Making his return to racing for the first time in 20 years, it appears as though Dale Lucas hasn’t lost his touch.
“It’s been pretty good,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “July has been a little rough for me, other than that we’re set to pull through it and do what we can do.”
Thus far through the 2018 campaign, Lucas currently leads the Pure Stock standings at Flamboro Speedway with five victories under his belt – the toughest of those being June 30. However, it’s one of the most meaningful as the veteran says the team was set out on winning it after picking up the win on Canada Day weekend back in 1993.
“It was just something that was important to me to do it again,” Lucas explained. “This is my first year back in 20 years, and I have a runner-up at Flamboro in ’93 for a championship. This has been as close as I’ve been to a championship so now we just hope the rest of the year goes the way it has been going for me.”
As he noted, though, the month of July hasn’t been as friendly with just two podiums in the last six features. Going through the tough moments of the season, Lucas says the key is to try and be consistent, while making the most of those nights, and that’s what he has done with no finishes outside of the top-seven.
Even with the tough times, fun is still being had as the racing in the Pure Stocks every week at Flamboro is filled with side-by-side battles for position. On top of that, the driver of the No. 30 says the division is great because “the car is low maintenance and it’s an even playing field pretty well.”
For Lucas, he got his start in racing through endurance events at Barrie Speedway and Sunset Speedway, with his first win being the most memorable moment of his career to date.
“It’s hard to pick one because they’re all pretty special, but I guess the special one would be in ’88 when I got my first win at Barrie Speedway,” he said. “Your first one is always your special one.”