Lucas Wolfe to Compete Full Time with World of Outlaws in 2008 Growing up around Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, home of the famed Williams Grove Speedway, there was only one thing that Lucas Wolfe wanted to be, and that was a sprint car driver. He...
Lucas Wolfe to Compete Full Time with World of Outlaws in 2008
Growing up around Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, home of the famed Williams Grove Speedway, there was only one thing that Lucas Wolfe wanted to be, and that was a sprint car driver. He dreamed of one day competing at his home track, as well as racing with the World of Outlaws.
After five seasons competing against the always tough competition in Central Pennsylvania, Wolfe recently announced that he will join the World of Outlaws in 2008, as a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.
Wolfe was a true outlaw in 2007, competing nearly 100 times at various tracks on the East Coast, as well as a couple of visits to the Midwest and the South. The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania won 10 times in 2007, including three races at Williams Grove, where the World of Outlaws competed seven times this season. He also won in a 360-sprint car at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and competed in the Knoxville Nationals at the storied Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.
He will continue to drive for the Allebach Racing Team in 2008, the team for which he has competed since he began racing Micro Sprints in 2001. The team will utilize a Maxim Chassis with Don Ott engines under the hood. Randy Wolfe, who is Lucas's father, will be the crew chief for the team. Also joining the team for the 2008 season will be Rick Kaylor as well as Jesse and Lorraine Keen. Kaylor and the Keens will help with transportation, as well as provide engines, frames and marketing support.
"I'm very excited," said Wolfe. "This is something that I have always wanted to do, ever since we have been running a sprint car. I have always been working toward it I'm happy that an opportunity has come together for us to go out there and give it a shot."
As a rookie in 2008, Wolfe will compete against the likes of Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski each and every night, along with over 20 more of the best sprint car drivers in the world. Having competed for the last five seasons on the always tough Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit, the 21-year old is ready for the challenge.
"I wouldn't say that it's very intimidating because of how much we race as it is," he noted. "I'm definitely excited about it, because the only way that you can continue to improve is to continue to race against the best. If I get to race the best every night that is only going to help."
Wolfe began racing at the age of five and amassed 90 wins and two championships in quarter midgets, before moving up to Micro Sprints in 2001. In his first season in a Micro Sprint at Linda's Speedway in Pennsylvania, he earned six wins en route to the Rookie of the Year title. The following season he won the track championship at Trail-way Speedway, also in Pennsylvania. In 2003, he began competing in a 410-sprint car at Williams Grove Speedway and the surrounding tracks in Central Pennsylvania.
Having competed a total of 98 times over the course of the 2007 season, in both 410 and 360-sprint cars, Wolfe is prepared for the 90-plus races that are currently on the 2008 World of Outlaws schedule, that will take him across the country a couple of different times.
"The more races that you run, the more opportunities that you have to improve," explained Wolfe. "I am looking forward to running the most amount of races that I can."
Wolfe earned six Top-10 finishes with the World of Outlaws this season, and in his career has 13 Top-10 finishes with the series. He finished third at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York as well as on the second night of the Williams Grove Summer Nationals, back in July.
In 2007, he set fast time twice in World of Outlaws events, including in the inaugural Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway, as well as at Williams Grove. He raced his way into the Crane Cams Dash 10 times to earn Top-10 starting spots in A-Feature events this season. His best career finish with the World of Outlaws came in 2006, when he was second at Lebanon Valley.
"It will be challenging to go to a lot of tracks that I have never been to before," he said. "You have to keep your momentum going. If you have a good night, you have to build on that, and you also can't let the bad nights beat you down. You also can't beat yourself up over bad nights. You have to keep your head above water and learn all that you can."
Wolfe will have seven opportunities to race in front of his home crowd in 2008, as the World of Outlaws make three separate stops at Williams Grove Speedway. The first of those visits will be on May 15, for two full nights of racing. The series will also contest the Williams Grove Summer Nationals in July and the famed Williams Grove National Open in September.
"You always look forward to going home," Wolfe said. "I'm sure it will be a special moment, because that is where I have raced at so much."
The reigning Pennsylvania Speedweek champion is excited at the team that the Jim and Laura Allebach have assembled, with his father Randy as the crew chief.
"It's an essential part of doing this deal that we have been together for a number of years," he said. "We have been going pretty well together as a team this year and the last couple of years. That is a big part that will make it better. We are basically the same team, we are just traveling. I think that should ease the learning curve a little bit."
With the 2008 season less than three months away, Wolfe is counting the days until he heads to Florida to begin his rookie season with the World of Outlaws. With another strong field of cars expected to contest the entire schedule, Wolfe has set some realistic goals for himself and his team.
"It's hard to put numbers on things," stated Wolfe. "I think it will be most important to be successful. By successful, I mean that we are able to improve and finish the year at least ahead of where we started the year. Hopefully we'll have some strong runs and we sure would like to win some races as well. We have the equipment to do that, but there are a lot of other bridges to cross before you can do that. I think we are in a position where we could win some races."
The 30th Anniversary season for the World of Outlaws begins on February 8, 2008 with the 37th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.