Josh Lucas Racing visited Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Kentucky last weekend. There were 23 other Open Wheel Dirt Modified cars in their class. Josh Lucas qualified fifth, won his heat, and then started on the outside of the pole for the feature. Lucas led the race flag-to-flag, earning his first trip to victory lane during the 2010 racing season. The win also marks the first time Lucas has won a feature event in the new Larry Shaw modified chassis the team purchased last year.
The Josh Lucas Racing Open Wheel Dirt Modified car requires a family team effort to ready for each race.
Getting the new Larry Shaw chassis dialed in has been tricky this year, but the team appears to have found the right combination now.
"I have raced for 16 years in the same chassis, last July we bought a completely different one, a Shaw Chassis, it has been a very challenging year," explains Lucas, "This chassis is so much different than other one."
Lucas won four Bluegrass Speedway Championships with his other chassis.
"With that being said, this is our first win in this chassis, our year of long, hard work paid off in a great way.
This was our first trip to Richmond Speedway this year. The guy that I beat has won seven times in a row - so this was sweet. They offered a bounty on him, and we dethroned him Saturday night," said Lucas.
All the teams hard work paid off last week with Josh Lucas' wire-to-wire win at Richmond Raceway.
"The crowd went crazy. They were chanting that Russ Gabbert had won too many times already and they wanted someone else to win. People we didn't even know were shaking our hand, and telling us how glad they were to see us win. When I stopped on track after the race, I could hear the crowd yelling and clapping. My Mom said it was the same way in the pit area too. It was a very thrilling feeling for me and our entire team."
The Lucas Racing team consists of Josh, his wife Jenna, Rita and Gerald his parents and owners of the car, his brother Shawn, two nephews - Branden and Andrew - and Raffo. Raffo is a very good family friend that has been with the team for three years.
This year of tweaking and adjusting to the new chassis hasn't been a total bust by any means for the team. Lucas has been knocking at the door many times this year, winning heats, qualifying first, and finishing second and third in several events. They finally just put it all together at Richmond.
Lucas thanked all his sponsors for their continuing support and patience this year.
"K&N products are amazing, we use the filters, filter oil, wraps, and the filter cleaner is the best cleaning product we have ever used. We would never even consider using anything else. We are so lucky and thankful for the K&N sponsorship. Bob Harris is always encouraging use, even when we were down and out."
As for his racing future Lucas says - who knows?
"I love to race - its hard work - but we all really do love it. We all have eight hour day-jobs, and then we come into the garage every night and work another two or three hours on the car."
"But Saturday nights - that's what all the hard work is all about. We do all our own work and set-ups, we can't afford to hire people to help us, so it's a very satisfying feeling getting this first win in our new chassis. I hope there will be many more to come."
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