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Prince Albert's Scott Lucas stands beside his Chev truck that he uses to compete in the Super Truck Racing Series. Lucas moved up to another level of racing this year and continued to be a dominant force as he finished second in overall points and was named the rookie of the year aftr claiming three victories in the six-race schedule.
The odds are pretty good that Scott Lucas will win the Super Truck Racing Series someday.
He almost beat those odds in his first year at that level.
The Prince Albert racing enthusiast had a slow start to the season, but when the dust settled after the six-race series Lucas was just 24 points out of first place and was named the rookie of the year.
“It’s very competitive,” says Lucas of the Super Truck Racing Series which has four races in Saskatoon, one in Medicine Hat and another in Vernon. “It’s the top that I can go other than a NASCAR type of thing.”
“You can’t be off because if you’re off it is not going to be a fun day,” adds Lucas.
Lucas has been racing for seven years as he spent the first three in cars then moved up to Pro Trucks for three years. He won the overall points title in each of his final years at the earlier levels and if he could have had a better result on his final race would have claimed the point title this year as well.
Making the jump to the Super Truck Racing Series was more than just a progression up the racing chain; it was also a test of his skill and knowledge for the sport.
“Before, the trucks didn’t have to be at its best and you still could win the race,” explains Lucas. “This year, if it wasn’t dialled in you weren’t winning.”
He was dialled in more times than not as he won twice in Saskatoon and also captured the checkered flag in Medicine Hat. Of the six races, he qualified in the top five on five occasions and was eighth in the field of 20 at the Vernon event.
The main differences between the two truck series that he has competed in are speed and traction. In the Pro Truck Series he was running an engine with 350 horsepower and driving on eight-inch grooved tires. In the Super Truck Series the motor had 400 HP and the tires were two inches bigger and slicker.
While Lucas obviously has a lot of talent behind the wheel he deflects the credit for a lot of his success to his team and incredible sponsors. His major backing comes from Westar Services, but he also has the support of KSL Trucking, ECI Steel, McDonald’s Metals, Action Transmission, Merle’s Bobcat Services, Mac Tools, P.A. Northern Buslines and Lonestar Automotive, plus many more.
Big Bore is the main sponsor of the racing series and Lucas says the first go around was so much fun he plans to get back on the track again next year.
As the lone full-time driver from Saskatchewan – the remainder are from Alberta – Lucas has every intention of topping the points list some day and if his rookie campaign at the tougher level is any indication that might be sooner than later.