Lucas kicked off the Wild West Shootout with a runner-up finish behind Ricky Thornton Jr. on Saturday. With another good car under him Sunday, a failed battery was the culprit that ended their night early in the main event.
Lucas picked up his first win of the 2018 season Wednesday night for car owner Mike Wedelstadt and new crew chief Riley Hatfield. Starting from the front row outside, 'Cool Hand Luke' became the third different winner in as many rounds at this year's Wild West Shootout.
Lucas and the Mike Wedelstadt Racing team competed at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., on March 9 in the season opener for the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. After winning the fourth heat race, “Cool Hand Luke” started the main event from the 6th spot and battled with leader Lucas Lee for the first half of the race. With eight laps to go, Zack VanderBeek got by Lucas for second and eventually was declared the winner when Lee was disqualified, giving Lucas the runner-up finish. The team heads for a Saturday night showdown at the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss.
The fifth round of Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks took place Saturday night at the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., with 43 entries on hand. Lucas finished 2nd in his heat race after starting 5th, which placed him 7th on the grid for the main event. He finished 5th in the caution-free 40-lap feature. The next event on deck for "Cool Hand Luke" and the Mike Wedelstadt Racing team is the King of America VIII presented by Summit Racing Equipment on Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17, at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan.
The King of America VIII Modified Nationals presented by Summit took place at the Humboldt Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15-17, with 84 cars and drivers signed in for battle over the three nights. In Thursday's USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup points race, Lucas raced from 4th to 2nd in his heat race and then won his "B" Main to start 13th in th main event, but mechanical troubles bit the team and he dropped out after 13 laps. On Friday, each driver competed in two heat races to set the fields for Saturday. From 3rd, he finished 2nd in his first heat and then started 9th and won his second heat with a dramatic last-corner pass, leaving him 2nd in passing points. On Saturday, "Cool Hand Luke" was untouchable. Read all about it here. The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup is back in action on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, with the first-ever event in the Copper State at the Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.
The team trekked to Peoria, Ariz., this week for some USMTS action at the Canyon Speedway Park. After a rough heat race, Luke won his "B" Main and then raced from 14th to 8th in the main event. On Saturday, another tough heat landed "Cool Hand Luke" in a B-Main, and another B-Main win set him up for the 13th starting spot in the main event. He came on early, moving up to sixth in just eight laps, and then held strong for a fourth-place finish.
Lucas and the Mike Wedelstadt Racing team competed in the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout, April 20-22, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway. On Friday, "Cool Hand Luke" won his heat race from the pole and then hung on for a 5th-place finish in the main event. Mechanical woes hampered Saturday's effort. After using a provisional, Lucas started 23rd and finished 15th in the main event. On Sunday, he roared from 9th to 2nd in his heat and then started and finished 4th in the feature race. Over the weekend, the team picked up contingency awards from Champ Pans, Eibach, Jerovetz Motorsports, Simpson and Sybesma Graphics. They now head for the West Texas Raceway on Friday, April 27.
Lucas passed Terry Phillips with 13 laps to go and went on to capture Friday night’s USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup main event at the West Texas Raceway in Lubbock. Click here to read the full story. The team heads to the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, on Saturday for the 9th Annual Production Jars Amarillo Ambush presented by MSD Performance.
On the heels of his win on Friday, Lucas suffered an eighth-place finish in his heat race Saturday at the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas. He went from 14th to ninth in his "B" Main, but needed to burn a provisional to take the 23rd starting spot in the "A" Main. Mechanical troubles, however, knocked the team out with 11 laps complete, resulting in a 19th-place finish.
After rain canceled Friday’s USMTS show at the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., Lucas traveled to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for an opportunity to drive an MB Custom for Tyler Wolff and Lobo Racing. With some good fortune, and after a hard-fought race with Darron Fuqua, Lucas was able to come out with a win.
The team headed to the Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., on Saturday night for another round of USMTS action. Lucas went from eight to fourth in his heat race which left him in a “B” Main where he finished second to earn the 15th starting spot in the “A” Main. Working his way to the front, mechanical problems struck at the halfway point of the 40-lapper and the No. 69 MB Custom headed to the trailer with a 22nd-place result.
On Sunday, the road took the Mike Wedelstadt Racing crew to the Creek County Speedway in Kellyville, Okla., for a big USMTS show put on by USMTS racer Joe Duvall. With $100 to lead each lap of the feature, Lucas was in the perfect spot come feature time with the pole position. After leading the first 28 laps on the quarter-mile bullring, Stormy Scott got around the No. 69 machine and led the rest of the 40-lap distance. “Cool Hand Luke” slipped to fifth by the end of the race, but collected $3,690 which included $2,900 in lap leader bonus money. We have the weekend off next week, so we are excited to be back in Minnesota and get ready for more USMTS racing on May 18 at the l-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls.