Lucas Oil Racing press release
Lucas looking for luck infusion in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25) – The GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster could use a fresh infusion of luck and this weekend's 11th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway seems a fitting place to find some.
"This is a track where I've won in Top Alcohol Dragster in 2004," Lucas said. "We get fans and drivers from all over the world that come to this track. The track is smooth and the weather looks like it's going to cooperate.
"I'm excited to get out to the race track."
The GEICO rail has struggled over the last four races missing the field in three of them. Lucas, who has also taken over tuning duties during the final stretch of the season, said that while times have been tough, the experience he's gained setting up the car has been valuable.
"Our weekend in Phoenix wasn't as bad as it appeared," Lucas said. "Our numbers looked good. We had a really good run Friday night, we just had a piston fail. We're not going to let it get us down. We're still learning and doing a lot better then people are giving us credit for."
Of course it won't be all work in Las Vegas. Lucas will be taking part in special events during the course of the race weekend.
On Thursday, Lucas will take part in the annual NHRA Freemont Street Experience FanFest starting at 5 p.m. PDT. Later that evening, Lucas will go up the street to The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino to take on fans in the annual Speedway Children's Charities Poker Tournament.
"The autograph session and poker tournament seem to build a bigger following every year," Lucas said. "It's become a staple for us and we love it. Freemont Street is an exciting place with the shows that are projected on the ceiling in the area, and the poker tournament is a fun way to get some great one-on-one time with fans while helping out people in the Las Vegas area."