• NASCAR driver prepare for possible final run at Lucas Oil Raceway

    July 28, 2011 No comments

    Both the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series are in the heart of their season and are both anxiously preparing for their return to the track that first hosted NASCAR in the Midwest, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. In what could be the last NASCAR races at the facility for the near future, the racers in both the series want to finish their night in victory lane one final time.

    Jason Leffler has a long history with the facility as he has turned numerous laps at the track in the USAC ranks as well as NASCAR during the course of his racing career. He has visited victory lane here seven times in his career with four wins in the Midget series, two wins in Silver Crown and one win in the Nationwide Series race. Not only will Leffler be taking part in the Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children Nationwide Series race but will also be running in the J. D. Byrider 100 Silver Crown Series race on Thursday night. He knows there are many different racing lines around this track and that is one reason the track is a favorite of both the racers and the spectators.

    A driver who is limited in laps around the facility but long on courage and talent is X Games and extreme sports hero, Travis Pastrana who will be attempting to make his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the facility on Saturday night. Pastrana will be behind the wheel of the No. 99 Pastrana-Waltrip owned Boost Mobile Toyota and will also be traveling back and forth across the country this weekend as the X Games takes place in the Los Angeles area during the weekend.

    The Camping World Truck Series has visited Lucas Oil Raceway since the inception of the series and no driver has had more success at the track than Ron Hornaday. This veteran driver has been to the track 12 times and recorded four wins in the Camping World Truck Series, eight top-five finishes and has led 505 laps of competition. He also won the Nationwide Series race in 2000. This track suits the style of driving for Hornaday and he and his team are hopeful for another strong finish in the AAA Insurance 200 race on Friday night.

    One racer will be making her second start at the facility and is excited to return to this short track to let her skills shine. 19-year-old Johanna Long hails from Pensacola, Florida and grew up on the short tracks of the south watching her family race. In fact she recently won the Snow Ball Derby held in Penscola and hopes that success transfers to AAA Insurance 200 race here.

    The 30th annual Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children will take to the track on July 30th with the green flag set to drop at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The AAA Insurance 200 Camping World Truck Series race will take place on Friday, July 29th at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the race weekend kicks off on Thursday, July 28th with the Thursday Night Triple Header, USAC Silver Crown and Midget Series along with the ARCA Series. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at NHRAtix.com or at the Lucas Oil Raceway ticket office.

     

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