After 35 years of drag racing, driver Mike Lucas and his wife Jackie achieved the pinnacle in their sport when they won the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Division 6 Top Sportsman championship in November 2017. The couple received their trophy at the NHRA banquet in Seattle on Jan. 6.
Mike had been competing in the NHRA for a number of years, but had never considered competing for the points championship. It wasn’t until they found themselves in first spot after the second race of the season last February, that Jackie suggested they see how well they could do.
“Back in February, we thought it would be neat just to end up in the top 10, but the number one spot is a dream come true. It was overwhelming,” Mike said.
From February to November, Lucas remained in first place. However, it came down to the last race in Las Vegas, where he earned enough points to win the championship.
Drivers earn points based on how far they advance in the bracket. The points add up and the team with the most points at the end of the season is the champion.
Lucas drives a 2000 Camaro, which resembles the model in appearance only. His car has 1268 horse power, and reached a top elapsed time last season of 7.3 seconds at 186 miles per hour.
Division six consists of Western Canada, and the northwest states like Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
Lucas’ points total was enough for 16th in the world, and he also earned the right to compete in the JEGS Allstars, which pits the winners of each division against each other. That race is in Chicago this May.
“The travelling is pretty trying at times. It takes a lot of support and is an expensive endeavour but I guess you have to do something with your life,” Lucas said.
Mike and Jackie leave for Pomona, California this weekend for the first race of the 2018 season on Feb. 8.