Series Wheatland spotlight - Lucas Wolfe

Lucas Wolfe Looks Forward to Inaugural Event at Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO-- September 13, 2008--Most of the time this season when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visits a track, it is the first time that Lucas...

Lucas Wolfe Looks Forward to Inaugural Event at Lucas Oil Speedway

Wheatland, MO-- September 13, 2008--Most of the time this season when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visits a track, it is the first time that Lucas Wolfe has seen the facility while many of the drivers he competes against have been to that track countless times in their careers. The playing field will nearly be equal on Sunday, September 14 as the World of Outlaws make their debut at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, a track that only two of the series drivers have ever competed on.

Wolfe, who is in his first full season on the road with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, is excited to take to the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile to wrap up a tour through the Heartland. He competed for the first time in his career in the state of Missouri earlier this season at I-55 Raceway.

"I hear the track on Sunday (Lucas Oil Speedway) is really nice and I am definitely looking forward to that," said Wolfe. "I enjoy going to new places and we seem to get up to speed pretty quick at them."

While he may be a rookie with the World of Outlaws, Wolfe is no stranger to competing at different tracks. Last season he raced at 17 venues, with a majority of those races coming on the always tough Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit.

"We did a fair amount of traveling back home before we came out here," he noted. "I got around to probably more tracks than most local guys do. That helped quite a bit. I think we have done pretty well going to tracks for the first time. Some places we have been really good at and some not so good at. I am looking forward to continuing to go new places."

Wolfe missed nearly two months of action earlier this season after fracturing a T-4 vertebrae in his back at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois in early June. He returned to the seat at Red River Valley Speedway in August and recently completed his first trip to the West Coast, where he visited more tracks for the first time.

"I'm feeling pretty good now," he said. "I had a fair amount of soreness for a while and I'm over that now. Unless the track is unusually rough I am pretty good. It was tough at Chico (Silver Dollar Speedway). I was bouncing around pretty good and that didn't feel too good on the back. As far as racing goes, I feel pretty good. I think we are back to where we were before I got injured. Hopefully we'll be able to move forward."

Wolfe won his first Crane Cams Dash of the season on September 2 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon to earn the pole position for the 40-lap contest. He battled Jason Meyers tooth and nail at the start of the race, and after Meyers passed him in turns one and two, Wolfe used the momentum on the high side of the track exiting turns three and four to lead his first lap of the season. He wound up sixth in his debut at the high-banked ¼-mile.

"It's obviously good to win (the dash), but you want to win the next event (the A-Feature) more. It was the first time we actually raced at that level since I got back, so that was good. It was something we had to get out of the way and hopefully we'll be able to do that a couple more times throughout the end of the year. Hopefully we can continue building on what we have learned this first year and at the new tracks. It was definitely a good result up there with it being our first time there and we hope to repeat that a couple of times."

Wolfe was just outside of the Top-10 in the series championship standings prior to his injury. He is not worried points this season, but rather the experience that he continues to gain visiting new tracks and racing against the best sprint car drivers in the world night in and night out.

"If we continue learning and getting better as a team that will make it a good end to the year. I would like to win a couple and start running better than we have been. Those are all steps in the future and hopefully we'll get there soon. We just have to keep working hard and having fun with it."

While he is competing against many drivers that have been racing longer than he has been alive, the 21-year old is not intimidated by that fact. He continues to learn each time he takes to the track, whether it's for hot laps, time trials or a racing event, and he continues to gain confidence.

"They definitely have a lot of experience," he noted of the veteran drivers. "Some of the places we go, they have been to them 30 or 40 times and I have been there once or twice or sometimes not at all. It's definitely difficult, but for the most part it has made me better."

Wolfe has five Top-10 finishes this season, including a season-best fifth-place performance at his home track of Williams Grove Speedway back in May. Following the event at Lucas Oil Speedway on September 14, the World of Outlaws return to Eldora Speedway in Ohio, where Wolfe finished eighth earlier this season and follow that up with the final East Coast swing of the season which will see the series stop at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York, Orange County Fair Speedway also in New York and Williams Grove Speedway, all tracks that Wolfe has finished in the Top-Five at with the World of Outlaws in his career.

"We're looking forward to heading back home to some tracks that we have done well at before," he said. "I am looking forward to those and then the big weekend at home. Hopefully it will be a good lead into that and we'll have some good finishes. We just have not been taking advantage of all of our opportunities. Hopefully we can do that and if we do, I think we'll be all right."

On Sunday, September 14 at Lucas Oil Speedway, general admission tickets will be $32, with reserved tickets $35. Every ticket purchased in advance will be a pit pass. For tickets visit lucasoilspeedway.com or call: 417-282-5984.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Jason Meyers , Lucas Wolf
Teams Williams