A new season, a new car. Mike Lucas’s NHRA Division 6 Top Sportsman title-defense didn’t go the way he hoped last year. He crashed his 2000 Camaro at a race in Mission, B.C., last June, but is back in action this year with his new car, a 1968 Camaro.
“The car is working great. All winter, we’ve been focused on making it better and consistent, and it’s a pleasure to drive it,” Lucas said.
Lucas, along with fellow Fort St. John racers Dave Kowalski and Matt Dohm, were in Boise, Idaho, last weekend, May 2 and 3, for the first Division 6 race of the season.
Lucas had a handful of races under his belt on the year, and was able to carry the points from those races into the Division 6 standings. He entered the Boise race in fifth place.
Lucas had a great start, taking out a driver ahead of him in the standings in the first round. In the second leg, however, despite a near-perfect start, he had traction issues 100 feet down the track and lost the race. Still, he earned enough points to leave the race in third spot in the standings.
Kowalski raced in the Super Pro class, and despite dealing with an ignition problem in the final round, still finished in the top three. Dohm, in the Non-Electronics class, had a bit more trouble, suffering a broken axel as well as some other minor car issues. Still, Lucas said both guys are new to the bigger races and it’s good for them to get experience.
Next up for Lucas is the JEGS All Stars race in Chicago, May 30 to June 2. The race takes the top driver from all eight divisions and puts them against each other. Lucas lost in the semi-finals a year ago, and although he didn’t win the title last year, the top finishers were unable to attend and the Division 6 director asked Lucas to represent them again.
“I made a tiny mistake last year, just a bit too much excitement, and I really wanted to get another crack at it. Thankfully, I’m going back a year later and we’ll see what happens,” Lucas said.
He will also be racing in the Route 66 Nationals that same weekend in Joliet, Illinois.
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