Drivers plan off-season USO tour

NHRA contingent headed overseas to visit U.S. troops BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Oct. 7) -- Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Spencer Massey, and Cory McClenathan, along with Pro Stock racer Erica Enders, will spend eight days this off-season...

NHRA contingent headed overseas to visit U.S. troops

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Oct. 7) -- Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Spencer Massey, and Cory McClenathan, along with Pro Stock racer Erica Enders, will spend eight days this off-season visiting U.S. troops overseas as part of a morale-boosting USO Tour.

The visit will receive corporate support from GEICO Powersports, Lucas Oil, Toyota, and Mach 1 Global Services.

"We're very excited to have this opportunity to visit our troops," Lucas said. "I consider this a huge honor and I can't wait to get over there and meet all the soldiers, Marines, and Air Force personnel that have dedicated their lives to protecting our country and preserving the American way of life."

The Randall Shughart Chapter of the Army Special Forces Association, based in Carlisle, Pa., will once again serve as hosts for the NHRA tour, which has been conducted for the last four years with support from General Motors. Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Howard W. Reed Jr. and Major (Ret.) Dieter H. B. Protsch will lead the contingent when they arrive in country.

"They've done a great job in the past and we're proud to take the torch from them and move forward," Lucas said. "I've talked to many of the drivers that have been over there and they tell me it's a life-changing experience. I know they plan to keep us real busy so we can visit as many people as possible so we'll hit the ground running."

The NHRA group will visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the Wounded Warrior Center, the 1st Battalion of the 10th Special Forces Group in Stuttgart, the 435th Security Forces Squadron, Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, the Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division, the 86th Services Squadron in Weisbaden, the 435th Contingency Response Group, the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility, the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron, the 21st Operations Weather Squadron, and the Ramstein PAX Terminal.

At each stop, goodie bags filled with NHRA items will be distributed to service personnel. Lucas is requesting donations for his fellow drivers and team owners to help fill the bags.

"We're looking for T-shirts, stickers, autographed hero cards, small diecasts, key chains, really anything that's race-related that we can fit into a regular sized souvenir bag," Lucas said. "The racing community always comes up big in situations like this and I'm asking everyone to support this cause. It's all for the troops."

Interested parties should ship donations to:

Morgan Lucas Racing Attn: USO Tour 481 Southpoint Circle Brownsburg, IN 46112-22050x2868 Phone: 317-858-1333

-credit: mlr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Morgan Lucas , Spencer Massey