It was a busy few days at Lucas Oil Raceway, as it hosted its third weekend of the season with the VP Racing Fuels ET Bracket Challenge.
For Avon’s Bryce Hunt and many other devoted racers, weekends at the raceway are a chance to make lifelong memories.
“It’s the home of all the drag strips. If you win here, you can say you won at Indy,” Hunt said. “It’s not a national event, but it’s Indy.”
Hunt followed in the footsteps of his father and fell in love with racing. He takes advantage of any and every opportunity to race at Lucas Oil, where he’s competed at for four years.
“We run in the points, we come out on Wednesday nights and stuff like that,” Hunt said. “Basically every time the door is open, we’re here.”
Lucas Oil Raceway General Manager Randy Simpson said that racers like Hunt make a major commitment on a weekly basis.
“This is the way everybody chooses to spend their weekend that are out here,” he said. “The racers that come out here make a tremendous commitment. This is a part of who they are.”
Simpson himself is no stranger to the track.
“I’ve been coming to Lucas Oil Raceway since I was just a kid, coming to the U.S. Nationals when I was 3 years old, coming here to race junior dragsters and NHRA Stock Eliminator for years,” Simpson said.
Hunt said his favorite memory from Lucas Oil Raceway is making it down to eight cars at the U.S. Nationals in 2010.
“That’s by far the best feeling I’ve ever had,” he said.
While Hunt was not able to come away with a victory this weekend, a number of racers had a chance to shine.