Footbrake superstar Lucas Walker is in the Racer Spotlight!
Lucas Walker is this week’s Racer Spotlight. After being introduced to the sport 24 years ago by his family, Lucas has blossomed into a superstar in the bracket racing world.
Driving his familiar wheel-standing Ford Mustang, Lucas is a threat everywhere he goes. Based in Paducah, Kentucky, Lucas travels throughout the region in search of big money bracket racing paydays.
DragChamp tracked Lucas down to learn more about his racing history, his Mustang, and how he is good at aggravating his wife!
Learn more about Lucas Walker in the following Q&A.
DragChamp Racer Spotlight with Lucas Walker
How did you get introduced to the sport?
My uncle’s and cousin’s got me interested. Jerry Walker, Rick Walker, Tommy Walker, Donnie Walker, and Sam West.
Which class or classes do you compete in?
I footbrake and mostly run bottom bulb but I do run some top bulb stuff as well. My local track is Beacon Dragway although I do most of my racing out of town for bigger payouts.
Tell us about your current race car.
I guess my primary car is my black ’93 Mustang Coupe that I have owned for 13 years. Myself and a friend of mine (Jason Newsome) back-halved it in my shop. We also installed the original mild steel cage which is no longer in the car.
Marcus Warrick, owner of Marcus Warrick Racing, installed the chromoly cage and IMO is the best there is. It has a 459 cubic inch small block Ford built by Walker Race Engines (me). BTE Top Sportsman trans and race converter. The best E.T. is 5.40 at 126 mph.
Please list your major racing accomplishments.
- 2x track champ at Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park
- 2x track champ Beacon Dragway
- I’ve only raced for points four times and luckily won all four times
- Multiple wins and/or runner-ups at World and Southern Footbrake Challenges including a $20,000 win at Bristol
- Also won $17,500 at the Footbrake 150
- Multiple $5,000 and $10,000 race wins
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
Win the GABR Guaranteed Million!
What is your favorite race car, and why?
My ’93 Mustang, because it does big wheelies, it’s fast, and it’s a good car.
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
I cant answer this with one person. First my aunt and uncle, Sam and Molly West, they bought me a Jr. dragster and took me racing. Second, Bub Morrison who told me, “son you can win these big races, you need to be going.” So we started traveling to some big races and had a lot of success.
Who do you look up to in the sport?
My uncle, Jerry Walker.
Tell us what you do for a living?
I own an auto repair shop and work on daily drivers, race cars, and even RV’s. I also build engines.
How do you support your racing?
Mostly from my own money and usually it pays for itself for the most part. I also have some great sponsors that help me with products that make it easier on me.
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
Nick Hastings, we always have a good race but he never makes mistakes.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
With today’s talent and everyone’s cars are so good, it seems no matter who’s beside you, turning on that win light is never easy.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?
I was in a wheel stand competition and about half track the car decided to go left and I hit the wall. The crowd loved it but I was embarrassed because I wrecked my car.
What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?
I can’t say that I am saying anything.
What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?
My kid’s faces when I roll back to the trailer after winning.
Are you superstitious?
I have a routine and do the same thing every time.
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
Most of the time I’m better at the starting line, I mess up the finish line way to much.
What motivates you to continue racing?
My kids and the love for the sport.
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like?
Same cars, with a nice toter and stacker and I would not miss any big money races.
How often do you use a practice tree?
What is your daily driver?
2004 Grand Prix
Favorite movie or TV show?
Gone in 60 Seconds
I like Country, Classic Country, and Rap. My buddies give me a hard time over the rap.
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
Facebook or MotormaniaTV.
What is your favorite team?
Besides racing, what do you do in your free time?
Spend time with my family.
What are you really good at?
Aggravating my wife.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have 7 kids.
Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?
Quiet evening at home.
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
First off my wife. She deals with and handles everything at home when I’m gone racing or at the shop working on race cars.
I would also like to thank my sponsors:
- BTE Transmissions and Converters
- Hoosier Tire
- Schaeffer Oil
- Rupert Carbs
- GZ Motorsports
- Mauney’s Diesel Service
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