Out of Retirement for one last hoorah under the lights
Scott Lancaster hasn’t raced since September 10,2016, when he retired after winning the 2016 track championship in limited sportsman division. After accepting a new job at Virginia Tech in the industrial and Systems Engineering department, he wouldn’t have time to work on his equipment. After trying to sale the car in the off season, it ended up just setting in the trailer way it was loaded after last season. After Scott and a few friends got together to watch the Virginia tech and West Virginia game, they began talking about racing under the lights at Martinsville. They then decided to air up the tires, wipe off the dust, and tighten up the nuts and bolts on the car. They got the set up put under the car and headed to Martinsville for a test session.
We did a little Q&A with Scott.
The hardest part of being off for a year?
“ For me I’m a little bit out of shape physically, but it won’t take long to knock the rust off. We are behind first because the rules in Limited at Motor Mile you can’t run bump stops or sit on the spring, so we have to learn that side of it. Second, the technology and rules can change a lot in one year.”
The biggest thing you found out at the test?
“ I would say it would be for me to feel out this new setup up , what it feels like, and how the car reacts when you are running bump stops or sitting on the spring.”
What it was like being under the lights?
“ It’s pretty special to be a part of a first at any track, but Clay Campbell, Matt Brannock, and their entire team at Martinsville have done a great job with the new LED lights. It was like daylight on the track. I didn’t see any bright spots or glares; I also didn’t see any dark areas. I believe this will be a great experience for the fans and the race teams. I believe it will be cooler temperatures, which will make the motors perform better. I believe the brakes will be cooler along with the track itself, should makes for some great racing.”
What is our outlook for the weekend after the test?
“ I look forward to getting back on the track; Keith Brooks and Mark Weaver have worked on the car every night since we got back and unloaded. I look forward to picking up some speed that they have found. I look forward to representing everyone well who has helped us get to the track, including those I have already mentioned plus my wife Tracy, Jason Lawson and his wife Ashley, Damien Wilson, Barry Stepp, David Perrson. We also can’t forget our sponsors that have made this possible; I know this is cliché but we absolutely couldn’t do it without each of them. It brings out many emotions knowing how many people have been calling and offering to help.”
I’ve seen this team show up at Martinsville and shock everyone. They made the race in 2013, but didn’t get the run they wanted after involvement in a wreck on lap 20, bringing them home with a 38th place finish. The team came back the following year, but missed the show. I watched this team back in 2016 never finish worse than 3rd place all season long. I know this team has the capability and this driver has the talent to make it into the first race under the lights at Martinsville. In closing, Scott would like to thank everyone that has helped him.
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