never has driven.
“I’m a little nervous just because I’ve never been in one of them before,” Cappello said. “From what I hear they’re a little easier to drive than a (open-wheel) Modified, but we’ll see.
“It’s going to be different. What I like to do (in practice) is go out and get a feel for the car, come in and make adjustments and go back out and do about an 80 percent run, but there’s not going to be time for that. It’s going to be a lot faster.
“I’m usually a cautious driver, but I think we’re going to have to throw that out the window and go for it.”
Follow Dylan Cappello’s career on the internet at www.dylancappello.com, on Facebook at Dylan Cappello Racing and on Twitter @dylan_c11.
For more information, please contact Dylan by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 602-616-5302.
-Lucas Oil Modified Series Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com