After showing progress through the 2018 season, Aundrea Lusk came back this past year and put together an impressive Signs of Innovation Bone Stock campaign en route to placing second in the standings.
“As I look back on 2019, I can’t believe what an incredible season we had,” she told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We exceeded all my expectations from 2018 and came home second in points. In 2019, I think I made my mark and proved that I belonged there. We struggled a lot in 2018, having no experience and having no seat time prior starting the season.
“This year I did my homework and put everything I had into my racing program to make it better. I can’t take all the credit though; my dad put endless hours into the car and never quits. I worked so hard this year and learned that hard work really pays off.”
Through the season on-track, she was able to score five top-five’s and 11 top-10’s, and three heat victories.
“My favourite moment on the track was winning my first heat race, followed by my second heat win in the next race,” she commented. “That win was long awaited and being able to see how proud my team was irreplaceable. My favourite moment off the track was winning most improved driver and sportsman of the year at the banquet.”
While Lusk was able to make her own progress, the division as a whole also saw growth with the car counts continuing to climb into the double digits through the summer.
“I think the car counts in the Bone Stock division have been progressing since the beginning,” she said. “We started out with around seven cars every week and this year we had around 12 cars each week. I think the car counts will only grow as the years go on. We also had a wide range of talent this year so we saw a lot more battles and different winners each week.”
“We have been working endlessly over the off season so far to make our racing program even better,” she commented. “My ultimate goal for 2020 is a feature win.”
With her ability behind the wheel continually improving, she also noted that there is a possibly for her to move up to the G.D. Coates Used Car Superstore Mini Stocks in the future. Though for right now, she feels comfortable where she is and has “a list of goals I would like to accomplish before I consider moving up.”
Based on her success in her first two years behind the wheel, her advice to the next potential rookie class is simple – do your homework.
“You need to know how your car is going to work and what’s going to make it preform better,” she explained. “To see good results on the track, you need to know how your car is going to react. I would also tell them not to listen to what anyone says and just have fun.”