Robby Lyons

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Robby Lyons
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Born (1989-01-22) January 22, 1989 (age 30)
Clearwater, Florida
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
12 races run over 3 years
Truck no., teamNo. 42 (Chad Finley Racing)
2018 position32nd
Best finish32nd (2018)
First race2017 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Last race2019 NextEra Energy 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 15, 2019.

Robby Lyons (born January 22, 1989) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado for Chad Finley Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Lyons started his racing career at the age of six, racing dirt bikes. Lyons raced dirt bikes for over a decade, winning two Florida championships. [1] After injuring both legs in a crash when he was fifteen, Lyons quit bike racing at eighteen.[2] He then moved to Legends car racing[3] after seeing former motocross racer Ricky Carmichael transition.[4] After Legends cars, Lyons competed in the Pro All-Stars Series in 2014.[5] In December 2014, Lyons tested at Daytona International Speedway in an ARCA Racing Series car that was prepared by both Rick Ware Racing and MacDonald Motorsports.[6] In early 2015, Lyons joined Chad Finley and his team as a development driver to compete in the 2015 CARS Tour;[7] Lyons wound up only running three of the races.[8] Lyons made a return to the CARS Tour in 2017[9] and also competed in the Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway.[10]

NASCAR[edit]

Lyons announced on November 9, 2017 that he would be making his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series, driving for Premium Motorsports at Phoenix International Raceway (now ISM Raceway).[11] His effort was led by former NASCAR driver Brian Keselowski as crew chief.[12] The pairing came together after Lyons and Premium owner Jay Robinson met at Charlotte Motor Speedway in fall 2017.[4] After accidents eliminated the majority of the field, Lyons finished 12th in his Truck debut.[13] In his debut, Lyons was almost wrecked by teammate Jason Hathaway near the end of the race but survived.[14] During the week after the Phoenix race, Lyons was approved for all of NASCAR's 1.5-mile tracks, leading to a second race with Premium a week later for the Truck season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway,[4] where he finished 24th.[15]

On January 23, 2018, it was announced that Lyons would drive Premium's No. 15 truck full-time in 2018.[16] However, Lyons was replaced by Reed Sorenson for Dover race due to sponsorship. He was scheduled to race at Texas before being pulled for Sorenson for health issues. Following medical tests in June, Lyons revealed he was suffering from neurological issues affecting his heart rate and blood pressure, forcing him out of competing in the month's races. Later on, after listening to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s story about concussions, Lyons got treatment after recognizing symptoms and got treatment for concussions.[17] Eventually, Lyons and Premium split and in summer 2018, Lyons purchased his own trucks, which debuted at Talladega Superspeedway with the number 33, owner points coming from Reaume Brothers Racing.[2] The Talladega truck was purchased from Josh Reaume, while Lyons also acquired a couple old Brad Keselowski Racing chassis.[17]

In 2019, Lyons joined Chad Finley Racing for a part-time schedule in the No. 42 Silverado, sharing the truck with owner Chad Finley.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Lyons grew up in Clearwater, Florida. He soon took after his dad Bob Lyons who was a well known drag racer and became a dirt bike racer until the age of 18. After moving to stock car racing, Lyons became good friends with Xfinity Series driver Garrett Smithley.[4] Lyons is also a user of the online racing simulator iRacing.[19] He graduated from Indian Rocks Christian School.[20]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2017 Premium Motorsports 49 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
12
HOM
24
85th 01 [21]
2018 15 DAY
13
ATL
25
LVS
18
MAR
24
DOV KAN
26
CLT
23
TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN
22
ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS 32nd 140 [22]
Reaume Brothers Racing 33 Chevy TAL
14
MAR TEX PHO HOM
27
2019 Chad Finley Racing 42 Chevy DAY
30
ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM -* -* [23]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robby Lyons Joins Chad Finley Racing Driver Development For The 2015 Racing Season". chadfinleyracing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "#PETM164 - Tommy's Got a Gun!". PETMpodcast.com. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Robby Lyons to make NASCAR Truck debut at Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  4. ^ a b c d "Lyons eager to race in NASCAR". Kickin' The Tires. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  5. ^ "2014 PASS". www.proallstarsseries.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  6. ^ "Lyons lines up Daytona test as career stepping stone". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  7. ^ "» Robby Lyons Joins Chad Finley Racing Driver Development For The 2015 Racing Season Welcome to Chad Finley Racing". chadfinleyracing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  8. ^ "Driver Robby Lyons 2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  9. ^ "Driver Robby Lyons 2017 CARS Super Late Model Tour Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  10. ^ "Short Track U.S. Nationals Final Results". www.bristolmotorspeedway.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  11. ^ "Robby Lyons to make NASCAR debut with Sunwest Construction and Barstool 49ers in Phoenix for Premium". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  12. ^ "Florida driver Robby Lyons to make Truck debut Friday at Phoenix". NASCAR Talk. 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  13. ^ "NCWTS: Robby Lyons Finishes 12th in Truck Debut – Rubbings Racing". rubbingsracing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  14. ^ "Lyons Savors His Shot In Wake Of Solid Debut". Race Chaser Online. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  15. ^ "Driver Robby Lyons 2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  16. ^ "Robby Lyons Ready to Go Full-Time Trucking – POPULAR SPEED". www.popularspeed.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  17. ^ a b Gluck, Jeff. "The Driven Life: Robby Lyons on treating concussions". JeffGluck.com. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  18. ^ Brooks, Amanda (December 5, 2018). "Chad Finley Racing set to increase Truck Series schedule". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  19. ^ "Eidson Wins Bristol With Two-Tire Formula - iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations". www.iracing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  20. ^ "7 Things We're Thankful For This Season". Indian Rocks Christian School. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  21. ^ "Robby Lyons – 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  22. ^ "Robby Lyons – 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  23. ^ "Robby Lyons – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 18, 2019.

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