Series Red River Valley spotlight - Lucas Wolfe

Lucas Wolfe Returns to Action with World of Outlaws at Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo, ND-- August 11, 2008--Lucas Wolfe will return to action with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, August 12 in the...

Lucas Wolfe Returns to Action with World of Outlaws at Red River Valley Speedway

West Fargo, ND-- August 11, 2008--Lucas Wolfe will return to action with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, August 12 in the finale of the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota. The race also serves as the second stop of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour, which encompasses the four events in the state of North Dakota this season for the World of Outlaws.

The rookie driver from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania sustained an impression fracture to the T-4 vertebrae in his back at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois on June 8 that required extensive time to recover. Prior to the injury, he made 17 starts with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and was just one point out of the 13th spot in the championship standings.

"I'm extremely excited to be back and able to race again," said Wolfe. "It was a long couple of months, but thankfully everything is healed up. I'm ready to go again, and hopefully we can finish the year off strong."

Wolfe competed twice this past weekend at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in his hometown, along with Lincoln Speedway also in Pennsylvania, to get the feel for the car again. He finished ninth on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, where the World of Outlaws will return on September 26-27 for the Morgan Hughes National Open. On Saturday night, he turned in a very solid sixth-place run at Lincoln Speedway, which is a 3/8-mile similar to three of the four tracks that the World of Outlaws will compete on this week.

"It's certainly going to take more time on top of this to get back to where I was with the Outlaws," he noted. "The best place to be to get back in the groove is to be racing as much as you can and that is one of the benefits of racing with the Outlaws. I was able to get a few races in and hopefully that jump starts me to get back into the swing of things, and hopefully we'll pick everything up quick."

Prior to the injury, Wolfe had four Top-10 finishes aboard the Allebach Racing Maxim during his first full season on the road with the World of Outlaws, including a season-best fifth-place finish at Williams Grove Speedway on May 15. He also scored two Top-10 runs at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Ohio, along with an eighth-place performance in his first visit to Virginia Motor Speedway back in May. He has 16 Top-10 finishes in 34 overall events this season, with a number of those coming in his home state of Pennsylvania, where he competed early in the season in between rainouts for the World of Outlaws.

"It was most difficult because you see everyone else racing, though it's probably something that most people encounter at one time or another in their careers," explained the 21-year old driver of the time spent out of the seat. "Hopefully I have mine out of the way now and will be free and clear from here on out. You can only hope that instances like that are few and far between."

Wolfe has already visited five tracks for the first time in his career this season, and will continue to add to that list as the Northern Tour wraps up this week in North Dakota and the Gold Rush Tour kicks into high gear on the West Coast and in Canada. He has been fast at a number of tracks in his debut at them as he continues to gain valuable experience against the best sprint car drivers in the world night in and night out.

"This whole year has been a learning experience going to all of these places for the first time," shared the second generation driver. "I'm also very fortunate that I get to go to those places and get that experience at the young age that I am. Hopefully we'll be able to be good at all of them, but obviously getting laps and as much experience as I can is the main focus. I am definitely looking forward to going to more places for the first time."

Wolfe will start this week out with his first career visit to the high-banked Red River Valley Speedway and follow that up with three consecutive debut events on high-banked 3/8-mile facilities. He has run very strong on half-mile tracks this season, with two of his strongest runs coming at Eldora Speedway, which is also a very high-banked track.

"The guys that have been out here, there is a reason why they have been out here so long," he commented. "They are used to going to places for the first time and they pick it up pretty quick. It may be a little bit different than a place that people have been at many more times than me. It probably doesn't make as much of a difference as I need it to, but we'll just see how it goes. Hopefully I can pick those places up quicker than the rest."

The event at Red River Valley Speedway, which serves as the second race of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour will be the first career start for Wolfe in the state of North Dakota. Wolfe will then travel to Gillette Thunder Speedway in Wyoming for a race on Thursday night, before returning to North Dakota for an event at Dacotah Speedway on Saturday and Nodak Speedway on Sunday. The rookie driver looks to build upon his early season success as he continues to chase his first career World of Outlaws win.

"If we can make through the night and just get back in the swing of things and getting to race again with the Outlaws, along with just being there will make it a good night," Wolfe said. "Hopefully we can pick up where we left off before I got hurt. We were starting to get into a pretty good rhythm and starting to run where I think we should be running. Hopefully we'll be able to do that even though we have had some time off."

On Tuesday, August 12 at Red River Valley Speedway, general admission tickets for adults will be $30 if purchased in advance and $32 the day of the race, with general admission tickets for children ages 6-12 $15, and kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge to the general admission seats. Adult reserved tickets will be $33 if purchased in advance and $35 the day of the race, with reserved tickets for children $15. For tickets call SLS Promotions at: 815-344-2023 or visit www.slspromotions.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Lucas Wolfe
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